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Diving in Bonaire

Diving in Bonaire

Bonaire is a diving paradise with good reason. The diving conditions are good to scuba dive all year round, there is great shore diving and Bonaire tourism supports diving so the infrastructure is well established. With 60 dive sites easily accessible from the shore, it’s no wonder Bonaire is known as the Shore Diving Capital of the world. You can drive from one dive site to the next on the main road, then walk in off the shore. The reef is a short swim from shore where you’ll find abundant marine life in warm water, shipwrecks to explore and very healthy reef systems. These marine reserves have been protected for many years and their pristine condition is testament to Bonaire’s convervation efforts.

Shore diving in Bonaire

Almost all of Bonaire’s main island dive sites can be done from shore. This provides divers the freedom to dive whenever they want. This is not possible in most locations making Bonaire one of the most attractive Caribbean diving locations. The large number of dive locations means that overcrowding at dive sites is not normally an issue.

With shore diving, you drive from each dive site in your rental vehicle with all the gear you need. You can dive multiple times a day. It is at your pace and even better, it’s on your schedule. Most dive centers will allow you to take 2 tanks, then come back to drop off the empty tanks, and pick up new ones. You can dive as many times as you like, following those rules. You can’t, for example, take 4 tanks each, they will not normally allow that. This is too many tanks in a vehicle and they need to be back so they can be refilled and used again.


Enjoy a shore dive courtesy of Airmazingvideo. This dive site is not an official dive location. Instead it is directly off the shore from Mandy's house in Bonaire. This is a great example of the marine life and diving conditions you will experience shore diving in Bonaire.

Bonaire marine life

The marine life you can expect to see diving in Bonaire includes seahorses, crabs, turtles, barracuda, grouper, large sponges, sea-fans, eels, octopus, nudibranchs and other smaller sea life. You’ll get some great photos and macro opportunities for close ups. Night dives are popular especially from the house reefs when you’re staying at one of the hotels.

Bonaire Dive Sites

Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire (STINAPA) is the organization that manages Bonaire’s nature parks, including the Bonaire National Marine Park. You can find their interactive dive site map here

Bonaire dive travel deals

We have fantastic Bonaire dive packages and can book all your diving adventure requirements. Check them out. If you can find better pricing than this let us know!

"The diving and lifestyle in Bonaire is so good we moved here." Jason and Mandy


We're always documenting our diving expeditions with photos and videos.  Enjoy this selection from our underwater adventures and know that if you come diving in Bonaire this is exactly what you'll see.

With diving conditions and marine life like this available everyday you can see why Bonaire is one of the top dive locations in the world. It is the perfect dive destination for learners right through to advanced divers.

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