A small dutch island located in the southern section of the Caribbean, Bonaire is highly regarded for its lead in the preservation of the marine environment and also, for its superb scuba diving, snorkelling and windsurfing.
The island's location in the south Caribbean produces a very dry climate with minimal rainfall. A marine park surrounds the entire island is home to an incredible amount underwater life - the island apparently boasts six of the ten most diverse dive sites in the Caribbean.
The waters are extremely clear, which is ideal for underwater photography and diveable year round. Water temperatures vary between 25 & 29C with visibility in excess of 30 metres.
- Excellent walk-in dive sites are "Thousand Steps" and further north at "Ol' Blue."
- Accessible by boat or shore on the southern end of Bonaire is "Alice in Wonderland," a double reef system, separated by a sand channel that extends from Punt Vierkant south toward Salt Pier. There are a number of good dive sites within this reef system, all marked by dive buoys. "Angel City," one of the most popular, is also home to Bonaire's most popular wreck dive, freighter "Hilma Hooker." Additionally, twenty-four reef sites with depths of 20 - 130 feet surround Klein Bonaire, but can only be accessed via boat.
- Coral spawning seven days after full moon.
- Bonaire has in excess of 80 dive sites. The reefs have narrow, sloping terraces extending seaward with a drop-offs at 33 feet, followed by a slope varying from 30 feet to a vertical wall of 100 to 200 feet deep.
- All shore diving sites accessible from the main island are marked with yellow stones long the road showing the dive site name.
- Klein Bonaire (Little Bonaire) which is uninhabited and is less than one mile off the west coast acts like a barrier reef and creates calm waters on the leeward side. In contrast, the northern coast can be very rough with big rollers hitting the rocky coast.
|Language:||English widely used|
|Currency:||The Netherlands Antillean guilder or US $|
|Time:||GMT - 4|
|Natural hazards:||South of hurricane alley|
|Diving season:||12 months|
|Water temperature:||Jan to March - 26C/78F|
|June to October – 28C/82F|