Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise

      Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

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      Blue Planet Scuba
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      151 reviews
      Sep 4 - 11, 2021
      Group size: 7 - 21
      Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise
      Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

      Blue Planet Scuba
      • Email address verified
      151 reviews

      Sep 4 - 11, 2021
      Group size: 7 - 21

      About this trip

      Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in Bonaire, this time over Labor Day weekend. This Caribbean island has been a Marine Protected Area since 1979 and is teeming with life. And the best part is that almost all of the dive sites are accessible from shore! Plus we'll be there during Ned and Anna DeLoach's Marine Life Education week!!

      Bonaire 

      For forty years, Bonaire has led the Caribbean in the conservation of its marine resources. This tiny island, formerly a Dutch colony, has a long history and rich culture. Part of the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean, Bonaire is an oasis for divers. We’ll be staying right on the water outside of town with easy access to diving, shopping, restaurants, etc. English is spoken widely, and the US Dollar is the official currency. Does it get any easier?!

      The Diving

      Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners. A great spot to complete your Open Water Diver certification, Advanced Open Water Diver and more. 


      You’ve probably seen Bonaire highlighted again and again in dive magazines, and with good reason: the island not only has a healthy marine environment, but also excellent macro life, visibility, and an unusually high number of fish species.


      Several factors combine to offer Bonaire visitors shore diving opportunities unlike any found elsewhere in the Caribbean. One is the sheer number of shore dive sites available. With close to 60 marked sites, and any number of easily accessible unmarked entry points to choose from, divers will run out of vacation time long before they run out of diving options.

      Other Activities

      Bonaire has plenty to do when you’re not underwater. Mountain biking, ocean and mangrove kayaking, windsurfing, kite boarding, birding, and snorkeling are just a few of the activities you can try out. There’s a great national park, the donkey sanctuary, and of course, shopping.

      Buddy Dive

      One of the premiere dive resorts on Bonaire and in the world (as recently rated by Scuba Diving Magazine), Buddy Dive offers divers everything they could want: condos with full size kitchens and spacious living areas, two pools, two restaurants, an on-site dive shop, drive-through tank pick-up, diving dock and more.  

      Travel

      You should plan to fly into Bonaire (BON) on Saturday, September 4. You can fly home at any time on September 11. Please email or call the shop before booking your flight!  

      Cancellation Policy

      Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a $200 cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


      Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

      What’s included

      • 7 nights accommodation
        Double or single occupancy in a 1 or 2 bedroom condo
      • 9 boat dives
        1- and 2-tank trips throughout the week
      • Unlimited shore diving
        On the Buddy Dive house reef or at any number of sites around the island
      • Nitrox
        For Enriched Air/Nitrox certified divers
      • Full breakfast daily
        At Buddy Dive
      • Food credit
        50% food credit at Buddy Dive (max discount of $75 per person)
      • Truck rental
        One vehicle per condo
      • Taxes, etc.
        Car and room taxes and service charges
      • Airport transfers
        Roundtrip transfers to the BON airport

      What’s not included

      • Flights
        international flights to Bonaire
      • Scuba equipment
        Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
      • Tips
        Tips for the dive shop's excellent crew
      • Marine Park fee
        $45 USD per person paid in advance online
      • Rental truck insurance
        To be paid on site

      Available Packages

      Two Bedroom Condo, Double Occupancy

      Double occupancy in one bedroom of a 2 bedroom condo. Each bedroom contains two twin beds which can be combined to make a king. Each condo also includes two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, patio and balcony.


      Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

      $1,280
      Deposit: $500
      Two Bedroom Condo, Single Occupancy

      Single occupancy in one bedroom of a 2 bedroom condo. Each bedroom contains two twin beds which can be combined to make a king. Each condo also includes two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, patio and balcony.


      Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

      $1,850
      Deposit: $500
      One Bedroom Condo, Double Occupancy

      Double occupancy in 1 bedroom condo. The bedroom contains two twin beds which can be combined to make a king. The condo also includes a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, patio and balcony.


      Bringing a non-diving companion? Contact us for pricing!

      $1,500
      Deposit: $500
      One Bedroom Condo, Single Occupancy
      $2,290
      Deposit: $500


      Itinerary

      Saturday
      Arrival in Bonaire

      Arrive at the BON airport and transfer to Buddy Dive. Check in at the resort and dive shop. Get a shore dive in if you arrive in time! Everyone is required to attend a Dive Orientation at Buddy Dive and complete their first dive on site.

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      Blue Planet Scuba
      151 reviews
      Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

      Reviews

      MT
      This trip was nothing but amazing! From the dive sites, the crew, and the fellow travel mates. Everything was well executed and such a seamless process. Definitely looking forward to my next trip with Blue Planet.
      By Marie T for Maldives Liveaboard Adventure! on Jun 05, 2024
      Another great dive adventure with Blue Planet! Looking forward to the next!
      By Meryl G for Maldives Liveaboard Adventure! on Jun 04, 2024
      Jen and Ryan were so welcoming and awesome! I had a great time on the trip and hope to visit again. They were very conscientious of dietary restrictions and able to adjust plans on the fly if needed. The Blue Planet Team was great as always. Definitely looking forward to more trips.
      By Christine A for Sirens & Sunsets in St Maarten on May 14, 2024
      We had a great time! The accommodations at Simpson Bay Resort were excellent, as was the food, and the location. Ryan and Jen did an amazing job planning everything, excellent dives and group dinners! They are very professional, knowledgeable and fun. The night dive was really cool! We had a great group of divers and most went on that dive and all on the six day-time dives to various locations. Lots of aquatic life (e.g., turtles, rays, lobster, shrimp, all kinds of fish), a decent amount of coral, and a few wrecks to swim around and look into. There was abundant aquatic life around the wrecks. The only bad thing is it ended too quickly. I would go again and most likely extend my stay by a few days on one end or the other.
      By Stephen M for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on May 05, 2024
      Easy. Easy in the best possible way. That's the word that most comes to mind in reviewing my few days in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. I was looking for a quick and easy getaway to get back in the water after a longer than desired pause in diving -- and that's exactly what I got. As always, it takes a lot of hard and excellent work to make something easy, and the Blue Planet crew certainly put in that work. The arrangements were all superb, from being met at the airport to our final meal together. Jen, Ryan and the entire crew couldn't have been kinder or more professional. They all made the trip a complete pleasure -- both underwater and on land. They were an absolute delight and I would recommend Blue Planet trips unreservedly. Thank you for a wonderful re-entry into the underwater world!
      By David B for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on May 04, 2024
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