Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise

Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Sep 10 - 17, 2022
Group size: 7 - 22
Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise
Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Blue Planet Scuba
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79 reviews

$NaN
Sep 10 - 17, 2022
Group size: 7 - 22

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in Bonaire. 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 and we may even catch some coral spawning!!

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 10. You can fly home at any time on September 17. 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
  • Truck rental
    One vehicle per condo
  • Taxes, etc.
    Car and room taxes and service charges
  • Airport transfers
    Roundtrip transfers to the BON airport
  • 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
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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!

$1,390
Deposit: $500
Two Bedroom Condo, Single Occupancy
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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!

$2,020
Deposit: $500
One Bedroom Condo, Double Occupancy
Sold Out

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!

$1,590
Deposit: $500
One Bedroom Condo, Single Occupancy
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$2,425
Deposit: $500
Three Bedroom Condo, Single Occupancy
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$1,510
Deposit: $500
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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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Reviews

As someone new to diving, this was the perfect open water certification trip! I was a bit nervous on my first dive, but that anxiety quickly turned to excitement - primarily due to Ryan's patient and encouraging approach to the certification dives. Ultimately, because of Jen and Ryan's excellent instruction, I felt confident enough to close the trip with a night dive (which is easily one of the coolest things I've ever experienced)! We also had an excellent boat crew - Brett delivered thorough pre-dive briefs and sometimes joined us on the dives while Roy expertly navigated the boat with a warm, friendly presence. From the beautiful resort to the fun and welcoming group of divers on the trip, I can't imagine a better first scuba diving experience.
By Libby P for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 09 May, 2022
We are so thrilled you had a amazing time, Libby!! We hope it’s just the beginning of your adventures underwater. Thank you so much!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 10 May, 2022
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Had such a great time!
By Yesha C for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 06 May, 2022
Thanks so much, Yesha! We're so glad you could join us!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 07 May, 2022
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Trip was absolutely fantastic. Resort was perfect, lots of great food both on and off the resort. Blue Planet, Ryan and Jen made us feel at home and I can’t think of anything that would have improved the trip. St Maarten’s slogan of “The Friendly Island” could not have been more true.
By Brandon L for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 05 May, 2022
Thank you so much for adventuring with us, Brandon! We’re so glad you had a blast.
By Blue Planet Scuba on 05 May, 2022
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Terrific diving. Rich colors, great dive staff. Trip complicated by weather, resulting in day late arrival in Cozumel. I previously paid for an additional night so was able to complete all three days diving. Blue Planet did a great job managing the changes and supporting those of us not taking classes. Among the most glorious colors and variety Ive seen so far. Huge fish. Big thanks to Blue Planet.
By yvonne t for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on 28 Mar, 2022
We're so glad you joined us in Cozumel! It's such an amazing place to dive. To bad we can't control the weather, but it seems like everyone still made the most of it and had a good time! We'll look forward to seeing you on the next adventure!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 29 Mar, 2022
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Awesome experience! I was a solo traveler and completely novice to diving and felt very well taken care of by the instructors. I also met a lot of really nice people that I look forward to seeing again! I will be looking out for another dive trip with this group and I’m so happy I found them!
By Elsbeth M for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on 25 Mar, 2022
Thanks so much, Elsbeth! We're so glad you could join us. And congratulations on earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification! Welcome to the Blue Planet family of divers and we look forward to more adventures with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 25 Mar, 2022
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