Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise

Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

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Blue Planet Scuba
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May 25 - Jun 1, 2019
Group size: 7 - 24
Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise
Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Blue Planet Scuba
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$1125
Deposit: $500
May 25 - Jun 1, 2019
Group size: 7 - 24

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for another week of world-class diving in Bonaire. Part of the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) islands off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean, Bonaire is an oasis for divers. The 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!

Bonaire 

For over twenty-five 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. We’ll be staying right on the beach 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 Bonaire

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, May 25. You can fly home at any time on June 1. 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 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, 2 or 3 bedroom condo
  • 9 boat dives
    from the Buddy Dive dock
  • Unlimited shore diving
  • 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/Van 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
    $25 USD per person in cash on site
  • Rental truck insurance
    To be paid on site

Available Packages

Three Bedroom Condo, Double Occupancy
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Double occupancy in one bedroom of a 3 bedroom condo. Each bedroom contains two twin beds which can be combined to make a king. Each condo also includes three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, patio and balcony.


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

$1125
Deposit: $500
Three Bedroom Condo, Single Occupancy
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Single occupancy in one bedroom of a 3 bedroom condo. Each bedroom contains two twin beds which can be combined to make a king. Each condo also includes three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, patio and balcony.


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

$1580
Deposit: $500
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!

$1215
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!

$1850
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!

$1425
Deposit: $500
SUNDAY-SUNDAY: Three Bedroom Condo, Dbl
only 1 left

*NO MORE CONDOS AVAILABLE SATURDAY-SATURDAY, SO WE BOOKED 1 X THREE BEDROOM CONDO SUNDAY, MAY 26-SUNDAY, JUNE 2*


Double occupancy in one bedroom of a 3 bedroom condo. Each bedroom contains two twin beds which can be combined to make a king. Each condo also includes three bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, living room, patio and balcony.


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

$1125
Deposit: $500
$1125
Deposit: $500

SUNDAY-SUNDAY: Three Bedroom Condo, Dbl
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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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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

The trip was fantastic! A great group of divers, an amazing leader, Andrea, from Blue Planet, the fold at CRF were wonderful - we learned a lot and had four beautiful and productive dives.
Trip was great, and coral restoration education and experience was fantastic. Andrea is the best leader and organizer. Unfortunately, weather prevented us from diving 2 out of 3 days, and our room was small for 2 single people, had little annoyances like nowhere to plug in cell phones near the bed and only processed carbs for breakfast, and had lots of little things not working that made the accommodations less than satisfactory.
MD
The diving was great! Sharks, wrecks, and schools and schools of fish! We also saw eels and octopuses! Josh and Heather were very approachable and easy going organizers who made space for everyone to opt-in to the group dinners but definitely gave no pressure. They addressed any problems immediately and with grace, and generally added to the experience. While the staff were all very kind and friendly, the NC dive shop (Olympus) offers very little in terms of included amenities and services. You do everything yourself: analyze and record your own EAN, put your tanks on the boat, set up your equipment, and the dives are self-guided. Lunch and refreshments are not provided on board (but there is plenty of space to put your own in the coolers and minifridge, plus a toaster oven and microwave). This was all fine and communicated ahead of time, but is quite different from my experiences elsewhere, so worth noting, especially since the prices were higher than I am used to. Most sites were about 2 hours offshore, so I assume much of the cost can be attributed to fuel. Two of the three days, we did both dives on the same site. The first day, the other Olympus Dive Shop boat was anchored on the stern of the huge wreck and our boat was anchored on the bow. It seems to me that we could have at least switched locations of the two boats during our hour plus surface interval to get a somewhat different dive in for the second tank, but instead we did the exact same dive twice (which albeit was a great dive). Only two people from our group stayed in the dive lodge, which I highly recommend for those with a tolerance for hostel living. It was very well located, an easy walk to most of the restaurants and (crucially) to the dive shop. Lots of space in the fridge and a chill living room area, plus the bathrooms were clean. I could see it getting a little crowded if at capacity, but we only had 6-9 people staying there any given night. Definitely a good budget option! Plus you get to meet some other divers, hear their stories, and get their advice on the sites. All in all, a great trip! I would definitely recommend it to experienced divers who like sharks, wrecks, and fish galore!
Another great Caribbean dive trip with Blue Planet. Dive shop, dive masters, and the BP staff made sure we had fantastic dives and fun as a group. Was a good value for the money too!
Awesome trip! Delicious food! Amazing crew! Great group! Well equipped vessel! Diving was good. 5 dives a day - sweet! Got to see the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, manta rays, tiger shark, many frogfish, nudibranchs and much more. Completed many night dives, including a Blackwater dive. All crew were highly knowledgeable, caring and interactive 24/7. I will never forget being covered with a warm towel post every dive :). Super trip with an awesome dive team and divers.
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