Bonaire is known worldwide as one of the best diving destinations on the planet. In fact, it is known as the “Diver’s Paradise,” and the entire island’s economy is largely focused on tourism from scuba divers and snorkelers who are adventurous and ready to explore the underwater world.
There are a few sandy beaches, but this island is not for those who want to lounge on a beach all day with a drink and a book.
Rather, it is for those who want to dive into the water to witness the world below the waves and are not too concerned about what the beaches are supposed to look like.
Bonaire belongs to the Netherlands. With Aruba and Curaçao, it forms the ABC Islands, a group of islands within the Leeward Antilles, which are the southern island chain in the Lesser Antilles.
The island offers several dive sites that are suitable for all levels of divers, from beginners to advanced, and for snorkelers as well. Because Bonaire is surrounded by a vital coral reef system which is a Marine Protected Area there is abundant sea life below the surface that all nature lovers and diving enthusiasts will enjoy.
The dive sites found in Bonaire are perfect for those looking for a laid-back and relaxing dive as well as for those looking for a little bit of an adrenaline rush. The friendly locals who have been running dive shops on the island for years will definitely point you in the right direction, no matter what you are looking for.
Diving in Bonaire is exciting particularly because of the diverse marine species that call the island’s waters’ home. You can find everything here, from tiny creatures that make the reefs their home, to sea turtles, colorful tropical fish of all sizes, schooling fish, rays, eels, and more.
Photographers, especially, will love the dive sites, so if you are interested in underwater photography and have never done it before or if you are a seasoned expert in photographing marine life and reefs, Bonaire is a perfect location to bring your camera and take some shots of the amazingly varied and colorful life found below the surface.
Because the entire coastline has been declared a marine sanctuary, the marine life of the island’s waters, from corals to larger species, is safe and preserved from environmental destruction, hunting, and pollution.
Dive Sites of Bonaire
The reefs surrounding Bonaire are easily accessible, which is just one reason that it is consistently considered one of the best diving spots in the whole world. You can access the reefs from the shore on some parts of the island, particularly along the western and southern sides.
There are a total of 60 dive sites in to be explored. In addition, there are 26 dive sites in Klein Bonaire, which means “Little Bonaire.” Klein Bonaire is a small island that lies to the west of the Island. Most dive operators will gladly offer trips to Klein Bonaire and other isolated or otherwise difficult to access dive sites in the areas surrounding the island.
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Blog written by: Rutger Thole who founded bookyourdive early 2012 because he saw that there was no simple and easy to use platform where divers could go to, to read scuba blogs, browse dive centers within locations and where they could read reviews from other scuba divers.