Best of Bonaire - Easy Diving
Notice: Just after our March emailer went to press, Bonaire Tourism announced travel restrictions intended to stop the spread of Covid-19. "The new measures will be effective as per Thursday 18th of March for 2 weeks." Island Dreams will update as further news arrives.
Bonaire offers excellent lodging, dining, and diving, plus unusual island touring and even casino gambling excitement. Bonaire's sister islands, Aruba and Curacao, feature beautiful beaches, unique shopping, world-class windsurfing, and more.
However, if scuba diving is your prime interest, Bonaire is the best option. It's easy diving all the way, with virtually no current. The reefs begin quite shallow, and many are close to shore, allowing for excellent beach diving in addition to boat trips.
Here are links to the dedicated dive resorts we feel offer the best quality and value, bringing you the Best of Bonaire.
- Plaza Resort Bonaire - All-inclusive value
- Buddy Dive Resort - Dive & Drive Packages
- Divi Flamingo Beach Resort - The Resort that Put Bonaire on the Diving Map
Notes about the Bonaire Marine Park Fee: In 1979, Bonaire become one of the first islands in the world to protect its vital coral reef environment through the creation of a National Marine Park. As a result, decades later Bonaire continues to offer some of the best diving and snorkeling in this hemisphere. In 2005 a new Nature Fee was introduced, giving people year-long access to both the marine park, and Washington-Slagbaai National Park. All scuba divers entering the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) must pay a fee of $25.00 USD per year. (Please note that this Marine Park fee is not included in the package pricing.)
Divers continue to receive the coveted BNMP Tag. All others who use the waters of the BNMP including snorkelers, windsurfers, kayakers, sport fishermen, kite boarders, etc., will be charged a Nature Fee of $10.00 per year and will also receive a specially designed tag similar to the current BNMP Tag.
With the new Nature Fee, in addition to being allowed to enjoy the Marine Park for a period of one year, all persons who pay the Fee (both divers and other users), and show their tag along with their printed receipt, receive complimentary admission to Washington-Slagbaai National Park throughout the year their tag is valid. Funds collected from the Nature Fee are used for research, monitoring, education, law enforcement, information distribution, and maintenance of the marine park.
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