We have a very close and friendly working relationship with all the dive centres on Bonaire. Many are located on resorts, some have independent centres, but all of them will happily offer dive services to all visitors to Bonaire . Bonaire dive centres have a full range of equipment for sale or hire and run a full range of instruction courses - from a first "try dive"- to professional ratings like Dive Master. There are numerous "special" excursions you can enjoy – special either because of the type of diving or the location. We offer a range of courses, boat diving packages and excursions – tailored to your personal diving itinerary. Bonaire dive centres are small scale – courses and boats can get booked very quickly. Booking in advance is strongly recommended - to make sure you get precisely what you want - when you arrive. We can give you full details of all the dive packages and trips.
Pre-booking your diving itinerary leaves nothing to chance for your precious time on the island.
We can include in your holiday itinerary, tailor made diving packages -
courses, excursions, special trips - fine-tuned to your wishes -
so that you can enjoy your diving to the full.
Our prices are always lower than buying on island.
Almost all diving on Bonaire is shore diving - boat dives are not essential. There are so many shore entry sites you will not get to them all - unless you stay for several months! But you might like to take some boats dives. Snorkellers can also join the boats. The boats do not go far - the reef is only 25 metres from shore – so they are short trips. But they do go to some bays that are hard to access to from the shore. A good example is Klein Bonaire - a small island close to Bonaire - for which you will need a boat. Bonaire dive centres are small scale operations - boats can get booked up very quickly. Booking in advance is strongly recommended to be sure to get what want - when you arrive.
The east coast is known as the wild-side - the open ocean side of the island. Here the ocean conditions are for more experienced divers – with some "big creatures". There is a specialist dive operation for east coast diving. These excursions must be pre-booked - just one boat - so space is tight. Booking with us ensures a place on the boat - and a discount
Bonaire regulars will tell you they were captivated by the wonderful diving freedom. So many sites - wonderful marine environment very close to shore - easy access. The complete absence of any hassle and fuss in or out of the water - makes Bonaire "Divers Paradise". Some have mistaken this "freedom" to mean that you are "own your own". Not at all ! It is very important to emphasise that the dive centres offer guided dives, boat trips (small groups with guides) - and all the help and support you could possibly want. Just because the freedom is there - does not mean you have to dive that way ! You will receive all the help, advice and encouragement you could possibly want - all you need to do is ask.
We can book a full range of dive courses - from absolute beginners - basic training for learner divers - up to professional ratings like Dive Master. Instruction is available in several languages. The length of the course may vary according to divers' ability.
Please note: Bonaire dive centres train to the highest standards but they are small. A very good thing for personal service - vital for instruction courses. It is essential to book courses in advance to be sure you do not waste valuable holiday/diving time.
Discover Scuba Diving - This is a ½ day introduction to scuba diving. Short pool session followed by an ocean dive. (Max. depth 40ft/12m)
Additional Discover Scuba Dives - additional ocean dives guided by a dive professional.
Scuba Review - This is a ½ day refresher course and includes 1 ocean dive.
Open Water Certification - This 4 – 5 day course includes classroom sessions, confined water and 4 ocean dives. A certified PADI Open Water diver can dive with a buddy, unsupervised, to a maximum depth of 18 m.
Referral Course - Pass your theory and the pool work module of your Open Water Course in the UK and complete the ocean dives in the warm, calm, clear waters of the Caribbean.
Advanced Diver - This 2 day course is a continuation of the PADI Open Water Diver and involves minimal classroom work and 5 ocean dives. Core dives are Deep and Navigation, other dives can be chosen from speciality courses that interest you. Minimum Age: 15 (Junior 12).
Rescue Diver - This 3–4 day course covers problem prevention, self rescue and 12 rescue scenarios.(Prerequisites: AOW & EFR certification).
Dive Master Course -This Professional Training Course includes Diving theory, Physics, Physiology, Equipment and Environment, confined water training and open water sessions. (Prerequisites: Rescue Diver, Medic First Aid, 20 logged dives). Minimum Age 18. The first step towards your instructor certification. Once qualified you are able to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. Length of the course varies with student entry level.
In addition to the courses above there are a full range of specialised PADI courses available.
Dive centres run several courses for appreciation of the ocean and marine life identification to diving qualifications budding divers.
All fully supervised of course and lots of fun for the youngsters.
SASY (Supplied Air Snorkelling for Youth)
SASY allows them to breathe from a regulator and mini-tank at the surface while wearing a flotation device, which does not allow them to submerge. They have their own small sized equipment and are always safe with the PADI dive instructors.
Bubble Maker is an introductory course for kids aged 8 and above, during which they get acquainted with real scuba diving. Under close supervision of an instructor they will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving in a swimming pool.
Students are then given the opportunity
to dive in the shallow open water up to 2m deep (all equipment is provided).
Junior Open Water Diver
Kids aged 10 and older can earn their PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification and can dive to 12m.
Open Water Diver
At 15 young divers can pass the PADI Open Water Diver certification - to dive to 18m as with all qualified Open Water Divers.
Hopefully you won't need it.........but there is a hyperbaric chamber on Bonaire. The chamber can deal with gas mixtures such as nitrox - and has air and carbon dioxide monitors and filters so that the CO2 content and temperatures are accurately regulated. The chamber is next to the Centro Medico Central Clinic less than 100 metres from the emergency room of the hospital - centrally located on Bonaire. On Bonaire you are never more than 12 miles from the medical centre.
Bonaire Dive centres use American equipment - if you have DIN fittings you will need an adaptor. If you don't have one - the dive centre will have one for hire. Always best to let us know before you go - to make sure everything you need is available.