Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean and it is truly unique in the world. It’s as if this tiny island was made just for scuba diving and snorkeling, as, from virtually any place on the leeward coastline, you can enter the beautiful Caribbean Sea and dive! No other island in the Caribbean has so many unrestricted shore dive sites. Steep walls, sloping drop-offs, exciting wrecks and last, but not least, the double reef system, which will take your breath away.
For over 20 years, Bonaire has maintained dedication to protecting its natural beauty and environment. The Bonairean people declared the waters around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, an underwater marine park. Bonaire has the reputation of being laid back, very tranquil, and a paradise for divers. People have written many slogans and descriptions about Bonaire, such as “the best kept secret,” “unforgettable, unhurried,” and, of course, “divers’ paradise.” The fact is that all these statements are true. There is so much to explore both above and below the waterline.
Location: Bonaire is located 30 miles from Curacao; 50 miles north of Venezuela and 86 miles east of Aruba, outside the hurricane belt. The island is 24 miles long by 3-7 miles wide, 112 square miles. Its highest point is Brandaris Hill, 784 feet.
Climate: Yearly average temperature is 82° F (27.8° C), average water temperature is 80° F (26.7° C), average humidity is 76%, and the island receives lots of sunshine.
Winds: Easterly year round.
Language: Papiamentu is the local language. Most residents also speak Dutch, Spanish, and English.
Currency: The US Dollar is the official currency of Bonaire. Major credit cards are accepted by most businesses.
Driving: Foreign and international licenses accepted. Traffic uses right- hand side and international road signs.
Getting to Bonaire: Airline service to Bonaire is constantly changing. Direct connections from the US, Holland and Curacao daily.