Shore diving is what put the quiet Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire on the map. A lush fringing reef, calm crystal-clear water and abundant sea life come together to create a relaxed and rewarding experience for scuba divers at every skill level. And while you can enjoy all the pristine goodness from the back of a dive boat, there’s something truly liberating about diving from shore.
Of course, having a little insider knowledge never hurts when planning the perfect shore diving excursion. We’ve put together some easy tips to help make the most of your Bonaire shore diving experience – before and after you get here. Dive in and get ready for some unforgettable scuba diving in this idyllic paradise.
There’s a reason Bonaire is consistently ranked as the Best Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean! The pristine reefs are home to abundant marine life and thriving corals, all thanks to the tireless preservation work of the Bonaire National Marine Park. They work hard to ensure the longevity of our underwater world, and that includes a few basic rules before you hit the water.
Every diver must purchase a Bonaire Marine Park tag. These are available at every dive shop on the island, and must be purchased before your first dive. For just $25 (cash only), your tag is good for an entire calendar year and gives you full access to all the dive sites, plus free admission to the Washington Slagbaii National Park.
Attend a marine park orientation. Offered by your dive shop, this short and mandatory presentation introduces you to the Marine Park & covers the basic rules for divers. You must attend the orientation before your first dive.
Grab your tanks and go! Rent a truck, grab some tanks and hit the open road. You’ll find marked shore diving sites all along the island’s calm West Coast. You’ll recognize them by the bright yellow stones marking each site.