Bonaire is a small, boomerang-shaped island located just off the Venezuelan coast in the Southern Caribbean. It is part of the group of islands known as the Netherlands Antilles, as is sister island Curacao, just 40 miles away. Bonaire enjoys a typical Caribbean lifestyle…laid-back, slow-paced, and thoroughly relaxing.
Bonaire boasts over 80 dive sites, many of which are easily accessible by shore….which explains why it is consistently ranked one of the top diving destinations in the world, one of the top snorkeling destinations in the world, and the “shore diving capital” of the world. The waters surrounding Bonaire are designated as an official marine park, and thus offer the most pristine reef diving in the Caribbean. Expect hard coral formations, dense soft coral stands, colorful sponges, and an incredible diversity of reef inhabitants including tangs, damsel fish, butterfly fish, angel fish, lizard fish, scorpionfish, sergeant majors, and more. You’ll also spot schooling pelagics such as snapper and jack. Because the Southern Caribbean enjoys an arid climate with little rainfall, water temperatures range from 78-84 degrees and visibility ranges from 100-150 ft!
Conservation has long been an issue of importance to the people of Bonaire. The result is an abundance of eco-adventures both above and below the water. The topography of the island includes three distinct regions that each offer unique opportunities for exploration and adventure. Be sure to include a few in your itinerary.