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Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular the preservation of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among other things. Kayak in the mangroves, the gentle bay or venture out into the open ocean for a real challenge. Enjoy the nature of the land cycling or mountain biking.

There are a number of reasons people visit Bonaire. First timers generally have heard about the climate, the water, the sun and what there is to do. When asked, repeat visitors generally say that they did not have enough time to do all they wanted to on their first visit. If it is the third or fourth trip, the answer is basically the same but with this addition "It is the warmth and friendliness of the people" that keeps visitors returning year after year.

When visiting, spend time touring the island. You'll see salt flats, a beautiful "pink beach", an old lighthouse, slave huts, Washington National Park, a wildlife preserve and great spot for seeing animal species unique to Bonaire, pink flamingos, beautiful Parroquets, lorets, big blue lizards and three foot iguanas. Lac Bay, on the windward side of the island, has some of the best windsurfing in the world.

Underwater Bonaire is truly spectacular. The corals are beautiful and healthy and there's an abundance of fish life, thanks to the foresight of the government. Because the waters around Bonaire are designated as an official marine park and have been protected for many years, diving Bonaire is like diving the Caribbean the way it used to be - untouched and unspoiled.

The Wall, sometimes vertical, sometimes sloping, starts just a few feet from shore. Bonaire is the perfect place for shore diving and most shore dive sites are marked by large yellow rocks with the name of the site stenciled on them.

More than 60 dive sites are accessible by shore, making Bonaire one of the the most enjoyable dive destinations.

Climate 75 - 85F 24 - 29C Year Round
Water Temp 78 - 86F 25.6-28.9°C
Visibility Average 100+ ft. 30+ m


Bonaire Diving and Accommodations


Bonaire Exclusive
Achterbos 26
3645 CD Vinkeveen
Tel: 0031297261548

Bonaire Exclusive Bungalows offers you a width variety of accommodations. All apartments, vacation homes and villa's are located on the Bonaire Exclusive Bungalow Park in Kralendijk. Kralendijk is the main village on Bonaire with the most aminities.

The Bonaire Exclusive bungalow park is on walking distance from the promenade with its bars, shops and restaurants (200 meters/600 feet). In the center of Kralendijk, which is also located at 200 meters/600 feet, you can find a supermarket, several banks, post office, hospital, shops and several diving shops. The nearest beach is located no more than 500 meters from the park.
The Bonaire Exclusive park has its own private entrance and is very quiet. All accommodations have one or more parking spaces and a private garden with lots of privacy. The Bonaire Exclusive Bungalow park is situated on the edge of the center of the town of Kralendijk and has a free swimming pool for its residents and their guests. Accommodations are suitable for 1 to 8 persons.
Every visitor of BONAIREEXCLUSIEF.NL receives a 20% discount on air and courses by Dive Friends Bonaire.


Captain Don's Habitat
P.O. Box 88
Kaya Gob N Debrot 103
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Netherlands Antilles
Tel. +599 717 8290
Fax.+599 717 8240

Known the world over as "the home of diving freedom". Full service dive resort with varied accommodations, restaurant, bar and SDI/TDI Professional Development Dive Center.

Total Diving Freedom has always been the concept at Captain Don’s Habitat. Over 50 world class dives are within a 15 minute boat ride. Diving Freedom means 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no rush or anxiety. Take a giant stride off our divers-only pier “baby dock” and you’re already looking at clusters of starlet coral, surrounded by colorful wrasse and gobies, and the drop-off starts in 30 feet, only a few kicks away. Shore diving is a must at Captain Don’s Habitat and around the island of Bonaire rated as the top shore diving destination in the world! Following accepted safe diving practices, you can grab a tank and go….whenever you want!

The rooms and facilities are nestled in lush landscaping carefully designed to eliminate harmful runoff into the fragile marine Eco-system thriving right in front of Captain Don’s Habitat. Walking through the resort, one can truly appreciate a broad spectrum of the flora and fauna of Bonaire. Iguanas, lizards, over 50 species of birds, and a wide variety of indigenous and imported species of plants and trees, create the perfect balance between world class accommodations and nature.

» Number of Dive Boats: 3
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 20
» Gear Provided: Weight belts and weights with all dive packages
» Rental Gear Available: Exclusive ScubaPro wetsuits, bc's, reg's, masks, fins, snorkels and computers
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: reef, wreck, wall, technical
» Total Dive Sites: 80+ boat sites, unlimited shore sites
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 1
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 15
» Certification Agencies: PADI, SDI, TDI, NAUI
» Courses Offered: Resort Course up to and including Instructor level courses plus Techinical Diving courses


Den Laman
Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 77
Bonaire, Netherlands, Antilles
Tel.: 800-382-1094
Fax.: 954-351-9740

Condominium offering a fully equipped kitchen, living area, living area with LCD-TV with surround sound system and more. All have balconies, many boasting spectacular ocean views. Scuba diving packages are available for both shore diving and boat diving.

» Number of Dive Boats:
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 1
» Gear Provided: Tanks, weights and weight belt
» Rental Gear Available: Yes
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Boat and Shore
» Total Dive Sites: 63
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites:
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites:
» Certification Agencies: PADI
» Courses Offered: Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Discover Nitrox , Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Open Water Diver Referral, Scuba Review,Advanced Open Water Diver, and more


Bonaire Villa - Kas Bientu Di Pasat
Lighthouse Beach Resort #13
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Tel: +1 781-867-1838

Our lovely home is named in honor of Bonaire's wonderful tradewinds that grace us daily.

Enjoy spacious and luxurious Bonaire accommodations at our villa located in the oceanside community of Lighthouse Beach Resort. Unfortunately we only get to beautiful Bonaire a few times a year, so we open up our home to others who enjoy this wonderful vacation mecca! We are just minutes from town, shopping, casinos, restaurants, Salt Pier, the Southern Dive Sites, Bonaire's premier windsurfing area at Lac Bay and kiteboarding at Kite Beach (Atlantis)

This lovely 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhouse is ust minutes from world class diving. Fully equipped home, gear rinse sink, outdoor and indoor drying racks. Air conditioned bedrooms, free wi-fi internet, and plenty of extras.


La Pura Vista
P.O. Box 250
Netherlands Antilles
Tel. +599 795 6582
Fax. +599 717 6584

Looking for something else than the typical dive resorts on Bonaire? La Pura Vista is a stylish and luxury full service private villa on an unique hillside location with incredible views over the Island. Take a dip in the private pool and enjoy stunning sunsets from the spacious terrace or from your hammock while drinking a tropical cocktail. Feel the famous Caribbean breeze and experience service with a big smile. The villa consists out of 4 luxury bedrooms with private bathrooms, high class bedding and crisp linen and can host up to 8 people.

Are you a diver? La Pura Vista is the perfect central location to start your shore diving, only 7-10 minutes driving from the 3 best dive shops on Bonaire. At the villa you have your own private lockers, rinse basin and everything else you need coming back from a great day of diving.


Sand Dollar Condominium Resort
Kaya Gob N. Debrot 79
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Tel: 1-800-288-4773
Fax. 954-351-9740

Sand Dollar offers some of the most spacious and comfortable studio, one, two and three bedroom condominiums on Bonaire. Private porches offer striking views of the Caribbean Sea.

Sand Dollar’s on-property dive partner, PADI 5 Star Dive Friends Bonaire, is located on the south end of the property. It is easily accessible from all Condo units via foot or truck. Facilities include a full service dive-dock, drive-up tank station, rinse tanks and gear storage area accessible 24/7. Free Nitrox upgrades are available for certified Nitrox divers. If you’re not yet Enriched Air Certified this course can be completed in half a day!

Our Bonaire condominium resort complex includes a pool & pool bar, restaurant, sea side lounging areas across the expansive waterfront, two tennis courts, deli, ice cream parlor, grocery store and bakery.


Sonrisa Rooms & Apartments
Kaya Finlandia 1
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Netherlands Antilles
Tel. 00599-717-6633
Fax. 00599-7176634

Now it is even more attractive for divers to stay at Boutique Hotel Sonrisa. We have partnered with PADI 5 Star Diving Facility Buddy Dive Watersports, providing Sonrisa guests with an invigorating diving experience, including completely new dive trips, a higher level of customer service, and a flexible way to learn diving while on vacation.

At the end of a long day pursuing your varied Bonaire activities, it’s nice to come home to clean and comfortable lodging, with luxurious little perks, like smart TVs. After a revitalizing dip in the pool, “rest assured that your body will rest well” throughout the night on our comfortable beds and new pillows, awaking in the morning ready and refreshed for another day exploring Bonaire.



Bonaire's history is deeply rooted in its inhabitants and their culture. The tranquil beauty of the island is reflected in the faces of her people. From the first inhabitants, the Caiquetios (a branch of the Arawak Indians) who sailed from the coast of Venezuela almost 1000 years ago, to the many cultures now living and working in Bonaire today, the island has a distinct character that is all its own.

Tourism was born when the island government constructed the first ship's pier in the harbor. It allowed cruise ships to tie up alongside the wharf and discharge passengers. It also made it easier to bring in goods and supplies for the island's residents. Hotels began to spring up and cater to the early visitors who enjoyed the tranquility of Bonaire. In 1943, the construction of a modern airport south of Kralendijk made it even easier for tourists to reach the island.

Getting There

Traveling to Bonaire is possible through flying to Flamingo International Airport. The airport receives local as well as international flights

Airlines Serving Bonaire

Insel Air

Entry Requirements

Citizens of most countries in the world do not need a visa for their entry to our island. However, visitors from the following countries are now required to have a visa for stays of up to 3 months (90 days) in the Netherlands Antilles.

Afghanistan Fiji Rwanda
Albania Gabon Salomon Islands
Algeria Gambia Sao Tome and Principal
Angola Georgia Saudi-Arabia
Armenia Ghana Seychelles
Azerbeidzjan Guinea Senegal
Bahrein Guinea-Bissau Servia and Montenegro
Bangladesh Haiti Sierra Leone
Belarus India Soedan
Benin Indonesia Somalia
Bhutan Iraq Sri Lanka
Bosnia Iran Swaziland
Botswana Jemen Syria
Burkina Faso Jordania Tadzjikistan
Burundi Kazakhstan Taiwan
Cambodia Kenya Tanzania
Cameroen Kirgizia Thailand
Cape Verdia Kiribati Turkmenistan
Central African Rep. Kuwait Togo
China (except for Laos Tonga
Hong Kong SAR and Lesotho Tsjaad
BNO holders) Libanon Tunesia
Colombia Liberia Turkey
Comores Libia Tuvalu
Congo-Brazzaville Macedonia United Arab Emirates
Congo-Democrat Rep. Madagascar Vanuatu
Cote d’Iviore Malawi Vietnam
Cuba Maldives West-Samao
Dominican Rep. Mali Yugoslavia
Djibouti Morocco Zambia
Egypt Peru Zimbabwe
Equatorial Guinea Philippines South Africa
Eritrea Qatar  
Ethiopia Russian Federation  

Maximum total days that one can stay on the island is 90 days! The latter can be used in one period or during different visits in one year.

Extending Your Stay:

Visitors from countries that either appear or do not appear on the above list are required to request extension of their stay after a 14 days period (2 weeks). For visitors from countries other than those appearing above, visits of up to 14 days (2 weeks) are allowed without any permit.

Citizens of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, along with any other countries with whom the Netherlands has reached an agreement on visa requirements, are allowed to stay up to 90 days (3 months), without having to apply for a visit extension.

To prolong your visit, present the following documentation in person at the immigration office at Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar #7 (behind Tourist Corporation Bonaire's office):

  • Passport
  • Visa (in passport), if required
  • Return ticket
  • You may be required to provide proof that you have the financial resources to stay up to your new desired date. This information may also be requested upon entry into Bonaire, but is up to the discretion of Immigration.

Nationals of the United States and Canada may submit for their entry to Bonaire, either:

  • A valid Passport
  • An official birth certificate or an affidavit of birth, plus a valid driver's license
  • A certificate of naturalization for citizens born outside the United States, plus a valid driver's license
  • A re-entry permit to the US, a valid non quota immigration visa or an Alien Registration (green card) for non USA citizens residing in the USA, plus a valid driver's license

For more information on visas or extending of your visit, please call the Immigration Office of Bonaire, Phone: +599-717-6880.

Travel Information and Tips

Bonaire has no public transportation. You'll have to choose between taxis, a rental car, moped or bicycle to get around the island. Main roads are paved. Most of Bonaire's unpaved roads are decent, but some areas, including Washington/Slagbaai Park, become impassable after rain. Local driving habits are casual: Occasionally two drivers, traveling in opposite directions, stop to have a "Bonaire meeting." You may also find that the roads are sometimes blocked by goats or donkeys.

Auto rental agencies are available. US, Canadian, and European driver licenses are valid for use on the island. Be careful of the goats, donkeys and pedestrians that roam the island's roads. All traffic keeps to the right, and international highway signs are used. Speed limit is 40 km per hour (25 mph) in town and 60 km to 80 km per hour (38-50 mph) in the countryside.

There are several banks downtown, all of which have ATMs. Walk-up hours are generally Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4 pm. Most banks remain open during lunch.

Phone service on the island is generally good. International calls, faxes, telegrams, telexes and other overseas communications services are available (at considerably less expensive rates than resorts charge) at TELBO, Kaya Simon Bolivar 8. Phone 599-717-7000.

Time Zone
4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Tip 15% in restaurants if a service charge hasn't already been included in the bill. If a gratuity has been added, it's customary to leave another 5% or so for your waitperson if the service is good. Tip cabdrivers 10% and bellhops US$1 per bag. If you go diving, tip the dive shop about 10%.

127 volts (with surges up to 140 volts), 50 cycles. Some quick chargers and old-style hairdryers overheat, although newer 50/60 appliances pose no problems.

What to Wear
Bonaire is generally an informal island. Still, courteous visitors wear at least shorts, a shirt and sandals everywhere except on beaches and at poolside.

Duty-free items (especially watches), T-shirts, jewelry, local art and handicrafts are about all there is to buy on Bonaire. Of these, the art may be the best choice: In recent years, Bonaire artists have been busy creating distinctive works.
Most of the good shopping is on Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk. Besides the usual trinket marts, there are several shops carrying authentic local art. Check out the flamingo memorabilia, painted driftwood and handmade jewelry at Jenny's Souvenirs and Gifts, across from the post office.

Don't expect to bargain in Bonaire's shops, but feel free to do so with the Venezuelan fruit vendors in the market (you'll do better there if you speak Spanish). Most stores accept and list prices in U.S. currency. Prices are in guilders if the number is preceded by "fl," in U.S. dollars if preceded by "$."

Bonaire is experiencing lots of growth, so new restaurants open frequently -- and not all stay in business. If you stroll along Kaya Grandi, Kaya J. N. E. Craane (the waterfront road north of the piers) and Kaya L. D. Gerharts, you'll pass many eateries serving Caribbean, Dutch, Indonesian and U.S. foods. All are informal. Even the more upscale restaurants are fairly casual on Bonaire: Coats and ties are seldom worn -- usually just for weddings and funerals. On the menus, you'll find mostly fish and some vegetables and fruits -- most of it excellent and well seasoned. Be sure to ask about the local fare: soups and stews made with salted meat, goat, conch, plantains, okra, cactus or the occasional iguana. (Many restaurants serve local dishes, but they don't necessarily list them on their menus.) Everyone should try a rijsttafel: A kind of Indonesian buffet, it consists of rice accompanied by 6-20 small meat, vegetable and fish side dishes. Dutch cheeses, chocolate and coffee are also good, and Dutch beer is widely available.




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