Bonaire is known as Diver's Paradise, and with good reason. The scuba diving and snorkeling on Bonaire is second to none in the Caribbean. While boat diving is available at most of the dive shops on Bonaire, the more popular way to explore the beautiful reefs is via shore diving.
Scuba diving on Bonaire is known as 24/7 diving. Sign up for diving at any of the local dive shops, grab some tanks and go diving! The over 80 shore dive sites that are located along the island's leeward side are marked with rocks painted yellow with the dive site name written on it. Pull over, drive onto the beach (covered with chunks of large, dead coral), grab your gear, and get into the water.
The reef is usually about a 2-8 minute swim from the shoreline. But while swimming out towards the reef, you'll find small clumps of coral with little communities of fish going about their day. Look for moray eels, octopus, or other small critters. Along these sandy patches you will encounter stingrays or even eagle rays soaring looking for lunch.
After a short swim, the reef begins to appear usually around 25-30 feet of depth. The reef starts to drop and you can pick the depth you want to stay at. Turn either left or right, follow the reef at your desired depth and at the pace you enjoy until it's time to turn around. Follow your route back and then towards shore.
Most entries at the dive sites have a hard coral bottom making neoprene boots or beach shoes highly recommended.
When the wind dies down for a couple of days, head out to Willemstoren Lighthouse or Lac Cai for some of the most unbelievable coral formations in the Caribbean. These sites are normally inaccessible due to their location on the East Coast and the presence of strong waves & currents.
A Marine Park tag is required for scuba diving on Bonaire and may be purchased for $25 cash at any dive shop.