Dis­cover Bon­aire

Sub­merge your­self in na­ture’s beauty on the div­ing cap­i­tal of the world.

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A DIVER’S PAR­ADISE — the slo­gan that graces the li­cense plate of each ve­hi­cle on Bon­aire does not mis­rep­re­sent. Fringed with reefs hous­ing nearly ev­ery species of co­ral found in the Caribbean and over 340 species of fish, the en­tire coast­line has been es­tab­lished as the Bon­aire Na­tional Ma­rine Park — a ma­rine sanc­tu­ary boast­ing 86 div­ing sites around the is­land. Since 1979, care­ful and re­spon­si­ble man­age­ment of the is­land’s ma­rine re­sources has main­tained Bon­aire’s div­ing sites as some of the most beau­ti­ful in the Caribbean.

An aquatic won­der­land ex­ists below the sur­face of Bon­aire for those wise enough to seek it:

1000 Steps

Depth: 20-100 feet (6-30 me­ters)

The 67 lime­stone steps you de­scend down to the shore­line will feel more like 1000 af­ter a day well spent at 1000 steps beach. Turquoise wa­ters and im­pres­sive cliffs make for one of the most pop­u­lar beaches on Bon­aire, but it’s the view below the sur­face that will as­tound you. Di­rectly un­der the boat moor­ing, im­pres­sive boul­ders of star co­ral house the eggs of yel­low-striped sergeant ma­jors. Irides­cent par­rot­fish and schools of blue tangs weave through gor­gonian co­ral. Whether it’s your first or 1000th dive, you’ll al­ways find some­thing new to ex­plore.

Alice in Won­der­land

Depth: 30-100 feet (10-30 me­ters)

Take a chance fall­ing down the rab­bit hole at this pop­u­lar div­ing spot. Below the drop-off, a col­or­ful realm of di­verse corals and vi­brant crea­tures await you. Pink-and-orange candy bass are a vis­ual feast while tur­tles make per­fect div­ing com­pan­ions. Ex­pe­ri­enced divers can ven­ture on to the less-vis­i­ble sec­ond reef that can be found us­ing a com­pass. Alice in Won­der­land is also lo­cated be­side Bon­aire’s salt fields where thou­sands of flamin­goes flock to­gether — a pic­turesque sur­prise all its own!

An­drea 1

Depth: 20-100 feet (6-30 me­ters)

Per­fect for the be­gin­ner­level diver or snorkel­ers, the shal­low wa­ters eas­ily re­veal three kinds of par­rot­fish — the blue, the mid­night, and the rain­bow — all over 3 feet in length! Anemones and soft corals make for the per­fect hid­ing spots for all kinds of reef fish, and sea­horses are a rare de­light to spot.

For in­for­ma­tion on all Bon­aire’s div­ing sites, visit www.tourism­bonaire.com

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