Bonaire is a small Dutch island in the Caribbean known for its vibrant natural beauty both on land and underwater. As the exclusive provider of flights to Bonaire from Toronto and offering comprehensive diving packages, Sunwing provides the pleasures of tropical life and a chance to fall in love with the islands unhurried pace and laidback lifestyle for an extraordinary divecation.
The island is home to beautiful beaches, breathtaking nature and eco-activities, but its true beauty lies beneath the sea. Boasting award-winning scuba conditions, Bonaire is one of the world’s most popular destinations for diving enthusiasts. Bonaire’s spectacular coral reefs are well-preserved due to the island’s impressive conservation commitments.
NOTABLE DIVE SPOTS
Known as the diving capital of the Caribbean, travellers can look forward to calm waters and clear visibility at over 86 captivating dive spots in Bonaire. Divers can explore incredible underwater landscapes alongside 350 different types of exotic fish and colourful coral species. While exploring the deep blue, look out for beautiful tropical creatures such as Spotted Scorpionfish, Caribbean Two-Spot Octopi, Parrot Fish and Sea Horses.
At Hilma Hooker divers can explore a 236-foot long historic shipwreck that has been resting on the ocean floor since 1984. Visit Bari Reef, the top dive site in the Caribbean for fish diversity, to swim alongside over 470 species of tropical marine life. No trip to Bonaire is complete without venturing to the depths of Klein Bonaire, an uninhabited island boasting four unique dive sites, or to Salt Pier, an ideal site for beginners and photography enthusiasts, offering easy entry into shallow crystalline waters with good visibility of surrounding schools of fish
Vacationers can take advantage of many accessible shore sites or embark on one of the frequent boat trips to explore the deeper blue at remarkable open-water dive sites. There are a wide range of popular excursions offered on the island such as deep-sea dives from a speedboat or a private yacht, shore dives or combination dives.
WHERE TO STAY
Those wishing to be close to the downtown scene while still enjoying a relaxing environment may wish to stay at the Divi Flamingo Resort and Casino; while divers and non-divers alike can opt for the all-inclusive
Plaza Beach Resort, where snorkellers can explore the colourful coral reefs nearby. Diving enthusiasts will surely enjoy Buddy Dive Resort and its solid blend of action and relaxation, as well as the newly-built Delfins Beach Resort that caters to groups with one or two-bedroom studios for a comfortable stay.
Furthermore, those eager to explore downtown Kralendijk can enjoy a complimentary shuttle service throughout the day from the Courtyard Marriott Bonaire Dive Resort. Families and groups of friends will appreciate the spacious rooms at Belmar Oceanfront Apartments and the Caribbean Club Bonaire. Vacationers looking to relax on the beach can choose to stay at Captain Don’s Habitat boasting a prime oceanfront location. And lastly, Eden Beach Resort offers the more active vacationers excitement with their on-site dive facility WannaDive.
Bonaire’s wide range of outstanding resorts offer comprehensive packages to suit every dive style. Aspiring divers may opt for a resort with an on-site PADI Open Water certification centre to take advantage of lessons with experts who can share the island’s diving hotspots. Seasoned divers might prefer a resort that offers Dive & Drive packages for the freedom to explore beautiful reefs across the island. Also, many resorts offer packages for shore diving, boat diving or combinations for customized excursions.
If you’re looking to explore breathtaking reefs in an incredible underwater oasis, book a Sunwing divecation to Bonaire for your next deep-sea adventure.