Bonaire – August 2017

BONAIRE – Buddy Dive Resort “The world’s best shore diving!”
August 5th-12th, 2017

Join us as we travel to the island of Bonaire located just north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. This Dutch Caribbean island has protected its marine resources for more than 35 years. Commonly ranked as one of the Caribbean’s top dive destinations, marine life abounds in this scuba diving paradise with more than 470 fish species found in Bonaire’s water. Bonaire is considered to be the world’s best shore diving with accessible dive sites, incredibly clear water, unspoiled ecosystem, and double reef system. Because Bonaire is an arid island, you can also explore its desert landscape and visit protected wildlife areas to see iguanas and pink flamingos.


Trip Cost

  • The trip cost is $900 (based on double occupancy*) and includes:
    • 8 days/ 7 nights accommodations at Buddy Dive in a 3 bdrm Condo or Studio (single occupancy rates apply)
    • 2 shared four door rental pick-up trucks for the dive group with all taxes and service charges;
    • Round trip airport transfers;
    • 6 days of Unlimited shore diving;
    • 6 one-tank boat dives;
    • All hotel tax and service fees; and
    • $300 non-refundable deposit due to sign up for trip. The total trip cost due by 6/1/2017.
  •  Not included: Round Trip airfare (plus bag check fees) to and from Bonaire, Meals, Marine Park fees ($25 / subject to change), rental gear (available upon request), hotel and dive crew tips, dive insurance (required), or any other topside excursion fees.

* Single occupancy rates $1525.50 for studio and $1400 if taking a room within 3 bdrm condo. Non Diver rate is $585 double occupancy within 3 bdrm condo. Contact us for more info.

 

Recommend Flights

  • 8/4/17 – PDX to BON, Delta 11:55pm departure – 1:49pm arrival 8/5/17
  • 8/12/17 – BON to PDX, Delta 2:50pm departure – 11:30pm arrival

Helpful info can be found on KAYAK.com or Cheapoair.com.  You can also contact the shop for travel recommendations.

Bonaire Climate

Bonaire is blessed with one of the most gentlest climates in the Caribbean. With very little rainfall (less than 22 inches annually) and a prevailing easterly trade wind – providing consistent 15 mph breezes – Bonaire experiences average air temperatures around 82°F and water temperatures averaging 80°F.

Due to its positioning, this idyllic island is located outside of the hurricane belt, offering year round sunshine and breathtaking scenery — a sun-worshipper’s paradise.

Famous Dive Sites

  • 1000 Steps – This site is well worth taking the numerous steps down to the beach (not anywhere near 1000). Fantastic coral formations, barracudas, turtles and various, colorful, reef fish greet you on this pristine reef.
  • Hilma Hooker – This encrusted 240-foot freighter lies at 60-100 feet and rests on the sand between two reefs. The ship is home to lots of marine life and offers many photo opportunities.
  • Bari Reef – Boasting a large number of fish species, Bari Reef is an easy shore dive that is usually very calm with no current. You may see tarpon swim by, and can find seahorses and octopi, on the colorful reef.
  • Karpata – This is a popular boat dive to a reef that starts at 20 feet and drops down to 30 metres/100 feet. Swim along interesting coral formations and ridges, and stop for a photo with one of the many huge ship anchors embedded in the coral.
  • Klein Bonaire – This small offshore island is home to hundreds of boat diving sites.Outstanding coral formations and amazing aquatic life make diving here a must on any trip to Bonaire.

Featured Creatures

Hawksbill, loggerhead and green turtles can be seen on most reefs. tangs, sergeant majors and creole wrasse abound, along with other brightly colored reef fish. Giant sea anemones, fire coral and tube sponges dot the reef. If you’re lucky you may spy a seahorse.

Bonaire Dive Orientation

All divers undergo a check-out dive to ensure buoyancy skills are sufficient to avoid damaging the reefs, and each diver must purchase a Marine Park Tag in order to dive on the island.

Recommended Training

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course improves your skills for diving in Bonaire. The PADI Deep Diver,  and Digital Underwater Photographer courses will also help you enjoy the southern Caribbean diving.

Forms

Please download, read, fully complete, and return to us the following form before departure: Travel Release.

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