What comes to mind when you think of Bonaire? Often billed as the shore diving capital of the world, this small, arid island in the Netherland Antilles lives up to that reputation and much, much more.
Getting to Bonaire couldn’t be easier. Direct flights operate from Houston twice a week – from muggy humid Houston to beautiful breezy Bonaire in four quick hours with United. There are also direct flights to Bonaire from Atlanta and Newark. If you are coming from Europe, KLM and TUI fly daily from Amsterdam directly to Bonaire. Coming by Cruise Ship is also an option — but that won’t leave you much time to see everything this beautiful little piece of the world has to offer. The best thing about traveling to Bonaire is that you are pretty much guaranteed to be on a plane full of divers who are all sharing tips, dive sites, and excitedly chatting about the awesome underwater fun up ahead.
Where is Bonaire?
Bonaire is an island in the Leeward Antilles, located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela. Technically, when you go to Bonaire you are going to a municipality of Holland. This means that the population of the island speaks Dutch and Papamiento, and you can find every Dutch amenity you can think of in the islands homes and supermarkets. The plugs are European so make sure to bring converters if traveling from the Americas. Bonaire also uses USD — get there and start shopping and diving! Bonaire is outside of the hurricane belt in the Caribbean, so you can expect warm and sunny weather anytime you go. The arid climate leads to little sediment run off which means Bonaire has excellent visibility and diving no matter what time of year you go!