Bonaire Scuba Bonanza
25 February - 4 March, 2023
Dive in the shore diving capital of the world!
From beautiful reefs to crystal clear waters, Bonaire is truly a diver’s paradise. The waters surrounding the entire island is a designated marine park and is one of the oldest marine reserves in the world, covering over 2700 hectares (6700 acres) of coral reef, seagrass, and mangrove vegetation. With over 60 shore diving sites, there is virtually no shortage of places to explore!
Our host for the week is Buddy Dive Resort, an award-winning PADI 5-Star Career Development Centre and a GUE-affiliated dive facility. Buddy Dive is recognized for promoting aquatic education, conservation, and exploration with the highest safety standards. With 40 years of experience and a house reef that is accessible 24/7, Buddy Dive Resort has made tropical shore diving as convenient as possible. Drive your truck right into the filling station and load your tanks up into your rental truck!
Your accommodation is a spacious 1-bedroom apartment* with an air-conditioned bedroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony or porch. Relax in one of the swimming pools, at one of the raised sand areas, or spoil yourself with a tropical drink at the pool bar. Enjoy a scrumptious American-style breakfast spread daily to fuel you for a full day of diving. With two ocean view restaurants, you can grab a quick lunch or enjoy dinner under the stars without leaving the resort. If you prefer, you can explore local restaurants or even cook in your apartment – the choice is yours!
Bringing along non-divers? Bonaire is also world-famous for its windsurfing and kitesurfing. Along with caving, mangrove kayaking, flamengo and bird watching, snorkelling, hiking, and mountain biking, there is something for everyone!
*Studio, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartment options are available. Please inquire for single occupancy.
ONLY 1750 CAD… book your spot today!
Shore diving heaven.
7 nights accommodation (double occupancy in a 1-bedroom apartment*)
7 days rental vehicle^ (manual transmission, upgrade to automatic possible)
6 days unlimited shore diving
Free Nitrox upgrade
Daily American-style breakfast
All government taxes
Tanks, weights, and weight belts
6 boat dive package on Bonaire or Klein Bonaire (260 CAD / 200 USD)
Automatic transmission vehicle (320 CAD / 245 USD)
Lunch, dinner, and snacks
Boat diving (optional)
COVID test to enter Bonaire**
COVID test to re-enter Canada***
Equipment rental and fees for any other activities (e.g. windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, etc.)
Marine park fee (required for divers: 45 USD; we can purchase this for you for 60 CAD. There is a separate marine park fee for other water sports.)
Scuba equipment rental
Travel and dive insurance
Upgrade your dive skills during your vacation!
PADI Advanced Open Water
PADI Deep Diver
PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) Diver
PADI Night Diver
*Studio, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartment options are available. Perfect for families! Please inquire for single occupancy.
**Please refer to this link for the most updated travel requirements: https://www.bonairecrisis.com/en/travel-to-bonaire/
***Please refer to this link for the most updated testing requirements for Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada
Tests can be booked at the front desk at the resort. The costs are 65 USD per person for the rapid antigen test and 125 USD per person for the PCR test (as of 16 March 2022).
^The minimum age for vehicle rental is 23.
Which meals are included?
Breakfasts are included in the package for both divers and non-divers.
When is the first dive?
All divers must complete a Bonaire orientation and checkout dive on the house reef with a Buddy Dive staff member before being able to dive. We suggest doing this on Sunday morning at your leisure. The first guided shore dive will be in the afternoon on Sunday, 26 February. You are free to dive in the morning with your buddy.
When is the last dive?
The last dive is on the morning of Friday, 3 March. Divers should be out of the water 24 hours before their return flight.
What time is check-in?
Check-in is 4pm on Saturday, 25 February.
What time is check-out?
Check-out is 11am on Saturday, 4 March.
Payment Terms and Cancellation Policy
A 500 CAD/400 USD deposit is required to secure your spot on the trip. The final amount is due 90 days before departure (or on the last business day before this day), Friday, 25 November 2022. The deposit is non-refundable. For cancellations 61-90 days prior to the trip departure, (Tuesday, 27 December 2022), 75% of the remaining amount is refundable. If a replacement diver is secured, the remaining 25% is refundable as store credit. For cancellations 31-60 days prior to the trip (Thursday, 26 January 2023), 50% of the remaining amount is refundable. If a replacement diver is secured, the remaining 50% is refundable as store credit. For cancellations 30 days or less to the trip, 100% of the remaining amount is non-refundable.