View Full Version : One day to dive in Bonaire

09-26-2011, 08:32 PM
I will be on a Holland America cruise in December which stops in Bonaire. I was on a cruise that stopped in Bonaire a few years and totally enjoyed the snorkeling. I am now a newbie scuba diver. HAL is not offering scuba diving as an excursion and I, along with a few other people, am looking for a scuba shop near the dock that offers guided dives. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

09-26-2011, 09:11 PM
Wanna Dive last time I was there had a plce right next to City Cafe. They were great to dive with.


Have a great time! One Day in Bonaire thats a tease.

OneTScot, you left out one crucial letter in the word dive. (V) :) Edited by MODRA

09-27-2011, 07:01 AM
I would highly recommend VIP Diving, www.VIPDiving.com (http://www.VIPDiving.com), just a short distance from the pier. Bas Noij & Bas Tol are two of the island diving gurus and they treat people better than any other shop I have dived with ... and are a ton of fun !! :D

09-27-2011, 07:16 AM
Welcome to BT Dot. Either of the above will treat you very well, I have used both. You can make the call on how much time you have for diving, if you have the whole day go with Bas and VIPDiving, if you have only have a little time slip into the Wannadive shop and strap on a tank and dive right there (great dive). Hey diving freedom.

Have a great trip.

09-27-2011, 11:22 AM
Thank you for your recommendations. I am trying to get a group together from the ship and will contact both companies to see what they can offer us. If I enjoy the dives as much as I think I will, I definitely book a week in Bonaire next year. I love the island. I hope it never turns into a crowded Aurba.
Even one day in Bonaire is better than 4 months of winter in Ontario.:)

09-27-2011, 11:41 AM
I'm pretty sure that Wannadive closed the City Café shop and are now operating out of the other 4 locations. Bart & Co. are great.

If you want to walk from the cruise ship to a dive shop with a house reef and/or boat dock, I think the closest shops are probably Carib Inn (south) and Dive Friends Yellow Submarine location (north). Both are also great.

Taxis on Bonaire are relatively inexpensive, with rates fixed by the government (http://www.infobonaire.com/taxirates.html). You should be able to get from downtown to several dive operations for around $20 round trip.

Bonaire is great! :BB:

10-17-2011, 03:39 PM
Thank you for all the help. I, along with 2 other divers, have booked with VIP Diving. They have some amazing reviews on TripAdvisor and are very accommodating to cruise passengers. This will be my first time diving in Bonaire and if I like it, I may come down for a whole week next year.

Dr Mike
10-17-2011, 04:19 PM
Be careful. It is very easy to get addicted to diving on Bonaire. My dive instructor talked me into going with her and her husband in 1997.

Next month I will be making my 13th trip in 14 years. I have over 300 dives there.


10-17-2011, 04:25 PM
I have the same addiction to cruising. I tried it at 40 and have not gone a year without at least one cruise. I came to diving also very late in life (at 52) and only have 7 dives to my name. After this cruise, I will have 6 more. The idea of diving in the cold waters of Ontario just doesn't appeal to me. I prefer colourful fish and coral to wrecks in murky green cold waters. One great thing about diving in warm waters is that you don't feel the arthritis pain in you knees when you are under water.:)

10-26-2011, 08:17 PM
Another place to ask for opinions is the Scuba/Snorkeling section of the www.cruisecritic.com (http://www.cruisecritic.com) forums. Once in the forums, scroll down to Discussion Topics I think--anyway it is there somewheres. The Ports of Call section might be useful as well.