View Full Version : Marine park tags now being issued online?

08-03-2019, 11:42 PM
Are we no longer getting tags for our BC anymore?

08-04-2019, 07:08 AM
Good question. The online payment system doesn't ask for your address until it gets to billing, but someone at a dive shop told us we would receive them by mail. Doubtful. Has anyone else received a tag at a dive shop/hotel/Stinapa office for 2019?

08-04-2019, 08:06 AM
We got our 2019 tags at VIP Diving in mid-May, but that was just before the on-line system went active.

08-05-2019, 12:12 AM
I wonder if I bring my receipt to the dive shop will they give me a tag?

I never carry ID when I'm out diving. Now I have to carry a piece of paper, ID, and I have to wear a seatbelt? This all makes me sad.

08-05-2019, 08:35 AM
We bought ours last week at Dive Friends Oasis, got a paper receipt and a BC tag same as always in the past.

Had to pay by credit card, cash not accepted. DF guy said dive operators asked gov to institute the credit card rule because of the amount of cash "laying around" with the $45 fee.

08-05-2019, 10:43 AM
Buddy Dive doesn't have the 2019 tags. Agreed it's odd. We keep the 2D barcode paper in the car; it's not worth stealing and can always be reprinted.

Seatbelts, Meh. I can go either way on the nostalgia. Felt the same when they became mandatory in the US. Now, I can't imagine driving without them.

08-05-2019, 02:19 PM
For the new eTags, it would be nice to see them change to 12 calendar months rather than a calendar year, it should not be a tough system modification. Those guests who come back within a 12 month period would not need to pay a second fee. Maybe one day.

01-15-2020, 12:24 PM
Hi All
We're going to be back to Bonaire in February...last time was 2008!!! Are they still selling actual BC tags anymore or should I just do the online thing. I kind of like the hard tag as a souvenir.

01-15-2020, 02:33 PM
Hi all
I found out I need to go online...done and done

01-16-2020, 12:51 PM
@Cam -
Really, you can get your tag at dive shops still, just don't take cash for it anymore.
They say you can take your e-version to some dive shops, definitely to STINAPA HQ, to get a hard tag if you like.

01-21-2020, 03:26 PM
Just got back on Saturday. You can pay for the "tag" online. You then show your dive op the proof of purchase and they issue you a receipt after your briefing. You keep the dive op receipt with you for proof of purchase and that you had your briefing, etc. They also recommend that we snap a pic of it on our phones in case we lose it. STINAPA NO LONGER ISSUES BC TAGS. The paper receipt from your dive op is your "tag". The explanation to us was that they found it silly to be taking measures to rid the island of unnecessary plastic......then issuing essentially every visitor a plastic tag. I offered that they are souvenirs in a sense that not many people are discarding, but hey, I don't make the rules!

01-22-2020, 05:00 PM
Interesting. I saw multiple people this week on a FB group saying they took their proof to STINAPA and received a "souvenir" tag, posted photos even. Were you at STINAPA HQ? Wondering if it's maybe they don't give "official" plastic tags but they are still available since so many people want to keep their collection going.


01-24-2020, 01:52 PM
It was my understanding that since this year is the 50th anniversary of the tags that they would give out the tags in shops only (not online), but that after this year there would be no more plastic tags at all.

01-25-2020, 12:11 AM
Trent is correct. They can give you at STINAPA and at dive shops an unofficial souvenir tag to add to your collection, although the paper printout is the official pass. Last year was the 50th anniversary one. I hope they continue to issue the plastic as they are a great reminder of your trips to Bonaire.

01-25-2020, 08:37 AM
We are coming down this June. So the plastic tags may be available? Just ask at the dive shop, like a Capt Dons or Buddys? We fall into the camp of liking the plastic tags as souvenirs.