Bonaire's Top 10 Best Dive Spots

Discover the most beautiful dive sites on Bonaire

Bonaire is the best place for beginners to learn scuba diving and for advanced divers to add even more dream dives to their list. With over 63 marked dive sites, some stunning unmarked spots, and a water temperature that makes diving year-round pleasant, Bonaire has been voted Best Shore Diving destination for 25 consecutive years. Explore some of its most beautiful dive sites now.

Dive site 1: Karpata

Dive site 1: Karpata

Bonaire has over 350 fish species and nearly 50 different corals to admire. You can find many of these magnificent species at Karpata. A few stairs will take you down to the concrete platform at the water’s edge where you can submerge yourself in a lush underwater world that you’ll remember for years to come.

Dive site 2: Hilma Hooker

Dive site 2: Hilma Hooker

Wreck divers from all over the world visit the Hilma Hooker. This cargo ship was sunk relatively close to shore, with its deepest point at 100 feet (30m), which makes the Hilma Hooker accessible to recreational divers. While the outside of this immense wreck is memorable in itself, it is possible to dive through it as well. The latter is possible for experienced divers with a wreck diver certificate only.

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Dive site 3: White Slave

Dive site 3: White Slave

Never seen a ray in its natural habitat? Look for a spotted eagle ray or stingray on the sand plateau at White Slave. The start is rocky and it’s a bit of a swim to the reef, but once there you are treated to beautiful underwater life surrounding a range of corals. Aside from rays, you have a fair chance of spotting surgeon fish and turtles.

Dive site 4: Salt Pier

Dive site 4: Salt Pier

A must-do in Bonaire if you ask us. While the reef is not very impressive here, the Salt Pier attracts many fish. You can see big schools of snappers, grunts and goatfish. With a little luck you may also find scorpionfish or an octopus!

Dive site 5: 1000 steps

Dive site 5: 1000 steps

No worries! Despite what the name implies, it’s only 72 steps down to the beach. Once on the beach it’s a leisurely dive to the coral formations that start in shallow waters; which makes this spot perfect for snorkeling as well. Drift over a rainbow of colorful flora, but don’t tire too much, as you have to take your gear back up the steps afterwards.

Dive site 6: Vista Blue

Dive site 6: Vista Blue

The reefs on the southernmost point of Bonaire are covered with swaying soft corals. A white sandy beach at Vista Blue offers you the perfect entrance to the ocean.

Dive site 7: Margate Bay

Dive site 7: Margate Bay

This dive site is located on the south-west side of Bonaire. The spot derives its name from the Black Margate, a species that is often seen here.

Dive site 8: Something Special

Dive site 8: Something Special

Centrally located on the island, this place truly is Something Special. On a plateau in the shallow waters you can find many Secretary Blennies, Yellowhead Jawfish and Sailfin Blennies.

Dive site 9: Angel City

Dive site 9: Angel City

Close to the Hilma Hooker you will find the less explored Angel City. The site is known for it’s double reef system.

Dive site 10: Lac Cai

Dive site 10: Lac Cai

On the east side of Bonaire you can find Lac Cai. It is a site for more experienced divers where local knowledge is required. Your effort will doubtlessly be rewarded with turtles, tarpons and spotted eagle rays.