Bonaire is Something Special

Our "House" Reef

It’s quite easy to conjure up a lot of wonderful things to say about a dive trip to the island of Bonaire.  That was my impression after hearing others discuss prior trips they have taken there over the years.  Cindy and I just returned from our first trip to Bonaire and I now understand what all the hype was about.  Located next to Curacao approximately 50 miles north of Venezuela, Bonaire is indeed a very special destination.  Formerly a part of the Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire is now part of the newly formed “Caribbean Part of the Netherlands” as a result of a recent referendum vote.

Diving on Bonaire feels a little like visiting a ski resort.  However, imagine that this resort caters to scuba divers instead.  Many factors contribute to this impression.  To begin, the entire island was declared a marine park back in 1979 (click here to read more).  The reefs and fish have obviously flourished in an environment that presents fewer stresses relative to other islands in the region.  Another unique facet is that much of the diving on the island takes place from shore rather than boats.  Prominent dive sites surround the island’s western edge and are marked by yellow rocks.  One simply locates the desired site by truck, gears up and jumps in from shore to experience some of the most pristine and memorable reef dives in the world.  Dive operators on the island also offer some unique conveniences to maximize time in the water.  One of our favorites was a drive-through tank exchange offered by one resort called Buddy Dive.  We made twice as many dives as we otherwise would have made just because it was so incredibly easy.

So, here is the bottom line.  Take an extremely healthy marine environment, add in a healthy dose of convenience, scuba diving, a diverse mix of fun-seekers and you’ve got all the ingredients for a dive trip on Bonaire.  Below is a slideshow of some images from the trip.  Hope you enjoy.  Jimmy

18 Responses to “Bonaire is Something Special”

  1. Mac says:

    Spectacular stuff as usual Jimmy.

  2. Sally says:

    Hi. Morgan just did his first dive last weekend, so I had to show him your amazing photos. He loves them.

    • Jimmy White says:

      Hello Sally. Please tell Morgan that I said Congratulations on beginning his life as a diver. Please also tell him that I hope we can dive together when we return from Montana. Until then, take care. Jimmy

  3. Kate says:

    Awesome shots Jimmy you are making it look easy and it must be anything but easy. Amazing place too, great that you got to enjoy it with Cindy.

  4. ang says:

    Jim, Amazing photos! I hope to go that beautiful place one day. Glad you two are home safely, and enjoying life.
    See you soon…

  5. Hailey says:

    Wow. you weren’t kidding when you said you didn’t want to go home! This place is beautiful! You saw some stuff that would truly creep me out under water. Amazing photography!

  6. Alex says:

    wow……….I love all the pictures guys!!!! God bless you evey day!!

  7. Becky says:

    Those photos were wonderful Jimmy and I am glad you and Cindy had safe travels!

  8. Mich says:

    OMG!! These are incredible, Jimmy. Have you been commissioned to do work for the Bonaire Chamber of Commerce/Intl Trade Bureau??? Can we join you on the next trip :)? Amazing – thanks for the introduction. See you this summer?

  9. Kristina says:

    Amazing photos as usual!!