Marine Park Certified Scuba Two-Tank Dive
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Approximately 4 hours
Find out for yourself why Bonaire is continually rated the top Caribbean dive destination by the readers of Diving Magazine. Bonaire’s offshore reefs have enjoyed protection since 1979, when the world’s first Maritime National Park was created. It became illegal to collect, break or sell live coral and since then the pristine nature of the island’s marine resources has drawn divers from around the world.
Now it’s your turn to experience the stunning beauty and diversity of the Bonaire Marine Park on this active half-day excursion.
Your outing begins with a short leisurely walk from the pier to the Dive Center. Participate in a Marine Park orientation designed to ensure that the coral reef remains intact.
Don your scuba equipment and, after a buoyancy check, board the dive boat for the short trip to the dive site.
Your underwater adventure now begins as you explore the protected waters of the Bonaire Marine Park surrounding Klein Bonaire. It is home to turtle nesting grounds and occasional flamingos and its waters brim with some of the healthiest corals in the region, along with turtles, rays, and fish of every imaginable color.
The waters are warm and clear with visibility averaging between 100 and 150 feet. The arid climate aids the clarity, as infrequent rainfall keeps the ocean largely free of silt.
Feast your eyes on huge boulders of red and orange star coral -- a variety that sometimes casts a fluorescent glow. You’ll see how leaf coral got its name as you hover over what looks like an undersea lettuce garden. Scroll coral reaches upward in graceful whorls, astounding you with the size of its multi-plated yellow bowls.
Watch in awe as you descend deeper and deeper. At just 40 feet, the diversity of Bonaire’s undersea world boggles the mind. You’ll glide alongside neon-colored wrasse, bright stoplight parrot fish, odd-shaped trumpet fish, and ethereal angel fish. You may also spot eels, shrimp, octopus, snails, lobster and many other denizens of the deep.
When your two-tank dive featuring two different sites is complete, return to the boat for the short cruise back to the dive school for a de-briefing.
The memory of blissful hours on and under the sea will surely be a highlight of your visit to Bonaire.
This is a two-tank boat dive for certified divers. All participants must pay a mandatory US$10 Marine Park fee, which cannot be pre-paid; please ensure that you carry this cash payment with you to remit at the dive center. Wear your swimsuit; bring a towel. Waiver release form must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Bring your C-card and dive log. Participants must hold a open water scuba certification or BSAC Ocean Diver certification and have logged a dive in the past two years. Divers with a PADI Junior Open Water or a PADI Scuba Dive rating will not be accepted. You must take a refresher course if you have not been diving within the last 24 months. Minimum age is 15 years; maximum age is 65 years. Maximum weight is 265 lbs. Equipment includes two tanks, weights, BC, regulator, mask, fins and snorkel. Wetsuits can be rented at extra cost. Guests with ear infections/disorders, flu or cold symptoms, sinus problems, diabetes, heart condition, epilepsy, asthma, high blood pressure, walking disabilities, leg injuries, chest injuries and/or recovering from surgery or under prescription medication of any kind (except birth control), amputees, individuals with mobility limitations, and pregnant women are not allowed to participate. You must fill out a medical questionnaire, which will be reviewed by the tour operator. Whether or not the operator allows you to participate will depend upon the information provided. To avoid possible disappointment, you may wish to review the medical requirements for diving in advance, so that you can ask your physician about clearing any medical issues in writing. Samples of typical medical questionnaires can be found on the websites of the major dive associations, such as PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors).