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Diving Holidays Coming Up
Bonaire 2nd - 17th October 2014
Staying at the Caribbean Club Bonaire for 14 nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
Flights from Bristol Airport to Amsterdam then direct to the Dutch Antilles! Transfers to the hotel are all arranged.
Transport in the form of pick up trucks is arranged in conjunction with the diving with drive through air/nitrox stations. Insurance payable locally. Diving and air/nitrox is unlimited.
Bonaire lies just 50 miles north of Venezuela and is widely recognised as one of the Caribbean’s premier diving destinations. This crescent shaped island is just 21 miles long and together with its uninhabited sister island, Klein Bonaire, forms part of the Dutch Antilles.
It rarely rains and the waters surrounding the island are rich in nutrients, giving rise to its fabulous marine diversity and beautiful fringing reef, that runs the length of the islands west coast. Over 300 different fish species flourish in the seas off Bonaire. In 1979 the island recognised the importance of its natural marine habitat and created the Caribbean’s first protected marine park, which has effectively looked after the islands coral and marine life, both of which are very impressive.
There are over 90 dive sites in Bonaire, the majority of which are accessible from the shore. On average, underwater visibility exceeds 30 metres and average water temperatures remain consistent at roughly 29 °C. The fringing reef lies close to the shore, at usually no more than 10 metres. Although boat dives are available from all our centres, most divers hire a vehicle to dive and snorkel in their own time and at their own pace. Bonaire is the home of uncomplicated, stress-free diving. Dive packs start with unlimited air access, which is made available 24 hours a day. Shore entry dive sites (of which there are over 55), are generally not crowded or exposed to strong currents.
Diving and Snorkelling for Everyone
Bonaire is one of those rare dive destinations that will appeal to divers of all qualification levels. Novice divers will appreciate the superb training facilities, the lack of currents and clear waters. Experienced divers will enjoy the freedom of unlimited access to diving, day or night and the challenges presented by dive sites off the small island of Klein Bonaire. Keen photographers will appreciate the visibility, excellent bottom times and the lack of currents. Snorkellers can benefit from access onto one of the world's most accessible reefs, which invariably has a shallow upper reef shelf brimming with marine life. Finally non-diving partners can enjoy a range of other active pursuits that includes the world-class windsurfing, available on the east coast at Lac bay or walking in Washington Slagbaai National Park. Alternatively, sit back and enjoy the relaxed laid-back atmosphere of this friendly island.
Bonaire’s sea abounds with beautiful marine life and a fascinating variety of multi-coloured tropical fish. The sea is remarkably calm and conditions remain superb year round for both scuba diving and snorkelling. Divers often encounter Turtles, Jacks and inquisitive Tarpon. Seahorses, the islands emblem, thrive in Bonaire’s waters, alongside rarely seen Frogfish. The Island’s corals are recognised world wide for their healthy state of preservation. Management of the extensive in water and on land Bonaire National Park system is under the supervision of STINAPA (www.stinapa.org), who receives your National Park fee.
Bonaire can make a claim to having one of the world’s best pier dives with ‘Salt pier’, available as a guided dive with special permission from the harbour master. The dive is wonderful at night as the orange cup corals that cling to the pilings come to life. Alternatively, during the day, sunlight filtering through the piers leads to some excellent photo opportunities.
Bonaire is a small island in the South Caribbean, with approximately 3000 inhabitants. The atmosphere of this small island is tranquil and laid back, although there are numerous bars that provide great live music, some first class restaurants and plenty of fantastic activities.
The locals pride themselves on their friendly welcoming attitude, which combined with the wonderful environment goes a long way to explaining the large number of repeat visitors to the island. Bonaire has long been renowned for its pioneering role in marine conservation, which has kept the reefs of the island in immaculate condition for future generations. The island remains relatively untouched by outside influences both above and below the water, making it an attractive option for those looking to escape from a mainstream holiday destination.
Our chosen hotels are all within easy reach of the Dutch influenced capital, Kralendijk. Here you will find a variety of shops, restaurants and bars with live music and entertainment.
Bonaire is -4 hours behind GMT.
As of January 2011, the US Dollar is Bonaire's official currency.
Approximate exchange rates:
£1 - $1.52
€1 - $1.25
There are ATM’s in Kralendijk. Traveller's cheques and credit cards are widely accepted.
Banks opening hours: 8.30 - 5.30 Mon–Fri as a guideline.
Bonaire is outside the hurricane belt and the annual rainfall is very low. Average temperature annually is 27.5°C. July / August is the hottest period reaching up to 30°C. Conditions are normally warm and humid with a fairly constant, cooling sea breeze.
Water temperature rarely drops below 26 degrees centigrade.
A 3mm long suit is recommended (the long suit provides extra protection on shore entries/exits). Those carrying out multiple dives over a longer stay may prefer to add a vested hood or 5mm.
Bonaire is the home of easy diving, dive sites around the island are well marked and easily accessed at any time of the day or night. The fringing reefs make for brilliant snorkelling for those not wanting to dive. Other activities include windsurfing at Lac Bai, a sheltered bay that is excellent for beginners and pros alike, cave snorkelling, sea kayaking and mountain biking.
With over 180 bird species, the island attracts ornithologists from around the world especially to the salt lakes where a huge colony of flamingos gather. The Washington Slagbaai National Park provides an excellent way of observing these incredible birds in their natural environment. Vehicles can be hired and there is a road that runs around the island and through the park. As the island is small everything is within easy reach.
Located six miles north of the capital, Kralendijk, this intimate ocean front property boasts a quiet setting with beautiful sea views. The simplicity of design and choice of room styles ensures a universal appeal, and the location will relax the busiest of minds.
A tank filling station is located on-site, where you can replace your tanks 24-hours a day. For clients on the Dive & Explore package, the resort offers access to the Buddy Dive Resort, further south on the island to replace your tanks as well. Caribbean Club offers you a great spot from which to explore all the islands shore diving sites. Those seeking boat dives join the boat at its sister property, Buddy Dive Resort, a short drive closer to town.
The renowned dive site, ‘Oil Slick’ is 150 metres from the property, most people drive! Please note that this dive site is reached by a small ladder when accessing from shore.
The resort offers accommodation in 33 rooms, with a choice of budget studios to more spacious, stylish 2-bedroomed bungalows, which are all serviced twice a week.
There are 4 garden view studios, 19 one-bedroom cottages (garden view), 2 Penthouses (partial ocean view), 2 standard two-bedroom cottages (garden view), 1 deluxe two-bedroom cottage (ocean view) and a Honeymoon Suite (with Jacuzzi and ocean view).
All bedrooms are en-suite and air-conditioned, with ceiling fans in other areas. The rooms have televisions and safety deposit boxes with basic kitchenettes, or fully equipped full size kitchens in the two-bedroom cottages.
There are two swimming pools and an attractive bar next to the pool and terraced restaurant. Internet access is available. A range of simple, tasty food is served daily. Please note the house-keeping service is offered twice per week. There are numerous active sports offered by the resort, which include guided mountain biking, sea kayaking and windsurfing.
Caribbean Club is a slow paced 15 - 20 minute drive from the airport, 10 - 15 minutes drive from Kralendijk, and 10 minutes to the more lively Buddy Dive resort. We highly recommend you pre-book a package inclusive of pre-booked car hire, for best value and to guarantee availability at busier times.
Flights from UK
Flights with KLM from London Heathrow, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester, via Amsterdam.
NB: some arrival times in Bonaire are the early hours of the morning. Unless specifically requested otherwise, your accommodation will be booked for the night before, which allows you to check-in as soon as you arrive. Otherwise you will need to wait until 14.00 hours to check-in.
Resort Departure Tax:
Payable in cash at the airport prior to check-in. Currently included for international departures on KLM. Subject to change without notice.
International flights: $36
Domestic flights: $9
Passengers travelling to Bonaire must have six months valid on their passport from the date of return to the UK.
No visa required for British passport holders.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Bonaire, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Information on Dengue fever should also be sought. Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic. Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.
We are now taking bookings with deposits being £300.00 per person. The cost inclusive of;
Flights, Transfers, Accommodation on a Bed & Breakfast basis with 2 persons to a room (single supplements on request), all shore diving to include air, cylinder and weights, a pick up truck per party of 4 persons. The cost is £2329 but as time goes on and flights become fewer prices may rise on the flight element.
Book early to avoid disappointment.