Boasting of a total of 86 stunning dive sites, home to over 57 species of soft and stony coral and counting in excess of 350 recorded fish species, Bonaire is a marine enthusiasts paradise. Part of the Leeward Antilles and one of the “ABC” islands, year after year it ranks as one of the top dive destinations in the world and is the perfect locale for a Caribbean luxury yacht charter vacation that combines laid back enjoyment and idyllic exploration of the alluring wonderland that lies under the waterline.
With dive sites accessible right off its shore and wall reefs surrounding the sides of the island, the entire coastline of Bonaire has been declared a marine sanctuary. A variety of striking rainbow-hued tropical fish are found within all of Bonaire’s crystal clear waters and include parrot fish, angel Fish, Sergeant Majors, and butterfly fish. Offering is so many options to explore, all bursting with life and color, it will be difficult deciding where to dive in first.
For a real treat, Bari Reef, located on Bonaire’s leeward side lays claim as the #1 site in the entire Caribbean for its fish diversity with over 300 species which can easily be spotted by snorkelers and divers alike. Karpata is another popular site ideal for all levels of divers offering large formations of coral, particularly elkhorn, and populated by sea horses, parrotfish, and emperor fish. If you would like to spot sharks, rays, and turtles definitely check out the Blue Hole and for an outstanding wreck dive, international renowned Hilma Hooker features a cargo ship covered in bright orange coral.