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October 11, 2023

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Bonaire - Caribbean

October 11, 2023

Renowned for its outstanding shore diving opportunities, Bonaire is widely recognized for its pristine reefs and incredible marine biodiversity. The island's waters are home to an impressive array of marine life, making it a popular destination for divers from around the world.

Bonaire - Caribbean

This annual excursion is a cherished favorite, ideal for families with young children who enjoy great diving opportunities.


What’s the diving like?

Bonaire's remarkable coral reefs and exceptional marine biodiversity are a rarity in the Caribbean. Thanks to its well-managed marine park, which has been actively safeguarding the area for 35 years, Bonaire is now considered one of the world's premier diving destinations. Situated in the southern Caribbean, the island enjoys an arid climate with minimal rainfall, ensuring crystal-clear waters that remain calm and suitable for diving year-round. With its favorable conditions, Bonaire is the perfect location for aspiring underwater photographers.

Family Friendly?

Indulge in year-round sunshine, breathtaking beaches, revitalizing wellness spas, and unforgettable sunset cruises and kayaking adventures through mangroves, all while enjoying outstanding scuba diving opportunities - making Bonaire the perfect destination for a crowd-pleasing vacation. Additionally, Scuba Nanny Ashlyn will be available throughout the trip to ensure your peace of mind.

Known For:

Bonaire is known as the shore diving capital of the world because it has some of the best and most accessible shore diving in the world. The island is surrounded by a fringing reef protected by the Bonaire National Marine Park, ensuring the underwater environment is healthy and thriving.
The shore diving in Bonaire is unique because of the easy access to the reef, which is just a few steps from the beach. Divers can simply gear up, walk into the water, and start exploring the beautiful coral formations, colorful fish, and other marine life that inhabits the reef.

Water Temp:

78-84°F visibility averaging 100+ feet

Itineraire/Group Excursion Options:

October 11 - 18, 2023

Sightseeing: Visit the Cargill Salt Ponds and Slave Huts

While it is not possible to tour the salt ponds in Bonaire, they are still worth admiring from a distance. The amount of salt extracted from the water is truly remarkable. However, there is a dark history associated with the salt ponds. In the past, much of the labor involved in building and maintaining the ponds was carried out by enslaved indigenous locals who were brought down from the northern part of the island. These enslaved individuals were housed in very small huts with up to 11 people in each one. There are two sets of these slave huts, as well as exhibits explaining their history, located on the coast south of the salt ponds. Admission is free.

Snorkeling: Salt Pier & Margate

The coastal region of Bonaire is abundant in excellent spots for snorkeling. Among them, Salt Pier and Margate stand out as our favorites. Salt Pier is particularly noteworthy as it offers a unique vertical perspective for snorkelers, with coral growing upwards along the pier's pilings. We also had the pleasure of encountering turtles in both locations. It is worth noting, however, that the shore is quite rocky, requiring caution when entering and exiting the water.

Sightseeing: Jibe City & Lac Bay

One of the enjoyable activities to experience in Bonaire is spending time at Jibe City located on Lac Bay. This area is situated on the windy side of the island, providing an excellent location for wind and kite surfing enthusiasts. Jibe City offers top-quality gear rentals for those interested in these activities. Additionally, visitors who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere can take advantage of the beach and complimentary lounge chairs, perfect for reading and enjoying refreshments. A restaurant is also available on site, serving delicious cuisine. The overall ambiance of Jibe City is laid-back and welcoming. Lessons for beginners are offered at a rate of $50 for a two-hour session, while board rentals are available for $50 for two hours. Stand-up paddle boards can be rented for $20 per hour.

Sightseeing: Donkey Sanctuary

Bonaire's history with donkeys began with their introduction by Spanish colonizers as beasts of burden. However, as motorized transportation replaced the use of donkeys, these animals were abandoned to survive on their own. As a result, an overpopulation of malnourished donkeys emerged on the island. To address this issue, a sanctuary was established to provide a safe and caring environment for the animals. The sanctuary offers sterilization services and currently houses around 600 donkeys. When visitors arrive at the sanctuary, they are greeted by a swarm of friendly donkeys who are looking for attention and treats. The sanctuary operates from 10 am to 5 pm and appreciates any donations visitors can offer.

Ice Cream: (Glenn's Favorite)

If you're in the mood for a sweet treat, don't miss out on visiting Luciano's the local ice cream shop. With a variety of flavors to choose from, it's the perfect way to cool off on a hot day.


Ocean View Deluxe

   Single: Diver: $ 1,632 / Non-Diver $1272

   Double Occupancy: Diver $1,338 , Non-Diver $978

2 Bedroom Bungalow

   Double Occupancy: Diver $1,584 , Non-Diver $1,224

   Triple Occupancy: Diver $1,364 , Non-Diver $1,004

   Quad Occupancy: Diver $1,249 , Non-Diver $889 

3 Bedroom Ocean View Villa

   4p-6p Occupancy: Diver $1,399 , Non-Diver $999

What's Included:

  • 7 nights at Captain Don's  Resort

  • 6 days of unlimited shore diving

  • 10 boat dives

  • Unlimited tanks for shore diving ​

  • Free Nitrox if Certified

  • Transfers from and to the airport

Not Included:

Transportation or Air Fare, Dive Gear, Gratuity, Park Fees, Taxes, Surcharges

Payment Schedule:

55% non-refundable deposit      Balance Due 90 Days before Trip

Cancellation Policy:

Deposit is non refundable. A full refund of payments made to date, minus deposit and a $400 processing fee for cancellations greater than 180 days from departure.


If a reservation is canceled within 180 days prior to departure we will refund a trip minus the deposit, ONLY if the trip is full and if you are able to resell your canceled space within the same parameters as the original booking.


Ray Scuba may alter the payment schedule or cancellation policy based on vendor rules for a particular trip. Please consult the individual trip details to determine a particular trip's cancellation policy and payment deadlines. Refunds after 91 days prior to departure.

If you do not sign up with a roommate, we will try to find you one; if we cannot find one, the single person will need to pay the Single Supplement price. Changes to package and cancellation penalties do exist, consult the trip application and wavier.


Travel & D.A.N. Insurance are always recommended. 


CONTACT US today to reserve your spot, get a travel insurance quote or find out more information!

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