Archivo del mes: October, 2015

About Bonaire

Fecha: October 7th, 2015 Por Luis Fonseca

Bonaire Freediving School welcomes you to Divers Paradise ! Bon Bini

It is truly our pleasure to welcome you to Bonaire. An island blessed with an unsurpassed natural beauty.
From the depths of our pristine waters to the height of our tallest peak, Brandaris, you will feel Bonaire’s magic wash over you from the moment you arrive and throughout the days as you become attuned to Bonaire’s unhurried pace. You will find that, here on Bonaire, there is a peaceful ambiance for daily life, without the hassle of traffic lights, hustle and bustle, or normal, day-to-day worries. Your only concern will be how to spend each new day you have on Bonaire. Nowhere else is vacationing as easy as on Bonaire, as our warm, friendly people welcome visitors from around the world.

Next to other activities as, Freediving, kite surfing, windsurfing and snorkeling, Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism. For the 24th consecutive year Bonaire was recognized as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, it received 12 awards. It was also voted number one for Macro Diving and Beginner Diving.
Bonaire has a long history of nature preservation, and always seeks to find the delicate balance between environmental protection and growth, while maintaining nature and culture. Bonaire was one of the first Caribbean islands to collaborate with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) to conserve our reefs. By commencing a program for cultivating new corals, specifically the stag horn and Elkhorn corals, Bonaire will be able to preserve the reef’s genetic diversity. In this way residents, visitors and future generations will be able to enjoy an enriched marine environment.
But conservation and preservation is not limited to the marine environment. Bonaire continues to pursue initiatives that will reduce the CO2 effects on our planet as we work towards fulfilling our promise to remain an ‘Eco-Friendly’ destination. Bonaire will continue to lead by example and strengthen its commitment to sustainable tourism practices.

Bonaire Freediving School invite you to dive into the wonderful activities the island offers, both terrestrial and marine, which makes Bonaire a unique destination. We encourage you to explore, to enjoy, to become a part of Bonaire, absorbing our nature, our culture, and our cuisine. The warmth from the sunshine is here for all to enjoy while on Bonaire, but you will cherish the afterglow of the Bonairean people in your hearts forever. We assure you that “Once a Visitor Always a Friend”.

Just take a look at the slogan on a Bonaire license plate “Diver’s Paradise” and you have a pretty good idea what is all about store. Bonaire realized long ago that the majority of their tourist’s dollars were coming from divers. They have worked hard at protecting their reefs and were one of the pioneers to install permanent moorings. It is not just the healthy reefs that attract divers year after year. Bonaire offers diving freedom that can’t be found elsewhere in the Caribbean. Not only are there a number of excellent dive shops that offer boat trips out to the local sites but almost all of Bonaire’s main island dive sites can be done from shore. Allowing you the unique opportunity to dive the same spot as often as you like.

Bonaire Topside

Bonaire is located 50 miles north of Venezuela. The main island is only 24 miles long and 3 to 7 miles wide. Klein Bonaire, meaning “Little Bonaire”, is a tiny uninhabited island off its west shores. The islands are very arid with the dominate plants being cactus. There are plenty of parrots, flamingoes, iguanas, donkeys and other attractions to keep you clicking away topside. Some of my favorite landmarks to shoot are the Williamstoren Lighthouse, the slave huts, the three remaining Obelisks or the salt mounds drying across from the salt pier.

Freediving in Bonaire

Access to the Bonaire National Marine Park for Freedivers requires a $14 marine park tag which can be purchased from us or from at any dive shop. The majority of dive sites off the west coast of the main island are accessible from the shore. Klein Bonaire and a few of the harder to reach sites are done only from the dive boats. Typical dive depths are 10 to 50+ M with a few deeper sites. Visibility averages 60-100 feet (18-30M) but ocaasanaly drops down less. Water temperatures range from 78 to 86 F (26 to 30 C).

Shore Freediving Bonaire

Bonaire is most famous for it’s shore diving.  It’s easy and predictable, and not too deep (less than 70ft). There are not a lot of currents, nothing big in the water to bite you, and the dive sites are well marked.

The dive sites are easy to locate as they are all cleverly marked with a large yellow rock with the name of the site painted on it. Simply drive down the main road till you see a yellow rock, look up the discription of the site in your dive guide and if it sounds good, go diving! The sites in front of the hotels can be accessed from piers or stairs leading down into the ocean. The other shore dives range from easy access to extreme, but most feature pebbled, coral rubble beaches or rocky shorelines so it is best to use booties and open heeled fins. Do not leave valuables in your rental car unattended while shore diving. I have never encountered any problems personally but others have reported having items stolen out of their cars.

Boat Diving Bonaire

There are some great dives on Klein Bonaire that can only be accessed by boat. Some of the dives to the north such as Reppel and Oil Slick Leap are near impossible to do from shore. If this is your first time to Bonaire, at least a few boat dives are definitely worth doing. There is also just the added convenience of boat diving. Sometimes it is nice to just take it easy especially when you are there on vacation.

Typical Diving Day in Bonaire:

Typical dive day really depends on whether your doing boat dives, shore dives or a combination of both. Most shops run morning, afternoon and often evening boat trips. Shore diving can be done at any time and with most dive packages you can check out multiple tanks. If you are staying at one of the hotels with a house reef these are accessible at any time and convenient for night dives and in between boat dives. The number of dives you can do in one day is only dependent on your energy and bottom time.

Bonaire Marine Life

Bonaire is not typically known for its larger creatures but there is plenty to keep you occupied with your wide angle lens. Large sponges and sea-fans dominate the reef scape and the salt pier has excellent wide angle opportunities. There are a few shipwrecks and large tarpon are quite common as well as turtles, barracudas and few good size groupers. For macro and midrange subjects you’ll have plenty to choose from. Angel fish, butterfly fish, seahorses, crabs and shrimp are just a few of the many subjects that you can find.

Bonaire dive rules

All of the dive operators in Bonaire are very protective of Bonaire’s reefs. In general, wearing gloves in not allowed. If a divemaster sees you touching or destroying the reef, you are usually warned the 1st time, and removed from the water the 2nd time. You are not allowed to take anything from the water, including seashells.

 

Best Time to Visit Bonaire

Bonaire is usually good to dive year round, and actually has a reputation for having great weather all year round,  but hurricane season is between June and November. Although technically below the hurricane belt, they have had their share of odd storms and received significant damage in 2008 from Hurrican Omar.  Some divers have said that some shallow reefs sustained damage from the Hurricane, but not the deeper areas.

Bonaire receives very little rain and the average daytime temperatures range from 85 to 95 degrees farenheight (29-33 C).

 

Getting There

There are a lot of international direct flights to Bonaire. If you are traveling from the U.S.A , Continental, American Airlines and Delta has direct flights from Houston, Miami and Atlanta every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Curacao is near Bonaire and Freedivers also enjoy Curacao.

 

Visit Bonaire Freediving School:  +5994167672 Instagram @Bonairefreediving facebook @BonaireFreedivingSchool

Freediving Around America

Fecha: October 7th, 2015 Por Luis Fonseca

Nature as our guide…

 

Private SCUBA DIVING

Fecha: October 15th, 2015 Por Luis Fonseca

Do you want to SCUBA? Go private and let Bonaire Freediving School can take care of it

Besides been an experienced Freediving Instructor, Luis is also a veteran multi agency SCUBA instructor and If you want to have a day off from Freediving but still be in the water, or if your friends and family rather carry tanks than hold their breath, you can book private SCUBA trip, a PADI course or an old school sport diving CMAS diving course, all at a convenient schedule for you.

Bonaire Freediving School SCUBA service is designed for the discriminating individual who wants a no hassle, no stress, care free, just-come-and-enjoy the ultimate scuba diving dream vacation on an island paradise. Let Bonaire Freediving School pamper you.  For scuba divers, Bonaire is a superb destination in the Caribbean and elsewhere.  For those who haven’t discovered the magical underwater world yet but want to learn how to do that, Bonaire offers the best conditions to do so having warm seas, great culinary delights, a slow and easy way of life, and friendly people.  We are Freediving School with scuba diving service specializing in ONE ON ONE personalized guided scuba diving, and scuba instruction, geared to those people who exhibit a concern for the aquatic habitat and the conservation of our fragile environment.

For certified divers, Bonaire Freediving School offers you, your very own personal dive leader, or your personal PADI scuba instructor in your continuing scuba diving education. We offers all PADI sanctioned recreational scuba diving courses ranging from Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver to Master Diver, and professional scuba diving courses such as Divemaster and all of course all levels of CMAS courses.  We keep our dive trips in very small groups so we can give our clients personalized attention.

For those who want to learn how to scuba dive, we afford you one on one training and at a pace you are comfortable with.  If you are not sure if you want to take a full course, then we can take you on a half day Discover Scuba Diving Experience, where under the control and guidance of your personal instructor, we will introduce you to Bonaire’s magical underwater habitat…….an experience of a lifetime!  Although there is a minimum age limit to scuba dive, you are never to old to learn!  We teach “low impact” techniques and philosophies during every program and make every trip an educational experience.

For snorkeling enthusiasts, Bonaire is the place to visit.  A quick snorkel out to the reef and enjoy our underwater wonderland with no restrictions other than your own personal limitations!

Safety, customer satisfaction, care and comfort are our primary concerns and goals.  The biggest compliment you can give us is to recommend us to your family and friends!

Bonaire is not only famous for its world class diving, it has many other different things to satisfy every taste.  From just lazying on the beach sipping cold refreshing drinks and eating delicious food, horseback riding, kite surfing wind surfing, hiking , just to name a few.  So……indulge yourself, and scuba dive with Bonaire Freediving School!

 

 

We have CMAS and PADI education available

CMAS SCUBA Courses in Bonaire

CMAS 1 Star

Duration: 2.5 Days

Confined Water sessions: 3

SCUBA dives: 2

Price: $290

CMAS 2 Stars

Duration: 4.5 Days

Confined Water sessions: 3

SCUBA dives: 5

Price: $390

CMAS 3 Stars

Call for more information.

CMAS Instructor Training Course is also available upon special request.

Bonaire Freediving School  also offers you All levels of PADI SCUBA Courses, Discover SCUBA Diving program shore dives and night dives

Just let us know when you want to go and we´ll take care of it

@Bonairefreediving @BonairedivingSchool

 

 

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BONAIRE FREEDIVING SCHOOL N.V.

67 Kaya Gobernador N Debrot.
Suite #2. Harbour Village Marina Premises.
Kralendijk
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Phone +599 416.7672
info@bonairefreedivingschool.com


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