Caribbean Freediving: Bonaire the (free)divers paradise
- 1. The water: Deep, clear, warm and calm
- 2. Beautiful protected reef, all around
- 3. AIDA freedive training center
- 4. Freedivebuddies
- 5. Safety Facilities
- 6. Freediving in caves
- 7. Relaxation maximization
- 8. Exploration options
- 9. The coolest training pool
- 10. Healthy tasty delicious food
- 11. Cross training options
- 12. The people
1. The water: Deep, clear, warm and calm
2. Beautiful protected reef, all around
3. AIDA freedive training center
5. Safety Facilities
6. Freediving in caves
7. Relaxation maximization
8. Exploration options
9. The coolest training pool
10. Healthy tasty delicious food
11. Cross training options
12. The people
A few more Thoughtful Travel Take-aways:
- You can drink the tap water. The quality is superbueno! So just bring 1 bottle and re-fill!
- Spearfishing is probited. The only fish that is allowed to be speared is the lionfish that is unbalacing the ecosystem. Check STINAPA for more info about that!
- Get a car or scooter to get around. It’s not a must but it can bring you to every corner of the island. Especially more inland you’ll discover the cool local places to eat.
- Where to stay in Bonaire? Anywhere in or near Kralendijk is a good location. On the waterfront is fantastic! A few places that caught my interest: Medium budget: Blue Diver. Wow factor: Summer dream Ocean Club. Wow 2 with boat pick-up service from Deep Sea: You & Me appartments. Check Flipkey and Homeaway to browse rental houses in Bonaire
- On a budget? Check couchsurfing and AirBNB (-<25$discount) to stay with a local for budget accommodation in Bonaire.
- Staying Long-term? Ask on the Bonaire housing facebook group. There are many people offering housing and appartments
- Keep the receipt of the STINAPA Marine tag and bring it with you when going to Washington Slagbaai National park. It saves you 10 $ on the entrance fee!
- On the first sight, Bonaire is not for the budgettraveller. Which is good. It will never get crowded here. Though if you happen to be on a budget, and look around the corner, behind the restaurants on the first row, meet locals, ask locals and buy locally, you’ll manage, and it’s de-fi-ne-te-ly worth the freedive progression!
- Locals speak Papiamentu, some speak Dutch, some speak Spanish, some speak English. Some speak it all. Learn a few local language phrases and you’ll make some local friend. Goodmorning: Bom dia, Good afternoon: Bom tardi. Thank you: Masha danki. Bye: ajo. Hopi Bon: very good.
- Being 11 degrees north of equator, the sun is super strong. Best to dive in the mornings or afternoons and wear loads of (ocean friendly) suncream.