Where is Bonaire? In the Dutch Caribbean, about 50 miles north of Venezuela. It’s 25 miles long and 3-4 miles wide. The Dutch influence has produced a very stable infrastructure and one of the highest standards of living in the area. There are no beggars to hassle you, no timeshare touts to deal with and practically no crime.
How do I get there?
We get direct flights from several major US cities. Contact our booking office re. flight details. The flying time from Miami is 2 hours 40 min.
What's the weather like?
85 degrees year round, with trade winds to keep you cool. 15 inches of rain per year, usually in the fall. We are 11 degrees North of the equator and the sun is very strong. High factor sunscreen is essential.
What is there to do on Bonaire at night?
If you're looking for Miami Beach, forget it, however there are many good restaurants and lively bars just a short walk from the hotel. There is the worlds first " barefoot casino " on property and a small disco in the center of town. Most restaurants will stop serving around 10 p.m., with the bars open to 1am.
Do they speak English?
Yes. Although Dutch is the official language, most people speak English.
What about the currency?
US dollars are accepted right over the counter. Be sure to ask for change in $ if that's what you want. Otherwise you'll get Antillean Guilders which exchange at the rate of 1.75 to the $.
Can I bring my hairdryer…..?
Yes, Power is 120v, but only 50 cycles
Where is Flamingo Beach Resort?
The hotel is about 5-min. drive from the airport; located right on the water and only a 5-min walk from town. No taxi is needed to get into town.
What facilities do you have?
We have 145 rooms, many are overlooking the clear water, most have an ocean view, and some have a pool view. 2 swimming pools, 1 tennis court, 1 restaurants, 1 bar, casino, and conference room.
Are your rooms air-conditioned?
Do your rooms have telephone or TV?
12 rooms have telephone, 105 have TV.
Can I book packages?
Yes we offer a variety of pre-paid packages, room only through all-inclusive.
Is the dive shop on property?
Yes we have the well-known Dive Bonaire on site.
What is the Bonaire Marine Park?
The BMP are responsible for the upkeep of the moorings at all of the dive sites. Every diver must purchase a $10 (cash) tag before diving. The tag is valid for a calendar year.
Is there diving in front of the resort?
Yes. The dive docks at the beach extend out almost 30 yards to the reef. Tanks are on these docks 24 hours a day for shore divers.
Describe your dock dive.
Just gear up using our convenient benches to sit on, then step off into 12 feet of clear blue water. The reef quickly drops down to 120 ft, right in front of the dock. There are lots of fish below the dock and the reef is very good, with lots of tube sponges, parrot fish, trumpet fish and anemones.
Can I dive 24 hours a day?
Yes we have tanks available 24 hrs for shore divers, right on the dock.
Do you have storage lockers?
We have 2 storage areas, one on each dock. They open at 8am and lock at 9pm. For diving after 9pm, remove gear before it's locked in, and store it in your room overnight.
What's the night diving like?
Great. Most divers night dive off our docks several times during their stay. They see octopus, tarpon and lots of brightly colored corals.
How many boats are there?
The dive shop has 6 boats, 36-42 ft. Each boat is limited to 16 divers, has plenty of shade, iced water, fresh fruit and full safety equipment. The tanks are placed in tank holders behind the seats, so putting the gear on is easy. We have the best boat fleet on Bonaire, no question.
How do I sign up for them?
We have a sign up board that displays all boat trips, so you can pick the boat of your choice. When you check in at the dive shop, we allocate you a number, which you use to book a spot on each boat.
Do you go to different sites each day?
Yes. We visit a wide range of dive sites from Red Slave in the far south to Rappel in the north. We also go over to the island of Klein Bonaire almost every day.
How long to the dive sites?
Around 10 - 20 min.
Are there lots of boats at each site?
No. Only one boat per dive site is allowed.
Do you run 2 tank trips?
Yes. Every day of the year we run a variety of trips, single tank and 2 tank morning trips and single tank afternoon trips.
Are the boats crowded?
No. We limit the boats to 16 divers max. There is lots of room to walk around
What are your boat dive profiles?
We recommend maximum time of 1 hour and diving no deeper than 100 feet in the morning and 60 feet in the afternoon for the single tank trips. For the 2 tank trips we recommend 45-50 min. and 70 feet as maximum. A surface interval of 30 - 45 min. is normal.
Is there a dive master on board?
Yes. Every boat has a captain and a dive master. The dive master will be in the water and will dive with you if you wish. If you want to dive independently with your buddy, that's ok as well. This is not Grand Cayman where they herd you up in one big group; we give divers a lot of freedom.
Do I have to back roll off the boats?
No. All the boats have a wide swim platform to make it easy to leave and return to the boat. For the macho divers, back rolls are possible off the sides of the boat!
Describe a typical boat dive.
The boat normally sits in 25 feet of water, close to shore, with the drop off right behind the boat. Drop down below the boat, look at the soft corals to identify if there is any current, then dive against the current. Dive down to your maximum depth, say 60 feet, and enjoy the reef. Halfway through your air or time, turn around and head back to the boat, ascending throughout the dive. Spend the last few minutes at 20 feet checking out the reef and fish while also completing a safety stop.
Will the dive staff help me with my gear?
Most guests like to set up their own gear, but if you need help just ask them. If you have back problems or have trouble walking with the gear on, we will put your gear on and off at the swim platform.
Do you do drift dives?
Yes. We will drift dive if the captain is comfortable with the conditions. Currents are not usually strong.
Do you run any special trips?
Yes. We run trips way north to Washington Park for an all day, 3 dive day, bring your own lunch. Also trips to the far south sites like Red Slave and Margate Bay. There is no extra surcharge for these dives. No other dive shop on the island offers these special trips.
Is rental gear available?
We rent masks, fins, snorkel $10 / day
Regulator with octopus and gauges $10 / day
B C jacket $10 / day
3mm short wetsuit $8 / day
Weights, belt and mesh gear bags are supplied as part of the diving price.
A 10% service charge will be added to all dive bills. More information about our rental gear
What about a discount for weekly rentals?
Rent for 6 days and only pay for 5.
What about learning to dive?
We offer a variety of learning experiences. Twice a week we offer FREE scuba experience off the hotel beach to let you see how cool scuba diving is. Daily, we offer a half day course ( Resort Course $80 ) to allow you to dive with us in the company of a dive master. On demand, we will run a full certification course ( PADI OW $320 ) that takes 4 days and gives you a dive license for life. Above courses are all-inclusive. Some guests like to complete the class and pool section of the PADI OW course at home and finish the course here. We will complete the 4 open water dives on demand, (Referral $150) Equipment is extra. More information about our diving instruction
Do you offer any courses for experienced divers?
Yes we offer a wide range of follow on courses.
Advanced course. 5 dives, 2 days, $200
Rescue course. 4 days $300
Medic First Aid 1 day $100
Dive master 5 days $400