Courtyard by Marriott
Transform any stay into a relaxing getaway at Courtyard Bonaire Dive Resort, where you’ll find the comfort and convenience you crave. With our hotel being located less than a mile from Bonaire International Airport, your vacation starts almost as soon as your plane touches the ground. We can plan for you a diving adventure with our third party partners. Back on land, you’ll find that we’re ideally situated near many local hot spots such as downtown Kralendijk and Palu di Mangel. After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by our signature restaurant for a delicious meal complemented by incredible views overlooking our infinity pool. When it’s time to call it a night, retire to the comfort of our spacious rooms and suites outfitted with a pillowtop mattresses, complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-panel TVs. Whatever the reason for your travels, Courtyard Bonaire Dive Resort offers the professional service and one-of-a-kind amenities you deserve.
Dive Friends Bonaire, a PADI 5 Star dive operation located on property, offers easy day and night access via their private pier to Bari Reef, Den Laman’s house reef. Air and Nitrox tanks are available in 80 and 63 cft. Tanks are available 24/7 from both the pier location and at the drive-up location adjacent to their gear locker room and the Den Laman parking area.
The Dive Friends Bonaire facilities make it easy to dive on property or off at any of the 50+ shore dive sites running the length of Bonaire’s leeward coast. Once you arrive, simply gear up, pull on your booties, wade into chest deep water, slip on your fins and relax on your short surface swim (50 yards/meters of less) toward the drop off. Once descended, simply take your landmark (often the mooring buoy), make your dive, and on the way back, slowly head toward shore while enjoying the shallows where you are likely to find pods of squid and long nose needle fish hovering just below the surface, or the yellow headed jaw fish hiding in the coral rubble.
Boat diving adds another dimension to your dive experience on Bonaire, giving you the opportunity to visit sites to nearby Klein Bonaire, where the topography will be noticeably different, or other sites not accessible from shore. Dive Friends Bonaire offers two-tank boat morning dives departing daily, at 8:15 and one-tank afternoon boat dives (with a minimum of 4 divers) departing at 2:15 pm. Follow the dive guide or explore on your own, the choice is yours.
If you are not yet certified or are looking for continuing education, please click here for information on courses offered by Dive Friends Bonaire.
Photos courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott and Dive Friends Bonaire.