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The newest edition of the popular diving guide, Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy, by Susan Porter, is now available for purchase.

About the guide.

Bonaire is a unique dive and snorkel destination, and there isn’t another destination in the Caribbean which has so many unrestricted shore diving sites.  This guide is an excellent tool for those who want to enjoy the freedom Bonaire’s shore diving offers. Most of the sites are easy to dive, but there are intermediate or advanced sites for divers and snorkelers of all experience levels. Descriptions of the entrance and exit points for all sites are included in addition to brief descriptions of the underwater terrain.

The guide includes a quick-reference chart for all sites listed in the guide. Aerial photographs assist with finding unmarked sites at both ends of the island.

Sample listing.

This sample listing shows how helpful having the guide can be when visitors are first setting out for shore diving on their own.

Marked site – BNMP #42
Easy – possible surge at entrance/exit


The access road can often be a challenge due to large holes during the rainy season. It may be easier at those times to park alongside the road and walk down to the parking lot and entrance. There is an easy “ramp” entry at the small sand area to the right which leads to an open area of the substrate outside the surge where you can put on your fins.


It is easier to swim straight out to the drop off than to the mooring which is at 25 feet to the south. The shallow area is mostly sand and coral rubble. The slope of the inner reef begins at 30 feet and becomes a sand bottom at 85 feet. This reef has a mix of hard coral, Gorgonians, and sponges. Keep your eyes open for Southern or Spotted Eagle Rays which like to feed between the reefs. The second reef crests at 65 feet and extends down on the seaward side to over 130 feet. To the south, there are several coral bridges joining the two reefs. This is a good opportunity to explore the second reef which consists of many varieties of hard coral including large formations of Star coral. Black Margate and School Masters congregate around the bases and inside these large formations. A flashlight is a must for exploration.

How to purchase the new edition of Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy.

There are two ways to get your very own copy of this new Bonaire diving guide.  When on Bonaire, stop in at these dive facilities which stock and sell the guide.

Buy on Bonaire at:

  • Belmar
  • Buddy Dive
  • Carib Inn
  • Coral Paradise
  • Dive Friends Bonaire
  • Divi Flamingo Dive Shop
  • DivOcean
  • Vista Blue Gift Shop at Habitat
  • Your Scuba Store
  • VIP Diving

Purchase online for delivery (U.S. addresses only):

Those with a shipping address in the United States can also purchase the guide directly online by visiting the guide website. The cost is $26.95, which includes shipping and handling to addresses within the United States. BSDME is shipped within 5 to 7 business days via first class mail (US postal service for U.S. sales only).

(Source:  Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

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