Bonaire is a fantastic destination for those who wish to dive or snorkel, but have not enjoyed such because of physical challenges or handicaps. Several of Bonaire’s full-service dive resorts are totally wheelchair accessible in rooms, restaurants, and docks.
Dive crews are trained to assist the handicapped divers.
Dive crews have staff trained in assisting those who might need a little extra help or even those who might require personal assistance with getting on and off a boat, or in and out of the water.
Easy conditions assist with learning to dive.
Bonaire’s easy conditions make it an ideal location for learning new skills which can be used forever, as many handicapped divers return year after year. In fact, large groups of handicapped divers can be accommodated at some dive resorts.
For over ten years, Bonaire has hosted annual visits from numerous organizations that specialize in dive travel for wounded warriors and their families. Many of those men and women who were seriously injured during their service in the U.S. military try diving for the first time on Bonaire. Upon arrival, they complete their Open Water certifications and then spend the rest of their visit diving the island’s famous reefs.
|Wheelchair Accessible Resorts with Full-Service Dive Staff Trained for Handicapped Divers||
|Captain Don's Habitat|
|Divi Dive Bonaire at Divi Flamingo|
The fringing reef which surrounds Bonaire is a National Marine Park from the high water mark down to a depth of 200 feet/60m. Every diver who has not dived on Bonaire within the last calendar year must attend a diver orientation dealing with Bonaire Marine Park regulations and information. These orientation sessions are usually held at around 9:00 AM the morning after you arrive on Bonaire, and you are required to attend and to obtain your Marine Park tag, which is necessary to legally dive in Bonaire’s waters. The cost of the tag is US$25, and proceeds help support park management and services.
For information on dialing a Bonaire phone number from off-island, see the Telephone page.