Van der Valk Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire

General

When is the raining season?

We get most of rain during the month of October, November and December. Normally the rainstorms are 5 to 15 minutes and interspersed with hours of sunshine.

Transport

Facilities

Food and Beverages

Will there be a wifi connection available at the resort?

In all rooms wifi is available: plazawifi. The use of wifi is free of charge and without a password.

Do I have to bring an adaptor for my electrical devices?

On Bonaire we use 110 volt, but in every room there is at least one 220 volt socket. If you would like to use the 110 volt sockets and need an adaptor, you can get one at our store Kadushi Kontentu.

Can children stay in a room by themselves?

No, there should stay an adult of at least 18 years old in every room.

Is there an ATM machine at the resort?

There is an ATM machine situated in the casino. The casino is open every day from 8pm to 3am. During the day you can use the ATM machine at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, which is a five minute beach walk away.

Is the resort easily accessible for wheelchair users?

Yes, the resort is mostly accessible for wheelchair users. We have some rooms especially designed for disabled guests. Please let us know about this at your reservation.

Is there an iron available in the hotel room?

No, an iron is not standard in the room but can be placed upon request.

Should I bring my own beach towel?

No, you can pick up a clean beach towel at our activity centre on the beach everyday.

How much does it cost to use the gym?

For all our all-inclusive guests the gym and yoga lessons are free of charge.

Is there a kettle or coffee machine available in the room?

Yes, in your room you will find a kettle, instant coffee, teabags, sugar, sweetener and coffee milk. There is also a mini-fridge in your room to store any personal purchases.

Diving and Snorkeling

Where can I rent diving and snorkelling equipment?

Toucan Diving is a 5 star PADI Dive Center and is part of Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire and is located next to the parking lot on the property. They are open from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM and we offer boat dive, shore dive, night dive, courses, rental equipment, SNOOBA and free diving.

What are the opening hours of Toucan Diving Bonaire?

Toucan diving is daily open from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We don’t close for lunch break.

In what languages can I do a course?
  • English
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
  • Papiamentu
How many boats do you have?

We have 4 boats: Blue Moon, Green Flash, Purple Rain and Golden Eye. Three of them are an Island Hopper boat each with a capacity of 12 divers on board and one big boat with a capacity of 24 divers.

What is the schedule of the boat dives?

The 2-tank boat is leaving in the morning at 8:30 and will be back by 12:30 PM. The 1-tank boat leaves in the afternoon at 2:00 PM and will be back by 4:00 PM. To all boat divers we request to be at the dock at least 15 minutes in advance.

What do we have on the boat?
  • Captain and dive master
  • Tanks
  • During the dive we provide; towels, juice, water and fruit.
  • Oxygen and First Aid kit.
Is it possible to do a night dive?

On Thursday we offer a boat night dive at 6:30 PM, with a minimum of 8 divers. Every Tuesday we offer a guided shore night dive from our house reef.

If you would like to explore the underwater world of Bonaire at night, you can do one of our night dives. Every Thursday at 7pm you can do a night dive with one of our dive masters. Dive lights are available for rent in our dive shop. You can book your dive via reservations@plazabeachresortbonaire.com

Do I have to attend to the Bonaire Marine Park orientation and a check-out dive?

Yes. The Bonaire National Marine Park requires all divers to attend to the Bonaire Marine Park orientation and to do a short orientation dive, just to check that they are properly weighted and that their equipment is functioning correctly. You get to do a dive from our beautiful house reef, with an easy access from our beach.

Do you have locker?

We have also a locker room where you can hang your dive equipment. You can use your room key card to open the door of the locker room.

What is the water temperature?

The water temperature is:

  • Winter months (approx. December-March): 78-80 degrees F. / 25-26 degrees C.
  • Summer months (approx. April-November): 81- 84 degrees F. / 27-29 degrees C.
What is the visibility?

Our visibility can run anywhere from 60 to 100 feet / 18 to 30 meters.

What kind of tanks do you have, sizes and does the pressure in all sizes of the tanks the same?

We have aluminum tanks, international valve as well din tanks. We have 63 cu. ft. and 80 cu. ft. both tanks are filled at least with 3200 PSI. The 80 cu. ft. tank holds more air than the 63 cu. ft. tank. At 3000 PSI an 80 cu. ft. tank contains 80 cubic feet /2264 liters of air and a 63 cubic foot tank contains 63 cu ft. / 1783 liters.

Is nitrox available?

Yes, ther is 32% nitrox available as a free upgrade on your dive package for our Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire / Toucan Diving guest. If you are not certified we can offer you nitrox course. It is a have day course.

Nitrox is available only during the opening hours.

Can we do a pier dive?

Town Pier is not allowed to dive and to dive at salt pier is on your own risk.

What should I keep in mind before arriving with my dive group?

One week before the group arrives we need the following information:

  • From each diver the amount of weights
  • Rental equipment: BCD, regulator, wetsuit, dive computer, fins, mask and snorkel
  • Nitrox or air
  • Name list of the boat divers
  • Flight information

If we can receive this information in advance it will be nice and easier when the group checks in. Toucan Diving will prepare the weights and rental equipment by names. The boat will be ready with request tanks onboard.

There are some consequences if we do not get the above mention information on time. The consequences are:

  • The boat will have only air tanks on board
  • If we have a lot of divers in house we can not guarantee of there will be enough rental equipment or weights.

Also we will let you know also:

  • Where and at what time the Bonaire Marine Park orientation will take place.
  • Departure time of the boat (on the boat we will serve towels, water, juice and fruit).

 Before you start diving you need to attend to the Bonaire Marine park orientation, which is mandatory. To check in at Toucan Diving you need to bring:

  • Certification card
  • Liability release
  • US$ 25.00 cash for the Nature Fee tag.

The diver liability release will be send by email to the group leader. It will be easier if the liability release can be filling out before checking in at Toucan Diving.

How much does an introduction dive cost?

If you are not sure if Scuba Diving is for you, you can consider to do a PADI Discover Scuba introduction dive. This cursus takes half a day, consisting of an introduction and briefing. After the briefing you will take a dive in the swimming pool. Afterwards you can enjoy or house reef. For the Discover Scuba Dive you will pay $ 89.

Which diving packages are available at Plaza Beach Resort?

Our diving school Toucan Diving offers the following

  • $ 45 Dive orientation / Checkdive
  • $ 29 One Day Unlimited Shore Diving *
  • $ 49 One Day 1-Tank Boat Dive + unlimited shore diving *
  • $ 65 One Day 2-Tank Boat Dive + unlimited shore diving *
  • $ 54 Night Dive *
  • $ 49 Guided dive *
  • $ 159 6 days unlimited shore diving *
  • $ 299 6 days 1-tank boat dive + unlimited shore diving *
  • $ 399 6 days 2-tank boat dive + unlimited shore diving *

* Free Nitrox upgrade * Tank rentals include use of weights and weight belt.

All divers are required by “Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire” (Nature Foundation Bonaire) to follow an orientation. The orientation consists of a briefing and check-out dive ($ 45). Every diver on Bonaire needs to have a Marine Park Tag ($ 25). This tag is valid for one calendar year.

How can I reserve a dive?

You can book a single dive, diving package or diving course in advance by sending an email to reservations@plazabeachresortbonaire.com.

Can I dive with a guide and what are the costs?

It sure is possible to book a guided dive. Our dive masters will show you the most beautiful underwater places. The costs for a guided dive are $ 49, including rent for the tanks and lead. All divers are required by “Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire” (Nature Foundation Bonaire)  to follow an orientation. The orientation consists of a briefing and check-out dive ($ 45). Every diver on Bonaire needs to have a Marine Park Tag ($ 25). This tag is valid for one calendar year.

Do I have to bring my own diving gear?

It is always great to have your own gear with you. However it is possible to rent complete dive sets (mask, snorkel, fins, B.C.D. & wetsuits) at Toucan Diving. If you book a dive, all gear is included (except PADI Advanced Open Water Certification, ADI Rescue Diver Course & PADI Dive Master Course)

What are the costs to get my PADI Open Water Certificate?

De 4-5 day cursus costs $ 399. This includes your gear, theory, course supplies and dives. For availability, please contact reservations@plazabeachresortbonaire.com.

What is included in a boat dive?

During your boat dive water, towels, juice and fruit are available to you.

Can a non-diver come on a boat dive?

Yes, that is possible. For example you could join the boat to go snorkelling at Klein Bonaire for $ 20 (gear and guidance included). To protect the Bonaire Marine Park snorkelers are required to buy a Nature Tag, snorkelers pay only $ 10 for this tag. The tag is valid for a year and offers free entry to Nationaal Park Washington Slagbaai. For more info see www.stinapa.org. You can buy the Nature Tags at our dive shop and our Activity Center.

What boat dives can I do?

Morning 2-Tank:

On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday a boat leaves at 08.30 to the North: Maximum Karpata

Second dive on the way back between 1000 steps and 18th Palms

 

On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday a boat leaves at 08.30 to the South: Maximum Margate Bay

Second dive on the way back any between Salt Garden and 18th Palms

 

Afternoon 1-Tank:

On every day of the week a boat leaves at 14.00 to Klein Bonaire

 

Note:

No drift dives or what so ever

No drift dives on night diving

No drift dives if unsure of current

We always put our boat on a moorning before diving

 

Do I need to pay extra for Nitrox?

No, you do not have to pay extra to use Nitrox.

What is the minimum age to partake in a dive?

You have to be at least 10 years old.

Am I obligated to do an orientation dive?

All divers are required by “Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire” (Nature Foundation Bonaire) to follow an orientation. The orientation consists of a briefing and check-out dive ($ 45). Every diver on Bonaire needs to have a Marine Park Tag ($ 25). This tag is valid for one calendar year.

Are DIN connections available at the resort?

Our dive school Toucan Diving has both DIN and international connections.

What types of tanks are available?

Our dive school Toucan Diving has 50, 60 and 80CF tanks available. 

What kind of lead is available?

Our dive school Toucan Diving has lead available per 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 pound. You can also borrow a lead belt at the shop.

Meetings and Events

Do you have a wedding planner?

For weddings we work together with Suzes Weddings Bonaire: suze@suzeweddingsbonaire.com.

Can I rent a conference room at Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire?

Our professional and flexible team has years of experience with organising both festive and business events. Together we will make sure the event is exactly as you wish. Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire has multiple indoor and outdoor rooms which can hold up to 350 people. For more information, please contact banqueting@plazabeachresortbonaire.com.

Is there a special price for local businesses?

No, we do not have any special prices for local companies.

Can I bring my own beamer?

Yes you can, but please let us know in advance.

May I cater my own event?

In some special cases this is allowed, for example special champagne at a wedding. However in most cases we ask you to get all food & beverages through Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire.

How many conference rooms do you have?

We have four rooms inside, one outside room, the beach and the Tipsy Seagull restaurant.

What kind of audio does Plaza Beach Resort offer?

Plaza Resort Bonaire has an amplifier with a microphone and speakers, a microphone, a flipchart with markers and a beamer.

Do you also cater?

Yes, we do offer coffee / tea and also a large dinner. For prices and more information please send an email to banqueting@plazabeachresortbonaire.com

Do you offer teambuilding activities?

Yes, whether you have a preference for water sports activities such as kayaking and snorkeling or beach activities such as beach volleyball and tennis. Plaza Beach Resort is the ideal partner to organize your teambuilding day!

For more information please refer to: https://www.plazaresortbonaire.com/en/meetings-events/events/teambuilding

 

Can I get married at the resort?

Yes, absolutely! Who would not want to say the yes-word to his or her beloved with his bare feet in the sand! Our professional and enthusiastic team is always tries to make your wedding the best day of your life. For more information: https://www.plazaresortbonaire.com/en/meetings-events/events/caribbean-wedding

 

Financial

What are your banking details?

Banco di Caribe
Account number 314 305 01
Plaza Resort Bonaire BV
JA Abraham Boulevard 80
Kralendijk Bonaire CN. 

For further Credit to Banco di Caribe Bonaire, Kaya Grandi 22, Bonaire. 
Swift: BDCCBQBN

What currency is used on Bonaire?

The national valuta on Bonaire is the American dollar. On Bonaire there are plenty ATMs where you can get American dollars. However you do have to pay a small additional fee to the bank.

Information for cruise ships

Can I stay all-inclusive for one day?

Yes. You can buy a day pass for only $ 99. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and all drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Children between the ages of 4 and 12 only pay $ 50. The pass is valid between 7am and 10pm. If you stay for a shorter period of time, different price apply.

How much does a sunbed cost?

Sunbeds can be used for free by all guests at our resort. As a visitor you will pay $ 5 for a sunbed. It is not allowed to bring your own food and drinks to the beach.

Can I rent a room for one day?

Rooms are only available with an all-inclusive price. It is not possible to book a room only.

Are taxi’s easily available from and to the dock?

Depending on the number of cruise ships there are at the moment, it should be relatively easy to find a taxi to Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire.

Is snorkelling included during a visit?

All guests on our resort can get a snorkelling set at the activity centre. For visitors however, snorkelling is not part of the standard package. You can rent snorkelling gear at our Activity Centre.

  • $ 5 mask and snorkel
  • $ 5 fins
  • $ 10 snorkel set
  • $ 5 snorkel vest

For only $ 20 you can join a snorkelling tour with our dive school Toucan Diving. The boat leaves for Klein Bonaire every day at 2pm.

Can visitors use the swimming pool?

No, visitors are not allowed to use the swimming pool.

Will there be a room available to take a shower?

No, only when you stay all-inclusive you can use the showers at the diving school or in your room.