Diving Bonaire

Divers from over the whole world know one thing for sure: diving on Bonaire is extremely beautiful and an experience to always remember. During your stay, our dive school Toucan Diving arranges a beautiful diving experience. Safe, fun and above all: incredibly beautiful. Whether you never dived before or whether you are an experienced diver; during you diving vacation on Bonaire, you will feel directly at home with our professional diving instructors of our five-star PADI dive center.

Basic courses

Discover Scuba Diving

If you're not sure whether Scuba Diving is for you, you could consider taking a PADI Discover Scuba introductory dive. This course takes half a day, consisting of an introductory part and a briefing. Afterwards, you'll dive into our pool, and you'll admire our house reef.

Refresher course Scuba diving/ Scuba Review

If you already have a diving certificate, but it has been a while since you went diving, it is good to know that Toucan Diving allows you to take an open water dive with one of our instructors, allowing you to rediscover the beauty of the underwater world. Especially if it has been a while since you went diving, we recommend signing up for this course.

PADI Open Water Diver

The PADI Open Water Diver certificate is the most famous diving programme in the world, developed for the novice diver who wants to learn the basic knowledge of diving. The course consists of a theory part and a field training. The PADI Open Water Diver certificate is recognized around the globe as proof that the diver is able to dive in a safe and responsible manner.

A certified diver is able to dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters, together with a buddy, without supervision. The student begins in confined water where he / she puts the gained knowledge into practice during the diving sessions in the beautiful waters of Bonaire. The course price we offer includes the required diving gear.

Advanced courses

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver of Adventure Diver

This course is a follow-up course of the PADI Open Water Diver course. It helps you further develop your diving skills and broaden your diving experience through training and exercises In the clear water of Bonaire. In order to achieve this certificate, you must complete five adventure dives under supervision of a diving instructor.

If, after this you wish to expand your confidence under water even further, there are various options.

* PADI Advanced certificate required. 

Rescue Diver*

This certificate is an extension of the things you already know about how to be of assistance in case of problems and how to manage issues that arise. Here, you learn techniques to save other divers without putting yourself in danger.

* PADI Emergency First Response certificate required. 

Dive master

In close collaboration with one of our instructors, your diving knowledge is deepened during this training and your diving skills are taken to a professional level. The Dive master training develops your leadership qualities and makes you able to supervise during diving activities. After taking this course, you may assist instructors during diving lessons.

* PADI Rescue certificate required. 


Would you like to spend more time under water? If so, it may be time to switch to Nitrox Since the air mixture contains less nitrogen, you can extend your no stop time. After diving, you will feel in much better shape as well. 

* PADI Open Water certificate required. 


Dive activities

Dive Orientation / Checkdive

Looking for Scuba Paradise? Look no further. Bonaire is known to the insiders as being in the top three scuba dive destinations in the world. Beautiful underwater landscapes, crystal clear waters, and a large score of professional and experienced diving operators. The underwater crown jewels are well protected by the Bonaire Marine Park, who have enforce the “Look but don’t touch”-rule since its inception in 1979.

Bonaire has always been a pioneer when it comes to protecting its marine environment. In 1961 Bonaire enforced legislation to protect its turtle poputation. Ever since 1971 it is forbidden to use spear guns and in 1975 it was made illegal to brake off live coral.

If you are planning a trip to Bonaire and have a scuba dive/hotel package you will be given a thorough dive orientation and briefing before your first dive on the island. One of the Bonaire Marine Park Regulations is for all visitors to do a check-out dive at the house reef or the dive school. The main reasons for this are to have each scuba diver check buoyancy so that damage to the reef is minimized or eliminated and also to check out their dive equipment, whether it be rented or owned. This dive can be done on your own, without a dive professional. 

All scuba divers must attend an orientation with their dive operator (the center from which air tanks are obtained) before diving in the BNMP. The orientation consists of a ‘dry’ part and a ‘wet’ part. The ‘dry’ part is a briefing on the Bonaire National Marine Park rules. The ‘wet’ part of the orientation is the check out dive. Repeating divers are also required to attend a dive orientation and perform a check out dive every time they are back on island. In addition, every scuba diver on Bonaire must purchase a Marine Park Tag (US$25) valid for one calendar year. At registration, all divers should bring with them their (1) dive certification card, (2) diving vouchers, (3) a credit card for a security deposit, and (4) US$25 cash for the required purchase of a Marine Park Tag. After a brief introduction to diving at Toucan Diving Bonaire at 9:00 a.m. or 2 p.m.; you simply get your gear ready, enter the water, and do your buoyancy check. Our staff is ready to assist you if you need to make weight or equipment adjustments. Once you’re set, off you and your buddy go!

Boat Diving

You can enjoy Bonaire with her beautiful diving locations at our comfortable boats, specially equipped for the diving sport. With two experienced diving guides who take care of you and show you the most beautiful spots. We will make sure that the boats are not too full, allowing you to enjoy your dive and so you can take your time. Whatever your physical disabilities may be, our boats are equipped with a platform and convenient ladder, and our helpful crew will assist you getting in and out of the water.

Every day you can choose from two different boat trips:

Unlimited Shore Diving

At Plaza Resort Bonaire, the diving tanks are available 24 hours a day, at 2 different locations: at the pool and at the pier. Tanks are also available at Toucan Diving between 7.30am-5.30pm. Our own house reef “Eighteen palms” is one of the most beautiful places of the Bonaire Marine Park. You don’t even have to leave the resort to be able to enjoy it. There are two easy entrances, near the two places where you can grab your tanks 24/7. Of course you can also visit one of the more than 100 diving spots on the island, easily accessible from the shore. Our friendly and helpful staff is always willing to tell you about their favorite diving spot and, moreover, are happy to help you plan your diving day.

Night diving

Would you like to discover the underwater world of Bonaire by night? If so, enlist for one of or night dives. Every Thursday night, our instructors are at your service to assist you in your night dive. Depending on the season, the boat departs at 6 PM or 7 PM. Under supervision of our specialized diving instructors, you’ll explore the underwater world of Bonaire by night. Diving lights are for rent at our diving shop.

Diving Rates

Diving equipment rental:

Dive packages:

*Free Nitrox upgrade

*Tank rentals include use of weights and weight belt. 

Dive courses:

Dive Specialty Courses


Bonaire Marine Park

To protect the Bonaire Marine Park, snorkelers also have to purchase a Nature Tag. For divers this tag costs only US$ 25.00. The tag is valid all year long. For more information visit www.stinapa.org. The Nature Tags are available in our Toucan Diving shop.

Dive packages and air are sold only to certified divers.
Nitrox and Nitrox packages are sold only to certified nitrox divers.
Dive packages are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Bonaire Marine Park entry fee is US$ 25.00 per year per diver.
Bonaire Marine Park entry fee is US$ 10.00 per year per snorkeler.
All divers in the Bonaire Marine Park must perform an orientation dive before participating in diving activities.
Pre-booked packages will not be refunded or transferred to other persons.
Rates and taxes are subject to change without notice.
No Service Charge.