Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There seems to be a great deal of confusion about exactly what the Bonaire National Marine Park requirement of an orientation dive is. Some think it is a test. Some think it is a course that must be scheduled. Some think it is a dive with an instructor or divemaster from the resort where they are staying.
The actual requirement is simply that the first dive made on Bonaire this trip needs to be done in front of the resort or dive shop where you are getting tanks. The dive is done on your own. It is simply to make sure your dive equipment is working and that you are weighted properly so that you don’t damage Bonaire’s reefs when on a boat trip or shore diving. Some resorts have a schedule for this. Others, like the Carib Inn, allow you to do this whenever you want.
If you would like this to be a guided dive, we can set that up. The cost is $30 per person if you have a group of 4 or more divers. Less than 4 divers is $45 per person. Please schedule this in advance.
The use of gloves is prohibited in the Bonaire National Marine Park. Divers who must wear gloves due to medical conditions will need to bring a doctor’s declaration, not older than 30 days, to the headquarters of the Bonaire National Marine Park at Barcadera to get a permit allowing them to use gloves.
Is there beach diving in front of the Carib Inn?
Yes. We have a dock with a ladder or you can use the shore.
Can we dive with you even though we are staying at another hotel?
Yes, we are always very happy to have you dive with us.
How much does it cost to dive for a week?
That greatly depends on what you want to do and any equipment you may need. It is sort of like asking, “how much does a new car cost?” You can visit our dive page for rates or email us and we can help.
Will we need to rent a vehicle?
Yes, for shore diving; no, if you plan on only doing boat diving. Town is perhaps a ten-minute pleasant walk. A car is handy, but not absolutely necessary.
Which credit cards do you accept?
We accept VISA, Mastercard, and Discover.
Do you have a dive shop or one nearby?
We are a full-service dive center. We have our own dock and boats, plus a well-stocked retail store at the Carib Inn.
Do you arrange or have airport pickup?
We give all that business to the Bonaire taxi drivers so they can make a living, too. There are taxis waiting at the airport when planes come in.
Do the smaller dive tanks have as much air in them as the large ones?
No, they are smaller. They have the same pressure – 3000 psi – but the container is smaller so therefore less volume of air. The standard tank is 80 cubic feet. The middle size is 63 cubic feet and the smallest ones we have would be 53 cubic feet. All have 3000 psi just less cubic feet.
And a few of the really questionable questions we have received (these are real, not made up):
What time does the 8:30 boat leave?
Does the sun come up in the east here also?
Is it hot here because of global warming?