Dive Friends Bonaire
Dive Friends Bonaire
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
We're a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center on the island of Bonaire - "Diver's Paradise!" With multiple locations around the island, you won't have to travel far to pick up or drop off tanks, get advice about good shore dive sites, sign up for dive training, shop for cool new gear or just relax with a cold drink and meet some new dive buddies.
Kralendijk, Bonaire
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Julia
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We came to Bonaire for the first time and signed in at the Hamlet Oasis dive shop and we can recommend this place 100%. The Team is super friendly, very helpful and they give great advise. Also the "house reef" at hamlet oasis (the Cliff) is a total hit. We reserved our dive package beforehand and everything was set up as we planned before. The deals they offer are great, so we booked unlimited dive packages including boat trips and also did some night dives with Dive Friends. Everything was very easy and well organized. We could pass by any of the many dive shop locations to get new tanks and be back on the road in no time. All the staff from Dive Friends Bonaire was very friendly and shared their knowledge on dive sites with us to make the most out of our short visit on the island.
The boat trips were also very enjoyable. We went to places you cannot reach from shore and they were all wonderful. Our captain, Hank gave us a great briefing and no matter which guide was in the water with us, we always had a safe and really relaxed time on the boat and in the water.
Thank you guys, we had a great time!
Written January 22, 2020
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Jos Maurice
Amsterdam, The Netherlands11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We visited Bonaire for 2 weeks, for the third time :-)
Dive Friends offers a great deal when staying at "Dormio Resort/Bonaire Vilage".
We started with a deep water course for 2 days to get certified for 40 meters deep dives. From their location 'Gooodive' the course was given by Aimee Young. She is a very good teacher, gives confidence and is passionated. She likes to share her enthiousiasm and experiences. For the remaing of our holiday it was very convenient to get our air at any of their locations. The people are very helpfull, take the time and have many tips for seeing nice things.
We can recommand the course and the diving with Aimee and all the friendly colleauges of Dive Friends. "We will be Back" !!
Written January 21, 2020
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Adrian C
Swanage, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We used Dive Friends for the first time for two weeks of Unlimited Air/Nitrox package for two couples. The staff were so friendly and helpful (particularly Mic, Morgan and Sarah at Yellow Submarine and Sand Dollar). The ability to use seven of the dive centres across the island is a game changer and we would highly recommend Dive Friends. We also did the Fluorescent (UV) night dive brilliantly led by Sarah where we saw squid, lobsters and Fluorescent coral. We look forward to diving again with Dive Friends in 2023
Written November 8, 2022
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Hi adriancS5022GR, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are very happy to hear you had such a great experience with us! We are looking forward to welcoming you back again with us in 2023.
Written December 20, 2022
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Robert S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My first dive trip in years and Aimee, Jessee, Charlotte and Shaun were genuinely interested in helping. They provided everything I needed - nothing more, nothing less. They answered all our questions, hooked us up with some great dive sites and even directed us to a winner of a restaurant.

Centrally located, well laid out, I definitely recommend the Good Dive location of Dive Friends.
Written January 11, 2020
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Great to hear you had a good time! We are certainly happy with our 8th location.
Written January 12, 2020
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Sharky16475
Ooltewah, TN26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Dive Friends was amazing to work with before and during our two week trip to Bonaire. My husband and I received our open water certification just a few weeks prior to our trip. Because this is our first dive trip, I had a lot of questions during the planning process. Dive Friends was always quick to respond to my numerous questions. They worked with me to plan the perfect two week vacation including scheduling our boat dives.
Once we were there, everyone was amazing to work with. We stayed next door to the Port Bonaire location. Artie and Alex provided us helpful information such as ideal sites for beginning divers. Having nine locations throughout the island made it very easy for us to exchange tanks and rinse off our gear each day. We did have some issues with our equipment. The retail shop was amazing to quickly repair my husband’s BCD & my dive computer transmitter without it costing an arm and a leg to repair.
Throughout our two weeks we had a total of six boat dives. Almost every trip we had someone different, but they were always amazing. We did have Jason a few times. For someone who is new to diving, he could not have put me more at ease entering the water, during the dive, and getting back on the boat.
I could not recommend Dive Friends anymore than the five stars. I am sure that we will be making another trip to Bonaire in the future, and I will most definitely be using them for our air packages and boat dives.
Written May 22, 2022
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Hi Sharky16475, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an awesome and detailed review! We really appreciate that and we are already looking forward to welcoming you back again!
Written May 23, 2022
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Filbert
Eugene, OR58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
I completed my wreck diving certification today with Dive Friends, and could not be happier with it. The PADI wreck diving book could be improved by being a bit more specific with the skills that matter (such as line tying) and it was rather ambiguous as to what should be expected (which makes sense, because wrecks can vary significantly). Because of this, I get the sense that the enjoyment and the usefulness of this course is highly dependent on the instructor. In this case, it was Pieter de Groot, whom I would recommend to anyone. Pieter made sure that I understood the history of the wreck, and did a nice survey of it before even entering the water. Each dive was a successive step toward making wreck diving a safe endeavor, and left me with a newly acquired skill. At the end of this, I feel like I understand that basics of doing a safe and planned wreck dive. Though I recognize that I have significant practice and learning ahead, I went from having no practical knowledge, to feeling like a beginner. I would highly recommend.
Written October 4, 2020
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Great to hear you enjoyed your course with us and learned something new! Always a good idea to stay open to more information and join experienced wreck divers to learn more. Hopefully we will see you back on Bonaire!
Written October 28, 2020
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travelandtrain
Utah40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Four wonen from Utah express gratitude and admiration for Tess and Alex for giving us a great week of diving out of Dive Friends in the Sand Dollar resort, Bonaire. Tess and Alex are skilled divemasters and boat captains and entertained us with lively stories and hilarious jokes. The dives were amazing too!! We cant wait to return! Katie, Kim, Amy and Sue
Written September 17, 2021
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Hi there @travelandtrain! It was AB-SO-LUTE-LY amazing having you 4 ladies on board for the week! Thank you for making us laugh and for joining us last week! We can't wait for you to return! ^Tess
Written September 20, 2021
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TurkishDelite73
Ottawa, Canada27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Had a great lesson with Kirsten yesterday (Jan 2). She was clear, informative and friendly. We were 4 in the group. 3 of us had some prior experience. 1 participant was new to scuba and a bit nervous. Kirsten did a great job of ensuring that each of us understood and was able to demonstrate the basic skills (even if it took a few tries). Everyone had a great experience. We even got a peak at an octopus hiding in a kind of barrel.
Written January 4, 2020
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Practice makes perfect and an octopus makes the dive :) Good to hear you had such a good time with Kirsten!
Written January 12, 2020
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Susan R
Reston, VA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We fell upon Dive Friends by chance since it is the dive center at our hotel. We couldn't be happier! Everyone at every location has made us feel like family and given us great advice.

Last night, Alie guided us on an amazing night dive at the Salt Pier. One of the best dives we've ever done. We had so much fun and she was extremely knowledgeable about the reef. We saw the biggest lobster I have ever seen and a giant moray eel hunting for dinner (which he found).

Right now, my husband is doing his advanced diver and will do self-reliant diver training. While he's doing that, i will enjoy a 2-tank boat dive. I love all of the options we have here.

Thank you everyone at Dive Friends.
Written February 6, 2020
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VJLemons
Mesa, AZ9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Booked a 2 tank dive with Dive Friends coming off a cruise ship. Set it all up, paid for the dive (in advance, not a real fan of but it worked out) and WHAM the ship we were on was not allowed to dock at Bonaire because of COVID. The ship was able to email Dive Friends and they were extremely understanding, cooperative and agreeable to a refund of the dive fee, though they did keep the $12 processing fee, which I was more than happy with. Overall they were excellent to work with, responded quickly, and did everything right. When we get to Bonaire Dive Friends is our dive shop of choice.
Written January 6, 2022
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Hi VJLemons, thank you so much for your review and sorry to hear that you have not been able to actually set foot on our beautiful island. We hope to see you soon! 💙💛💚
Written January 18, 2022
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