VIP Diving
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About
VIP Diving is the premier PADI 5 Star IDC Resort and emerging PADI TecRec Center on Bonaire. We exemplify client relations and expand our provided services while maintaining our well-known quality. More than diving, we offer simple luxuries in addition to our exceptional dive, course, and rental services. As such, VIP Diving has earned the title of #1 dive shop on Bonaire for twelve years running. Make bubbles, not troubles.
Kralendijk, Bonaire
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Mike
3 contributions
Jan 2020
My instructor for Advanced Open water (AOW) was Ron. He was very knowledgeable, skilled, patient, and professional. He ensured all skills were done to the best standards and even made sure I was happy with how my skills were before moving to the next step. Ron made sure that the navigation and deep water dive was completed first, to ensure we could do the wreck dive to its best experience (30 meters). Ron also had a vast knowledge of the island and history.

My nitrox course was taught by Rob. He was very skilled, had a great knowledge base and took things slow and steady to ensure all the information was understood.

My 2 guided dives that were done after nitrox and AOW were a great experience as well. My guide had a vast knowledge of the island history, how each dive site got its name, and what spots are good during which times and weather.

VIP also provided good equipment, towel to use, water after the dive, and candy to help get out the taste of salt water from the mouth.

Highly recommend doing courses and dives here
Written January 23, 2020
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Hi adventturetime, We love hearing awesome stories about our wonderful instructors!! Ron is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor who wants to be sure that his students are confident in their skills. We're so glad you had a great time with he and Rob and that you enjoyed our shop, equipment and style! Thanks for your five-star review and for highly recommending us to others :-) Sunny wishes, Carolyn and the VIP Diving team
Written March 3, 2020
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JGeers2014
Lake Villa, IL1 contribution
Mar 2020
We stayed in Bonaire for 10 nights (6 Mar - 16 Mar 2020) and dove with VIP for 8 tanks over 4 days, with three different guides. They were incredibly, knowledgeable, patient and skilled and gave one of us, with less experience, a ton of individual attention and coaching which was much appreciated. VIP only books small groups which we very much preferred and appreciated over being on dive excursions with a dozen or more people. They should be your first stop when choosing a company for shore diving on Bonaire.
Written March 29, 2020
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Hi JGeers2014. We're glad that VIP Diving was your first stop when choosing a dive company on Bonaire and that you recommend others to do the same. Tons of individual attention from incredibly knowledgeable, patient and skilled guides...what a great way to describe 'The VIP way'! Thanks!!! Kind regards, Bas Noij
Written April 8, 2020
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Mcheal R
1 contribution
Jan 2020
The instructor I had (Ron) was very friendly, easy going, lots of experience, and very patient. The areas I had difficulties with were done over and over until my instructor and myself were happy with the results. Ron Focused on completing the navigation and deep water dive first in order to go do the wreck dive which was at the 30 meter mark. He also gave valuable and useful feed back for correcting form while under the water and made correction to improve performance. Completing the night dive and drift dive was also a fun event.
VIP provided towels, water and even candy to clear out the salty taste from the ocean water out of the mouth
My Nitrox course was don by Rob, who had a good knowledge base of the material as well as hands on experience.
Two more dives I did were guided dives, with the dive master being knowledgeable of the areas we went and even explained the history of the scuba diving and scuba diving areas on the island.
I highly recommend VIP diving for their professionalism,equipment and being prepared before, during and after the dives.
Written January 23, 2020
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Hi Mcheal R, We love hearing awesome stories about our wonderful instructors!! Ron is a very results focused instructor and he wants to be sure that his students are confident in their skills. We're so glad you had a great time with he and Rob and that you enjoyed our shop, equipment and style! Thanks for your five-star review and for highly recommending us to others :-) Sunny wishes, Carolyn and the VIP Diving team
Written March 3, 2020
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Jesse J
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Family
Visited Bonaire as part of a cruise on 3/17 and wanted to try scuba diving for the first time so we booked the Discover Scuba Diving package. It was my wife and I along with our two teenage boys. VIP diving met us right at the port and drove us to their business where they served us coffee while reviewing safety procedures and other required paperwork. Martje was our guide for the day and she was terrific throughout the entire experience. She was knowledgeable and patient with us, and took plenty of time to explain and demonstrate the proper techniques for various elements of diving. When my wife decided diving was not for her, Martje set her up with snorkeling equipment to use use while our boys and I went on our dive. Our dive was fantastic....saw the beautiful underwater world of Bonaire and can't wait to do another dive in the future. Overall, VIP provided a terrific experience and plenty of great memories for our family!! I would highly recommend their services for anyone wanting to dive in a beautiful location.
Written April 14, 2022
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Hi, Jesse! We loved having you and your family join us for a Discover Scuba Diving experience! We understand that diving is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy it, Bonaire is a treat! We simply want everyone to enjoy their time while on our beautiful island. We would love to have your family back for an extended holiday in the future too! Best regards, Trinity T, Martje, and the VIP team
Written April 15, 2022
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Jet385540
1 contribution
Mar 2020
Our group rented tanks from VIP for 2 weeks of shore diving. The price was good and the staff around were always friendly and ready to give tips and suggestions about the dive site we had chosen to do along with other site we should not miss.
We were diving nitrox, all the tanks were in good condition, no oring problems and they had a meter right there for us to check O2.
They also were happy to listen to our exited stories as well.
We stayed next door at Aqua Viva and I would go to the dive shop and get a coffee in the morning, and then always another when we were changing tanks. It seemed limitless, and good.
They had lots of swag for purchase as well as dive essentials. We did not use the rental gear but it looked to be in good condition.
Written April 5, 2020
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Hello Jet385540, We very happy to hear that you enjoyed our supreme coffee, great service and top notch tank service. And how convenient while staying next door at Aqua Viva! I'm glad you had a great time...we look forward to your next visit. Cheers! Bas Noij
Written April 6, 2020
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Michael Y
Indianapolis, IN1 contribution
Mar 2020
Had a great afternoon dive with VIP Diving. The person in charge of responding to emails was always quick and addressed my questions. I did an afternoon dive from a cruise ship and my dive master, Frank, picked me up from the terminal. On our way to the dive site, Frank functioned a tour guide pointing out sites of interest and giving some history to the island. When we got to the dive site, he gave an informative pre-dive briefing and set a steady leisurely pace during the dive; really gave us time to enjoy the corals. I've been diving since 2004, from South Africa, to the South Pacific, California and the Caribbean. The reef we dove was one on the healthiest I've seen in a long time.

Thank you Frank and VIP for a great afternoon.
Written March 29, 2020
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Hi myoder65, Thank you so much for the 5-star review! We are happy that you had an awesome experience with VIP Diving from start to finish. While driving from the dive shop to the dive site; this is an excellent way to explore the island. Greetings from your dive butler, Frank and the rest of the VIP Team.
Written July 21, 2020
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omeinv
Denver, CO297 contributions
Jan 2020
We have dove with VIP Diving several times over the years. This visit was another great day of diving.

We were on a cruise ship. Caroline met us right on schedule at the port, and we were off. We were quite fortunate as the weather was amenable to diving sites on the southeast part of the island, that are often plagued with too much surf. We had two amazing (as always) dives, with a fantastic picnic lunch (included with the price) in between.

While VIP isn't the least expensive option on Bonaire, you get full value for your money and more. The price includes everything, including nitrox (assuming you have your nitrox certification). The only additional cost is the few dollars for your Bonaire Marine Park Pass. Of course this isn't in the control of the dive operator.

The real advantage of VIP is that, upon arrival, you confer with your guide about which of all the sites on the island you want to dive. If the weather permits, and you are qualified, the entire island is yours to pick from. They never say that a site is too far away, or that your two dives should be close to one another.

On top of that, the guides know the island, and give you lots of interesting information before and between the dives. Finally, they have great facilities to clean your gear, and they never rush you after your dives are complete.
Written February 28, 2020
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Hi Omeinv, Thank you SO much!! We love getting reviews from our return guests and we are so glad you enjoyed another great day of diving!! Oh, and thanks for the shout out :-) As they say in Bonaire, "Once a visitor, always a friend." Awwwww, so cute. We hope to see you again soon! Sunny wishes, Carolyn and the VIP Diving team
Written March 3, 2020
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sirjohnamcdonald
Kitchener, Canada19 contributions
May 2020
While other dive shops have closed down on Bonaire while the airport is closed, VIP Diving continues to operate, although with reduced hours. As a freelance scuba instructor, I look for dive shops that will continue to support me and my students, even when the going gets tough.

This afternoon I had my pressure gauge blow an O-ring, so I dropped into VIP Diving to see Kevin O'Brien. He had it fixed in five minutes. When I asked what the charge was, he said, "don't worry about it." And this was even after he replaced a small part.

VIP is also my choice for getting my private tanks filled. Their price is the best on Bonaire, and their fills are always generous. Today I needed some extra tanks beyond my private stock. Again the answer was, "just grab a few of ours at no extra charge."

When some of my students, who live on Bonaire, needed gear, they were able to arrange a three-month rental at a great price. When I needed a new BCD, I chose from VIP's stock of AquaLung premium HD BCDs. When my tank needed a new DIN insert, they let me know and installed it at the cost price.

So why look any further? Simply choose VIP Diving and you will get the best customer service on Bonaire.
Written May 1, 2020
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Hi John. We very much appreciate your business and your friendship! Thank you so much for this glowing review. It warms our hearts in these difficult times Warm regards, Bas and the VIP Diving team.
Written June 26, 2020
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shawn
Raleigh, NC2 contributions
Jul 2021
If you’re just looking to rent tanks and explore Bonaire on your own, there are probably numerous shops which will suffice. But if you’re looking for a highly professional, informed, organized dive operation then VIP is the clear leader.



When first planning my trip, like many I looked online for local dive shops and encountered the dominant operator with multiple locations on this very small island. I thought it would be a benefit- such a large operation must have the professionals and equipment I would need. But once I arrived I discovered it and many others were shabby businesses, poorly run with heavily used equipment and staff who were much too casual about my dive experience.



VIP impressed me right from the front door. Clean, spacious, comfortable and well-equipped with all you will need beyond just tanks and weights.

I had not made prior reservations and after our introduction and conversation about what I was looking for, Bas immediately got to work finding space for me on planned guided dives, and was able during a very busy time for VIP to fill my week-long itinerary with day and night dives.

There is an obvious high standard of professionalism at VIP. And the guides are passionate about their island home and its waters. Very knowledgeable. And also very well trained on customer service.



I’ve been fortunate to dive in many countries across four continents. VIP is the most professional operation I’ve experienced.
Written October 4, 2021
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Hi shawnor! We are so happy that you enjoyed your VIP experience. At VIP we want to accommodate as many people as we can during their holiday while also maintaining our small groups of four people or less, so it was our pleasure to have you join us for your stay. Many thanks, Trinity T, Bas, and the dive butlers
Written November 4, 2021
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David B
Stanardsville, VA5 contributions
Mar 2020
My wife and I completed two refresher dives with Bart, and five dives with Rob for our Advanced Open Water Diver certification. Both Bart and Rob were both more than professional divers in every way, they also took the time to answer every question completely, used their huge experience to provide learning opportunities, and showed us the sea life unique to Bonaire and the Caribbean. That level of professionalism - even as people who've been diving for years, my wife and I felt hugely safe diving with these two gentlemen, and that says a lot!
VIP Diving itself is a lovely place, very clean, open to that awesome island breeze, and has everything you could need. The staff were all really friendly and helpful. We had to reschedule some dives for personal reasons, and Bart, Rob and the staff accommodated the new schedule when other places might well have just cancelled the dive. So glad we chose VIP Diving. 6/5 stars!
Written April 8, 2020
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Hello David B, Thank you so much for your 6 (!!!) star review! We always aim for 5 stars. Outscoring that with you makes me so happy and proud. Exactly what we all need in these troubled times. We hope your happy memories will help you through this time and we look forward to seeing you back on Bonaire soon! Warm regards from all your friends at VIP Diving. Bas Noij
Written April 9, 2020
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