Bonaire is a great place to go if you are a scuba diver. We stayed at Lion's Dive Resort and loved being so close to great diving. We stored our gear in a locked room off the dock. We could jump off the dock and dive anytime of day or night. The shore diving on the island is fabulous. Each dive site is marked by rocks painted yellow and marked with the name of the dive site. ome of them had a fair surface swim, but most had easy entries.
The coral reefs are amazing. The mountains of bright green coral, tube sponges up to eight feet tall in bright purple, pink, orange, and green - soft corals, sea fans - being under the water felt like being in a page out of someone's fairytale book. The best stuff was from 45-65 deep. We did a few boat dives, but the shore diving was so good that we decided to save money and do mostly shore dives.
The convenience of staying in a resort with gear storage and diving on site is worth a lot. We were able to do at least four dives each day. At night, a huge tarpon named Charlie followed our dive lights to help him catch his supper. He was about six feet long and followed so close I could almost reach out and touch him. Since he was bigger than me, he had no fear of me.
For a snorkeler, Bonaire has some good snorkeling sites. However, the best corals are below 40 feet and that is hard to see from the surface. Snorkelers would probably prefer Hawaii (lots of sea turtles and more to do above water), but for scuba divers, Bonaire is truly a diver's paradise.