What to Pack Scuba Bonaire

What to Pack: Bonaire

Shore diving at it’s finest! If you are ready for pristine reefs, eco-tourism and scuba diving at your own pace, Bonaire is waiting for you. Pack your gear bag and book a flight!  Bonaire is really laid-back and informal.  Your resort wear is likely overkill anywhere on the island but maybe a casino.  Divers – t shirts and shorts, beach waves in your hair and nothing more. Most everyone is in bed by 8!

What to pack for a week of shore diving in Bonaire:

Dive Essentials

  • BCD
  • Air Delivery System
  • Mask
  • Spare Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • 3mm – 5mm wetsuit
  • Hood if you get cold
  • Flashlight (if you plan to night dive)
  • Marker light (if you plan to night dive)
  • Mesh/Net bag with backpack straps
  • Log Book
  • Pen
  • Certification Card if Already Certified
  • Diving Insurance card (if already certified, and have insurance)
  • Ties and tethers for in-the-field fixes
  • Key storage for your dive truck (seal-able dry bag you can take diving)

Clothing

  • Sunglasses
  • 1 Pair walking shoes
  • 1 Pair sturdy sandals (beaches are broken coral, not sand)
  • 2 Fast Dry Shirts or rashguard
  • 2 Fast Dry Shorts
  • 3 Swim Suits
  • 2-3 Pairs shorts with pockets for land excursions
  • 1-2 Longsleeve lightweight shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Pants
    • Ladies: leggings with pockets are great!
  • 1-2 Tank tops
  • 3-4 T-shirts
  • 1 Rain jacket
  • Hat (baseball or something that covers your ears)
  • Going out for dinner?
    • Ladies: pack a dress and a necklace/earrings
    • Gentlemen: pack a pair of pants and a collared shirt

Entertainment

  • Book
  • Music player + headphones (leave in your hotel)
  • Camera equipment
    • Underwater filters (red)
    • Tethers
    • RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES ONLY

Toiletries

  • Reef Safe Sunscreen (biodegradable, non-toxic)
  • Bug Spray (not kidding – sand fleas)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Hair products (spray, gel, etc.)
  • Leave-in conditioner for long hair
  • Hair ties for long hair
  • Shampoo/conditioner/soap
  • Shave oil (prevents red marks with seawater, easier to pack)
  • Razors

Extras

  • Bonaire dive site guide book (available on the island)
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Water bottle or jug for drinking
  • Packable reusable grocery bags or beach bag (something inconspicuous as petty theft is a thing)
  • Combo lock
  • Snacks
  • Cash for:
    • More snacks, or lunch
    • A drink on the far side of the island
    • Park permit (check with your reservations, it may be included)

Safety

  • SMB
  • Cutting Tool
  • Save a Dive Kit
  • Tool Kit
  • Packable First Aid Kit (checked)
  • Written Safety Plan

What not to bring:

  • Batteries that cannot be recharged
  • Sunscreen that is not reef-safe
  • Fancy clothing
  • Expensive jewelry