Grand Windsock Bliss – The Ultimate Bonaire Diving Vacation

Diving vacation to: Bonaire. Looking for a luxury diving vacation in Bonaire? Where you have your own villa with private pool and also an on-site restaurant and dive shop? Found!
Travel period
All year round
Features
Boatdiving, Shore diving
Starting at
8 days from €1249,- p.p

Diving vacation at Grand Windsock Bonaire

Looking for a wonderful comfortable diving vacation? Look no further! Discover the beauty of Bonaire while staying at the modern and luxurious Grand Windsock Resort. Here you will experience a diving trip to remember, together with the renowned Dutch diving school WannaDive. And best of all? You have the freedom to explore the island with your own rental car.

Diving on Bonaire with WannaDive

Bonaire is known for its accessible dive sites, and the Drive & Dive concept is wildly popular here. The Drive & Dive concept involves driving yourself to the dive sites in a pickup and diving on your own. With as many as 80 dive sites , including popular spots like Salt Pier, Hilma Hooker, Karpata and Red Slave, a diversity of fantastic diving awaits you.

While diving in Bonaire, you will discover colorful corals, sponges and a variety of tropical fish. You may encounter schools of fish, angler fish, tarpons and green sea turtles. If you are lucky you will also come across a ray or eagle ray, and the really lucky ones will even be able to see dolphins and sharks. Do you have 20/20 vision? So be sure to keep your eyes on the coral where you may still be able to find a seahorse….

Grand Windsock Luxury Holiday Villas & Apartments

After a day of diving, return to your luxury villa with private pool on the grounds of Grand Windsock Bonaire. Friendly Bonairean hospitality and a smile await your arrival. Relax by the resort’s large pool, enjoy the tropical gardens and visit the beach club. End your day with a snack and a refreshing Amstel Bright at beach club The Beach as you watch the sun set with your feet in the sand.

Best travel time for a diving vacation to Bonaire

Bonaire offers fantastic diving year-round. The rainy season runs from mid-October to mid-January, with more mosquitoes. A constant easterly wind provides pleasant temperatures, but also causes rough water conditions on the east coast and calmer seas on the west coast. There are peak crowds during the Christmas season, mainly because of the many American tourists visiting the island.

🍴 Bonaire is a foodie’s paradise, with high-end culinary experiences such as Chefs and Brass Boer. Chefs, located in Hato, is unique because you sit down with chefs Han and Mark along with 11 other guests. You look into the kitchen as you enjoy a glass of wine and the gentlemen prepare the most amazing dishes. It is an intimate and personal way to enjoy great food. On the other side of the island at Point Square you will find Bras Boer luxury, located on the waterfront with beautiful views. Known for its refined dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, this sister restaurant of de Librije (in Zwolle) offers an unforgettable culinary experience on this beautiful island.

Grand Windsock has its own on-site restaurant Bloom that is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the morning. The menu excels in its simplicity and high quality, as you would expect from a good bistro. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, here you can relax and enjoy.

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Average Temperatures

Wetsuit advice for Bonaire

A 3 mm wetsuit is recommended between July & November. The other months the water temperature fluctuates between 27/28 C. For most divers then a 3mm is still sufficient, but if you dive a lot or get cold quickly then you might consider a 5mm.

What will you experience on this dive vacation to Bonaire?

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Day 1 | Flight to Bonaire

Today you will fly to Bonaire with TUI or KLM from or via Amsterdam. The flights are what you would call “direct,” but sometimes there is a short stopover on another island. Your luggage just stays on the plane, and usually you go off the plane yourself for a while, to a special “transit” area.

In the afternoon or evening you will arrive on Bonaire. Here you can immediately pick up your rental car and drive on to Grand Windsock. You can get there in just 10 minutes from the lucthaven.

Depending on what time it is, you can do some shopping at the Appie (v.d. Tweel) or drop in at the WannaDive diving school to get acquainted.

Day 2 to 6 | Shore diving on Bonaire with WannaDive

The next 6 days are devoted to diving. Lots of diving! At WannaDive, you have an unlimited air (or nitrox) package. That means you may pick up unlimited filled dive tanks to dive with for the next 6 days. You bring these back empty and then you get new filled tanks. You can also book a number of boat dives should you wish to dive at Klein Bonaire (small island on Bonaire’s west coast) for example.

A day of diving in Bonaire can look like this:

07:00 Wake up, breakfast
08:30 Get air at the diving school & to 1st dive site in the North
09:00 Dive on dive site Tolo and after the dive continue to Karpata
10:30 Diving at Karpata and back to the apartment
12:00 Lunch at the apartment, get new air and through
14:00 Diving south, dive site Invisibles and then even further south
16:00 Diving on dive site Red Slave
17:00 Back to the apartment and at the diving school, change tanks back for new ones… you can either use them for an evening dive or go straight to the dive sites tomorrow!
19:00 Dinner out at one of Bonaire’s many delicious restaurants. Maybe a few more drinks afterwards….

Is the above program too busy for you? Or just too empty? Never mind, the beauty of a drive & dive program is that you arrange it all by yourself. You decide how much, when and where you dive. Ideal!

Day 7 | Excursions on Bonaire

Your unlimited dive package is a total of 6 days. That means you can also use your package today. We recommend that you don’t do too much diving on the last day (before departure). Despite the fact that the flights are often in the afternoon there so you soon have 18 hours between your last dive and the flight. This is because you probably dived quite a lot this week. So give your body a chance to get rid of all the nitrogen before you fly home tomorrow.

Bonaire has several fun above-water activities such as:

  • Mangrove kayak tour at the Mangrove Center
  • Visit to the Donkey sanctuary; Donkey Sanctuary
  • By boat across to Klein Bonaire
  • Surfing at Jibe City
  • Kitesurfing at Atlantis
  • Hiking in Washington Slagbaai National Park
  • Flamingo visits at Lake Goto

Day 8 | Flight home

The diving vacation is almost over! Most flights leave late afternoon/evening. That means you still have quite a bit of time on the island today. Start the day relaxed with a long breakfast followed by a final dip in the pool. Check-out must be before 11 a.m., but you can temporarily store your luggage at the front desk.

After checking out, you can enjoy lunch somewhere or, for example, take the car into Washington Slagbaai National Park if you haven’t been there yet. The short route takes about 1.5 hours and the long route takes an average of 2.5 hours. Keep in mind that you have to pick up your luggage on time as well as be at the airport. So ample planning is wise.

Another alternative is to spend the last day chilling out at a beach club such as Ocean Oasis or Sorobon. You can also go surfing at Jibe because there are showers there so you don’t have to get on the plane with salty hair.

Then, when the time really comes to go, you can simply return the car at the airport and then board the plane to Europe.

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The accommodation

The stay and surroundings

Grand Windsock Bonaire

Grand Windsock Bonaire offers an oasis of relaxation with luxury vacation villas and apartments (almost) right on the beach. At Windsock you will find a beautiful large pool, lush tropical gardens, on-site dive shop AND on-site restaurant.

At the in-house restaurant, Bloom, you can enjoy delicious French bistro dishes combined with the relaxed atmosphere of tropical Bonaire. Under the palapa, surrounded by lush green plants and colorful flowers, you imagine yourself in a luxurious paradise. The menu shines in its simplicity and top quality, as you would expect from a good bistro. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, here you can relax and pamper yourself.

For a poolside drink, Windsock is also the place to be, with a choice of delicious cocktails, cold rosé, delectable white wine and refreshing beer, accompanied by tasty snacks.

Across the road is beach club The Beach, directly on the water and across the street from the resort. Here you can relax with your feet in the sand and a cocktail in hand and enjoy beautiful sunsets. It is also a great place for lunch or dinner.

Travel costs

What is included

<p>This dive vacation to Bonaire is available from €1249 per person based on two people in one Deluxe Pool Villa, 1 bedroom. Are you going with 4 people? Then the starting price is €849. p.p. in a 2-bedroom Deluxe Pool Villa and are there 6 of you going? Then the price for a 3-bedroom Deluxe Pool Villa is €739. p.p.

The deluxe pool villas are the most luxurious accommodation category. The Garden View apartments are the cheapest, followed by the Ocean View apartments and then the Grand Penthouse which is almost at the same price level as the villas with private pool.

Please indicate when booking if you prefer to stay in a different accommodation category.

The diving trip can be expanded as desired. A number of things are included by default in this travel package. Prices are subject to price changes, increases or changing exchange rates. Flights are always based on the cheapest possible booking class.

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Frequently asked questions about this diving vacation

Diving general

On Bonaire you will make mostly shore dives, however, it is also definitely possible to make boat dives. Would you like this? Ask us about the possibilities.

Grand Windsock is minutes from the first dive sites. You can even go scuba diving at The Beach, right across the street! If you go north or really south you will be about 20/30 minutes away.

As much as you want, we offer an unlimited shore diving package. Of course the advice to keep a close eye on your limits!

You can do fantastic night diving here. A unique spectacle not to be missed is the Ostracods night dive that takes place about 2/4 days after the full moon. Ostracods are super tiny clams that you can’t see with the naked eye, but 2/4 days after the full moon they sparkle in the dark water! A magical experience where you are surrounded by brilliant points of light illuminating the darkness.

You can get into the water at The Beach, among others, or at Bachelors Beach or Corporal Meis. These are Windsock’s “house reef” dive sites.

Absolutely, WannaDive offers several diving courses. Includes the first dive certificate you need to dive independently.

Yes definitely, the diving school WannaDive is located on the property.

Diving equipment

Both are present.

Yes, this is free for certified nitrox divers

Yes, this is possible, a complete set comes to €42 per day.

Other activities & excursions

Absolutely, some great snorkeling spots are; 1000 Steps, Karpata, Salt Pier, Bachelor’s Beach, Klein Bonaire and Wayaka (in the park).

You can go canoeing through Bonaire’s mangroves, visit the donkey sanctuary, learn to kite or windsurf and spend a day visiting Little Bonaire where you can sunbathe, swim and snorkel.

You can go canoeing through Bonaire’s mangroves, visit the donkey sanctuary, learn to kite or windsurf and spend a day visiting Little Bonaire where you can sunbathe, swim and snorkel.

Accommodation

Yes, this is free

Yes, Bloom and across the street The Beach

Yes, there is a large communal pool and the deluxe villas also have a private pool.

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