Bonaire will most likely be ranked on any shortlist of best diving destinations in the world. It is well known for the preservation of its reefs, all part of the Bonaire Marine Park, that is actively regulated and protected. It has an amazing pristine reef-lined coast filled with unusual coral and reef formations, wall dives, and wrecks, including the famous Hilma Hooker. It is therefore also a popular destination for both for snorkelers and Scuba divers of all skill levels and is a popular destination for underwater photographers.

The water temperature is warm, ranging from 25°C to 29°C (78-84°F), with visibility averaging over 30 meters (100 ft), potentially reaching up to 50 meters (150 ft).