Group Airfare Information: American Airlines
AA# 1379- 10:30a Miami (MIA)- 2:44p Bonaire (BON)
Divi Flamingo Resort & Casino
Address: 40 Julio A. Abraham Boulevard, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
There are no entry requirements for people traveling to Bonaire.
Although not required for entry or return at this time, if eligible, it would be wise to hand carry your original paper copy with your other important documents. (ie. passport, cert card, paper copy of any independantly purchased insurance policies.)
Dive Accident Insurance:
Thankfully I have never had to use it, but have met many who have.
Dive Travel Insurance:
If you are choosing to purchase private travel insurance, I have purchased several in the past 2 years since Covid-19 started. There are more out there as well, these are just ones I have experience with or have heard positive things about:
Please list New England Dive #2782626 as your referring dive center.
If you have specific questions about what’s included please call the insurance company direct to make sure you know what you are buying.
We do not require travel insurance for the trip. But do remind people that the trip is non-refundable, and dive/travel insurance is excellent to help you with the unexpected. Physically, Financially, & Medically world travel has been altered in numerous ways due to Covid 19.
Diver PACKAGE INCLUDES:
*7 Nights Accommodation (Run of the House “ROH” room class based on Double OCC. *Additional fee applies to single occupancy*.
*Breakfast, lunch, dinner (coffee, tea, and water).
*11 Boat dives (includes tank, weights & belt) First day AM dives are replaced with a mandatory marine park orientation check out dive & a 1-tk PM boat dive. Then 5-days 2-tk AM boat dives.
*Unlimited use of tanks for shore diving.
*Lounge chairs and towels at pool and beach.
*Airfare if pre-purchased with New England Dive group airfare package.
*On-island transfers from airport to the hotel
Non-Diver PACKAGE INCLUDES:
*All of the above except diving.
11 AM Boat Dive Package
AVAILABLE DIVE PACKAGE UPGRADES:
(Must be purchased minimum 45 days prior to travel.)
+$100 5-days 1-TK PM Boat Dive (Sun-Thurs)
+$110 Unlimited Nitrox for the week.
*This dive schedule is included, but not mandatory. If you would like to sit out, then please let someone know so the boat does not wonder & wait.
*If you would like to continue your skills with additional training please contact the crew at New England Dive to hear about opportunities available during your trip. (additional fees may apply.)
The resort is locate less than a mile from downtown and its a lovely walk down the shoreline.
The resort also runs parallel to the ocean offering plenty of water play opportunity.
There are 2 swimming pools, plenty of lounge chairs by the pool and the shore.
An activities board outside the front desk reception area lists daily events that are offered at the hotel.
A life sized chess board and outdoor pool table adorn the courtyard across from one of the 2 open air restaurants located within the hotel.
There is also a casino on site if you would like to try your luck! Just make sure you look over the rules before you play. I hear some things are a little different than home.
American Airlines Baggage Policies: (Subject to change at will of American Airlines)
**An update to complete this information at the correct timestamp will be emailed to you in the future.**
Waivers must be completed within 30 days of our return date. During this time period this section will be updated with the appropriate waivers and you will receive an email containing the waivers needed and directions on how to fill them out.
This section contains many helpful tips for travel and will help clarify what happens up arrival to the island.
You will receive an email from New England Dive via DocuSign. Complete accordingly following the prompts, then choose a witness to do the same and enter their email. Please complete at your earliest convenience at least 2-weeks before travel.
An notification of necessary waivers email will have links to the resorts required waivers. Please complete them asap upon receiving.
-Once the plane has landed- collect your baggage- and Clear Customs.
-You will exit through customs door. Immediately after exiting the door, look for a staff member holding a sign that says Divi Flamingo or New England Dive. There will be a bus waiting for guests and some trucks waiting for luggage. It is about a 10-minute drive to resort. The bus may be making a few trips, and it will take some time for everyone to clear customs.
Return testing to US is available at the resort:
The front desk will ask us to bring down our luggage by a certain time, and notify us when we will need to meet for the shuttle back to the airport.
We will be taking a GROUP PHOTO at this time if we have not done so already. Please join us to document the great memories we shared with you.
What American Airlines charges, they charge. If this changes before travel we have to just roll with it. Currently:
|Caribbean (except Cuba and Haiti)||$30 1st Checked bag each way (50lbs)||$40 2nd Checked bag each way ($50lbs)|
Suggested $5-$10 per tank used. Please have enough CASH. New England Dive has a “Boat Leader” on each vessel. A group tip is collected and given to the boat crew as one sum at the end of the week. We find this avoids any confusion with how to leave gratuities, as well as, makes sure that the cash goes directly to those who earned it most. If you choose to leave more than what is customary, we bet the Divi Dive staff would be flattered.
There is a new $75 per person Island Tax for hotels, and rental cars. What used to be a percentage is now 1 flat fee no matter how long your stay.
A discount was added to each of your invoices to reflect the change from “what was” to “what is”
The guests now pay $75.00 per person per stay Directly to Bonaire. www.BonaireIsland.com click on ENTRY
“The government of Bonaire has announced a new Visitor Entry Tax, starting on July 1, 2022. Non-residents aged 13 and older will be required to pay a $75.00 per visitor entry tax; residents of the former Netherlands Antilles and non-residents aged 12 and under will be required to pay $10.00 per visitor. The mandatory tax will be paid digitally via an online platform or upon arrival at the airport.”
Only coffee, tea, and water are included. All other beverage purchases can be signed to your room charges and settled at check out.
On-Site Divi Shop:-Please fill out the online registration forms that are applicable to you for the divi dive shop at your earliest convenience within 30 days of return (11/19/2022) and preferably 2-weeks before travel.
The link to pay Marine Park Reef Tax is also on this page.
The Bonaire Marine Park extends from the high water mark to the 60-meter depth contour all the way around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, encompassing an area of approximately 270 hectares. The Marine Park’s job is to ensure that the marine resources of the island, the magnificent coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves are protected and used in a sustainable manner. To learn more about the Bonaire Marine Park, visit www.bmp.org
Yes. The dive docks located on our beach extend out almost 30 yards to the famous Calabas reef. Tanks are available on these docks 24 hours a day for shore divers.
Strap on your gear using our custom designed diving benches, then step off into 12’ of crystal clear blue water. The reef quickly drops down to 12’ right in front of the dock. The Calabas Reef is an unspoiled beauty, featuring a wide variety of tube sponges, parrot fish, trumpet fish and anemones.
Yes. We are proud to offer private lockers with wetsuit hangers and plenty of room to store all of your diving gear, so you can access your equipment 24 hours a day! We recommend that you bring your own padlock.
Yes its magical and perfectly safe for experienced divers. Thrill-seekers can dive under the stars right off our docks to swim alongside exotic marine life like octopus, tarpon and brightly colored coral reefs.
Different sites each day. There are so many spectacular dive spots on Bonaire, so we make an effort to visit them all, including Red Slave on the south side of the island and Rappel on the north side. We also visit the island of Klein Bonaire almost every day. If you have a specific site request, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
It takes about 10-20 minutes to reach most dive sites. If you are staying at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, the world-famous Calabas Reef is just steps from your room.
Our dive boats typically sit in 25’ of water, close to shore, with the drop off right behind the boat. When you reach your destination, you will drop down below the boat and follow our divemaster. Dive down to the recommended depth and enjoy exploring Bonaire’s pristine coral reefs. Halfway through your air time or bottom time, or when the divemaster signals it’s time to return, you will turn around and head back toward the boat, ascending throughout the dive. You’ll then spend the last few minutes at the 10′-15′ range checking out the vibrant reef and colorful fish and completing a safety stop.
Divi has always promoted divers to be self-reliant when setting up or tearing down their dive gear, to maintain dive skills. However, due to COVID-19 concerns, any guest requiring assistance with gear or getting into or out of the water, should have a designated “dive buddy.”
Due to COVID-19 concerns our policy has changed and we do encourage you to bring your own dive gear.
Yes but a limited quantity, by request only, make sure you specified if you need it with NITROX or AIR
Aluminum tanks with yoke valves.
78-80% and above
Most recommend a wetsuit because you are diving more than one dive a day, 3mm is good enough.
Credit card information will be held at the dive shop for on-site dive add-ons and incidentals. This tab is required to be settled at the end of the week.