Bonaire Island Adventure

  • Saturday, December 05, 2020
  • Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • Dutch Island of Bonaire
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Bonaire Island Adventure

with Scuba and Snorkeling

December 5-12, 2020

Scuba Diver: $2,195  and  Non-diver: $1,875  (Cash)

This trip has been expanded from 20 to 24 Travelers

We are looking for a single female roommate to join the trip

 

Overview:

Nature is the chief attraction of Bonaire. It is widely recognized as one of the world's best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving because of its clear waters and the fact that the reef is easily accessible from shore. A large portion of the island's land mass is a legally protected national park. Approximately 111 square miles in size and 50 miles off the coast of South America, Bonaire is essentially a coral reef rising above the water. Its northern part has some hills but is mostly desert like. The flat southern half barely rises above sea level. Bonaire has some famous beaches including one known for its world class windsurfing.

Bonaire prides itself on its reputation for world class snorkeling and scuba diving. The island has a fringing reef that extends out in places 200 feet before dropping off into the deep-blue Caribbean Sea. As a result, divers and snorkelers can often walk into the water from shore and find an environment rich in sea life. Most of the waters around the island are within the Bonaire Marine Park and are legally protected. There are 80+ designated dive sites within the park. Yellow painted stones with the name of the site mark their location along the coastal roads.

Bonaire is part of the Netherlands. As a result, residents of Bonaire enjoy the same rights as Dutch citizens living in Europe. The island's government is similar to other Dutch municipalities. Although Bonaire is part of the Netherlands, the official currency is not the Euro but rather the U.S. Dollar. This reflects the island's economic ties to the United States. US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa to visit Bonaire. A valid passport is required, and the expiration date should be at least 6 months beyond your stay.

Buddy Dive Resort is a full-service dive resort. Including: 73 apartments, more than 100 rental cars, two ocean-view restaurants and a bar area to enjoy the sunsets and company of your fellow SCSTC travelers. Their dive operation is a PADI 5-star Career Development Center with 6 dive boats, a large range of diving options, courses, kids’ programs and the largest technical diving facility of the Caribbean.

For this trip, your club has reserved 2-bedroom apartments with either an ocean or garden view. Each apartment has a compact kitchen, spacious living area with cable TV, a patio or balcony, air-conditioned bedrooms each with its own bathroom and shower.  On Bonaire the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B and F so you will need adapters for US cords. The standard voltage is 220 V.

Our SCSTC vacation includes one 4-passenger rental vehicle with each 2-bedroom apartment we book. You will need a valid drivers license, purchase their local rental insurance ($140 per week) and fill the fuel tank when you are done with the vehicle ($60 for a full tank). This rental program allows you to enjoy the wonders and incredible nature of this unspoiled island. These vehicles allow you to easily explore the designated shore dive and snorkel locations around the island.

What is included?

  • Pre-trip Party in Melbourne, FL
  • Round-trip Charter Bus Shuttle from Melbourne to Miami Airport (MIA)
  • Round-trip, non-stop American Airlines economy air from Miami (MIA) to Bonaire (BON)
  • Hotel Transfers on Bonaire
  • 7-nights lodging at Buddy Dive Resort (3.5 Star) waterfront resort
    • https://buddydive.com/
    • Quad occupancy, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartments 
    • Seven breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners at the resort
    • One shared small 4-passenger vehicle per 2-bedroom apartment
    • A 5-star PADI Dive Facility with waterfront dive and snorkeling area
  • For the Scuba Divers (must have current open-water certification or higher): 
    • Three 1-tank guided boat dives to various Island locations
    • Unlimited tank, weight and air fills for unguided shore dives for the week
    • Free NITROX for NITROX Certified Divers
    • Over 80 designated shore dive and snorkeling locations around the island
  • A guided group island bus cultural tour (approx. 4 hours)
  • A Sunset Catamaran Cruise (approx. 3 hours); snacks and beer & wine included
  • Two SCSTC Group Happy Hours
  • Basic travel medical insurance
  • Most gratuities

What is not included?

  • No PADI dive instruction; all levels of training available at the resort for additional cost
  • Dive and snorkeling gear rental available at the resort for additional cost
  • Additional dive boat trips; available every day
  • Fuel and required local insurance for the rental vehicles
    • Must have a valid drivers license
    • Island insurance $140 for 7-day rental; vehicle fuel used ($60 to fill)
  • Bonaire Marine Reef Park Pass ($45 for scuba divers and $25 for snorkelers)
  • No Trip cancellation insurance
  • Additional SCUBA Dive Accident Insurance; available at the resort
  • No airline baggage fees
  • Gratuities for dive masters and boat captain 
Trip Advertised Price:

Your club has reserved space for 24 travelers and adjusted the price for both divers and non-diver snorkelers.

  • Scuba Diver: $2,195 (Cash)
  • Non-diver: $1,875 (Cash)

You must be a current member of The Space Coast Ski & Travel Club (SCSTC) or an affiliated Florida Ski Council (FSC) Club (a $1 reciprocity fee will be applied) to participate in this trip.

Payment Schedule:

SCSTC Deposit:    $500 per person payable with the completed trip application

First Payment:      $1,000 per person by 30 June 2020  10 August 2020

Final payment:     Trip balance due by 1 October 2020

Trip Cancellation Penalties:

The following trip cancellation schedule and penalties will be applied:

29 June  to 15 Aug 2020   SCSTC Minimal Penalty $75
16 Aug to 1 Sept 2020 (Non-refundable Lodging)      $200*
2 Sept to 1 Oct 2020    (Non-refundable Airline Ticketing)      $700*
2 Oct to 1 Nov 2020    (After Final Payment)      $1,000*
After 2 Nov 2020     No Refund

* Plus any other non-refundable charges for airlines, hotels and suppliers


SCSTC Detailed Trip Cancellation Policy

Trip Cancellation Insurance is recommended to protect against these penalties.

Trip Registration:

Please complete a SCSTC Trip Application to secure your spot on this trip.  Our trips have been selling out quickly so recommend you send in your application and initial trip deposit soon.

Each traveler will be required to have a valid passport that expires 6 months or more beyond the completion date of this trip (no earlier than 12 June 2021).  No visas are anticipated for US or Canadian citizens on this trip.  Please provide a copy of your passport photo page with your completed trip application.

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Make all checks payable to:  Space Coast Ski & Travel Club or SCSTC

Send Payments To:        

Space Coast Ski Club

P.O. Box 372633

Satellite Beach, FL 32937

Come join your fellow Club travelers on this trip to the beautiful Island of Bonaire.   If you have any questions, please contact our SCSTC Trip Leader: 

Jeff Koss:  jeff@SpaceCoastSkiClub.com

TRIP LEADER:

 

 


 

Jeff Koss

Email: Jeff

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