Your dive experts on Bonaire
Who We Are
We help you safely explore the sea and discover an exotic underwater world
Hailing from South Africa, Helliwell started diving nearly three decades ago and quickly fell in love with the sport and started diving all over the world, encountering all sorts of sea creatures, including sharks, seals, sea horses and a variety of fish species. Having visited Bonaire many times for diving holidays, Helliwell says the decision to take the helm at Divi Dive Bonaire was an easy one.
“I have been traveling to Bonaire as a holiday diver for years and know the island’s dive sites very well. Of course, as with most, Bonaire found its way into my heart. Bonaire is voted the best shore diving destination in the world year after year, and I couldn’t agree more,” said Helliwell. “The ease of diving, the freedom of shore diving, the health of the reefscape and the variety of fish are far superior to any other location I have visited. But it is more than that; Bonaire is clean, beautiful and full of adventurous spirit and friendly people. So when my wife and I decided to move to the Caribbean, Bonaire was the logical choice for us.”
Dive Assistant Manager
How We Work
Teamwork makes the dream work, and at Divi Dive Bonaire, we hire only the best dive masters and staff to ensure you enjoy a safe and entertaining diving experience.
We believe communication is key when it comes to exploring the Caribbean’s most colorful coral reefs. We work together to help you discover the pristine beauty Bonaire has to offer.
All of our hard work pays off when we see the smiling faces of our adventurous divers who have just conquered another exciting underwater experience. So put on your mask, slip on your fins and discover why Divi Dive Bonaire is the best dive operation on the island!
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“Had a wonderful experience in Bonaire last February. Great fun for new and seasoned divers!”
Paula Barsomian Ajemian, Oct. 30
“Went there in June for the 1st time and loved it! The reef is awesome; dive 24/7 right off the dock. Tons of fish and beautiful coral. Facilities and food are good. Easy walk to town to shop, eat, and explore! Guides(Shout out to Alvin) were awesome pointing out the critters. We’ll be back!”
Jenny Smith, Oct. 26
“Just returned from a week of fantastic diving! Denise and Ruud were amazing dive masters for our group of 19 divers. It’s my third time to Divi Dive and I always look forward to diving with Denise and Ruud.”
Dawn Shaikh, Sept. 16
“Been diving with them 30+ yrs. with two or more trips per year. Never disappointed. Great service & customer service.”
Serena Ogburn, Sept. 7
“As beginning divers, we had a very helpful begin at the Dive Center. At the introduction the dive instructors helped us on the way and the next day in the boat, both Luis and Carlos were tremendous teachers in and outside the water and very helpful of you had any questions. We’d love to come back another time !!“
Adri Holierhoek, June 6
“Everyone in our dive group are multi-year return guests and all agree, Serge & Divi Dive are the best dive op on Bonaire, and Ruud & De are by far the best, most knowledgeable, most fun, and hardest working divemasters around.”
Christopher Kenyon, May 27
“Ruud and Denise are the epitome of high standard dive instructors who love diving and teaching. We had an overflow dive boat of 23 with seasoned divers, snorkelers, and new/teenaged divers. Ruud and Denise maintained focus on safety, pointed out a vast variety of sea life, answered our numerous questions, and played classic rock music between dives.”
Deb Stillions Green, May 25
“I’ve been coming here for over 20 years and every time is better than the last. Fantastic resort staff and the Divi Dive operation is top notch. Carlos and Luis make every dive safe and fun and we love diving with them. And Serge runs the best shop and operation on the island. Can’t wait til my next trip!”
Marci Shaw, May 12
“This trip was my second to Bonaire. Carlos and Luis are the best dive masters that anyone could ask for. Their willingness to help their fellow drivers have the best dives possible is over the top exceptional.”
Brian Thomason, May 11
“Terrific, well run dive shop. Our dive masters, Ebbi & Luis, were the best. Good equipment, reasonable rates. Every dive better than the last.”
Betty Curry Johnson, April 14