Diving Bonaire versus Roatan // Comparing Expenses for a Week in December 2020

, Diving Bonaire versus Roatan // Comparing Expenses for a Week in December 2020

For dive trip decision making, first I start with a rough estimate of the total costs of each aspect of a dive trip from airfare down to gratuities. If the final figures come out close, then I look at the quality of the diving, or the ease of the transportation, flight lengths, or whatever other considerations will help me break the tie.

Here are my rough estimates of expenses for scuba diving in either Roatan or in Bonaire for a week in December of 2020. Please comment below if I’ve left out anything!

, Diving Bonaire versus Roatan // Comparing Expenses for a Week in December 2020

Breakdown of Expenses

RoatanBonaire
$1,920 or lessTotal per Person Estimated $1,790 or more
$750-$1,000 Airfare $850-$1,000
6.5 hours through Houston (Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport – RTB) Flights 6.5 hours through Atlanta (Non stop from Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Newark, Amsterdam) (Flamingo International Airport)
Yes but mostly from the resorts Shore DivingYes
CoCo View all inclusive unlimited dives, meals, drinks $1,300 per person All Inclusives Eden Beach
$45 with Wikkid DiversSingle Dives $18 one tank and weights or $34 unlimited shore diving per day (60 sites, 8 pickup/dropoff locations)
$350 for ten dives with Wikkid Multiple Dives $180 unlimited for 6 days through Dive Friends Bonaire
$600 for 20 dives with Wikkid Multiple Dives $175 unlimited air/Nitrox for 6 days thorough Buddy Dive Resort
$250 for 5 dives with West Bay Divers (Wikkid is East side) Multiple Dives
$480 for 10 dives with West Bay Divers Multiple Dives
$175 per night ($1,400) or less Airbnb average 6-8 guests $200 per night ($1,800)
$200 per night Airbnb average 10 guests $380 per night
$286 each Roatan Divers for 3 nights, 5 dives (less $ with more people) Packages
$485 each Roatan Divers for 5 nights, 10 dives (less $ with more people) Packages
$2,140 for 7 nights for 2 people, 20 dives to share, breakfasts at Gran Roatan Resort Packages
$1,395 for 7 nights ea, 16 dives to share, +dives $45 Sea Scape, car rental $175 week or $30 per day, salt pool, hot tub, kitchenettes Packages
$950 for 7 nights ea, 10 dives to share, add dives $45, Sea Scape, car rental $175 week or $30 per day, salt pool, hot tub, kitchenettes Packages
Taxi from airport to West Bay $21, water taxi West Bay to West End $3 Airport Transfers
$800 for two, Wicked, 7 nights Hotel Only
$200 a week for a small car (2), $350 week full size truck (4) Getting Around $200 a week for a small car (2 people), $250 a week for a small truck (4 people)
QuestionNeed DIN adaptor $3/day?
$4-$7 Breakfast, $5-$7 Lunch, $8-$12 Dinner, beer $2-$3, cocktails $5-$7 Avg Meal Costs $3-$10 Breakfast, $9-$15 Lunch, $12-$27 Dinner, beer $2-$4, cocktails ??? Restaurants slow and pricey.
Zip lines, zoos, beaches, monkeys, sloths, atv tours Other things to do in Area beaches, tours, land sailing, atv tours
Must have / know $25 marine park tag and orientation, never lock rental vehicle, never leave anything in rental vehicle
$100Gratuities$0??
Equals OutHotel Night Before FlightsEquals Out
SameTransfer to AirportSame
No see ums and sand fleasLocal PestsMosquitoes
, Diving Bonaire versus Roatan // Comparing Expenses for a Week in December 2020

Final Estimates Per Person

RoatanCategoryBonaire
$1,000flight$1,000
$350diving$180
$233 or much lessAirbnb$180
$100vehicle$100
$140food$210
$100dive gratuities$0 ??
Airbnb are less expensivedifferencesAirbnb are more expensive
Food is less expensivedifferencesFood is more expensive
$1,920total estimate$1,790

Some variables are still to be determined – such as what is the typical gratuity for dive shops who handle the unlimited tank drop offs and pick ups in Bonaire.

Another variable is whether or not grocery shopping and cooking our own meals would be a viable alternative.

, Diving Bonaire versus Roatan // Comparing Expenses for a Week in December 2020

Some of my Resources:

These are just a few of my sources. I scoured several airfare aggregators, and same with hotel, Airbnb, and dive shops. I looked up local expenses and even restaurant menus. Feel free to add worthy resources in the comments below!

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, Diving Bonaire versus Roatan // Comparing Expenses for a Week in December 2020

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