A batwing crab found in the Bonaire Marine Park.

About Renee Leach

Renee Leach has gotten rave reviews from her guests.

As one guest explains it,

Taking a trip with Renee is a complete experience–she points out a multitude of fish and coral life. She knows where everything lives because she’s there so much. There’s not a time I go out with her that I don’t learn something.

Renee Leach has been offering underwater experiences to visitors to Bonaire since 1991. Her never-ending enthusiasm, love for the sea, and background as a biologist are evident to each participant.

Renee’s love for the ocean is evident in her work.

Renee explains:

“Why do I love this job? Because being in the water is the best therapy there is, and I love people. I’ve made a lot of good friends who have snorkeled with me, and, as a matter of fact, 50% of my clients are repeat guests. I teach total snorkeling. You don’t even have to know how to swim. With a life vest, anyone can enjoy the underwater sites. When I hold their hand, the panic is gone. I believe in the personal touch, and I’m in the water with you the whole time. One of the nicest feelings is when I get young children or older people who’ve never snorkeled before. I introduce them to a whole new world, and because it’s in Bonaire (with our beautiful reefs), they get spoiled!”

Renee Leach, in the water, in the Bonaire National Marine Park.
Renee Leach giving a snorkel orientation.

Every snorkel excursion begins with a complete orientation and briefing.

As part of her orientation, Renee gives a complete briefing before every snorkel.

“I include what they are going to see, a description of the fishes and corals, and my “turtle lecture”–all about nesting time and being with the juvenile turtles who live here.”

During the snorkel trip, listen carefully for Renee’s signature “yoo-hoo”, as this always means something exciting has been sighted! When you hear this, scan the water below for sea turtles, unusual fish, or stunning corals!

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  •   My wife and I were first time snorkelers and we both really enjoyed our experience with Renee. She is a remarkable woman and a patient very informative teacher.

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  •   We traveled a very short distance from our hotel and had the best snorkeling day ever. Renee has been on Bonaire over 25 years and is clearly passionate about fish and snorkeling. My husband and I booked time with her and had her all to...More

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  •   We would highly recommend snorkeling with Renee. As relatively infrequent snorkelers--we get out once a year if we're lucky--it was wonderful to get out with someone so experienced & knowledgeable. Renee was a wealth of information about the fish and also just helped us feel...More

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  •   I booked this with Renee based on all the reviews and knew that if anyone could get my sister to snorkel it would be Renee. My sister almost drowned on her honeymoon 30 years ago while snorkeling somewhere else. She agreed to try again. Renee...More

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  •   we took a snorkel excursion in the morning and this one in the afternoon. the weather was not great but good enough to enjoy the reef close to the ship. thank you renee for all the information!

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  •   Renee Snorkel Trips is hands down the best snorkel trip you can do. If you want to see things you would otherwise miss or learn about the different types of fish, you need to do a tour with Renee! We did the three stop day...More

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  •   Renee is so knowledgeable about the varieties of fish in Bonaire. You snorkel from the shore and will see so many fish. Renee has an expert eye and will explain what you are looking at......we easily would have missed the octopus and the eels. She...More

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  •   We arrived in Bonaire on a Holland America cruise ship on March 23, 2018. This was our first visit to Bonaire. We walked off the ship and to the area Rene had specified. She was right there, by the railing, watching for us with a...More

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  •   Renee's trip was an excellent way to spend a couple of hours. The snorkelling was fantastic and we saw a tremendous variety of sea-life just metres from the shore line. Renee led each dive with enthusiasm and every time she spotted something of interest she...More

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  •   Four of us were picked up from the cruise port at 8.00am and taken to the waterfront where Renee parks up and gets you kitted out with snorkel, mask and fins. You then walk @ 50 yards to a pier where you enter the water...More

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