As part of Bonaire National Marine Park, the island's entire coastline has been protected for more than 35 years, making Bonaire one of the Caribbean's best diving destinations. With 53 easily accessible diving spots along the entire leeward side of the island, Bonaire offers divers an abundance of places to explore the amazing underwater world .
Remember that you must be certified to dive before starting your scuba adventure. All divers are required to purchase the mandatory $45 nature tag, which you must attach to your scuba gear. The fee grants you one year of unlimited diving, and the proceeds help maintain Bonaire Marine Park.
You don't have to dive in order to see Bonaire's colorful coral; instead, try snorkeling! It’s real easy and you already see the most amazing corals and colourful fish in the shallows.Snorkelers and swimmers are also required to purchase the mandatory nature tag, but are only required to pay $25.
A bird-watchers paradise, Washington Slagbaai National Park's 13,500-acre desert oasis inhabits about 203 different types of birds. The park also offers several hiking trails suited for both amateur and expert trekkers. Hikers can choose between three routes.
You'll find Washington Slagbaai National Park on the northwest tip of the island. Plan to start your hike in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat, and pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and food. The park welcomes visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last admission at 2:45 p.m. Park entrance costs $25, but you can enter for free or at a discounted rate if you have already purchased a diving or a nature pass.
Sorobon, on the east side of Bonaire, offers a beautiful beach area located within a large protected lagoon bay. The combination of continual trade winds, weather, sunshine and warm shallow waters make for the best windsurfing conditions.
Bonaire has been recognised as one of the best places in the world to windsurf for novice through professional levels.
Bonaire’s award-winning and champion windsurf professionals are among the best in the sport. Bonaire’s winning team practices regularly and attends various international competitions.
The Windsurfing Professionals at Sorobon offer classes and clinics for children and adults. Don’t forget to bring or purchase a Nature Tag.
Curious to know what it's like to live on a deserted island, hop on the watertaxi to Klein Bonaire. A small, uninhabited island about half a mile west of Bonaire's mainland, Klein Bonaire is an untouched oasis protected from development as part of Bonaire Marine Park. Travelers in search of pure isolation will want to spend a day exploring Klein Bonaire's reefs. A morning or afternoon of island relaxation. Because this land is untouched, the water visibility is excellent; meaning snorkelers and divers can see the coral and sea creatures clearly.
Klein Bonaire also offers a peaceful beach atmosphere, with perfect white sands . Just keep in mind that there are no refreshment stands, changing areas, or beach umbrellas on the island. You're truly “ cast away “ until you catch the water taxi back to the pier, so remember to pack water, food, sunscreen, and an umbrella for shade.
As soon as you arrive on Bonaire you will see that we have some really special locals roaming the streets. These are our lovely Bonaire Donkey’s. And especially with the wellbeing of these animals the Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire can to be.. Established in 1993 by Dutch Nationals Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman, the sanctuary provides a safe and peaceful oasis for more than 400 orphaned donkeys.
The donkeys are very friendly, cute, and they aren't afraid to interact with you again."
The sanctuary welcomes visitors daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can tour the sanctuary on foot or by car or bike. Admission for adults costs $7, while admission for children 12 and under is $3.50. The Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is south of Kralendijk, five minutes from Bonaire International Airport.
Bonaire’s cool Caribbean trade winds provide the right environment for kiteboarding almost 365 days a year. The kiteboarding area is located on the south-west tip of Bonaire at a spot called Atlantis/Kite-Beach or just by following the brightly coloured kites soaring through the air.
Never been kiteboarding and you want to give this exciting new sport a go?! There are two schools you can visit : Kiteboarding Bonaire and the BonaireKiteSchool.
Kite-boarders, don’t forget to bring or purchase a Nature Tag.