Snorkeling Bonaire

Visit the Washington Slagbaai Park

A bird-watchers paradise, Washington Slagbaai National Park’s 13,500-acre desert oasis inhabits about 203 different types of birds. You’ll find the Washington Slagbaai National Park on the northwest tip of the island. The visitor center at the park entrance, with its museum and hiking trails offers visitors an enjoyable learning experience. In the park you find various bays with snorkel & dive sites accessible from shore. 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 tag.

The park also offers several hiking trails suited for both amateur and expert trekkers. A popular hiking trail in the park is the Subí Brandaris Trail which takes you to the highest peak on Bonaire 241m (784 ft.) The Subí Brandaris Trail is a 45-minute and is a medium-difficulty climb. The view from the top is a really fantastic reward for making the trip. On a clear day you can see the island of Curaçao and, on exceptionally clear days, the Santa Ana Hill in the Paraguaná Peninsula of Venezuela, and the mountain range south of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Unlike the other trails, the Subí Brandaris trail does not start at the Visitor Center of the park; you need a vehicle to enter the park and take you to the base of the hill. Hikers to the Brandaris are required to be at the park before noon. There is no restaurant in the park so make sure to pack plenty of water, sunscreen and food.