ACTIVITIES

UNDER WATER

Bonaire is nicknamed ‘Divers Paradise’ and the underwater world is unique to say the least. Bonaire is the world’s number 1 shore diving destination and has loads of diving schools and agencies that offer diving trips. But even without an oxygen cylinder and by solely using snorkels one can enjoy the many wonders of the Bonaire National Marine Park.

Beautiful coral reefs with a large variety of colorful fishes, crustaceans and turtles can be found at many places along the western coast, in Washington Slagbaai National Park and on Klein Bonaire. Water taxies to and from Klein Bonaire depart from multiple locations on the island, but you can also rent your own boat to visit the tiny island.

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OP HET WATER

Due to almost constant trade winds and a pleasant water temperature the island has become a hotspot for windsurfers, kite surfers and sailors. The beaches of Sorobon are the perfect location for windsurfing and have already hosted numerous international surfing championships. Kite surfers have also found their perfect spot on the island; the south-western coast close to the salt marshes proved to be the perfect setting for this type of sport. It’s absolutely worthwhile to take half an hour of your time and drive the road along this coast around sunset as you will not only experience breathtaking views, but will also encounter the characteristic 19th century slave huts that were built along the salt marshes.

Another event worth mentioning is the large Bonaire regatta that takes place in October every year. Sailors from all over the world compete in this race and Kralendijk’s harbor becomes the epicenter of all festivities. Expect food stands with delicious local & international food, bands playing, dozens of boats lined up in the harbor and lots of parties.

Many agencies offer sailing trips to various snorkel locations throughout the year, usually in combination with good food and drinks. Another fun water activity is kayaking, which can be done in the mangroves of Bonaire or on the west coast of the island.

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ONSHORE ACTIVITIES

Renting a car or scooter is a great way to discover Bonaire’s many different faces:

  • Visit the rugged Washington Slagbaai National Park with its rocky mountains, blowholes, bays and snorkel beaches.
  • Observe the wild ocean on the island’s east side.
  • Pay a visit to the flamingo sanctuary at Lake Goto.
  • Drive through the wonderful protected area of Lac Bay with its mangroves, beaches at Sorobon and the beach of Lac Cai where you can enjoy local food and music on Sundays.

  • Cruise along the salt marshes and nearby kite beaches.
  • hExperience the historic Spanish town of Rincon.
  • Wander through Bonaire’s cozy capital Kralendijk with its wonderful historic buildings, trendy shops, hip bars and restaurants.
  • Stop at one of the island’s many trails for hikers & bikers or try the horseback riding at Horse Ranch Bonaire.

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