Explore Bonaire

What to do when you are on Bonaire?

This beautiful island in the Caribbean will impress you with its unsurpassed natural beauty. Enjoy the beautiful underwater world, explore the countryside. There’s plenty of things to do on Bonaire! Take a look at some of our favourite island activities underwater and on dry land.


Bonaire Caves

Did you know that there are about 400 cave formations found on Bonaire? Several are easily accessible while others lie hidden and are filled with water. They are a crucial part of the islands ecosystem.

Most of the caves open to visitors are dry caves, where you can see stunning formations like stalactites, stalagmites, and impressive ones with petroglyphs or caves with water. Touring a cave on Bonaire is an unique activity few experience.

Curious about this adventure? Ask us about the possibilities!


 

Hiking

A different way to explore the island of Bonaire. Sure Bonaire is known for the great water-based activities like kitesurfing and scuba diving, but there’s a lot to explore here topside, too. Bonaire hiking is a great way to get to know the island.

From scenic strolls along rolling hills to strenuous scrambles that take you to the island’s tallest peaks, there’s something for every skill and activity level.

What do you need?
The great news is that you don’t need a lot to explore Bonaire on foot. A sturdy pare of shoes, sunscreen and lots of water are the three basics that will make every hike more comfortable and safe. Choose your morning hike for a great start of the day or a hike to end your day and enjoy a beautiful sunset.


 

Scuba Diving

The fact that a large part of Bonaire is a protected nature reserve makes Bonaire – still! – one of the most beautiful places in the world for diving. The Bonaire National Marine Park comprises 27 km2 of protected area. This keeps nature intact. Corals and fishes are therefore abundantly present.

Can you make a choice from one of the nearly 100 dive sites that Bonaire has to offer?

We work together with the number 1 dive shop on Bonaire, VIP Diving! Inquire about the possibilities, we can offer our guests an attractive discount.


 

Snorkeling

A dive in the beautiful azure water is not only nice and cool, but it also offers a beautiful view of the impressive underwater world that characterizes Bonaire. The ease with which you can achieve the underwater beauty, the shallow location and the many corals that makes snorkeling on Bonaire so special!

In addition to the various snorkeling spots along the west coast of Bonaire, the island of Klein Bonaire offers you the best chance to see a turtle while snorkeling.

To be allowed to snorkel on all these snorkel spots you need a ‘nature tag’ which you can buy at every diveshop on the island.  This is because all snorkel sites of Bonaire are part of the Bonaire National Marine Park.


 

Kitesurfing

On the most beautiful spot in the world!

Because of the trade winds that blow throughout the year on Bonaire and the warm sea water, this is one of the best places to (learn) kite surfing.

Kitebeach Atlantis

Kitesurfing on beautiful turquoise blue water! In the morning there are somewhat shorter waves, but in the afternoon the water is often completely flat. Chances are that you will encounter flying fishes or turtles while kitesurfing. If you are really lucky, dolphins swim with you. You can also enjoy beautiful sunsets here.


 

Windsurfing

Bonaire is known as a popular windsurf destination. That is not surprising, because during the months of January through September there is a 90% chance of a 4 Beaufort wind speed. The shallow waters of Lac Bay and the good (onshore) wind make it the perfect place to learn how to windsurf.

Tired of all these sporting efforts? Order a drink at, for example, Jibe City and enjoy the view and the relaxed “Caribbean Vibe”. Also your non-surfing friends don’t have to get bored here.


 

Nature Fee Bonaire

To use the waters around Bonaire you need a so-called “nature tag”.

This not only applies to divers, snorkelers, surfers, kite surfers and other water sports enthusiasts, but also to those who go swimming in the sea around Bonaire or Klein Bonaire.

That is because this entire area belongs to the protected Bonaire National Marine Park. Together with the Washington Slagbaai National Park and Lac, this national park is managed by the National Parks Foundation (STINAPA). This non-profit organization manages, maintains, promotes and protects the national parks of Bonaire.

You can purchase a “nature tag” online.
This is possible on the site of Stinapa: Bonaire Nature Fee.


 

Flamingo

The Caribbean flamingo is the national symbol of Bonaire. You can find its picture and pink colors everywhere, ranging from Flamingo Airport to the hundreds of postcards that depict this magnificent bird. Bonaireans affectionally call the Caribbean flamingo “Chogogo,” which refers to the sound they make. The typical sound made by flamingos is similar to that made by geese.

The glamorous red-pink color of their plumage is caused by an accumulation of carotenoids in the various creatures they eat, especially bacteria, algae, and small crustaceans.

Curious about our flamingos? Then visit Lake Goto (Gotomeer), the largest saltwater lagoon of Bonaire. From the highest viewpoint at the observation area you have a nice overview of Lake Goto and the route there is very beautiful and leads you through a jungle of cacti.

When you are on the island during the breeding season (January to March), there are more than 10.000 flamingos on the island, you can see them everywhere.


 

Culinair Bonaire

Enjoy the large variation in cuisines and experience the flavours of Bonaire. Choose from a quick bite at one of the many food trucks for lunch, a waterfront cocktail or a Michelin-star worthy romantic dinner for two. We are happy to share our personal favourites with you.

Or try something different and book a Private Chef. A lunch in between dives, a romantic dinner for two or a beach BBQ, Melvin Leermakers can organize your perfect gathering.

Can’t wait till you are on Bonaire?
Check out the FoodBook Magazine and start planning!

FoodBook Bonaire 2020

For the ice cream lovers
On a tropical island, a deliciously cooling ice cream should of course not be missing. Only a 5-minute walk from Kas ChuChubi, in the middle of the Kaya Grandi, is Bonaire’s best ice cream shop “GIO’s”. The ice cream is prepared every day in a traditional way with passion and knowledge.

Can you choose from the various delicious flavors?

A visit to GIOs is a must when you are on Bonaire!


 

Food Trucks

On Bonaire there is no need to set up a festival to enjoy a tasty food truck snack. All year round you can find these local food heroes on the road or beach.

Bachelors beach is the hotspot for super tasty burgers and mosquito repellant fries  from King Kong.

At Te Amo Beach there are actually two food trucks. Kite City for some funky music and ultimate fresh catch-of-the-day by the Kite City team. And Stoked, a double decker bus converted into a food truck, the bottom floor is a kitchen while the upper deck offers a seating area with breathtaking views.

Trendy, delicious, easy, casual, comfortable… Have a tasty bite at one of Bonaire’s great food trucks!


 

The weather on Bonaire

Of course you want good weather when you go on vacation. It is therefore useful to check in advance what the best travel time is.

Good news; you’re always good on Bonaire! Whether you want to enjoy the sun in the spring, in the middle of the summer or in the winter. On Bonaire the average temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius (all year round!). The sea temperature is virtually the same throughout the year (about 28 degrees Celsius).

In short:

  • Warmest months; June to October
  • Most hours of sunshine; March
  • Highest average day temperature; September
  • Least rainfall; March and May