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PLEASE RESPECT OUR NATURE DURING YOUR STAY ON BONAIRE:
DO NOT DISTURB, DAMAGE OR POLLUTE THE FLORA AND FAUNA,
BOTH ABOVE AND UNDER WATER !

Bonaire is known as 'Diver's Paradise', but there are lots of things to keep you occupied during your stay. If you have any questions about activities, please don't hesistate to contact us and we'll be happy to help you!

Please make sure to always bring enough water with you, as well as sunscreen during your trips! If you're going off the road, let someone know where you're heading and when you expect to be back. If possible, take a cellphone for emergencies (you can rent a local phone at Chat 'n Browse).

And it goes without saying that it's also perfectly alright if you just enjoy your stay on Bonaire, get nice'n'lazy, spend some time on the beach, swim, read a book and just relax!

Here are some of the activities on Bonaire:

Diving and snorkeling

Bonaire is well renowned as a world class shore diving location. Imagine not being tied to the schedule and costs of dive boats but rather, you can dive at your own pace and leisure. You can wake up later, take a dive, go back to your villa for lunch and relax, then take another dive or 2 in the afternoon. Or, night dive any night, if you wish.

Bonaire plays a leading role in nature protection - both above and under water and it has been as example many times for other islands and countries. Bonaire's 2,700 hectares (6,750 acres) of pristine reefs and diverse marine life are unique to the Caribbean. Because the waters around Bonaire have been designated as the official Bonaire National Marine Park since 1979, diving Bonaire is like diving the Caribbean the way it used to be, untouched and unspoiled. The park's purpose is to ensure that Bonaire's marine resources, the magnificent coral reefs, sea-grass beds and mangroves, remain intact so that everyone can enjoy the wonderful coral reefs for years to come, just as they are now. For your convenience, on our links page we've added a number of diving-related links.

Cycling

Because Bonaire is a relatively flat island, cycling is very easy and lots of fun! For the more experienced guests, the North side of the island provides a bigger challenge! Various shops rent out bikes, both Dutch bikes and mountainbikes, such as Freewieler Bonaire. A number of cycling tracks are available via Cycling Bonaire, or you can just take any Bonaire Island Map and be surprised where the roads lead you to!

Dining

Many restaurants and bars provide a cozy nightlife that mainly takes place outside, under the stars. On TripAdvisor you'll find a good overview of Bonaire's restaurants.

Hiking

Bonaire has a lot of dirt roads and goattrails which are excellent for hiking. Hiking in the national park is a great experience because you will not meet many people... if at all! And because we are off the beaten track we will see plenty of wildlife. Some trails are for the unexperienced and others are for those who like to suffer a little more. Yes it is hot... so? Take enough water and go hiking with Outdoor Bonaire. The website of Washington Slagbaai National Park also provides three walking trails within the park.

Kiteboarding

The yearround steady tradewinds, warm water and easygoing atmosphere make our island the perfect destination for kiteboarders of all levels. Bonaire has several excellent kitesurf spots, such as Atlantis and Lac Cai. More information can be found on the website of Kiteboarding Bonaire.

Museums

Museo Boneriano (The Museum of Bonaire) the first and largest of Bonaire's museums is located within walking distance of 'downtown Kralendijk'. It is housed in a 110 year old building that has been restored to its original splendor.

Another one of Bonaire's museums is located at the northern end of the island at the entrance of the Washington-Slagbaai National Park. An original plantation house has been restored and serves as a museum. The rooms have been converted into viewing galleries where displays of plantation life, wildlife, geogoly, tools and other articles can be seen.

Just before Rincon (take the main road) you'll find Mangazina di Rei (Warehouse of the King). This is the second oldest stone building on Bonaire. It was originally used to store provisions for the government slaves. The structure has recently been completely restored. A museum, an open air museum of historic houses and a botanical garden have just been completed.

The Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park is certainly worth a visit, although it's not officially a museum. Discover the history and traditions of an authentic Bonairean Kunuku in a guided walking-tour through a serene and ecological preserve of nature. Highlights are the old plantation house, aloe fields, a hand-made dam from 1908, the remnants of an old slave wall, pleasant ocean views, interesting flora and fauna and old kunuku tools. Tours are daily, by appointment only.

The Museo Fort Oranje in Kralendijk shows historical and archaeological artifacts from Bonaire's past.

Kas Krioyo in Rincon is the restored family home of Tom Molina.

At the Museo di Belua in Kralendijk you can see how Jenny Reina has created a garden of whimsical life sized dolls. There is also a shop for local crafts.

Sailing

For both more and less experienced sailing, a number of sailing trips and rentals is available. The official Bonaire website provides a list of current sailing operators. Bonaire Sailing School Association provides sailing lessons. Every year the Bonaire Regatta takes place in October.

Sightseeing

The whole island of Bonaire is actually one big sightseeing-worthy experience. Rent a car, motorcycle or bicycle and take off into adventure! A half-a-day trip is the road along the northeast side of the island, Spelonk and Bolivia. You'll see a lot of things except other vehicles. Another nice trip is the Washington Slagbaai National Park on the northern side of the island. This park was established in 1969 and covers 6.543 hectares. It is recommended to allow a full day for this trip as it is a large park and take good shoes or boots if you'd like to go hiking. Make sure you take the scenic route via Rincon to the Park, as this route is definitely a must-have-seen! On another day, visit Goto Lake and view the flamingos there. Always bring enough water with you on every sightseeing trip. If you're planning to go off the beaten track into the kunuku (outback), having a cellphone is recommendable. The Kantika di amor (watertaxi) can take you on a (half-)day trip to Klein Bonaire with its white sandy beaches and excellent snorkel sites. On this trip too you'll need to bring plenty of water with you.

Windsurfing

The constant easterly trade winds make Bonaire a true sailing paradise. The beautiful shimmering, turquoise water at Lac Bay is an idyllic spot to windsurf.  The warm, waist deep water and the lack of dangerous currents or obstacles creates a safe environment for children and adults to learn in. At the same time it provides ideal conditions for perfecting those jibes, freestyle or just flat water blasting.  Experienced sailors can venture out into the blue green swell the other side of the reef. Lac Bay is approximately two miles across by about a mile from shore to reef.  Cross onshore, the trade winds average 15-20 knots. Check out the websites of Jibe City or the Bonaire Windsurf Place for all your windsurfing needs.

Other activities

A few of the other activities to fill your vacation are the Donkey Sanctuary, Butterfly Farm, kayaking or snorkeling tour through the mangroves to view the salt water nurseries of many of the island's tropical fish, landsailing or sports fishing. On our links page you'll find lots of information about all of the activities on Bonaire.

Either way, there are lots of things to keep you occupied during your stay. If you have any questions about activities, please don't hesistate to contact us and we'll be happy to help you!

Calendar of Activities

For an up-to date calendar of activities, please visit the Tourist corporation Bonaire website!
 





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