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Top 15 activities you should do in Bonaire (With pictures - 2021 Reviews)

Updated: Dec 3, 2022

We invite you to delve into the wonderful activities the island offers, both terrestrial and marine, which makes Bonaire a unique destination. We encourage you to explore, to enjoy, to become a part of Bonaire, absorbing our nature, our culture, and our cuisine. The warmth from the sunshine is here for all to enjoy while on Bonaire, but you will cherish the afterglow of the Bonairean people in your hearts forever. We assure you that “Once a Visitor Always a Friend”.

15. Bonaire Biking

A popular way to see the island. There are over 300 kilometers of trails on Bonaire, consisting of goat paths and unpaved roads. Using the blue painted rocks to mark bike paths, cyclists can explore on their own or on a guided tour through Washington Slagbaai National Park, Rincon and Kralendijk. Many local bike shops and hotels offer rentals, sales repairs, as well as guided tours.

14. Explore the south coast of Bonaire - Salt Pans

Historically, salt as a commodity was the root of war and struggles amid European factions. The eventual Dutch takeover of Bonaire, close to four centuries ago, served to underscore salt's value. Salt production slowed with slavery abolition in 1863. It continued to be harvested fluctuating with market demand, tariffs and weather. In the 1960's, a US company designed new solar salt works, revitalizing the industry. Today, Cargill Corporation is responsible for salt production and Bonaire's thriving salt industry. Huge mounds of crystals can be seen on Bonaire's south end. Nestled within Salt Company land is the Flamingo Reserve. Flamingos, protected by law, can be seen from the road. Entrance to the Reserve is prohibited to ensure their protection.

13. Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is committed to providing a protected life for all donkeys on Bonaire. Information is also given about the living environment of donkeys to the islanders, at schools and to tourists. More than 700 donkeys currently live in Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. They are provided with food, drinking water and medical care and have a lot of space and freedom.

12. Beach Hopping

Charter your own boat and discover Bonaire’s hidden gems with a local guide. Your guide will show you the best Bonaire has to offer. These snorkeling spots are only accessible by boat and are home to the most well-preserved corals and beautiful fish. The underwater landscape of Bonaire is one to discover! Take your loved ones on a snorkeling expedition to the most beautiful snorkeling sites on Bonaire.

11. Big Game Fishing

Bonaire is famous for its underwater life which makes it a great place for sport fishing. You can book a local fishing charter and experience the thrill of catching these BIG fish. We search for anything from Barracuda, Tuna, Kingfish, Wahoo, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tarpon, and Marlins. There are always surprises out there though!

Due to the steep underwater topography of Bonaire, we are able to fish for big, deep water fish very close to shore. In most places, we can be in 1000 feet (300 m) of water less than 1 mile from shore.

Bonaire hosts a variety of species to catch while trolling. Depending on which species we are targeting, we will troll live baits, lures, dead baits, or some combination of these. With the help of our experienced crew, it will be a matter of time before you hear the words: “FISH ON!”

10. Caving expeditions

Discover the island’s cave system, consisting of an estimated 400 caves. Since their formation, the caves have played an important role in the island’s overall ecosystem. Some caves are open for guided tours. Explore ancient formations of stalactites and stalagmites that took thousands of years to form. While adventuring through select caves, continue through the cavern and find a small opening of water where visitors can snorkel. Climb through the opening with your flashlight, mask and snorkel, and snorkel through crystal clear water that is a mix of fresh and salt. It is important that when visiting the cave it should be with a Certified cave guide & operator.

9. Bonaire Island Tours

Bonaire is one of the most beautiful islands in the Dutch Caribbean so sightseeing is a must. With a private car, taxi or bus you can do an island tour. You can also book a private boat charter and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This provides the perfect backdrop for amateur through professional photographers and artists alike. In addition, learn about Bonaire’s history, culture, flora, fauna, and more from a local guide.

Don’t forget your camera because the beauty of Bonaire’s nature is one of the island’s finest attributes!

8. Kayak Tours

The calm waters surrounding much of Bonaire makes kayaking a relaxing way to enjoy the beauty of the island. On the windward side, kayaks are available to explore Lac Bay, a lagoon, which is a nursery for fish life. The mangroves also create a wonderful set of tunnels in which to see beautiful wildlife. On the leeward side of the island, several dive shops rent kayaks as means to peacefully view the coast or to visit the small island of Klein Bonaire. Rent your own 2 person kayak and explore the beautiful coast of Bonaire.

7. Hiking Adventures

Bonaire provides some stunning scenery for hikers. The Washington Slagbaai National Park is one of the best spots on island to hike. It offers both hiking and walking trails. The park terrain is varied and those who are ambitious enough to climb some of the steep hills are rewarded with majestically sweeping views. If preferred, guides can be arranged through a local provider offering hiking tours.

Bonaire is home to many land creatures. Some of the more commonly seen include iguanas, land snails and lizards of multiple varieties. In addition, Bonaire has eight different bat species.

Over 203 birds have been identified on the island. Some are Bonaire’s own Lora (Yellow-shouldered parrot) and green Prikichis (parakeets). Watch for brightly colored Orioles, Trupials, and Bananaquits. A variety of sea birds are also present, Brown Pelicans, Osprey and Frigates. The shy Flamingo also makes its home in Bonaire. Donkeys and goats are seen roaming throughout the island.

6. Windsurfing

Sorobon offers a beautiful beach area located within a large protected bay. The various beach areas are enjoyed by Bonaire’s sunbathers and water enthusiasts of all ages. Bonaire, as the license plate reads is a “diver’s paradise” but it has also become world famous for windsurfing!

Sorobon’s combination of continual winds, weather, sunshine and warm shallow waters make for the most idyllic of windsurfing conditions.

Bonaire has been recognized as one of the best places in the world to windsurf for novice through professional levels. Additionally, Bonaire’s champions continue to rank high in world competitions. 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. In addition, several competitions are hosted on Bonaire with local and international competitors attending.

5. Discover the sea at night

Bioluminescent marine plankton really put on a show. Some species light up using a similar to chemical reaction to that of fireflies; both use a naturally occurring molecule. Millions of these one-celled organisms create a beautiful shimmering effect, particularly when there’s little moonlight. Movement stimulates the organisms, the more you move the water around you, the more lights you will see. The best way to see this phenomenon is by boat. The locals offer private boat trips that allow you to experience this the best way possible.

Sometimes people may feel a little anxious about night snorkeling, Having a personal guide on your side helps you feel a lot more comfortable and may even open up a whole new world for you.

4. Kite surfing

Kite Beach Bonaire (Atlantis) is one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world. On Bonaire. wind. The wind blows with an average speed of about 17 to 22 knots throughout almost all of the whole year. With an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius, a sea temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius and reasonably calm water with small waves, Bonaire offers the perfect conditions for kitesurfing. While kitesurfing you'll regularly come across turtles and, if you’re lucky, dolphins.

Thanks to the offshore wind at Kite Beach Bonaire, kitesurfing on Bonaire for both new and experienced kiters is very safe. The kite will never be blown onto, or in the direction of the mainland, though out to sea. With a little sense of wind and watersports you have intensive lessons in a week kiteboarding reasonably under control.

3. Watersports

Bounce on the waves behind a speedboat and get thrilled by the action! Tubing is one of the most popular watersports activities and is truly accessible for the whole family as it requires minimal skill level!

Salty Tours’ lets you experience an adrenaline-fueled tube ride that surpasses any theme park! Our captain will slow down or speed up as tubing speed will be determined according to your confidence level to ensure you feel comfortable. Our sole goal is to ensure you're safe and having lots of fun! The locals always say: It's impossible not to smile when tubing. More information

2. Snorkeling

You don't have to dive to enjoy the underwater world of Bonaire! Snorkeling allows visitors to get a broad view of the coral reef with its many inhabitants. In a few meters of depth, chances are you can spot turtles, rays or even a seahorse.

Just like the dive sites, many of Bonaire's snorkel sites are marked by yellow stones. You will see them on the roadside along the coastline. Each name carries the name of the particular snorkel site and marks a convenient entry point.

The best snorkeling spots (most abundant coral reefs) are only accessible by boat and are home to the most well-preserved corals and beautiful fish.

The underwater landscape of Bonaire is one to discover! Take your loved ones on a snorkeling expedition to the most beautiful snorkeling sites on Bonaire.

1. Private Boat Charter - The Local Experience

Your local captain & tour guide welcomes you with a friendly smile and good spirit! We are eager to show you the best Bonaire has to offer.

Charter your own boat and discover Bonaire’s hidden gems local style! We’ll show you how the locals enjoy a day on the water. Whether it’s cruising, fishing, beach hopping, snorkeling or watersports, ITS ALL POSSIBLE!

we offer premium service and a personalized charters experience with local snacks, drinks and ‘DUSHI’ vibes.

With our new boat: “TIP SEA” the possibilities are endless. We offer many activities such as:

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