We've made a list of Bonaire's best beaches, dive sites & snorkel sites. Bonaire is known for its crystal clear waters full of life! What makes a great beach all depends on the traveler. Some prefer wide stretches of sand with ample activities and throngs of people to watch, while others desire deserted shorelines with calm waters.
Charter your own private boat with 'Salty Tours Bonaire and enjoy beach hopping with local crew.
10. Pink Beach
Pink Beach gets its color from the crushed shells of millions of microscopic bright pink sea creatures called foraminifera. Pink Beach is an excellent beach to visit if you want to do some snorkeling or scuba diving. Although the strip of sand is relatively narrow, it is a great spot for relaxing picnics and the views are idyllic.
9. Lac Cai Beach
Lac Cai beach is located on the east side of Bonaire. It's a very pretty beach on a lagoon off the southeast coast. A great place to relax, unwind and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Home to an incredible array of species, mangroves are biodiversity hotspots. They provide nesting and breeding habitat for fish and shellfish, migratory birds, and sea turtles. An estimated 80% of the global fish catch relies on mangrove forests either directly or indirectly. These waters are full of life and definitely a good place for fishing. This is a very popular fishing site because of the abundance of baitfish. If there's baitfish, that usually means there's bigger fish around. You can book your fishing charter with the locals and experience the thrill of catching these BIG fish.
8. Boka Slagbaai
When visiting Washington Slagbaai National Park, a stop at Boca Slagbaai Beach can be the ideal complement to hiking in the picturesque hills. The offshore coral gardens at this beach are fun to explore while snorkeling, and the conditions are usually ripe for swimming. Since the sand at Boca Slagbaai Beach is rough in parts, protective footwear of some kind is recommended when walking on it. Some parts of the beach do boast softer, whiter sand that is more comfortable to walk on. Since recently there is a restaurant located in one of the buildings of Slagbaai where you can have a lunch. They sell various drinks, sandwiches and burgers. Please check in advance if it is open. Slagbaai is on the north side of the island which can be a long, bumpy drive. It is also possible to visit 'Boca Slagbaai' Beach by boat. Charter your own boat and experience Bonaire at sea while fishing, beach hopping, snorkeling & more.
7. Sorobon Beach
Sorobon, located on the eastern side near Lac Bay, is one of Bonaire's treasures. Many local fishing boats are at the Fishermen's Pier and the beach has several lanais for picnics and shade. An offshore reef protects the bay on which this beautiful beach sits and it keeps the shallow waters calm. Sorobon Beach is enjoyed by sunbathers and water enthusiasts of all ages. It is perfect for a quick dip to cool off. The sandy entry, warm shallow waters and Bonaire's steady trade winds and sunshine, present a stellar combination for some of the world's best windsurfing. These heavenly conditions afford the hosting of both local and international competitions throughout the year.
6. Donkey Beach
Donkey Beach is one of the main sights of western Bonaire. It got its unique name after the big amounts of donkeys that gather here. Its second name is Playa Palu di Mangel, or Almond Tree Beach. This second name highlights the other feature of this beach - it is surrounded by shadowy gardens of almond trees that are covered in white and pink flowers during Spring. Along the beach there's many mooring buoys for boats. Many locals come here in the weekends and enjoy the crystal clear waters. This is also a popular spot for watersports, as the mooring buoys provide easy access for boats. You can book a private boat trip with the locals to experience Bonaire local style!
5. Bachelor's Beach
In Belnem district, south of the airport, is a very small beach. This sandy beach is at the base of a 10 foot cliff with stairs leading down to it. You can park right next to the stairs and be in the water in seconds. It can't get much easier to enter, just watch your step on the last rock/step! It is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving.
You can book a private snorkeling trip to experience spectacular underwater life,
4. Te amo Beach
'Te Amo' is a beautiful, white sandy public beach situated near Bonaire's airport. Its location provides spectacular sights of arriving airplanes on this otherwise tranquil area. The sandy shoreline makes easy access to the water, which is filled with fish and corals and makes a great snorkeling site. It is also possible to rent a kayak here and paddle along the beautiful shores of Bonaire. Shade is provided by some of the trees on this piece of paradise, while the often present Kite City food truck takes care of some relaxing background music.
3. Klein Bonaire 'No Name Beach'
Klein Bonaire is a small uninhabited island located just off the coast of Bonaire. It is about half a mile from Bonaire at its closest point. This beach is only accessible by boat and is home to the most well-preserved corals and beautiful fish. This area is part of the National Marine Park and is home to turtle nesting grounds. It is very likely you will see sea turtles in this area. Charter your own boat and discover Bonaire’s hidden gems. Your guide will tell you all about the underwater life and what you can expect. Whether you want to jump in the water or just lay back and relax with your favorite drink, our crew will make sure it will be an unforgettable trip.
2. Boka Kokolishi
Boka Kokolishi is located in the washington national park bonaire on the north side of the island. It can be a long bumpy ride to get there, but it is definetely worth it! It is also possible to visit the beaches in the park by boat. You can charter your own private boat and enjoy beach hopping with local crew. Boka kokolishi is a black sand beach, so named after the tiny black snails whose crushed shell skeletons give the sand its dark hue. It is a beach where pulpitlike structures provide protection from the strong waves and make spectacular splashes.
Washington Slagbaai's Wakayá area hosts three different beaches, consequently named Wayaká I, II and III. Though they are different, all are great for both diving and snorkeling. The small, but white and sandy beaches make easy entrance to the water. With colorful fish in the ocean and flamingos in the nearby salina, this is a great place to observe Bonaire's diverse nature and wildlife. You can charter your own private boat and enjoy beach hopping with local crew.