Bonaire might not be swamped by mass tourist but it’s one of the world’s best destinations for diving and snorkeling. So come here if you prefer the serene waters, love the water sports and don’t exactly fancy a day on a crowded beach.
Although a small island, there are plenty of hotels, resorts, apartments and other vacation accommodation in Bonaire.
Many resorts offer special packages such as free diving included in the package price or free accommodation for a night if you book 6 nights. However, it’s quite easy to cater for yourself since most resorts offer villas and studios equipped with kitchenettes. The resorts have tennis courts, pools, private beaches and restaurants.
Most resorts offer windsurfing package, diving packages and wedding packages. Make sure to do some research or ask your travel agent about these as they can save you a lot of money.
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Bonaire is the perfect place to take your kids in vacation. They can learn a lot about the nature, learn to snorkel and windsurf.
Things to do
Let’s be honest: the capital of Kralendijk is down right dull. There are some shops, some fishing boats to admire and some nicely colored houses. Probably the only not boring thing to here is walking along Kaya Grandi for some shopping: jewelry, wood or tobacco.
Bonaire is famous for its diving and snorkeling spots. There are about 90 recognized dive spots. Since the reef is so close to the shore, you don’t even need to take a boat to reach most of the diving spots. Klein Bonaire, an uninhabited island located off the coast, is the perfect destination for diving.
Also, it’s a heaven for those who like bird-watching. Flamingos pretty much outnumber the human population on this tiny Dutch island. Other birds include parakeets, herons, hummingbirds and parrots. In total, about 200 species are waiting for you to admire them. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Head to the Washington Slagbaai National Park, located in the Northwestern part of the island for some really nice bird watching. Rent a 4 x 4 vehicle and navigate one of the two possible routes.
Head to the south part of to see the island’s oldest lighthouse: Willemstoren. Also you will find the beaches here: Sorobon Beach, Lac Bay Beach, and Boca Cai. Lac Bay is ideal for snorkeling, windsurfing and swimming.