Things to do on bonaire

besides diving...

Things to do on bonaire

besides diving...


top 10 things to do on Bonaire

Bonaire is the island known for Donkey’s, Flamingo’s and DIVING. It's so obvious that it's even written on our license plate “Bonaire Divers Paradise”. And when you ask a foreigner what is there to do on Bonaire they will reply with: ”diving”. Even when you google “what to do on Bonaire” google will suggest “What to do in Bonaire besides diving”.

Bonaire is a diver’s paradise indeed. No doubts about that. On top of that it's one of the best diving destinations in the world. But the island has a lot more to offer. So as locals we’ve crafted a list of top 10 things to do on our island. Not from a tourist’s point of view nor a tour agents point of view..but from us to you!

 1. Klein Bonaire
 1. Klein Bonaire

1. Klein Bonaire

Our favorite activity is a trip to Klein Bonaire meaning Little Bonaire. Klein Bonaire is a completely inhabited islet just 5 minutes from Bonaire.

Klein Bonaire offers the best of both worlds; a long beach with crystal clear water & indescribable reefs! Snorkeling at Klein Bonaire is a must and seeing a turtle while doing so is guaranteed. Afterwards just relax the afternoon away on the beach. Because it’s inhabited it's so calm and peaceful. It's just you & the sweet sounds of crashing waves.

 2. Kayak in the mangroves of Lac Bay
 2. Kayak in the mangroves of Lac Bay
 2. Kayak in the mangroves of Lac Bay
 2. Kayak in the mangroves of Lac Bay
 2. Kayak in the mangroves of Lac Bay
 2. Kayak in the mangroves of Lac Bay

2. Kayak in the mangroves of Lac Bay

Mangroves are being cut down daily whilst they are very critical to our ecosystem. Mangroves serve as an important breeding & feeding spot for a lot of species. Did you know that almost 70% of all species swimming around the waters of Bonaire were born in there?

Luckily our mangrove forest at Lac Bay is protected and amongst one of the best-preserved in the Caribbean. Lucky you, you can experience it hands on by kayaking through these wonderful sets of tunnels, see wild life both above and below water and learn so much of these important trees. You can not leave the island without doing this! Tip: please use mineral & reef-friendly sunscreen.

 3. LAC
 3. LAC
 3. LAC
 3. LAC

3. LAC

Since you’re already at Lac Bay it’s definitely worth it to drive a little bit further to the end of the bay. You'll end up in a tranquil, disconnected and picturesque fisherman village. With tiny colorful huts and lots of nature. This is also the famous spot with the queen conch hills. This bay also has shallow waters where you can just sit in the water and relax.

The scenery is just breathtaking. The best day to visit is on Sundays when there’s delicious local food and live music.

 4. Pink Salt Lake & slave huts
 4. Pink Salt Lake & slave huts
 4. Pink Salt Lake & slave huts

4. Pink Salt Lake & slave huts

No single man can leave the island without visiting the southern part of the island to see the famous pink salt lakes & the slave huts!

This part of the island’s scenery is very beautiful yet containing a lot of less pleasant history. It's where slaves conducted manforce and lived in the past.

After the pink lakes, salt hills and slave huts you will pass by Atlantis Kite City, Willemstoren Lighthouse and spot a lot of Flamingo’s on the way. At the end you will reach Sorobon; home of the world's top windsurfers.

 5. windsurf at Sorobon
 5. windsurf at Sorobon
 5. windsurf at Sorobon

5. windsurf at Sorobon

Sorobon’s shallow waters and wind conditions makes it the perfect spot to learn how to windsurf. Take a windsurfing class and meet Bonaire’s top windsurfers on the water.

When your beyond exhausted you can chill at one of Sorobon’s 3 beach bars. There's one that has amazing ‘Lie’ (pronounced LEE). Ask for the piña colada lie! PS it's like a popsicle in a cup.

 6. Terramar Museum
 6. Terramar Museum

6. Terramar Museum

After exploring the south-side of Bonaire it's the perfect moment to visit Terramar Museum to learn about what happened in the past at that part of the island.

There’s a special area in the museum unveiling the history of the salt pans and the slave huts, this is the perfect way to connect what you saw and learn the story behind it.

Aside from that the museum also takes you back into 7000 years of Caribbean history.

 7. Washington Park
 7. Washington Park
 7. Washington Park
 7. Washington Park
 7. Washington Park

7. Washington Park

To more adventurous activities..a trip to Washington Slagbaai National Park. The park has a lot to offer and be prepared for a little bit off-road fun.

Hike to the highest point of Bonaire, go birdwatching, visit ruines, crash into sand dunes, go beach hopping & explore the unspoiled underwater world in very well protected area of Bonaire.

And to top it off go cliff jumping at the picturesque Slagbaai.

 8. Cave hunting

8. Cave hunting

CAVE HUNTING! As little as Bonaire may be, the tiny island has a lot of mysterious caves. Some with or without Indian paintings, with or without tunnels and with or without water.

There are various cave tours but the coolest ones are the ones with water. Jentis Tours visits a cave that has different rooms where you have to hold your breath & swim through a tunnel to get to the otherside. Just like in the movies, but cooler!

 9. Horseback riding

9. Horseback riding

Bonaire is the island of Donkey's. But a must-do is to go horseback riding. At Rancho Washikemba they take you to the deserted north-side of Bonaire that eventually opens up into a lake where to horses will go swimming with you. And believe me, they actually swim, not like on other islands where the horses just paddle in a little bit of water at the shore. A real unforgettable experience!

 Lastly...Rincon
 Lastly...Rincon

Lastly...Rincon

Last but not least…just grab a map and roam the island, go exploring on your own, go to Thousand Steps, Gotomeer, visit Rincon and try the Bonaire Sea Salt Caramel ice cream made with salt from the salt pans.

Eat some local food at Konfó, Posada, Chaparal or Maiky’s Snack. Become a local, explore the island and make some adventures. To travel is to live!

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