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

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

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 or 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 the huts are were they had to sleep.

Afterwards 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

Sorobon’s shallow waters and wind conditions makes it the perfect spot to learn how to windsurf. Take a windsurfing class and meet one of 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 what actually happened at that part of the island in the past. 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 (or vice-versa). Besides that the museum takes you back into 7000 years of Caribbean history. Telling and illustrating how it all started in the Caribbean way before the Europeans arrived and also what happened thereafter. The whole museum is based on an interesting story line and the reception part constantly has different exhibitions.

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

7. Washington Park

Now back to the more adventurous activities of Bonaire. Thing number 7 to do while on Bonaire is to take 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 the highest point of Bonaire; the Brandaris hill of 241 meters (please do this early in the morning before it gets too hot) and enjoy the breathtaking scenery at the top. Go birdwatching, visit ruines, crash into sand dunes, and go beach hopping. There are many little beaches in the park; Playa Funchi, Bise Morto, Boka Katuna and my favorite; Wayaka (amazing snorkel spot). Thereafter the road will take you to Slagbaai, the picturesque historic yellow building at the Slagbaai Bay. And if you’re brave enough go cliff jumping there! Such an adrenaline rush.
And please don’t forget to visit the Bonaire Museum at the entrance of the park, it contains a lot of history of our beautiful island.

 No. 8

No. 8

Number 8 is for the great and the brave…CAVE HUNTING! As little as Bonaire may be, the tiny island has a lot of caves. All mysterious and probably interconnecting..it’s like a different world under there. 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. In the middle of the rich and fancy district of Bonaire you’ll discover a small trail to a small hole that leads to a huge underwater cave. The tour guide helps you go down by rope where you can explore this amazing cave with different rooms where you have to dive through tunnels to get to the other rooms. Just like in the movies, but cooler, and safer :D But please go with a guide!

 No. 9

No. 9

Donkey’s or horses? On Bonaire donkey’s win! But a must-do is to go horseback riding. And while doing so you will see donkeys along the journey too..and goats! At Rancho Washikemba there’s an 2 hour horseback riding tour that takes 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. Really an unforgettable experience!

 Lastly...

Lastly...

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. On the way to Rincon from Gotomeer there’s a watermill, stop there and freshen up. Stop at a bar in Rincon and grab a beer with the locals, visit Chaparal or Maiky’s Snack for local cuisine. Explore the different districts and villages of Bonaire and see how the locals live. Just go, explore and make some adventures. To travel is to live!

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