Enjoy the Relaxing & Eco-Friendly Island of Bonaire
The island of Bonaire is a Dutch municipality renowned for its world-class scuba diving and snorkeling. Bonaire is delightfully less commercial than many other Caribbean Islands, providing a truly relaxing experience. Visitors searching for a tranquil escape and some of the world’s best scuba and snorkeling locales will be delighted with everything Bonaire has to offer with its 80+ dive sites.
Bonaire’s temperatures average around 82 degrees F, meaning a perfect vacation with flawless weather is only a plane ride away. With average water temperatures also around 80 degrees F, no wetsuit is needed for your underwater explorations.
Our Divi Bonaire Resort
In Bonaire, you will find all the comforts of home and plenty to explore with our charming, eco-friendly, boutique-styled resort – Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Located on the west coast of the island, our Bonaire resort is ideal for relaxing vacations and adventurous dive trips. We even have our own shore reef, Calabas Reef, right in front of our resort, and with 24-hour access to tanks, you can explore it any time of the day or night. You can choose from a variety of guestrooms with lovely pool or oceanfront views.
Getting Around Bonaire
Bonaire is a small, 24-mile long island that offers a true escape for divers looking to explore one of the few absolutely pristine coral reefs in the world. There are only two main roads, one running north and the other running south, making exploring the island fun and simple. There is no public transportation system on the island, but taxis and car rentals are fairly inexpensive.
You can also pedal around the island on normal or all-terrain bicycles, or take it easy with an electrical bicycle, which offers a helpful push when going uphill or against the wind. Free charging stations for these electrical bikes are located in Sorobon, Rincon, and the Wilhelmina square in Kralendijk. Traveling via bike is a great way to get in the eco-friendly spirit of the island.
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
When you stay at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, you’re just a short distance from some of the world’s most beautiful diving waters. In fact, nearly half of the visitors to Bonaire are drawn by the allure of exploring the island’s pristine coral reef and exploring its protected marine sanctuary, Bonaire National Marine Park. Imagine slipping beneath the water’s surface to explore a colorful underwater world alive with brightly colored fish, seahorses, and untouched coral. Let life’s worry slip away as you swim side by side with curious marine animals in a peaceful marine world.
Nestled in a crescent cove to the west of Bonaire’s coastline, Klein Bonaire is a small, uninhabited island located just half a mile away. The island offers stunning snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities for divers. The pristine coral reef offers diving unlike any other diving destinations in the world. Throughout its history, many attempts have been made to develop the island; however, it is now part of the Bonaire National Marine Park.
Marine & Animal Life
Often touted as being the Caribbean of 30 years ago, the island features strictly protected parklands ringed by a coral reef. In fact, the entire coastline of the island has been declared a marine sanctuary to preserve local coral and marine life. The island of Bonaire is also home to a large donkey sanctuary. Flamingos, seahorses, and the Yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot all call Bonaire home.
Shopping in Bonaire
While most of Bonaire’s visitors spend their time underwater, Bonaire also offers shopping options with stores offering books, jewelry, flowers, clothing, and plenty of souvenirs to commemorate your stay. Purchase works from a local artist at G.N.Art Driftwood Art & More, find fashionable clothing at Boutique Celine or Bona Dea, pick up household décor and goods from Blokker Bonair, or visit one of Bonaire’s three shopping malls, Bonaire District, Harborside Shopping Mall, and Bonaire Mall, for all the best stores in one convenient place.
Dining in Bonaire
Bonaire more than makes up for its tranquil atmosphere with a large variety of cultural dining experiences. Local fare includes dishes made with conch, cactus, and rock lobster. Other varieties of international cuisine include Argentinian, Italian, Indonesian, and Chinese. Enjoy a seaside lunch or dinner of French cuisine at Bistro de Paris & Zazu Bar, taste the best of the sea at Restaurant At Sea, or sample a local favorite at Bobbejan’s. For live entertainment and fabulous drinks, stop by Lac Cai at the end of the road or Karel’s Beach Bar in Kralendijk.
Top Tourist Attractions
Although best known for diving, there is more to Bonaire than just the amazing diving opportunities. Here are some of the other most popular tours and attractions for visitors to the island.
Washington Slagbaai National Park
Open since 1969, Washington Slagbaai National Park dominates the northern 20% of Bonaire. It is home to numerous bird species, reptiles, and native plants. Visitors can take a long, scenic drive and experience Bonaire the way it used to be, or opt for a shorter drive and enjoy diving or snorkeling in Play Funchi of Boca Slagbaai.
Samur Sailing Charters
Set sail with a group of friends or your family and watch the sun set on the horizon, filling the sky with beautiful hues of pink, orange, red, and purple during an exotic Caribbean sunset cruise. Choose the Green Flash Sail and search for the elusive and legendary “green flash” while sipping on a famous “Samur Smash” rum punch. Samur Sailing Charters also offers day trips to Klein Bonaire where you can snorkel through vibrant reefs and enjoy lunch with an open bar, as well as a peaceful Full Moon & Starlight Champagne Sail that offers unforgettable views of the night sky.
Mangrove Information Center
Learn all about mangroves at this unique island center. Mangroves are one of the most unknown and endangered environments on the planet, and the Mangrove Information Center is helping to preserve them for future generations. Located along Bonaire’s western coastline, this community attraction offers guided kayak and solar boat tours through the beautiful mangrove forest of Lac Bay.
The Donkey Sanctuary of Bonaire was established in 1993 by Marina Melis and her husband, Ed Koopman, for sick, wounded, and orphaned donkeys. Today, it offers a sheltered, protected life for all the donkeys on the island. Spend time with hundreds of donkeys during your trip to the sanctuary.
View some of the world’s most colorful butterflies at Bonaire’s Butterfly Farm. You’ll walk through a cool, shady greenhouse filled with vivid flowers and bushes and a pond where butterflies dance along the water. You’ll find the farm in the “kunuku” – the outback of Bonaire.
A tour for the whole family! Bring the kids to play in the attractive gardens and playground while the adults enjoy a free tour of the cactus liqueur distillery. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Can’t get enough Bigfoot? Private tours explore the legend of Bigfoot in an adventure that will take you on and off-road. Their Yellow Mercedes Unimogs can take you deeper and farther into the island than any other vehicle. Explore Bonaire and come to your own conclusion about this legendary creature.
Guided Motorcycle Tours by Harley Davidson©
You haven’t felt true freedom until you have explored Bonaire on the back of a roaring Harley. Choose from five types of motorcycles and prepare to embrace the wind. Half- and full-day motorcycle tours with stops at historical points of interest are available.
The best way to truly experience the vibrant culture of Bonaire is with year-round events. From monthly food tastings and art markets to annual diving and sailing competitions to eco-friendly cleanup events, there’s always something going on our beautiful island. Visit any time of the year for a delightful lineup of events, including:
- January — New Year’s Day Maskarada & Bonaire International & Local Fishing Tournament
- February — Tumba Contest & Bonaire Carnival Holidays
- March — Carnival Grand Parade in Kralendijk & Carnival Monday
- April — Simadan (Harvest) Festival Rincon & Rincon’s Day
- May — Diving for Bonaire Treasure Challenge & Ascension Day
- June — PWA Bonaire World Cup 2014 Freestyle Windsurfing
- July — Dive Friends Cleanup Dive & Taste of Bonaire
- August — Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival & 100-Fish Dive
- September — Bonaire Flag Day & World Tourism Day
- October — Annual Bonaire Regatta & Jong Bonaire’s Annual Swim to Klein Event
- November — Cultural Market & Annual Tree Planting
- December — Bari Festival & End of the Year Celebration