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The sea around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire – the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) – is protected and managed by STINAPA.  The Marine Park surrounds the entire island from the high water mark to the depth of 60 meters (200 ft).  All activities in the Bonaire National Marine Park are subject to payment, including SCUBA diving and other water activities.  Payment can be made online prior to arrival.

Bonaire, the Dutch island situated just miles from the eastern coasts of Aruba and Curaçao, is the hidden gem of the Antilles where aquatic life teems through winding reefs and the sun sparkles on the salt flats. Dive into the crystalline waters of the Caribbean where relaxation is as fundamental as “ABC”.

Salt bubbles froth at the water line, lapping at the feet of wild iguanas and adventurous sunbathers alike. To approach the island of Bonaire by sea is to be an explorer, discovering uncharted territory. Still wild and seemingly untouched by the modern hands of man, this Dutch island offers 100 square miles (258 square km) of daring adventure and relaxation where time stands still.

What sets Bonaire apart from its Caribbean neighbors is this preservation of the physical beauty and cultural heritage of the isle.  Bonaire maintains a thriving ecosystem sheltered from overproduction. In fact, over 60% of the land’s mass is dedicated to its flawless beauty, ensuring a protected environment for the vast array of flora and fauna that call Bonaire home, like the wild donkeys which roam the cactus-strewn hills and sandy beaches, happy to pose for curious tourists.

Dare to take a night dive and experience firsthand the plethora of aquatic creatures that lurk along the island’s edge.

Bonaire offers thrill seekers prime cliff diving opportunities along the jagged coastal edges. Hold your breath and dive into the inviting emerald waters.

For those of us looking for a little less action and a little more relaxation, find yourself in the epicenter of Bonaire: Rincon. Slink along the town streets lined with quaint yellow cottages, admiring local art, food and indigenous culture. Though Dutch is the official language, you’ll likely overhear jovial conversations among old friends in Papiamento, a Spanish / Portuguese creole language spoken by the locals. Make friends, attend a beachside barbecue or soak up the sunrays seaside.

The European influences are not to be overlooked. Many Europeans have settled on Bonaire – or simply got “stuck” here. As such, in addition of possessing a Caribbean charm, it has an undeniable European allure.

For windsurfers and kitesurfer Bonaire is also something special. The protected lagoon of Lac Bay on the south side of the island is ideal for surf freaks.  There, surfers can enjoy consistent and reliable wind speeds of 15-25 knots per hour.

In the north of Bonaire you will find the Washington Slagbaai National Park, which covers approximately 23 square miles (60 square kilometers). There you will discover pure nature, an unspoiled tropical flora and fauna. There are many different types of cacti and mangroves. Birdwatchers will be able to discover over 190 species of birds live. There are people who argue (with a smile) you will find more flamingos heads than humans on Bonaire.

Come and enjoy this beautiful island with us!

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