Bonaire is well known for her Scuba, Snorkeling, Windsurf & Kite Boarding, but there are many other activities to do while vacationing. Here is a list of our top 10 favorite things to see and do while enjoying our time on beautiful Bonaire.
The list is in no particular order.
1. Kayak Down The Mangroves
Kayaking in Bonaire is a lot of fun. We love the tours the Mangrove center provides. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and provides a ton of information on the island and the Mangroves. We suggest applying sunscreen and bug spray before you head out, and bring additional along on the trip for a second application. There is a lot of full sun kayaking, and the Mangroves provide the perfect grounds for bugs. Click on the picture above to learn more about the Mangrove Center.
2. TeAmo Beach And The Kite City Food Truck
The.Best.Tuna.Sandwich.Ever. Visit TeAmo Beach, across the street from the airport, just past Port Bonaire, when the Kite City food truck is there. It will be an taste sensation experience you won’t soon forget. You will find beach chairs in the garage which you can bring to beach with you. Pack up some additional snacks and drinks, head out to the beach. There is a lovely reef just a few feet off the shore which makes for great snorkeling. You will be amazed at how quiet it is this close to the airport. Enjoy your day. Click on the picture above to go to their Facebook page.
3. Snorkel Tour – Chill & Grill on the Mushi Mushi with Epic Tours
This is a must do on our family’s list for every visit. We try to go the Friday afternoon/evening before we leave. We enjoy the Chill and Grill Tour by Epic Tours. Click on the picture above for more information. Their guided snorkel tours are incredible and the food and drink add to a wonderful experience.
4. Sorobon Beach Resort and The Donkey Sanctuary
The water is waist deep for most of Sorobon, where you will find 3 beach areas – Sorobon Resort, Jibe City and Windsurf Place. Our family enjoys spending the day at Sorobon Resort, where the quiet beach and warm Caribbean waters provide the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing day. The kids will walk over to Jibe or Windsurf Place and take a windsurf lesson or just set sail for a few hours. After a wonderful day of relaxing, we take the road straight to the Donkey Sanctuary where we spend some time visiting our friend Marion and the many donkeys who are well cared for within the sanctuary. Click the picture below to get more information on the donkey sanctuary. And, if you visit sanctuary, ask to see the turtles named Sophie and Samantha.
5. Take The Long Road At Washington Slagbaii
Washington Slagbaii Park is 14,000 acres of undeveloped land established for the enjoyment of the people, it is the first nature sanctuary of the Netherland Antilles & is managed by STINAPA Bonaire. There are 3 hiking trails in the park and many places to enjoy the refreshing water. The scenery is amazing and you are sure to come across flamingos in the salt pan. As you enter the visitor center, you will get a map which details where to go and what to do. Make sure you bring lots of water and sunscreen, and please remember to take out anything you bring in.
6. Take The Road to Rincon Stop For Landsailing & Visit The Cadushy Distillery
Travel the main road to Rincon & stop for some Landsailing. This newly returned activity to Bonaire is a blast. The Blokarts are powered by the fabulous trade winds of Bonaire. Bonaire Landsailing Adventures offers unique, safe, adrenalin-filled fun for the whole family. If you have a few hours available, you have to check it out. It’s an experience you will be laughing about for years to come.
Continue to Rincon and you can visit the Cadushy Distillery.
7. Explore Bonaire
Hit the road and explore Bonaire. Follow the road past the airport and you will come upon the slave huts of Bonaire and the Salt Ponds where you will find pink water. It is amazing to see. Travel further, and you will find flamingos. Drive up to Rincon and stop for a local give to eat.
You can find some maps with description at the Explore Bonaire website.
There is a lot to explore, and when you come back into the center of town, no trip to Bonaire is complete without a stop (or 2 or 3 or 4) at Gio’s, where you will find the best gelato around.
8. Spend the day at Coco Beach Club or Spice Beach Club or both
Coco Beach Club is the newest beach club on Bonaire, right next to Spice Beach Club, you can snorkel between the two. Both offer food and drink, and lounge chairs for a price. Spice Beach Club has a nice pool, and Coco Beach Club has a row of sand courts for volley ball, beach tennis or other sports.
9. Cliff Jumping At The Oil Slick Dive Site
Or, should I say our definition of cliff jumping? We enjoy spending an afternoon and evening at the oil slick dive site. There are great rocks you can climb to jump into the water, and a nice ladder to get out of the water. The Oil Slick Dive site is just up the road from our villa, so it is a perfect afternoon activity on a day we spend lounging around the villa. Bring the cooler and pack some wine to view a perfect Bonaire sunset.
10. Go For A Bike Ride
You can chose from one of several prepared bike routes, forge you own, or just ride around the neighborhood. We enjoy riding bicycles around the neighborhood and down the road to 1000 Steps, or we head in the opposite direction and find all the paths that connect the Sabadeco neighborhoods from Shores to Ridges. There are several shops on Bonaire that rent bicycles by the day or by the week. If you like to ride, but want to go with a group, there are several tour operators on Bonaire that will put a ride or tour together. Let us know if that is your preference, and we will refer you to a vendor.