Bonaire is well known as a diver’s paradise. When you arrive on Bonaire, you may question which dive vendor you should work with. We recommend Dive Friends Bonaire, with 7 full-service locations, assistance is always nearby & tank exchange is a breeze. They are a PADI 5- Star IDC Dive center, and cater to divers of every skill level and all ages.
All Dive Friends facilities are fully equipped with rental gear, should you require any. They offer the Bonaire Marine Park orientation during normal business hours. And, they offer Villa Lunt guests a 10% discount. When you reserve your vacation at Villa Lunt, we will contact Dive Friends Bonaire on our behalf, with your permission. After the initial contact, they will create a voucher for your group, and assist you with any reservations you would like to make.
What we admire most about Dive Friends is their commitment to the health of the reefs and sea life on Bonaire. Dive Friends plans quarterly cleanup dives – these well advertised, well attended events are coordinated for the purpose of keeping Bonaire blue and beautiful. Below is a video from their April 2018 clean up dive. If you are interested in participating in one of their cleanup dive, please let us know.
Our family LOVES snorkeling Bonaire. And, it couldn’t be easier. Bonaire is well known for her easy access for shore diving for SCUBA divers, and with that comes awesome fishing finding for snorkelers. The sea is calm and the water is clear.
Some of our favorite sites are located very close to Villa Lunt.
1000 Steps which isn’t really 1000 steps, but the stone stair case will bring you down to a fabulous snorkel option
Oil Slick, where you can combine some fun cliff jumping with snorkeling.
Andrea I & Andrea II are a healthy walking distance from Villa Lunt, but located within the Sabadeco neighborhoods. We enjoy snorkeling at these sites, then jumping off the Sabadeco pier.
We also enjoy bringing our snorkel gear to many of the beaches on Bonaire.
Spice Beach has a great pier which you can easily access the water while geared up. The pier also attracts lots of fish. As you swim around the pier, you can head toward Coco Beach
Te’Amo Beach has a beautiful Coral with lots of sea life to be seen. We enjoy spending time snorkeling here while enjoying the Kite City Food truck for a nice lunch. Don’t forget the beach chairs in the garage!
Jibe City is fun to snorkel around. The water is very shallow. We find much less sea life in this area, but it’s fun day all around, and only more enhanced with snorkels and a fin.
Almost any shore dive site will wow you as a snorkeler. No matter where you go in the water, you are sure to find beautiful fish all around. If you are feeling a little adventurist, grab a dive map, and head out to any shore access site, snorkel up, and have fun.
“The Octopus has an amazing body design. They are able to defend themselves in a variety of ways. The most common is flight since they can use jet propulsion to quickly move through the water. Their flexible body has no bones so they can escape into small cracks, rocks, crevices, and even into bottles and cans that have found their way into the bottom of the water. Check out the encounter with the Damsel fish! “
I find their videos fascinating, they keep me dreaming of coming back to Bonaire and staying in Villa Lunt of course.
The Octopus has an amazing body design. They are able to defend themselves in a variety of ways. The most common is flight since they can use jet propulsion to quickly move through the water. Their flexible body has no bones so they can escape into small cracks, rocks, crevices, and even into bottles and cans that have found their way into the bottom of the water. Check out the encounter with the Damsel fish! #Octopus #Cephlapods #fishbehaviour #fishid #octopuses #bonaire #bonairediving #divebonaire #scuba #scubadive #observation #divefriendsbonaire #letsgodiving
The Brass Boer Restaurant, located at the Delfins Beach Resort, recently opened in Bonaire and is exceeding the expectations of its guests, and their tastebuds. A visit to this restaurant is an experience that will add to an unforgettable Bonaire vacation.
Their website says the menu mixes local ingredients and global influences, from refined à la carte dishes to yummy beach bites. Brass Boer Restaurant is run under the management of Jonnie and Thérèse Boer, a gifted culinary couple with famed restaurants in the Netherlands.
They have a very romantic sunset lounge, a relaxing spot to enjoy a beautiful Caribbean view. Reservations are subject to a price fixed offering.
There is also the very special Table 14. Table 14 is in memory of Johan Cruyff, & 10% of the cost will be donated to the Johan Cryuff Foundation. This foundations helps children move up by being active. You can reserve this table for 2, 4 or 6 people, enjoying the BrassBoer menu including a glass of cava, table water and a coffee. Table 14 is situated on a beautiful spot on the pier with an amazing view. Advanced reservations are suggested. As the sunset lounge, reservations at this table are price fixed.
Check out their menu before visiting, and with the great reviews and past experience of the owners, we highly suggest reservations.
Here is a video of the beginning of their venture. Enjoy.
Donkeys were introduced to Bonaire in the 17th century by Spaniards who used the animals to perform hard labor. As Bonaire became industrialized, the Donkeys were no longer needed and set free. Unfortunately, these animals are not well adapted to Caribbean weather and the traffic of Bonaire. In an effort to save and protect these animals, the sanctuary was created as a safe haven for the donkeys.
The Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary is home to more than 600 donkeys who roam in the enclosed land. The animals are fed and cared for daily by the wonderful and loving staff of the sanctuary. Open to the public, you can visit any day between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. A small fee will allow entrance to drive through the sanctuary, and enjoy these fun animals. As you drive through their land, the donkeys will surround your vehicle, poke their heads in, and enjoy treats you are willing to share. (hint, they love carrots)
When we visit the sanctuary, we enjoy spending time in the small enclosure just behind the little office building. There you will find the younger donkeys, and the mommies with their babies. Just behind this enclosure, is a small turtle sanctuary. There you will find turtles of all ages.
We like to visit the donkey sanctuary on a day we go to Sorobon. Located up the road from Sorobon, it makes for a well-rounded day.
Bonaire is home to many beautiful birds, but perhaps the most elegant is the Caribbean Pink Flamingo. The beta carotenes, found easily in the crustaceans and plankton on Bonaire, make the Caribbean Flamingo one of the most colorful of all.
As you drive around Bonaire, you will see many flamingos. There are three places you will find an abundance of Flamingos.
In the mangroves by Lac Bay, filled with clear water & full of colorful fish, you will find many exotic pink flamingos. The flamingos find fresh food in these waters, and in turn provide tourists with wonderful opportunities to view them in their natural habitat. As you head to Lac Bay and Sorobon, you will be treated to many opportunities to view these beautiful birds.
Heading North? Then head toward Gotomeer Lake – just between Washington Slagbaai National Park and the rest of Bonaire. Gotomeer is a wonderful place to find the beautiful Caribbean Pink Flamingo. At this spot, you will be able to get closer to these beautiful birds then any other spot on Bonaire. Head towards the lake, and drive around – but stay in your truck. The birds are more likely to approach the edge of the lake if you are in your vehicle.
Bonaire houses one of only four areas in the world which breed Flamingos – The Pekelmeer (“salt lake” in Dutch) Flamingo Sanctuary. Although not open to the public, you can view these beautiful birds in their sanctuary near the salt lakes of Bonaire. A pair of binoculars are in order to view them from the road, or while relaxing at Pink Beach.
These pools appear pink against the white salt pyramids. The pink color comes from the tiny rosy brine shrimp which live in the water. At the southern end of the island, amid the vast salt pans,The Pekelmeer Flamingo sanctuary resides.
On the east coast, also known as the windward side, of Bonaire you will find Lac Bay, a shallow and sheltered water area. The forecast is always sunny, warm and windy. Lac Bay is where the majority of windsurfers will hang out on Bonaire. There are 3 beaches along this bay – Sorobon Beach Club, Jibe City and Windsurf Place. We enjoy all 3, but for windsurfing, we will hang by Jibe City or Windsurf Place.
Watching the amazing wind surfers literally fly across the water is unbelievable. Due to the never ending trade winds, Bonaire is a wind surf paradise and is home to many well regarded wind surfers. Watching the amazing tricks, twists and turns is totally entertaining.
Both Jibe City and Windsurf Place offer board rentals and lessons. Jibe City has a restaurant next door with gratis lounge chairs for diners. Windsurf place will offer lounge chairs for a small fee. They both offer covered and sunny areas.
The shallow waters of Lac Bay provide perfect conditions for new windsurfers. The staff at both facilities are well trained in providing the perfect lessons for any level surfer. After just an hour lesson, you will be catching the wind and setting sail.
A wonderful way to spend a relaxing beach day while on Bonaire is to visit Spice Beach Club. Complete with a pool, lounge chairs, bar restaurant and finer dining restaurant, you will find you are left with nothing to want for. There are lounge chairs are situated both in the sun and in the shade, overlooking the sea and others overlooking the pool. Spice Beach club has a dock which offers boat taxi service to Klein Bonaire (little Bonaire) where you can spend a few hours on a remote quiet beach.
While enjoying your relaxing beach day at Spice Beach, the staff of the restaurant bar will take your drink and lunch orders. The shore line is calm and quiet – a perfect combination to go for a swim, or watch as your children swim in the beautiful blue waters. There is a floating dock a short swim from the shore. We enjoy snorkeling around the docks and swimming towards Coco beach. If you stay into the evenings, you will be treated to the warmth and romance of the firepits.
Most Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings there is a nice happy hour with great drinks, live music and lots of dancing. Spice Beach Club also has a lovely finer dining restaurant, which is perfect for a lovely sunset dining experience. Many Sunday mornings, the restaurant will setup a Breakfast Buffet which is wonderful!
Please visit the website – Spice Beach – for additional information.
There are so many wonderful things to do with your kids on Bonaire. Here are just a few to get you started. Continue reading our guide for more fun activities or drop us an email anytime for more suggestions geared to your families interests.
Find a spot and go cliff jumping – we like the Oil Slick Dive site, a short drive from Villa Lunt.
Combine a day of Jibe City for Windsurfing/beaching and a visit to the donkey sanctuary.
Drive around the island making stops along the way to sight see and snorkel – grab a dive map and find the slave huts, salt ponds, and wind mills. Stop along the way to visit dive sites for snorkeling.
Spend a day enjoying the beaches with the fabulous food trucks – Donkey Beach, Bachelors beach and Te’Amo Beach.
Take a water taxi from Spice Beach and head out to Klein Bonaire.
Rent some bicycles and tour the island.
Go for a hike in the national park.
Drive to Rincon and experience the cultural beauty of Bonaire.
There is so much to do and see with your kids on Bonaire. You may also choose to spend the day relaxing at our luxurious pool. Enjoy!
When we visit Bonaire, we like to stop in to restaurants our guests have recommended to us. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about some of these restaurants. The first restaurant I am posting about is Sebastian’s. We love the atmosphere – almost every table has a magnificent ocean view. We have not been fortunate enough yet to reserve the Pier Table – but is looks fantastic!
The food is really terrific, and they welcome you with a lovely beverage. Steve tends to go for the meat dishes, and I go for seafood. We tried the Land & Sea – fabulous, cooked just right and the Red Snapper filet – the food was fresh and delicious.
They do suggest advanced reservations, and if they ask for a phone number, you can give them the cell number we lend you while on the island, +599 787 2280. Click on the picture below to go to Sebastian’s website.