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Bonaire National Marine Park
Bonaire National Marine Park

Bonaire National Marine Park

Free admission
Barcadera z/n , Kralendijk

The Basics

Bonaire’s National Marine Park, which encircles most of the island, is well-known for its conservation of marine resources. Explore on a snorkel tour, and spot tropical fish and marine mammals among the brightly-colored coral. Some tours include a sailing trip around the island, others include visits to Bonaire highlights—such as the hilltop Seru Largu lookout point, Gotomeer lagoon (home to a large population of flamingos), and the salt flats—in an air-conditioned vehicle.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • All visitors to the marine park are required to purchase an admission ticket to contribute to maintenance and conservation.

  • Bonaire National Marine Park is an ideal place for scuba diving, however all divers, regardless of experience, must undergo an orientation course for diving.

  • Be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen on boat trips; the Caribbean sun is very strong.

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How to Get There

Bonair, a Dutch colony, can be reached via direct flights from Amsterdam and the US. The best way to explore the marine park is by boat tour.

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When to Get There

Bonaire’s tropical climate and absences of hurricanes means that the island is a year-round destination. For the fewest crowds and best hotel rates, visit outside of the peak tourist season, which runs from May through October.

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Klein Bonaire

Just off the western shore of Bonaire, tucked into the crook of the main island’s natural crescent shape, sits the islet of Klein Bonaire. This uninhabited, low-lying island only rises six feet (1.8 meters) out of the water, but it boasts a handful of ruins dating from the colonial era and an often deserted beach called No Name Beach, both of which make the island an interesting day trip.

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