Not a diver and afraid you’ll be bored in Bonaire? We don’t think so. Our island has something for everyone, from small kids to senior citizens.
For one, there’s the wind, which always blows on Bonaire’s east side. The constant trade winds and clear, shallow and warm water near Lac Bai and Sorobon Beach make it one of the top windsurfing destinations in the Caribbean, as well as an excellent spot to learn. You’ll find all the instruction and gear you want from Bonaire windsurf operators, some with over 30 years in the business.
For millennials and Gen’Zers, maybe kiteboarding is more your thing. Head south and check out the scene at Atlantis Beach, where the wind blows 17-22 knots on average. A kiteboarding school and rental facility operate daily or you can just hang out on a bean bag and watch the fun from the beach.
Children love adventure and critters so why not take them kayaking and snorkeling in Bonaire’s mangroves? Mangroves are nurseries for all kinds of life, so they’ll get hands on experience with a personal guide. Dive Friends Bonaire also offers a daily snorkel school for kids 8-12 years and takes them out to Klein Bonaire and other beach excursions – better than summer camp!
If you’re looking for some land-based activities, bicycling around Bonaire is a good way to explore the island, either on or off road. For the off-road adventurist, there are over 300km (185miles) of trails on Bonaire. You might even share these paths with local goats and donkeys! Blue painted rocks mark the mountain bike trails and cyclists can explore Washington Slagbaai National Park, Rincon and Kralendijk. For those who prefer, guided tours can be arranged through various tour operators and bike shops on the island.
There’s also hiking – Mount Brandaris in Washington Slagbaai National Park is a favorite. At the top of Bonaire’s highest peak at 241 m (784ft), you are rewarded with sweeping views of the entire island. Join a guided group for a hike at sunrise or head up the trail on your own. Just be sure to go early to beat the heat and allow time for a refreshing swim in the sea at Boca Slagbaai afterwards!
Feeling a little less active and just want to relax? Maybe a gentle walk along Kralendijk’s waterfront or a stroll north of Karpata or south on the salt flats suits you better. Book a massage and facial treatment at one of Bonaire’s small personal spas. Or maybe just try a yoga class at sunset. Better yet, a glass of wine overlooking the sea.