Activities on Bonaire

Image courtesy of Outdoor Bonaire

Image courtesy of Outdoor Bonaire

 

Bonaire, best known for being the Diver’s Paradise and Windsurf heaven, has a plethora of other activities to please the outdoor enthusiast. With a myriad of tours and trips, one can be busy day and night.

Bonaire’s waters are protected by the marine park. The mangroves, many located in Lac Bay, are also protected as they are breeding ground for the island’s sea life. Several companies offer kayak tours in and around the mangrove. Slowly glide through the tranquil waters. Later snorkel seeing juvenile barracudas and upside down jellies. Allow yourself time to enjoy this solitary experience in nature’s undersea nursery for a multitude of sea creatures.

snorkelingBird watching is another attraction. Island-based naturalists can take you on guided tours to see the Bonairean Parrot, Flamingos, Trupials, and Yellow Shouldered Parakeets, and the Yellow Billed Cuckoo.

Hikers will be thrilled with the diverse options. One such hike, Ruta Dos Pos, takes you through the wild countryside of Bonaire on well marked trails. The trail is for intermediate hikers and takes 1-1.5 hours. The trail takes you past a fruit plantation, Dos Pos–the local water source for neighboring farmers, and a myriad of animal life. If you are quiet, you will catch a glimpse of the wild pigs locally known as porko di mondi. See Watapana trees, a massive Tamarind tree, and some amazing rocks and geological formations. Cactus is plentiful with many varieties seen on this hike. In the distance near the peak you may see Lake Goto. Listen to the songs of the small chuchubi bird or the squawking prikichi.

Washington Slagbaai National Park is the first nature sanctuary of the (previous) Netherland Antilles. It was established in 1969 and covers an area of 6.543 hectares. Many activities can be enjoyed including diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, and hiking. There are 3 hiking trails in Washington Park. The Subi Branderis hike must be started early in the day as the temperature grows as the day passes. It is a 45 minute hike to the highest peak which is 784 feet high. On a clear day one can view Curacao and the mountain range south of Puerto Cabello in Venezuela. The other trails are less challenging, but offer uneven terrain making for a challenge.

 

Wellness Vacations are our specialty niche. Come unwind and find your center on our unspoiled island. Rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. We offer individualized programs in restorative services including Reiki, Reflexology, Bonaire Healing Salt Scrubs and massages. We also can create a personalized activity schedule for Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga and Body Pump.  Our vacation packages include accommodation choices in serene and restful settings. Personalized culinary packages are available for those seeking a whole body wellness experience.

 

Photo by Marc Swoll

Photo by Marc Swoll

IMG_3142_600x600Come explore the waters of Bonaire on a Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Also called SUP, this new floaty board is all the rage from coast to coast.  Stand Up Paddle Boarding can be traced back to the old days in Polynesia. In the 1940s, Waikiki Beach Life Guards used to stand on their surf boards paddling around to patrol the beaches.

 

Other activities to do include caving, parasailing, geocaching, kiting, rappelling down a lighthouse, and, of course, boat tours and trips. Bonaire’s perfect climate for water and nature sports make this island perfect for the outdoor lover.

All clients of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations are offered complimentary Concierge Services, so email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call to make your tour or excursion reservations.