Dining Food

This is one of the few destinations in the world that gets a lot of tourists but doesn't have the fast food joints to match. There is a small KFC and a Subway, but that's about it. There is no shortage of restaurants on this island and the food variety is also excellent, as is the quality of meals. There are Argentinean, Italian, Dutch, American, Bonairean, Mexican, Indonesian, seafood, vegetarian and international mix cuisines, just to name a few. They say there are over 70 cultures or...

Facts about Bonaire

Many destinations claim to be a diver's paradise. In Bonaire, it says so right on the license plate. Bonaire has made a commitment to preserve its reefs, which are its livelihood, but at the same time to forego true mass tourism in favor of a more controlled development of its economy. If one looks at Bonaire's past, there has always been an air of independence and isolation. In the years after slavery was abolished, islanders were content to farm and ranch and pretty much keep to themselves....

La Danias Leap

Location Northwest coast Depth 15-115ft (5-35m) Access Shore & boat Expertise Rating Intermediate & advanced, tech None other than the colorful Capt Don named La Dania's Leap. It seems one of his guests was a comely but rather aquaphobic lady named La Dania. She sought out Don's help to get her through her open water work with a demanding instructor. Don introduced her to his common sense, but unorthodox, methods. 'The sea,'he told her is like part of us. As long as we can breathe and...

Baby Beach

Location North ofCai Channel, southeast coast Access Boat no buoy, not an official Expertise Rating Intermediate to advanced Baby Beach is a small spit of sand south of Cai, just 500yd south of the shrimp farm. There is no BNMP site number of mooring offshore. Thus it is not a big, full-grown beach - just a junior - but still scenic. It is not an official park dive site but some people do try to shore dive here. Again, it is a real slog complicated by surf, urchins and a rather small landmark...

Lighthouse Point

Location Lighthouse Beach Resort, southwest coast Depth 16-115 ft 5-32m Access Boat Expertise Rating Intermediate to advanced There is shore entry at the tiny beach next to the Lighthouse Beach Resort. Please call in advance to see if there are any restrictions to entering here. This is also better done by boat, as the currents can be stronger on the point. Getting in and out can also be a chore, and it is wise to have a local guide show you the ropes at first. This sandy slope drops down...

Barcadera

Location Northwest coast Depth 15-125 ft 4-36m Access Shore amp boat Expertise Rating Novice A trumpetfish extends its snout to feed majors will probably greet you on your way down, as some fish feeding takes place here. The soft corals are abundant, with tiny filefish hiding in the cover of the large sea plumes and sea rods. Flamingo tongues are also bountiful.Trumpetfish hide in the cover of the rods and the finger sponges, and seahorses have been seen here frequently. Spotted morays like the...