Bonaire is a small Island, 20 miles long and 5 miles wide, located in the southern Caribbean, 50 miles north of Venezuela. Lying outside of the hurricane belt, with very little rain, a constant breeze and pleasant year round temperature of approximately 29°c (84°f) makes Bonaire a great choice for a relaxed diving holiday, year round.
Rated as the top shore diving destination in the world, Bonaire has an unrivalled reputation due to its coastline of fringing reef, all of which is a protected national marine park, highlighting their commitment to the environment. Thanks to Bonaire’s pioneering role in marine conservation, the reefs of the island have kept in immaculate condition. The marine life here is plentiful and will keep any diver or snorkeler occupied for the duration of their holiday.
As the slogan on the license plates of all vehicles on Bonaire confirms, this really is a “Divers Paradise”
The locals pride themselves on their friendliness and the large number of repeat visitors to Bonaire is testament to the hospitality extended to all guests.
Kralendijk, the main town, is home to a variety of shops, bars and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood or the local favourite, goat curry. The atmosphere here is laid back, as it is all over the island, which is reflected in the relaxed nightlife.
As Bonaire remains relatively untouched by outside influences both above and below the water, it is an attractive option for those looking to escape from a mainstream holiday destination.
Highlights of Bonaire
As well as world renowned diving and snorkelling Bonaire is home to a Flamingo Reserve where the largest colony of flamingos in the Caribbean can be found in the salt flats and mangroves on the southern tip of the island.
Klein Bonaire, a small uninhabited island, protected by the Bonaire National Marine Park is located less than half a mile off the coast of Bonaire and is home to turtle nesting grounds and the occasional flamingos. A ten minute boat ride across will allow you to enjoy the white sandy beaches, great snorkelling and diving.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, on the northwestern end of Bonaire was the first nature sanctuary of the Netherland Antilles established in 1969. It is a safe habitat for the native and endemic species of Bonaire. Parrots, flamingos, parakeets, iguanas and many other species of birds and reptiles can be found here as well as many varieties of cacti, divi-divi trees and spectacular landscapes. The beaches inside the park are an important nesting ground for all four species of sea turtles found in the Caribbean.
Bonaire is located in the southern Caribbean approximately 50 miles north of Venezuela.
Climate in Bonaire
Bonaire is situated outside of the hurricane belt and is fortunate to experience a pretty constant year round climate.
The average temperature is 28°C with the hottest period being July / August when the temperature can reach up to 30°C.
Bonaire is generally dry the whole year with some rain showers from October to January
The prevailing trade winds generally make the evenings cool and comfortable.
Best Time to go to Bonaire: Year round
Tailor Made & Multi Centre holidays in Bonaire
Combine your Bonaire holiday with a stay on Curacao to enjoy the best of these 2 magnificent Dutch Caribbean Islands.