Bonaire

License plates on Bonaire read “Diver’s Paradise” with good reason. Almost every day is a perfect day for diving or snorkeling. Bonaire sits just 11 degrees north of the equator in the warm waters of the southern Caribbean Sea, where the sun shines for nearly 12 hours a day and temperatures hover in the 80s year-round. The island is surrounded by coral reefs; more than 400 species of marine life live among 55 types of coral. The fragile ecosystem is protected by the Bonaire National Marine Park, which ensures wise use of the reefs, sea grass, and mangroves. The result: the most unspoiled underwater conditions in the entire Caribbean region.

Bonaire

Getting Ashore

Cruise ships dock at the Port of Kralendijk in the capital of Bonaire.

Fast Fact

Bonaire is one of the world’s top destinations for diving and snorkeling, with dozens of dive sites accessible right from shore.

Port Shopping

Harborside Mall—easy walking distance from the cruise pier—is home to the guaranteed stores.

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Kralendijk

Bonaire’s capital is a quaint pedestrian-friendly town with some excellent shops.

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Sorobon Beach

Protected by an offshore reef, this natural treasure boasts warm, shallow waters and cooling trade winds that make it a haven for sunbathers and windsurfers alike.

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Washington Slagbaai National Park

Hiking trails wind through the former land plantations and nature preserve, home to parrots, parakeets, iguanas, and the island’s signature pink flamingos.

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Bonaire Marine Park

Bonaire is fringed by an unbroken ring of coral reefs, part of an unspoiled underwater ecosystem that offers 86 unique dive sites.

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Best of Bonaire

Cruise ships dock on Bonaire’s west coast at the Port of Kralendijk (pronounced Kroll-en-dike), the island’s capital. The pier faces Wilhelmina Park, where guests can shop for authentic ...
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Things to do in Bonaire
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Bonaire: Diver’s Paradise

The real allure of Bonaire isn’t on land. It’s under the sea. Bonaire has 86 official dive sites, 53 of which are accessible from shore. There are...

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Climb into an open-air 4×4 for a wilderness expedition. Take off to the desert terrain of Washikemba. Continue to Lac Bay, a windsurfer’s paradise. Stop at Sorobon beach to relax. Afterwards, head inland to discover Bonaire’s dense mangrove forests.

Discover the underwater wonders of Bonaire’s thriving reef on a guided snorkel in the island’s National Marine Park. Float gently over coral formations home to many varieties of fish and colorful marine life.


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Where
The Harborside Mall, just steps from the cruise pier in Kralendijk

What
Duty-free shops selling luxury jewelry, dive-related items, flamingo-themed souvenirs, and everything in between

Bonaire Currency
The U.S. dollar

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Brands in Bonaire

Le Vian

Le Vian

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MarahLago Larimar

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Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

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Did You Know?

Bonaire is home to almost 200 different species of birds, including its signature national bird: the flamingo.