Board Sports in Bonaire

Perfect Rides for Both Novices and Pros

Riders skim across shallow seas in blurs of neon color or launch skyward from the lip of a wave. The show is powered by the trade winds that sweep in from the east, delivering a steady supply of invisible energy to be captured by sail and kite. Expert riders from around the world come to Bonaire to hone their skills and show off their moves. But the same conditions that stoke the pros are equally kind to novices. Sheltered shallow water bays and leeward coastlines are perfect for those just learning to harness the power of the winds. Veteran coaches are on hand to ease the learning curve and facilitate fun.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone with a love of water and nature
  • Best season to visit: Year-round, as it's below the hurricane belt
  • Weather: 70s, sunny and dry in the winter, 80s in the summer, with occasional afternoon or evening showers

Bonaire Information

Board Sports in Bonaire Overview

Unlike some destinations where windsurfers and kiteboarders share the same waters, Bonaire provides ideal conditions for both board sports on opposite sides of the island. To the east, windsurfers can cruise the expansive shallows of Lac Bay on fast crosswind runs. The southwest corner of the island is a favorite with kiteboarders, who can launch into the calm water with offshore winds.

Board Sports in Bonaire Tips

Kiteboarding is one of those sports that can be extremely frustrating if you try to teach yourself, but surprisingly easy and fun when working with a professional instructor with the right teaching aids, support and safety gear. When selecting an instructor and school, check to see if they are certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization, or IKO.

Best Places for Board Sports in Bonaire

Consistent trade winds and large expanses of reef-protected shallows draw novices and experts alike to Jibe City and Sorobon Beach. Experts venture beyond the reef line at Lac Bay to challenge ocean swells. Kiteboarders find ideal conditions south of the town of Kralendijk at Atlantis Beach, which is away from boat traffic and resorts.

What to Pack for Board Sports in Bonaire

Leave the wetsuit at home and pack a pair of board shorts and a lycra swim shirt. Special kiteboarding or windsurfing shoes are optional but will help grip the board, and provide foot protection on rocky shores. Fit sunglasses with a retaining strap that floats.

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Den Laman Condominiums

BONAIRE - 7 nights accommodations includes Beginners windsurfing lesson includign 1 hour group lesson, 1 hour practice time, lunch and use of equipment and transportation, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $638 per person double occupancy

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Den Laman Condominiums

BONAIRE - 7 nights accommodations includes full day Washington National Park Off Road tour (excluding Park Fee $25 pp) package includes roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $576 per person double occupancy

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Caribbean Club Bonaire

EXPLORE PACKAGE includes 7 night 1 bedroom studio accomodations, breakfast buffet daily, explore package including 1 day mountain bike rental, 7 day snorkel equipment, 1 guided snorkel boat tour, 1 guided kayak mangrove tour and 1 guided cave exploration tour, 7 day truck rental including taxes, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

DRIVE, DIVE & STAY PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of a Suite, 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom or Penthouse accommodations, choice of 6 days of unlimited shore diving, 6 days 1-tank boat dives with unlimited shore diving, free nitrox, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
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From $1,166. per person double diver

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Buddy Dive Resort

BONAIRE - ACTIVITY ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1, 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, breakfast daily, snorkel equipment rental for 7 days, mountain bike rental for 1 day, 1 guided boat snorkel trip, 1 guided cave exploration tour, 1 guided mangrove kayak tour, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Welcome drink and Manager's Rum Punch Party.
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From $1,712 per person double diver

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Buddy Dive Resort

DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE- Package includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1, 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, choice of 6 days of unlimited shore diving, 6 days 1-tank boat dives with unlimited shore diving. free nitrox, breakfast daily, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
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From $1,034 per person dbl diver

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Caribbean Club Bonaire

MARINE EDUCATION WEEK - 2ND DIVER DIVES FREE includes 7 night 2-bedroom quad accommodations, 6 days of unlimited shore diving including free Nitrox, free manager's rum punch party, breakfast buffet daily, 7 day truck rental including taxes, airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Valid 8/19/17-9/29/17.
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From $556 per person quad diver

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Caribbean Club Bonaire

DIVE & EXPLORE PACKAGE includes 7 night accommodations in your choice of Studio, 1 or 2 Bedrooms, Penthouse, Honeymoon Cottage, 6 days unlimited shore diving or upgrade to 6 days of 1-tank boat dives or 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, 7 day vehicle rental including taxes, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $762 per person quad diver

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Eden Beach Resort

DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night accommodations in your choice of Studio, King Studio, Two Bedroom, 6 days unlimited shore diving or upgrade to 6-tank boat dives or 11-tank boat dives, 7 day truck rental including taxes, optional roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, service charge and energy surcharge.
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From $1001 per person double diver

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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

2 TANK DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of Standard, Deluxe or Studio accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, breakfast daily, welcome cocktail, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes, and service charges.
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From $1,115 per person double diver

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Harbour Village Beach Club

2017 DIVE INTO LUXURY PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of a 1 bedroom Suite or 2 bedroom Suite, 6 days of 1-tank boat dives plus unlimited shore diving, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, use of fitness center, kayaks, paddleboards, hotel tax and service charges. Upgrade to 6 days of 2-tank boat diving for an additional cost.
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From $2,455 per person based on double occupancy

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Spa and Wellness

Harbour Village Beach Club

ROMANCE PACKAGE includes 7 nights in choice of a Luxurious Club Room, 1 Bedroom or 2 Bedroom Suite, daily full American breakfast, 1 aromatherapy massage per person, 1 scuba dive experience for beginners or 1 boat dive for certified divers, 1 torch light dinner on the beach (no beverages included), 1 hammock on the beach with Champagne (per couple), service charges and government tax.
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From $1,627 per person double

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Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire

ALL-INCLUSIVE DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night accommodations in your choice of Laguna or Ocean View, 6 days unlimited shore diving or upgrade to 6 days of 1-tank boat dives ($200 pp) or 6 days of 2-tank boat dives ($300 pp), free nitrox , buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner (cooking station, bbq & theme nights), snacks, unlimited amount of drinks, excluding premium brands. Use of paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans and snorkeling equipment. Frequent daytime activities include beach volleyball, tennis, gym, yoga, body pump and evening entertainment. Hotel tax, service charge and energy surcharge.
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From $1,110 per person double occupancy

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Resorts

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Buddy Dive Resort

Experience Bonaire with Buddy Dive Resort, a resort where you can dive, take part in a multitude of activities, or just sit back and relax by one of the pools or in the comfort of your room or fully equipped apartment.
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From $1,035 per person based on double occupancy

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Captain Dons Habitat

Captain Don’s Habitat has been known as the “home of diving freedom” since 1976. From full 2-story 3 & 4 bedroom ocean front villas to 2 bedroom bungalows and ocean front deluxe junior suites, Captain Don's Habitat has an accommodation to fit everyone's needs.
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Caribbean Club Bonaire

Caribbean Club Bonaire features cottages, studios, ocean view penthouses, and ocean view cottages deluxe, together with an on-premises full-service dive shop and activity center, two swimming pools, a restaurant, bar, and meeting room.
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Bellafonte Bonaire

These boutique oceanfront apartments offer paradise in a private setting. Bellafonte is an tranquil retreat tucked away on the stunning island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. With direct access to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean via a private pier, paradise really is a step away. With only 22 seaside apartments, Bellafonte provides the discerning traveler with world-class accommodations that feel like home.
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Caribbean Club Bonaire

Caribbean Club Bonaire features cottages, studios, ocean view penthouses, and ocean view cottages deluxe, together with an on-premises full-service dive shop and activity center, two swimming pools, a restaurant, bar, and meeting room.
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Courtyard Bonaire

The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. You'll also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology. Plus, our well-equipped fitness center, the outdoor pool will help you stay refreshed and energized. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at Courtyard is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than ever before!
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Den Laman Condominiums

Den Laman Condominiums offer value with a view. The property is located in front of Bari Reef, the REEF organizations #1 ranked reef in the Caribbean boasting a record breaking 388 fish species to date. Featuring 16 modern, fully A/C studio, one and two bedroom apartments, it is also home to the waterfront Sunset Bar and Grille, Fisheye Photo/Video, Bonaire Dive and Adventure, and Discover Bonaire (provider of guided snorkeling, kayaking, mountain biking and other activities).
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Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino

Located Oceanside, the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is the perfect base for vacationers drawn to the sleepy island of Bonaire and world-class Caribbean diving. Spacious oceanfront and garden view rooms and suites are decorated in bright, tropical colors. Divi Flamingo will be celebrated 60 years of Hospitality in Bonaire in 2012. Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is offering a variety of packages that are sure to appeal to one of your interests.
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Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire

Tranquil by nature, this is where vibrant coral reefs teem with amazing marine life steps from one of Bonaire’s finest beaches and “18 Palms” dive and snorkel sites.
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From $1250 per person based on double diver

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Sand Dollar Condominiums

Sand Dollar offers spacious and comfortable studio, one, two and three bedroom accommodations on island. All units have kitchens, dining and living areas. The roomy porches or balconies offer views of the ocean and Bari Reef that beckon irresistibly to divers and snorkelers.
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Harbour Village Beach Club

One of Bonaire's most exclusive resorts, this property is situated on a beautiful private beach alongside a private marina amid lush landscaping. Amenities include a pool and sundeck, a spa, fitness center and tennis courts. La Balandra Beach Bar & Grill—built in the style of a Spanish galleon—offers excellent cuisine in a breathtaking oceanfront location.
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Belmar Oceanfront Apartments

An intimate tranquil oceanfront dive resort in the southern part of Bonaire, with spacious fully-equipped air-conditioned rooms, and two expansive sunbathing/dive docks.
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From $755 per person quad diver

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Buddy Dive Resort

DRIVE & DIVE PACKAGE- Package includes 7 nights in your choice of Studio, 1, 2 or 3-bedroom accommodations, choice of 6 days of unlimited shore diving, 6 days 1-tank boat dives with unlimited shore diving. free nitrox, breakfast daily, 7 days vehicle rental including taxes, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.
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From $1,034 per person dbl diver

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Eden Beach Resort

Eden Beach Resort, a cozy site where you may plan to go on your next vacation. It is located in the Dutch Caribbean island territory of Bonaire in the south Caribbean Sea. At Eden Beach Resort we want to turn your visit into a special experience.Re-designed installations offer a combination of the luxury of a perfect environment, family atmosphere in which one and all will enjoy themselves.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

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Entry Requirments: US and Canadian citizens must have a valid Passport, valid at least three months beyond the planned period of stay. No visa is required for stays shorter than 90 days.

Exit Requirments: The departure tax is USD $36.05 per person, which should be included in your international airline ticket taxes, so there should be nothing to pay at the airport. Domestic departure tax is $9.27 to Curacao, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius or Aruba and should also be included in your airline ticket taxes.

Immunizations

No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to Bonaire. Check with the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov

Culture and Customs

Bonaire provides a low-key take on island life. Bonairean culture blends the traditions of Spain, Africa and the Netherlands. Locals who may initially display the discrete reserves of the Dutch quickly prove warm and accommodating of visitors. And despite decades of tourism, the service industry mentality does not dominate the cultural psyche. Cruise ships now call at the Kralendijk waterfront, but divers remain the main source of business for on-island resorts. Nightlife is more likely to mean a sunset dinner at the harbor followed by a stroll to an ice cream shop, or tall tales of underwater adventures shared at a waterfront tiki bar, with a reasonable bedtime in anticipation of tomorrow's adventures. And there are ample adventures to be found. Washington Slagbaai National Park covers the entire northern end of the island, creating an outdoor playground for hiking, mountain biking, birding and day trips to small surf-washed coves hidden within iron shore bluffs. The trade winds that cool the island also power kite boarders, and the sheltered waters of Lac Bay are home to Jibe City, one of the Caribbean's epicenters of windsurfing action. Blue water fishermen don't have to travel far to hook up with trophy catches, kayakers can find shelter in mangrove channels, and sailing charters provide a relaxing way to skim the coastline without venturing into open ocean. An experience unique to Bonaire are the cave snorkel trips that take swimmers into clear pools of fresh water hidden below the island's limestone substrate.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity is 127 volt, 50 cycle. Many dive shops offer stations for charging lights, strobes or delicate equipment.

Most hotels offer WiFi and some local restaurants and bars offer WiFi. Surf-it hotspots are available with a Surf-it prepaid card from Telbo. Calling Bonaire requires dialing 011-599-7 and 6 digit number. Be sure to check with your cell phone carrier to see if they offer an international plan or you will be subject to roaming charges.

Water Quality

Bonaire offers desalinated sea water which is purified and safe to drink. Bottled water is also available for purchase.

Language & Currency

There are 4 main languages spoken in Bonaire, Dutch is the official one used in government and legal transactions, while Papiamentu is used in daily exchanges and spoken by the locals. English and Spanish are also widely spoken.

As of January 1, 2011, the U.S. Dollar became the official currency of Bonaire. Credit cards are normally accepted in most restaurants, bars and stores. It is recommended you contact your credit card company before travel to make sure they know you will be using the card out of the country. ATMs are available which Cirrus, NYCE and other networks.

Time

Bonaire is in the Atlantic Time Zone (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Bonaire is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Bonaire is 24 miles long by 3-7 miles wide, approximately 111 square miles. The small island offshore, Klein Bonaire, which is uninhabited is 2.3 square miles. Bonaire is located just 30 miles from Curacao, 50 miles North of Venezuela and 80 miles East of Aruba. Bonaire is located in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea and outside of the Hurricane Belt. The population of Bonaire is 18,900 (2016).