Bon Bini! It's how we say "Welcome" on Bonaire!
New for Bonaire
Getting the Shot--Photographing Bonaire’s Parakeets (Prikichi)
May 21, 2013 @ 15:01
When love is in the air, there are a great many opportunities to create fabulous vacation images of Bonaire’s nature. And, from sea turtles to parakeets, and many species in between, love is definitely in the air on Bonaire. Here’s a short tutorial on getting “the shot” of Bonaire’s parakeets.
Sand Dollar and Dive Friends Bonaire Offer September Savings “Sellabration”
May 20, 2013 @ 16:54
For a select period this summer, when you pay for 5 nights accommodation at Sand Dollar, you’ll get the 6th and 7th night free; when you pay for 5 days of unlimited air or Nitrox tanks for shore diving, you’ll get the 6th day free.
STINAPA’S Junior Rangers to Return to Lagun for Removal of Oil Pollution
May 17, 2013 @ 10:20
As the Bonaire Insider has reported earlier, the STINAPA Junior Rangers have adopted the beach at Lagun to hold volunteer monthly cleanups of the area to remove plastic and other marine debris that washes up on the windward coastline. Last weekend was their regularly scheduled cleanup, but upon arrival, they Junior Rangers were met with an unpleasant surprise, as the beach was covered with a thick, oily substance which had been deposited there by the on-shore waves.
Bonaire’s Culinary Team Is In It To Win It
May 16, 2013 @ 16:50
Over ten teams, each representing a different Caribbean island, will compete in the upcoming “Taste of the Caribbean”, an annual culinary event which showcases the fusion of Caribbean tastes with classic cooking, so prevalent in the region. The event, comprising of a food/culinary team competition, bartender competition, and pastry competition, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Miami from June 26-30, 2013. Bonaire is sending a seven-member “dream team” with some of the island’s most creative chefs and a mixology specialist.
Den Laman Apartments Offers September Savings Sellabration
May 14, 2013 @ 12:34
Join Den Laman this summer for the “September Savings SELLabration.” When you pay for 5 nights, you’ll get the 6th and 7th nights free. When you pay for 5 days of boat or shore diving, you’ll get the 6th day free.
Ninth Annual ProKids Windsurfing Competition, May 31-June 2, 2013
Bonaire Kite Week, June 11-16, 2013
Kite Ride Bonaire Wakestyle Competition, June 17-22, 2013
Ninth Annual Heineken Bonaire Jazz Festival, August 2-4, 2013
46th Annual Bonaire International Sailing Regatta, October 6-12, 2013
Find the latest specials offered by hotel, car, vacation, rentals, and tour operators to Bonaire. See our North American Vacation Specials
You've just found the best site for all sorts of information about the island of Bonaire, located in the Dutch Caribbean.
The InfoBonaire site is managed and maintained locally on Bonaire, which guarantees you the most current information about Bonaire, and it's hosted on U.S. servers to provide speedy response time.
Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean (see the maps) known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular the preservation of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among other things. Kayak in the mangroves, the gentle bay or venture out into the open ocean for a real challenge. Enjoy the nature of the land cycling or mountain biking.
Many descriptions and slogans have been written about Bonaire: Best Kept Secret, Unhurried, Unspoiled, Unforgettable; Diver's Paradise; and the list goes on... The fact is that all these statements are true, and then some. Another truth is the statistic that over 55% of arrivals on Bonaire are repeat visitors!
There are a number of reasons people visit our island. First timers generally have heard about the climate, the water, the sun and what there is to do. When asked, repeat visitors generally say that they did not have enough time to do all they wanted to on their first visit. If it is the third or fourth trip, the answer is basically the same but with this addition "It is the warmth and friendliness of the people" that keeps visitors returning year after year.
Bonaire has the reputation of being laid back, slower paced and very tranquil. The good news is that while this is all quite true, the island also offers a lively nightlife, fun places to visit and world class restaurants. When you first come to the island, you are a visitor, but when you leave, you are a friend.
We invite you to select one of the links at left above or below to discover Bonaire for yourself. If you're looking for something specific, use our search form. If you want news about Bonaire, visit our Island News page.
To help you find your way around the site and around Bonaire, we've provided several key category pages for you to use to get at the specific information you are looking for. These category pages are accessible via the menu at left above, as well as the links at the bottom of this page.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Calendar covers the latest happenings on Bonaire, from the present through months from now, so you can best plan your schedule to include these upcoming island-wide events in which both tourists and locals can participate. Or see what is happening on a regular basis like nature slideshows on the Weekly page.
Two sections - Travel Tips and Local Information provide all the basic information you need about Bonaire, from maps and photos, to an overview of the ecology and technology. We've also included an on-line phone book of handy Bonairean numbers to have.
What about having fun? Activities covers all the forms of recreation on Bonaire, and can help you locate a good dive operator, who to call to rent a windsurfing equipment, where the best beaches are, where to cycle, and what to do for evening entertainment. And of course, what Bonaire is known for is covered extensively - scuba diving and snorkeling.
Eating - need we say more? The Restaurant page provides information on all Bonairean restaurants, with cuisines ranging from Italian and Lebanese to Antillean, American, and Indonesian. Trying to economize? This page also links you to information on where to get groceries so you can cook for yourself. Those interested in making informed decisions on what type of seafood to eat while dining on Bonaire can view the Sustainable Seafood Guide.
If you're looking for cool Bonairean art, jewelry, souvenirs, or even more mundane things like appliances, our Shopping page will guide you in the right direction.
Of course, if you're coming to Bonaire to visit or stay, you're going to need a roof over your head (the local police frown on sleeping on the beach), so our Accommodations page will offer you a current list of hotels, condos, guest houses, inns, resorts, apartments, and even pointers to local real estate offerings in case you're looking for something a little more permanent. We divided up accommodations by general price range based on one room night for two people, but you may find better prices through tour operators when purchasing a complete package.
Getting to Bonaire can unfortunately be a challenge sometimes, and once you're here, you definitely need a set of wheels (Bonaire is a small island, but not small enough to walk everywhere). This will link you to the various airlines, car rental companies, tour companies, taxi services, and bike & scooter purveyors so you can find just what you need.
If you want more detailed information on all aspects of Bonaire - above and below water, be sure to visit our on-line Bookstore, where we feature a number of hand-picked books about Bonaire and topics related to Bonaire's dedication to maintaining a sound environment.
Finally, in the event we somehow haven't covered a topic you're interested in more information on, we invite you to visit our Contact Us page, where you can send us any question you have on Bonaire, and we'll do whatever we can to provide you with a timely answer.
Life on Bonaire, while slow and relaxing, still continues to move forward. As such, the site will continue to be expanded with new and updated information on a regular basis. If there's something you think that's missing, drop a note to our Webmaster.
Images: Courtesy of Susan Davis, © 2012-2013, all rights reserved.