Sailing Around Bonaire’s Waters

Bonaire has been known for centuries as an island that produces some of the world’s finest sailors. Our flag incorporates a sailor’s compass as part of its design, demonstrating the navigation prowess the early Bonairean seafarers possessed. As a nation of sailors, Bonaire is still recognized for its contribution to the allied effort during World War II. A monument in Wilhelmina Park, placed by Eleanor Roosevelt, stands as testimony to the brave Bonaireans who gave their lives while serving in the Merchant Marines.

For almost 50 years, Bonaire has continued to celebrate its sailing tradition by hosting the International Sailing Regatta, held each fall. Sailors in all classes come to the island to race each other in various venues with even a category for 5 to 10 year old sailors. This age bracket competes in small craft and windsurfing events. There are parties, races and dancing in the streets. The entire island takes on a festive atmosphere and visitors from all over the world are welcome to participate as crew or spectators.

Sailing lessons for adults and children are available through the non-profit Bonaire Sailing School Association.

We also have a number of charter companies on the island.  Snorkel sails, weekend or daily charters are all possible. The breezes are gentle and the company congenial. A day sailing is a great way to relax and enjoy Bonaire from a different point of view.

Recommended Charter Operators *
Phone
Bonaire From the Sea
785-2277
Samur Sailing & Charters
717-5592
Woodwind
786-7055

 

Other Charter Operators
Phone
Aquaspace (Glass Viewing Panels Below)
701-2782
Baka de Laman Watertaxi - Seacow -
780-7126
Bonaire Boat Charter (Glass Bottom Boat and Kayak Tours)
795-1826
Bowalie
786-7615
Carib Sailing Bonaire
790-0986
Compass Sailing Bonaire
786-7757 or 786-1141
Epic Tours Bonaire
777-2668 or 777-2628
Good Return Bonaire
788-8501 or 788-7503
Lucky 7 (motor yacht)
701-1141 or 701-1140
Mushi Mushi
796-5399
Paranda
717-2450
Pirate Cruise of Bonaire
780-9933
Sailing Point Bonaire
788-4882
Sail Maruva
701-9999
South Caribbean Sailing
782-7660 or 700-8677
Suave Sailing Bonaire
786-7757

For information on dialing a Bonaire phone number from off-island, see the Telephone page.

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