Bonaire is all about nature!
Arguably, Bonaire’s main attraction is its natural beauty, both above water and below.
Bonaire is best known for its underwater nature.
Below the water, colors and movement abound, dazzling the eye, while the mysterious crunching and clicking one hears offers a soothing balm to the soul. Divers and non-divers alike are amazed by the life below the waves. Corals, fish, crustaceans, nudibranchs, and even the occasional aquatic mammal, all living within the Bonaire National Marine Park, are among those giving live to Bonaire’s fringing reef and marine environment.
The island also has wonderful nature topside as well.
Above the water line, and especially in Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire’s hauntingly beautiful and serene landscape, carved by millennia of wind, water, and earth movements, stimulates the senses. Cactus of numerous species, divi trees, and a variety of other flora dot the land, with patches of fossilized coral, natural caves, and volcanic rock fill the spaces. Fauna of the avian kind fill the air, including the rare flamingo, while Bonaire’s own version of squirrels — iguanas and other lizards — can be found in the vegetation. While not native to Bonaire, donkeys and goats can also be found in and about that same vegetation.
And, above the land, the sky is decorated with amorphous, soft wisps clouds but rarely does rain touch Bonaire’s arid land. Sun touches it all day long while the constant wind cools the land. Bonaire’s weather is a key contributor to its nature, and to the island’s popularity with its residents and visitors.
Past Events › Nature
Have you ever experienced sunrise from the top of Bonaire? This hike will be led by a STINAPA guide to see the sunrise from Brandaris.Participants need to be at the entrance of Washington Slagbaai National Park before 5.30 AM so that the participants can reach the peak in time to see the sun rising over the horizon.There is space for 20 participants and registration is required. Secure your spot and register by calling 717-8444 during the week between 8:00 AM and…Find out more »
As part of STINAPA's "Connecting People with Nature" public presentation program, the organization will host talk about what ten years of lionfish management has done for Bonaire. It was ten years ago that the first lionfish was caught in the Bonaire National Marine Park and thus started an invasive species removal program that has spanned the last ten year. The organization It has been already ten years since the first Lionfish was caught in the Bonaire National Marine Park. In…Find out more »
Come and celebrate with STINAPA on the occasion of Washington Slagbaai National Park’s 50th anniversary!Find out more »
Reef Renewal Bonaire is proud to host Reefiesta for their 4th annual restoration celebration – this year on World Reef Day! In celebration of World Reef Day, on Saturday June 1st Reef Renewal Bonaire is once again hosting an event that brings divers together to promote coral reef conservation and restoration. By registering online, divers can join and have the opportunity to work in the coral nurseries and outplant corals alongside Reef Renewal Bonaire staff! Scheduled events for ReeFiesta 2019 Registration…Find out more »
Unfortunately, the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse for July 16th, 2019 will be barely visible on Bonaire. The maximum eclipse will be at 5:30 PM, but the moon will still be under the eastern horizon. The moon will rise at 7:02 PM on Bonaire, and the maximum eclipse available to be seen on Bonaire will be at 7:05 PM. This is the moment when the eclipse reaches its greatest magnitude while the entire Moon is above the horizon in Kralendijk. Since the…Find out more »
STINAPA invites the Bonairean community to come and join them for a walk and have some healthy fun under the full moon. Bring your family and friends and make it a fabulous night. The route will be the Lagadishi trail along the coast and back. The Lagadishi walking trail brings you on a limestone plateau that provides you with a complete spectrum of Bonairean windward scenery: historic sites, xerophytic vegetation (plants such as cactus, which is adapted to dry habitat),…Find out more »
Echo Foundation is planting native trees to rehabilitate and restore the dry forest ecosystem of Bonaire and to help the native birds and animals, like the Lora (the Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot), to have more food and a better place to live. What to bring & wear: Shoes for being outside and working in the field Sunscreen (non-chemical sunscreen preferred) Water bottle Insect repellent Gardening gloves (optional) Gardening tools (optional)Find out more »
The final days in August, September and October are marked by a truly magical event: coral spawning. The reproduction of many coral species is something that can only be witnessed once or twice a year. Just imagine witnessing the entire reef coming to live – thousands of tiny eggs floating in the dark water column; smoking corals – and other animals, affected by the coral action, displaying crazy mating behavior. Let Dive Friends Bonaire take you on a guided night…Find out more »
Echo Foundation is planting native trees to rehabilitate and restore the dry forest ecosystem of Bonaire and to help the native birds and animals, like the Lora (the Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot), to have more food and a better place to live.What to bring & wear:Shoes for being outside and working in the fieldSunscreen (non-chemical sunscreen preferred)Water bottleInsect repellentGardening gloves (optional)Gardening tools (optional)Find out more »
Echo Foundation is planting native trees to rehabilitate and restore the dry forest ecosystem of Bonaire and to help the native birds and animals, like the Lora (the Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot), to have more food and a better place to live.Meet at 7:45 to 8:00 AM at Echo Foundation's Dos Pos location. The reforestation site for this tree planting event is in Washington-Slagbaai National Park, but Echo will lead everyone to the location using the park's southern entrance.What to bring…Find out more »