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
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 »
The status of coral reefs is of crucial importance for our island. For anyone on Bonaire who is interested and committed to the status of the coral reefs and would like to meet the regional experts in person, there is a public lecture by Dr. Erik Meesters (Wageningen University & Research) on the topic.Find out more »
Echo Foundation relies heavily on volunteers to assist with the annual parrot count. Learn more about the event.Find out more »
World Wetlands Day occurs annually on February 2nd, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on February 2, 1971. Wetlands are important wildlife areas that may include several different ecosystems, such as mangrove forests, seagrass beds, saliñas, and coral reefs nurseries. Bonaire has many wetlands, one of which is Lac Bay, our beautiful, mangrove area on the east coast, which gives shelter to many marine creatures, as well as varied bird species, some of whom use Lac as…Find out more »
Calling out to all nature enthusiasts to join in for the upcoming STINAPA biologists' presentation! Be more informed about the state of Bonaire's reefs in 2020, and be the first to get the news on the preliminary results from the dry forest monitoring at Washington-Slagbaai National Park. STINAPA's biologists will present coral reef results from 11 monitored locations in the Bonaire National Marine Park, as well as vegetation assessments in the area of Boka Slagbaai. There will even be a…Find out more »
Providing skies are clear, Bonaire will have good viewing for the July 2020 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Time Event Direction Altitude 11:07 pm Sat, Jul 4 Penumbral Eclipse begins. The Earth's penumbra starts touching the Moon's face. 149° 47.4° 12:29 am Sun, Jul 5 Maximum Eclipse. Moon is closest to the center of the shadow. 176° 53.2° 1:52 am Sun, Jul 5 Penumbral Eclipse ends. The Earth's penumbra ends. 205° 49.2° How to use altitude & direction to find…Find out more »
Experience a guided walk by Geroge “Kultura” Thodé in Washington Slagbaai Park. This walk is about 4km long and lasts about two hours. As you are walking, the sun will set and you’ll see the full moon above you. Space is limited, be sure to reserve your spot by calling STINAPA in advance.Find out more »
Be sure to reserve your spot by calling STINAPA, if you'd like to enjoy the sunrise from Bonaire's highest point.Find out more »