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
Caren Eckrich, STINAPA Biologist, will present the results of monitoring coral bleaching on Bonaire's coral reefs over the past 8 years. Everybody is welcome, entrance is free.Find out more »
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 5.00 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…Find out more »
Echo warmly invites everyone to their beautiful enclosure on Seru Largu for the first tree planting event in this enclosure. This area was fenced off two years ago, and it is already showing first signs of regeneration. Echo plans on planting up to 1000 trees, including Palu di Boneiru, Kamari, Kibrahatcha, and many more to further advance this positive trend. The enclosure on Seru Largu is situated in the southern corner of the higher limestone terraces and plateau lands of Bonaire. It…Find out more »
This will be a special two-day cleanup effort, in coordination with Dive Friends Bonaire, STINAPA, the STINAPA Junior Rangers, the Bonaire Harbour, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, and Selibon!Everyone is invited to come out and help clean up Kralendijk's piers. Divers, Snorkelers, and Clean-up Enthusiasts are all welcome.Saturday, January 19, 2019:Check-in for volunteers will begin at 8:30 AM at the North Pier (Town Pier), with a briefing for all volunteers at 9:00 AM. Please don't forget your certification card (if it is…Find out more »
There will be a total lunar eclipse on January 20 and 21, 2019. This eclipse will be visible in totality from Bonaire and the surrounding region.The partial phase of the eclipse will begin on January 20th at 10:36 PM (22:36) and will end at 03:48 AM (03:48) on the 21st. Totality will occur on Bonaire at 12:41 AM on the 21st PM (00:41) and will end at 1:43 PM (01:43), with the greatest eclipse occurring at 01:12 AM (01:12) on the 21st.Bonaire’s…Find out more »
Echo Foundation relies heavily on volunteers to assist with the annual parrot count. Prior to the actual count, there will be a training meeting in which they will explain everything the volunteers need to know. If you would like to take part in this fun event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. with the number of participants. Please include the names and email addresses of all volunteers as, in a follow-up message, Echo will send additional information about the training meeting…Find out more »
This presentation in STINAPA's Connecting People with Nature series will focus upon Bonaire's wetlands, in preparation for World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2019 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…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 »
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 »