Kayaking on Bonaire
General Information About Mangrove or Ocean Kayaking
One of the fastest growing sports today is kayaking. Bonaire, being blessed with lots of calm waters and mild winds, has been quick to offer the sport to visitors. There are two kinds of kayaks that are available here on the island. The sit-on and the sit-in. The difference is that the sit\-on is really for taking pleasure trips and requires little more than a basic lesson, while the sit-in model is for the pro. Eskimo rolls and open ocean adventure are the goals of the more advanced kayaker and there are certification courses available to prepare students who wish to learn the sport.
For the more leisurely inclined, there are nature tours in the mangroves aboard kayaks and trips to Klein Bonaire for the more industrious paddlers.
PADI, the Professional Association of Dive Instructors, offers a specialty course in Kayak Diving. Check with your favorite dive facility to see if they offer this PADI Specialty as well as the full certification course for ocean kayaks.
Recommended Kayak Operators *
|Bonaire Windsurf Place|
|Mangrove Info & Kayak Center|
|Other Kayak Operators|
|Windows to the Sea Kayaking|
The fringing reef which surrounds Bonaire is a National Marine Park from the high water mark down to a depth of 200 feet/60m. Every diver who has not dived on Bonaire within the last calendar year must attend a diver orientation dealing with Bonaire Marine Park regulations and information. These orientation sessions are usually held at around 9:00 AM the morning after you arrive on Bonaire, and you are required to attend and to obtain your Marine Park tag, which is necessary to legally dive in Bonaire’s waters. The cost of the tag is US$25, and proceeds help support park management and services.
For information on dialing a Bonaire phone number from off-island, see the Telephone page.