The Mangrove Information Center
Lac Bay’s mangrove forests.
The mangrove forests at Lac Bay are unique in the Caribbean and are among the best-preserved in the region. There are three species of mangrove trees in Lac and as you tour the forest you will see why they are vital nursery grounds for all kinds of marine life, fish and birds. Between the mangrove forests and the barrier reef at the entrance to Lac, there are large areas covered by sea grass beds. These are important habitats for juvenile reef fish, Queen Conch, rays, lobster, seahorses and a unique foraging ground for the region’s juvenile Green Turtles.
The Mangrove Information Center offers visitors two eco-friendly options for visiting the mangroves.
Visitors can either tour the mangroves by kayak or in solar-powered boats. The Center has both single and double “sit-on-top” kayaks, which are easy to use, even for complete beginners. A solar boat is also available for tours, which is equipped with a special electric-driven outboard so there’s no noise and no pollution! Additionally, two-hour kayak tours give guests the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment: a real eye-opener!
Mangrove Center staff are trained naturalists.
All Mangrove Information Center staff are naturalists and qualified guides who have been certified by STINAPA Bonaire, the foundation responsible for the management of Bonaire’s protected areas. The tour guides not only help to ensure your safety and safeguard the bay, but they love to introduce visitors first hand to the magical world of mangrove forests. You will be given full instruction and guidance before you set off to make sure your visit is safe, fun and does not damage this very special and fragile environment.