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.
Upcoming Events › Nature
STINAPA will present a free, public lecture on the current status of Lac Bay's conch (karko in Papiamentu) population. As early as 1969, the conch on Bonaire were already overfished, and, in 1991, conch was officially protected on Bonaire. In order to create greater awareness on the status of the conch stock, the island kicked off the Conch Restoration Project as part of a series of ecological restoration projects. This presentation will highlight the successes and pitfalls, as well as what…Find out more »
After learning about Bonaire’s bats at STINAPA headquarters, you’ll take a short walk to a nearby cave to where you will be up close and personal with bats entering and exiting the cave. You will also be able to listen to their echolocation with the use of an ultrasound detector. What to bring: a flashlight (red filters provided), covered shoes and drinking water. Space is limited, so please call 717-8444 to register. There are no costs involved but donations are…Find out more »
Brandaris Trail is a hike to the highest peak on Bonaire, 241 m (784 ft.) high. This is a medium-difficulty climb, and the view from the top is a really fantastic reward for making the trip. On a clear day you can see the island of Curaçao, and, on exceptionally clear days, the Santa Ana Hill in the Paraguaná Peninsula of Venezuela, and the mountain range south of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. Don’t forget to put on some walking shoes that are…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 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 email@example.com. 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 »