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
This is a hike where different uniformed groups, with a minimum of 5 participants for each group, will hike from the entrance of the Washington Slagbaai National Park along different routes, finishing at Malmok. This hike is a great opportunity to work on your physical condition and burn some of the calories consumed during the end of the year festivities. The hike will start at the entrance of the park following the Lagadishi Trail to the north coast then to Playa Chikitu, Boka…Find out more »
This free, public lecture is co-hosted by DCNA, STINAPA, and Echo Foundation. The speaker, Mr. Maarten van Pelt, is a student from the Wageningen University in Holland, and he will present his findings on the habitat preference of individual native trees on Bonaire, based on vegetation and soil types. The results from this study can help Echo and other conservation organizations on Bonaire to identify suitable areas for reforestation and enable a better insight to which species to plant in…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.(Source: Wikipedia) To contribute to the awareness of the special care the world's wetlands need, STINAPA is organizing a birdwatching excursion at Saliña di Vlijt, opposite the Pelikaan School. Participation is free, but donations are always welcome. Registration is required and can be made by telephoning STINAPA at 717-8444 to make a reservation. Please indicate if you need binoculars.Find out more »
Echo began reforestation efforts in 2016, and to date, seven areas have been fenced off against invasive herbivores and thousands of trees have been planted. Echo will provide an update on this important nature initiative. All are welcome to attend.Find out more »
Join STINAPA in an early morning hike at the Washington Slagbaai National Park. This is a hike of approximately 6 km/ 3.75 miles and it is a relatively easy hike and it is also a hotspot for bird watching. During the hike, you will have a view of Boka Chikitu and the Seru Grandi. You will also pass alongside Saliña Matijs where many times flamingos can be seen. Pre-registration is required. If you would like to participate, please call the STINAPA…Find out more »
The STINAPA Junior Rangers adopted the Lagun beach several years ago, and they work diligently to keep it clean of debris, much of it plastic, which washes ashore from up-current locations. You can join them in their efforts and lend a hand! Everyone's help is greatly appreciated. If you'd like to help, please report to the area of Lagun at 9:00 AM.Find out more »
STINAPA invites the Bonairean community to come and join them for a walk and have some healthy fun under the full blue moon. This year, there are two months (January and March) that harbor a Blue Moon. The second blue moon is on March 31. A Blue Moon occurs whenever there is a second full moon in one calendar month, hence the saying, "once in a blue moon." Bring your family and friends and make it a fabulous night. The…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 »
This free public lecture will inspect the first results of the Echo Reforestation Monitoring study; an analysis of growth data and survival rates of all native trees planted in the reforestation areas. Presenter: Nils Buisman, Msc. student Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University, The Netherlands Excerpt: Echo will present the first results of this ongoing monitoring project, including data on growth and survival rates of thousands of native trees, planted on Bonaire as part of the Echo reforestation project, funded and…Find out more »
People and sea turtles sharing one beautiful spot! Some of the most beautiful beaches on Bonaire include Te Amo and Donkey Beach. This sandy area, located opposite the airport, is not only a popular spot for people, but also for nesting sea turtles. Every year, just a few weeks after the Easter holiday, adult female sea turtles start visiting Te Amo and Donkey beach to lay their nests; and approximately 60 days later, baby turtles make their way to the…Find out more »