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.
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 »
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 »
The 2018 open house marks the 49th birthday of Washington-Slagbaai National Park. Each year everyone on Bonaire gathers in Washington-Slagbaai National Park to enjoy Bonaire's nature! Don't miss it!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 »