Sailing Around Bonaire’s Waters
Bonaire has been known for centuries as an island that produces some of the world’s finest sailors. Our flag incorporates a sailor’s compass as part of its design, demonstrating the navigation prowess the early Bonairean seafarers possessed. As a nation of sailors, Bonaire is still recognized for its contribution to the allied effort during World War II. A monument in Wilhelmina Park, placed by Eleanor Roosevelt, stands as testimony to the brave Bonaireans who gave their lives while serving in the Merchant Marines.
For almost 50 years, Bonaire has continued to celebrate its sailing tradition by hosting the International Sailing Regatta, held each fall. Sailors in all classes come to the island to race each other in various venues with even a category for 5 to 10 year old sailors. This age bracket competes in small craft and windsurfing events. There are parties, races and dancing in the streets. The entire island takes on a festive atmosphere and visitors from all over the world are welcome to participate as crew or spectators.
Sailing lessons for adults and children are available through the non-profit Bonaire Sailing School Association.
We also have a number of charter companies on the island. Snorkel sails, weekend or daily charters are all possible. The breezes are gentle and the company congenial. A day sailing is a great way to relax and enjoy Bonaire from a different point of view.
|Recommended Charter Operators *|
|Other Charter Operators|
|Aquaspace (Glass Viewing Panels Below)|
|Baka de Laman Watertaxi - Seacow -|
|Blue Bay Sailing|
|Bonaire Boat Charter (glass bottom boat and kayak tours)|
|Bonaire From the Sea|
|Bon-Sea (Semi-Submersible Submarine)|
|Carib Sailing Bonaire|
|Compass Sailing Bonaire|
786-7757 or 786-1141
|Epic Tours Bonaire|
777-2668 or 777-2628
|Lucky 7 (motor yacht)|
701-1141 or 701-1140
|Pirate Cruise of Bonaire|
|Sailing Point Bonaire|
|Samur Sailing & Charters|
|South Caribbean Sailing|
782-7660 or 700-8677
|Suave Sailing Bonaire|
For information on dialing a Bonaire phone number from off-island, see the Telephone page.