STINAPA’s June events include hiking to the top of Bonaire and enjoying Bonaire’s summer birds.
See sunrise from Brandaris, the highest point of Bonaire during the next hosted hike in Washington Slagbaai National Park.
Guided hikes in Washington Slagbaai National Park.
The only way to view sunrise from Brandaris is to join STINAPA on one of their sunrise hikes of Bonaire’s highest point. The next event will be on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th, 2017, so grab the father in your life and get climbing.
The experience of sunrise (or sunset) on Brandaris is a singular experience, and one which most visitors never get to enjoy. The hike will begin before sunrise, so participants must be at the entrance to the park before 5:00 AM.
Space is limited and registration is necessary.
There is space for twenty participants, and pre-registration is necessary by calling STINAPA at 717-8444; the entry fee is $10.00 per person. Participants must arrange their own transportation to and within the park.
What to bring; fitness is important.
A good physical condition is important and children 10 years and up may participate only if accompanied by an adult. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring your own water and a snack and don’t forget to bring a flashlight, since the climb will begin in darkness. Plans call for everyone to be back at the park entrance about 8:30 AM.
Toward the top of Brandaris, there is a part which can be a bit of a strain, but once you reach the summit, the views of Bonaire are unforgettable.
Birdwatching with STINAPA at LVV on June 24th from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.
Bonaire has an amazing diversity of birds, but many visitors do not realize it. On June 24th, there is an excellent opportunity to go birding with STINAPA at Bonaire’s LVV facility on Kaminda Lagoen.
Rare species of birds can be spotted.
This area has a constant supply of fresh water which attracts an abundance of bird species. Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have been spotted in this area, such as the Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Southern Lapwing, and the Glossy Ibis. This event provides an excellent opportunity for bird photography as well.
What to bring, make a reservation.
Bring binoculars (if don’t have any, STINAPA can loan you some) and drinking water, and be sure to wear good walking shoes. Reservations are needed, so be sure to call STINAPA at 717-8444 to insure your place. There are no costs involved to participate, but donations are always welcome. Meet at the office building next to the wastewater tanks.
Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.