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Bonaire Activities::: Snorkeling

Snorkeling is putting a mask on your face, a tube in your mouth (that’s the snorkel) and taking a look under the water surface. With your face down and not too deep, the snorkel pipe will be above the water, and you can breathe! Do it carefully, if you move your face sideways, you start breathing water, which is not comfortable!

Anybody can do it. If you cannot swim, use a flotation device, like a snorkel vest.

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Bonaire SnorkelMore than half of Bonaire staying guests are non-divers. Most of them enjoy the beauty of the Marine Park snorkeling. World wide snorkelers outnumber divers by a wide margin. Bonaire snorkeling is great entertainment for all members of the family, no matter what the age. Be sure to protect yourself against the sun by using a waterproof sun block, especially on your shoulders and the back of your legs. A wetsuit is also very good sun protection.

On Bonaire you can enjoy wonderful sea creatures and coral formations. You will be able to float effortlessly and observe the feeding and courtship rituals of the reefs residents. There is nothing in Bonaire's water that is dangerous, but be careful not to touch anything, because you may harm it. Stony Coral looks pretty sturdy, but in fact it consists of thousands of delicate tiny animals. If you touch it they die. And besides, although not dangerous, some of these critters can give you annoying stings.

Bonaire is known for its pioneering role in the preservation of the marine environment. For over 30 years, the entire fringing reef system around Bonaire has been a national park, protected from the high water level to a depth of 200 feet/ 60 meters. The Bonaire National Marine Park protects it in different ways.


All who want to legally be in the waters around Bonaire are required to obtain a Marine Park tag, valid for one calendar year. The cost of the tag for non-divers is US$10, and the proceeds help to support park management and services.

One of the most successful programs that Bonaire has to offer is the unique Bonaire Guided Snorkel. Ask for it in the dive shops. A number of sites have been chosen, representing a cross section of Bonaire's reef life. Most of the sites are accessed from shore, while some involve short boat trips. Whichever suits you, they all begin with an informative presentation, providing an overview and introduction to that particular snorkel site. After the orientation, a trained guide leads the group on a guided snorkel, pointing out all sorts of marine life and behaviors.

Once your guide has taught you all about the species it is much more fun to snorkel on your own. Once you recognize a few, you will see other species that you did not notice before. There are over 400 species of reef fish on Bonaire and more than half of them can be seen in shallow water.

Author Wietze Koopman - Dive Master on Bonaire.

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