DISCOVER KLEIN BONAIRE

Klein Bonaire

Klein bonaire (dutch for ‘little bonaire’) is an uninhabited island. The island is located about 800 meters from bonaire. It is a small island of only 600 hectares. The highest point of klein bonaire is less than one meter above sea level.

Over the years, several shareholders have used the island to generate profits or keep goats. In 1995 a letter was sent to the government of bonaire with the request for a building permit. The plan was to build a hotel on klein bonaire. Knowing that this would destroy the corals, turtle and waterfowl away and let native plants die, a local movement was started to buy klein bonaire. The purchase agreement was signed on 30 december 1999. In november 2001, klein bonaire was designated an internationally protected nature reserve. The islands, as well as the surrounding water, are parts of the bonaire national marine park, managed by stinapa.

Since klein bonaire is a protected nature area, commercial activities that take place on the island are prohibited. This is why there are no facilities on the island next to two shadow spots and waste bins. The island does not have drinking water and sanitation.

The Beach

Klein Bonaire is home to a long stretch of white-sandy beach called No Name Beach. This beach is an excellent place to relax, sunbathe and enjoy the beauty of unspoiled nature. It also offers easy access to the sea, making swimming even more delightful.

Snorkeling

Klein Bonaire is surrounded by a beautiful coral reef, where thousands of tropical fish are hidden. Would you like to explore underwater life but have little experience with snorkeling? Then it is best to start right in front of the beach, where the boat has dropped you off. If you are a more experienced, walk south over the beach until you reach a yellow post. Here you will find an open area in the coral reef so that you can easily enter the water. From here you can snorkel along with the current towards no name beach.

You can also ask the captain to drop you off at the yellow post. This is usually not a problem. With both choices, it is important that you can enjoy the beautiful underwater world of Bonaire.

Keep your eyes open for fish that hide in the coral and possibly passing turtles. Take care and do not touch the coral. Not only do you damage the coral but you will most likely also hurt yourself. Please make sure that you do not disturb the underwater life by taking pictures too close or touching something protected.

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