DISCOVER KLEIN BONAIRE
Klein Bonaire (Dutch for “Little Bonaire”) , is a uninhabited island that lies only half a mile from the closest point of the main island Bonaire. The island is very small (1,500 acres or 600 hectares) and extremely flat, raising less than one meter above sea level.
Through the years Klein Bonaire has had its fair share of owners who either used the island to make a profit or to simply keep their goats. In 1995 a letter was sent to the government of Bonaire requesting a permit to build a hotel on the island. Knowing that this would wreck the reefs, eliminate the turtle and waterfowl nesting grounds and kill many of the native plants and animals, a local movement was started to buy the island. On December 30, 1999 the purchase contract was signed and in November 2001 Klein Bonaire was finally designated an internationally protected area. To this day, the islands as well as the water surrounding it are part of the Bonaire National Marine Park managed by STINAPA.
Because Klein Bonaire is now protected, commercial activity of any kind is against the law. This is why there aren’t any facilities on the island apart from two shade structures and trashcans. The island also doesn’t have running water or sanitation facilities.
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.
Klein Bonaire is surrounded by a beautiful coral reef that is home to thousands of tropical fish. Choose to snorkel by the shallow reef right next to the beach or if you’re a more experienced snorkeler, walk down the southern end of the beach until you see a break in the reef, carefully pass through this opening to the outside of the coral reef and enjoy your snorkel back to the main beach.
If you do not feel like walking up the beach, ask our captain about our free drift snorkel option. He will take you down the southern end of the beach by boat where you can easily hop in the water next to the coral reef and let the current take you to No Name Beach.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure to relax and take your time. Keep your eyes peeled for fish hiding in the coral and for turtles passing by. Make sure to be very careful to not touch the coral as you will not only damage it but also hurt yourself. Also, please do not disturb any sea life, i.e. following the turtles obsessively to take a picture.