Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jun 2, 2013 11:54 PM Last Post By: Karlo
Apr 10, 2013 4:37 PM
Bonaire snorkelingDoes anyone go to Bonaire just to snorkel? I'm planning to go in a couple of months, it's been a long time since I've done scuba diving so I may not bother with another course. I should be there by the 2nd week of June, if anyone wants a snorkeling partner.
Also, can I survive without a car? I thought I might rent a bike to get around a bit. Where is best place to get groceries? Is there cheddar cheese on the island yet?
Apr 13, 2013 6:40 AM
1I just came back from Bonaire.
Although I am a diver, I did some excellent snorkel in bonaire. I was staying at Eden Beach Resort, and snorkeling was just perfect in front of there.
Also, if you go to Slagbaai Park you'll find nice beaches to do it!
A car is highly recommended! Rent one!
There are some supermarkets in Kralendijk and around. I went to a couple of chinese owned supermarket and they had everything I needed.
Apr 14, 2013 8:35 PM
2You really, really need a car. Rental cars are cheap and will allow you to snorkel all around the island. If you stay in Krandelijk I suppose you could get by without one by limiting yourself to the dive/snorkel sites in that area, but you get more boat traffic near town so it is probably a better place to dive than snorkel. If you decide to bike, realize the island (particularly the bottom 2/3's or so) is flat but there is no shade and nothing very commercial outside of town (ie, a long way from even anywhere to get a drink or a bite to eat, etc.), so it could be a rather hot, boring "commute" to various dive/snorkel sites.
I would really recommend that you consider doing some diving. It is a very easy place to dive and boat dives are inexpensive. If you somehow could partner up with someone to shore dive, that is really the way to go (most of Bonaire's dives on the western side of the island can be easily accessed from the shore) and is very economical (you can get unlimited air and weight dive packages from around $100 per week).
There are a couple of decent grocery stores in Kralendijk. Although I've never gone in search of cheddar cheese, I would feel fairly certain you could get it in one of the stores. Curacao, its sister island, is a huge port that gets lots of international cargo and food is very reasonable by Caribbean standards. The ABC islands are certainly "first world" kinds of places (though Bonaire is very sleepy), seeing how they are part of the Netherlands.
Jun 2, 2013 11:54 PM
3We went to Bonaire just to snorkel. It's OK for the Caribbean. If you're used to the Indo-Pacific or Red Sea where you see a few thousand species of fish, the 300 or so in the Caribbean is pretty unspectacular, but there are lots of marked sites in Bonaire. You definitely need a car. They demand that you buy their insurance, which makes it pricy, but there's not much infrastructure.
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