Resources

  • Bonaire Talk (www.bonairetalk.com) An active forum of locals, expats and visitors who can answer any question.
  • InfoBonaire (www.infobonaire.com) An encyclopedic site, including restaurant reviews, local news and up-to-date activities guide.
  • Tourism Bonaire (www.tourismbonaire.com) Official tourism site.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/aruba-bonaire-and-curacao/bonaire) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

What to Take

  • Snorkel gear
  • Water shoes to protect your feet on rocky beaches
  • Mineral-based sunblock, without chemicals that damage the reef
  • DEET-based insect repellent
  • Hat or scarf to control your hair in the wind
  • Reusable water bottle
  • A small day pack, preferably a dry pack for beaches and boats

What to Wear

You will likely spend most of your days in your bathing suit, so a quick-drying shirt or cover-up to throw on when you leave the beach or pool area will come in handy.

Most folks put on proper dry clothes for dinner – or when going into town at any time – but it's still quite casual. Shorts and t-shirts are fine, except at the fanciest restaurants. A sundress provides maximum versatility and comfort for women.

You can wear your flip-flops almost everywhere. But you'll want good hiking shoes and a windproof hat when you explore Washington-Slagbaai National Park and the South End.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions.
  • Make arrangements for travel insurance.
  • Get your open-water diving certification (or at least do the preliminary training).