What procedures need to be followed to travel to Bonaire and enjoy a pleasant stay ?

Located in the Caribbean, the island of Bonaire is a destination of choice for those who love diving, unspoilt nature and relaxing on heavenly beaches. It is reputed to be one of the best diving destinations in the world because of its exceptional coral reefs and marine biodiversity. So what procedures should you follow to organise a trip to Bonaire and take full advantage of all the wonders it has to offer ?

Find out about the precautions to take to ensure a pleasant stay

First of all, check the validity of your passport, as only valid passports are accepted in Bonaire. Next, find out about Bonaire visitor tax so that you can set your budget accordingly. We recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover diving activities and any health problems. Bonaire also has an international airport with flights from North America, Europe and the Caribbean. So book your plane ticket and take care to check the entry formalities specific to your country of origin. Please note that no visa is required to visit Bonaire, so it's up to you to check the country's requirements before travelling.

Booking accommodation 

Bonaire offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Whether you prefer a beachfront hotel, a private villa or a stay at a dive centre, you'll find accommodation to suit your needs. However, it is advisable to book accommodation a few days in advance, especially during the high tourist season, to ensure that you find the ideal accommodation. Car hire is also the most practical way to explore Bonaire independently. A number of car hire agencies are available at the airport and in the main towns. You can also opt for taxis or shuttle services if you don't like driving.

Draw up a list of activities and sites to visit

Bonaire offers exceptional opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. The island has many dive sites accessible from the shore and boat trips to more remote sites. Other exciting activities on Bonaire include exploring the Washington Slagbaai National Park, home to a variety of native animals and plants. Bonaire is also great for hiking, with well-maintained trails offering panoramic views of the island. Bonaire is a must-visit town because it boasts a salt lake and white-sand beaches: Sorobon Beach and Lac Bay Beach. These are idyllic places to relax and soak up the sun.

Find out about the rules for reserving the environment

Bonaire is a leader in terms of preserving the environment and protecting the coral reefs. That's why it's advisable to find out about the dive sites, follow the recommendations of the dive guides and avoid touching the coral or disturbing the marine fauna. The Hilma Hooker, Salt Pier and the famous Bari Reef are just some of the dive sites you could visit during your stay. For the best diving experience, find out about levels of difficulty, currents and depths. 

In addition, find out about local regulations on fishing and environmental protection if you plan to engage in sea-related activities. Finally, respect protected areas and avoid feeding wild animals to preserve their natural behaviour.