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This is the island's port and capital. It lies on the west coast opposite the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire, a popular snorkelling destination.

Position 112°09.74'N, 68°17.32'W (entrance to Harbour Village marina)

Clearance

For detailed information on clearance, customs and immigration etc. see Bonaire Formalities.

Yachts clearing in should proceed to a mooring or the arrivals dock at one of the marinas and go for clearance later by dinghy.

Clear with Customs and Immigration. They are now together in the same building (yellow building with red roof at the end of North Pier).  This Pier (on the Navionics map at 12° 08.984"N  68° 16.680"W) is the large  L shaped one for commercial vessels and the dinghy dock for visiting Immigration and Customs is on its SE, side near the land.

The Customs office is officially open 24 hours a day seven days a week and no overtime is charged, however cruisers have reported that the office tends to have a lunch break between 12h00-14h00 and is often closed on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

It has also been reported that there is only a single Immigration officer on duty, and he/she is sometimes at the airport instead of the Customs office. They will usually give you a time when the Immigration officer will be there.

Kralendijk Harbour Master
VHF Channel 16
Phone (599)-717- 8151)

Last updated October 2017.

Docking

Anchoring

Anchoring is strictly forbidden as the whole island is a designated marine park.

Moorings

There are 40 public yacht moorings in front of the town. These moorings are painted red and normally there are a few available. First come - first served.

Contact the Harbour Village Marina for mooring assignments . before picking up a mooring. Call on Channel 17 or Tel: 599.717.7500 or email dockmaster@harborvillage.com If arriving on a Sunday when offices are closed, find a suitable mooring and contact the marina office Monday morning to finalise. Note that if the wind goes SW these mooring can be quite rough.

Moorings cost USD $10 + 6% tax per day, regardless of the size of boat. Boats over 55ft cannot use the moorings and must proceed to a marina.

Marinas

Marinas include the "Yachthaven" at Harbour Village Marina or at Bonaire Nautico Marina (on pontoons or buoys).

The Plaza Resort marina is often full and so a reservation must be made in advance. Contact Mr. Gerard van Erp.

Although the North Pier has been extended so that smaller yachts can dock at the inside, it is not recommended that they do so as the surge caused by fast dive boats does not make it either comfortable or safe.

Dinghy Docks

Marina Bonaire has a dinghy dock and makes a small $1 a day service fee for garbage drop off and/or use of their dinghy dock. The other option is to use Karel's bar as a dinghy dock and the green containers on the street for garbage disposal. The cruise ship pier can also be used if no cruise ships are in port.

Budget Marine has installed a floating dinghy dock near the Yellow Sub dive shop.

Last updated October 2017.

Bonaire Nautico Marina
Kaya Jan N.E. Craane 24 , In front of "It Rains Fishes"Restaurant
Tel: 599.796.7254 Fax:(599) 790 5397 ,VHF Channel 16, 68
Opening hours: Office hours 8am to 5pm
A small (10 berths) friendly marina with water, electricity, ice, bars and restaurants. Within walking distance there is a chandlery and a supermarket.
Harbour Village Marina
Bonaire N.A., Kralendijk Box 285 , (Juan Pablo Campos)
Tel:599-717-7500 Fax:(599)-717 7507 ,VHF Channel 17
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00, Saturday 09:00-15:00, Sunday 09:00-13:00.
All facilities, fuel, laundry, provisions, bars and restaurants, yacht club, repairs, gas refills, chandlery (including charts), sailmaker. Long term rates for hurricane season. Part of a resort complex.
Administration of the buoys in the harbour. Email to obtain information on availability.
Park fees can also be paid here.
Plaza Resort Marina
J.A. Abraham Boulevard 80
Tel:(599)-786 1095 Fax:(599) 717 7133 / (599) 777 0777 ,VHF Channel 18
A small, well protected marina with a narrow entrance. Part of a resort complex. Should not be entered at night. Often full. Call in advance for a reservation.

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Jul 24, 2017 09:40 AM

Posted on behalf of Dave Curtis of S/V Dea Latis

I just had my refrigeration compressor serviced by Air Cooling Services. They are a short walk north from Harbour Village Marina at the traffic circle, blue building. The lady in the office does not speak English but will put you on the phone someone who does.
It is summer here and all the AC/refrigeration shops are very busy. It took three days to get a technician to come to our boat.
We're happy with their service.

Vikki OConnor
Vikki OConnor says:
Feb 24, 2015 02:39 PM

There are no longer 2 moorings near Customs and Immigration (yellow building with red roof at the end of North Pier). Officials told us it is fine to go to one of the public moorings or marina and then come in. Also, know that the currency is US Dollars. Harbour Village Marina has both 220 service and 110 (30 amp). If you arrive on a Sunday you will not be able to hail the Harbor Master or the marina with regards to birthing or moorings so you have to make some decisions on your own and then contact Harbour Village on 17 on Monday to get all settled up.

dmcantor
dmcantor says:
Jan 24, 2015 08:57 PM

It is not possible to reserve moorings, it is strictly first-come-first-served, though there are almost always at least a couple of moorings available. In the unlikely event that all the moorings are occupied, you can usually tie up at the town dock (the north dock), or go into one of the marinas. Moorings on the south end are more convenient to town, but you get to experience loud music on the weekends. Northern moorings are more convenient to the fuel dock at Harbor Village Marina, and also much quieter.

Note that there is only a single immigration officer on duty, and he/she is sometimes at the airport instead of the customs office. They will usually give you a time when the immigration officer will be there. At the moment, they are strictly enforcing a 90-day stay within a 180-day window.

Gerard  Van der Horst
Gerard Van der Horst says:
Sep 06, 2014 07:17 PM

Immigration and customs are now in the same building near the Northpier . They have a small dinghydock at the southside of the Northpier (8/2014) . You can proceed directly to a free mooring ( 2 red/white mooringbuoys with mooringlines) or to the Marinas and go for clearance later by dinghy. Generally they have a lunchbreak from 12.00 till 14.00 h

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