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bq.gif  Bonaire - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
120 volts.

Fuel
Available at Harbour Village marina.

LPG
Propane available at Harbour Village marina.

Money

US dollars

Euros are widely accepted.

All major credit cards are accepted.

Communications

International dialing code for Bonaire is +599

There are several mobile phone service providers.

Digicel update October 2017:
Digicel sim cards can be used in  Bonaire, Aruba, and Curacao. So if you want to use the sim bought here while cruising through other islands, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or you can set up an account and do it online, but you cannot get it topped up in another island.
You can top-up Digicel at
https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/

Weekly and monthly specials can be acquired on their app rather than in person.

There is an internet cafe at the Harbourside Mall in Kralendijk as well as various hot-spots around the town and most bars and restauants offer free WiFi.

Transport

There is no Public transport, but taxis (expensive) and hire cars are available.

Driving is on the right.

AB Car Rental
Habitat - Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 103 , Bonaire
Tel:+599 717 8980
Avis Car Rental
Kaya C.E.B. Hellmund 25 , Bonaire
Tel:+599 717 5795

Diplomatic Missions

There are no foreign embassies located on Bonaire. Make sure to visit your national embassy's website for information about travel to the Caribbean.

Venezuelan Consulate in Bonaire
Kaya Grandi, No. 52 (Altos)
Kranledijk, Bonaire
Phone: + 599-717 8275
E-mail consulven@bonairenet.com
Office Hours 09:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00

Events

October Bonaire Regatta

Emergencies

Bonaire Ambulance Emergency Number 114

Bonaire Police Emergency Numbers - Call 911 first. This number is manned by one person, so if no one answers, call 717-8000.

Bonaire Hospital - (599) 717-8900

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

A Cruising Guide to the ABC Islands (January 2015)
www.FreeCruisingGuides.com (free download)
The 2nd edition of the Free Cruising Guide produced by Frank Virgintino.
Now available in Spanish.

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (July 2012)
Available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores (September 2012)
The three .pdf files are free to download at: www.freecruisingguide.com
See Noonsite further details here

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

Cruising Guide Bonaire
By John Hoedemakers and Jolanda Geerdink
Published 2010
Available to download from www.sailadventures.nl
An excellent guide to this small Caribbean island.

Grenada to the Virgin Islands
By Jacques Patuelli
Publisher Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson- 3rd Edition 2014
ISBN 9781846235818
This edition covers each island between Grenada and Barbados to the Virgin Islands and is a translation from Jacques Patuelli's original French version with pilotage notes, tourist information, formalities and facilities

Bonaire Official Tourist Board Website

The Bonaire Information Website
Updated daily live from the island

Bonaire National Parks Info.

The Bonaire Reporter
A free, twice-monthly English language newsletter published, printed, and distributed on Bonaire for the benefit of tourists and residents. Now on-line as well.

Update History

October 2017: All formalities and fees updated/checked. other services updated.
August 2017: Immigration updated from official website.
April 2016: Fees and Clearance information confirmed as correct by Ron Heyselaar.
October 2015: Security Section updated
July 2015: Publication added
May 2015: Publications checked
January 2015: Links checked and weather website updated.
January 2015: Formalities, fees, regulations, health etc. checked/updated.
May 2013: Immigration extension information expanded with info. from Cruisers Network Online.
February 2013: Immigration and Clearance updated.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 14, 2017 05:03 PM

Posted on behalf of SY Golden Glow.

During the daytime, Bonaire seems to be one of the best organized, cleanest and safest islands we've visited in the entire Caribbean. After dark, however, this appears not to be the case.

Two examples form our opinion:
1. We rented scooters for two days and the rental company insisted we check the bikes into their facility from 5pm to 8am. They explained that if we locked them up outside overnight, they would be stolen or completely stripped for parts by morning.

2. We are on a mooring ball right off Karel's Bar in Kralendijk, the small capital of Bonaire. Right in front of our boat, 100 feet away on the shore, is Divers Diner. We stopped there for happy hour between 5 and 7pm. We found out that between 12-1am that same night, a fatal shooting occurred in that bar/restaurant between locals who had "history and a grudge". So sad.

Ellen and Rand
Golden Glow
svGoldenGlow.com

tayl2017
tayl2017 says:
Jan 11, 2017 10:33 PM

To clear in to Bonaire, you must have an exit document from your prior port, in addition to passport and boat documents.

Ron Heyselaar
Ron Heyselaar says:
Mar 18, 2016 08:29 PM

We are about to leave for Cuba from Bonaire having been here for 4 weeks.
Excellent stay with the only issue being the lack of dinghy docks. We understand that Budget Marine is trying to obtain a permit to install a floating dinghy dock near the Yellow Sub dive shop. However, an ongoing discussion between STINAPA and the Bonaire local government about the construction of larger commercial docks is not completed yet.
Until this is solved, the best options are Karel's bar, the cruise ship pier (if no cruise ships are in port) or the marina. Only the first two are close to 'downtown'.

Regarding the mooring system, it is a bit of a weird system with two 'cheap' lines to ample sized concrete blocks. We did dive on the lines and did install an additional line so we could sleep well.

For diving this must be one of the best locations in the world for cruisers. We did multiple dives straight from our boat LILY. Amazing!! Other dives by using our dinghy. Plenty of perfect dive sites with good mooring system in place!

syGabber
syGabber says:
Apr 16, 2015 08:13 PM

Dear Bonaire cruisers,
There seems to be some misunderstanding about $1,- "service charge" the marine is charging. Nowadays the explanation is "mooring maintenance" but info from STINAPA (owner of the moorings) is not in line with that marina story: "By contract with the BNMP, Harbour Village Marina manages the moorings in the bay off Kralendijk. These are available, at $10 per night, to visiting yachts no more than 18 meters. Harbour Village Marina retains 35% of the collected fees to manage and maintain the use of the moorings as well as to collect the fees."
Read it: http://www.stinapa.org/ourincome.html
For your information, and enjoy the diving.

syGabber
syGabber says:
Apr 08, 2015 01:49 AM

Dear Bonaire cruisers,
As per 1st April 2015 Marina Bonaire is charging a $1 a day service fee for garbage drop off or use of there dinghy dock. A rise of 10%!
There is NO NEED TO PAY THIS FEE when you don't use these services!
Most sailors use Karels bar as a dinghy dock and the green containers on the street for garbage disposal.
So check your invoice when you pay the governmental $10 fee per day for the use of the STINAPA moorings.

Peregrina
Peregrina says:
Mar 31, 2015 11:45 AM

Mooring Line Parted. March 2015.
During the time we were in Bonaire (fantastic diving) our mooring line and another yacht's mooring line parted. Maintenance appears to be poor by the Marine Park Authorities. Suggest diving on your mooring block and, if needed, putting on your own mooring line.

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