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Facts

  • Bonaire together with Aruba and Curacao form the ABC islands. They are the three western-most islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean.
  • Bonaire is the easternmost of the ABC islands. It is now a special municipality of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
  • Aruba is a flat island, exposed to the ocean currents. Bonaire and Curaçao are surrounded by reefs, and so are much more sheltered from the weather.
  • Both Bonaire and Curaçao's reefs form popular tourist destinations. With its stunning underwater scenery, Bonaire is ranked as one of the top three dive spots in the world, and the whole island is a protected marine park.
  • Consequently only marina berths and moorings are an option - no anchoring is permitted.
  • Bonaire is less densely populated than its neighbour Curacao and also less developed. The slow pace of life on the island and its relaxed population have an enduring charm and make it popular with cruising boats. Watersports are very popular on the island.
  • For visiting sailors the attraction also lies in the better than average repair and service facilities. Marina berths & services are available at Harbour Village Marina (also known as Bonaire Marina), Plaza Resort Marina and Club Nautico. El Navegante yard offers haulout and storage.

Security

Based on reports to Noonsite from cruisers, petty theft from yachts is on the rise in the Caribbean in general. Cruisers should take basic safety precautions and use common sense when leaving the boat or going ashore at night. Dinghy and outboard thieves operate throughout the Caribbean and reports continue to come in from Bonaire. Best advice is to place your dinghy and outboard on deck and chain them overnight and always lock your dinghy, outboard and fuel tank when going ashore and don't leave any loose items in the dinghy.

February 2017: Cruising couple robbed at gunpoint on way back to Harbour Village Marina.

October 2016: There has been a report of a large number of items stolen from a locked yacht which was stored in a secure compound of a boatyard about 8 miles north of Kralendijk.

See security reports adjacent and comments from cruisers at bottom of page.

The Caribbean Safety and Security Net ([email protected]) provides information by anchorage or by island, so sailors can plan their cruising in the Caribbean with an eye to appropriate behaviour and precautions wherever they decide to go. Should you have suffered a boarding, robbery or attack on your yacht or have information about a yachting-related security incident, go to the CSSN homepage and click on the "Report an Incident" icon. The associated form is quick and simple to complete and ensures that all the necessary details are reported. The CSSN is the most comprehensive source of Caribbean security incidents against sailors. Remember, it is every cruiser's responsibility to ensure that incidents are reported. Also cruisers can subscribe to e-mail alerts, follow on facebook and twitter and listen to the SSB Voice Service.

Also be sure to check the noonsite Piracy & Safety Pages

Last updated June 2018.

Weather

Bonaire lies outside the hurricane zone.

Meteorological Department Curaçao (MDC)
Provides weather services for Curacao, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Saba, within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page

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