Kralendijk - Docking

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Anchoring:

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

Moorings:

There are 42 heavy-duty public yacht moorings in front of the town. These moorings are painted red and white and normally there are a few available on a  first, come – first served basis

Contact the Harbor Village Marina on VHF Channel 17 for mooring assignments before picking up a mooring. If arriving on a Sunday when offices are closed, find a suitable mooring and contact the marina office Monday morning to finalize. You will need to go there to pay the daily fee.

Note that if the wind goes SW these mooring can be quite rough. Also, if no moorings are available yachts must be prepared to berth at a marina until a mooring becomes available.

See Fees for mooring costs. Boats over 55ft cannot use the moorings and must proceed to a marina.

Marinas:

There are three good marinas: Harbour Village Marina – or the “Yachthaven” (approx. 15 feet deep with berthing for vessels up to 150ft and also has one slip for up to 240ft), Plaza Resort Marina (approx. 7.5 feet deep on a high tide, but often full) and the Nautico Bonaire Marina in the heart of town and most convenient for shopping (but can get rolly in winds from the south and untenable if from the west).

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:

There are no public dinghy docks. The dock at Club Nautico allows dinghy dockage at $10 per week.

Some bars may also have docks for customers.

Budget Marine had a floating dinghy dock near the Yellow Sub dive shop (not confirmed if this is still available).

Security:

Thefts and attempted thefts continue to be reported from here. Be sure to secure your dinghy and everything in it including the outboard motor.  It is also advisable to haul your dinghy out of the water overnight. The latest incident occurred in May 2022 when a dinghy that was in the water, but not locked, was stolen from the mooring field at Kralendijk after the lines securing the dinghy to the owner’s yacht were cut.

See Security Reports.

Last updated:  January 2023

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  1. January 22, 2020 at 3:16 AM
    sofiene says:

    We loved Bonaire very safe and friendly people. It gets busy when a big cruiser ship arrives.
    We arrived around 6pm at Kralendijk and tried to contact the harbor master on channel 16 & 11 without success. We then contact the Harbor Village Marina on channel 17 who told us to take a free mooring (red and white color) and go ashore for the Custom and immigration the next day. We went the next day to the custom office (near the big cruiser dock & main square) and all formalities were done in 15min (all crew need to be present)
    you need to go to Harbour Village Marina to pay the 10 USD mooring fee per day. European gas bottle can be refilled at the Harbour Village Marina. It usually takes 2 days when you leave them at the Marina reception. Diesel and gasolina available at the Harbour village Marina.
    We left our dinghy at the Nautico Yacht club near downtown for 2 USD a day.
    3 big supermarkets are available 15 min Walking or 5 min by cab. Data card available at Digicel office in the main shopping street
    Checking out the country is same as entry, the crew need to be present for immigration.

  2. November 19, 2018 at 12:50 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    Reported on the Caribbean Safety & Security net:

    DATE: 2018-10-11 19:00
    Country Name: Bonaire
    Location Detail: Kralendijk moorings
    EVENT: Attempted theft
    HAND: 1
    Stolen Items: Nothing, thieves unsuccessful
    SECURED: Locked
    DETAILS: Around 7 pm two young men (swimmers) boarded a catamaran in the mooring field. The yacht was well locked and the security system detected their presence, at the same time a passing dinghy noticed the disturbance and the 2 men jumping into the water. A report was made on the VHF net.

  3. February 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    Reported on the Caribbean Safety & Security net:

    DATE: 2018-01-26 13:00
    Country Name: Bonaire
    Location Detail: Budget Marine dinghy dock
    EVENT: Theft
    HAND: 1
    Stolen Items: 5 gallon fuel tank
    SECURED: Not Locked
    DETAILS: A dinghy locked to the Budget Marine dinghy dock had its not locked fuel tank stolen between 11AM and 1PM

  4. July 24, 2017 at 9:40 AM
    Data Entry2 says:

    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.

  5. February 24, 2015 at 2:39 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    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 services 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.

  6. January 24, 2015 at 8:57 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

    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.

  7. September 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM
    Data Entry2 says:

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

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