Lac Bay#7 in Best Things To Do in Bonaire
Though diving is Bonaire's main allure, those seeking a quintessential Caribbean beach experience won't be disappointed by Lac Bay. With its stunning views, warm shallow waters and white sand, sun-seekers will find a retreat from their underwater adventures. There are also ample amenities, like lounge chairs and a beach bar.
Situated on the eastern side of the island, Lac Bay's steady trade winds and limited boat traffic provide idyllic conditions for both novice and seasoned windsurfers. Head to Jibe City to rent windurfing gear or sign up for lessons, which range from $50 to $150 per person, depending on the package you select. Even if you don't feel like breaking out a board and heading out on the water yourself, recent travelers agreed that watching others windsurf is a sight to be seen.
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#1 Diving and Snorkeling
Thanks to Bonaire's marine conservation programs – some of which have been in place for almost 60 years – the island is one of the Caribbean's best diving destinations. With 63 official dive sites on the main island (and an additional 26 spots on the islet of Klein Bonaire), the island offers an abundance of options for divers' underwater explorations.
Remember that you must be certified before you can plunge into the deep blue sea. Though many resorts offer diving packages, training before your trip may cut down on overall costs and allow you to dive right in on day one. All divers are required to purchase the mandatory $45 nature tag, which you must attach to your scuba gear. The fee grants you one year of unlimited diving, and the proceeds help maintain the Bonaire National Marine Park.
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