Enjoy a unique perspective of Bonaire’s extraordinary marine life by paddling a glass-bottom kayak to a nearby beach to snorkel in the typically calm waters.
Walk directly from the pier to a nearby beach, accompanied by your naturalist guide. After a brief orientation on kayaking, you will board a two-person kayak and paddle into the crystal-clear waters. Your stable, sit-on-top Kayak is equipped with a comfortable backrest seat, life vests and a waterproof bag for your personal belongings. Unlike most kayaks, the ones used on this excursion have glass bottoms, providing expansive views of the wonders below the surface.
Heading out, you’ll paddle south along the coast, enjoying spectacular views in every direction. If you look toward the mainland, you’ll see Kralendijk, Bonaire’s charming capital. To the west lies Klein Bonaire, a flat, completely undeveloped island surrounded by waters protected as part of Bonaire National Marine Park.
Gazing down through the glass bottom of the kayak, the splendor of the underwater world unfolds below you. While there is no telling what species will come into view, you can expect to see a dazzling spectrum of colorful fish that may include grunts, wrasses, goatfish, parrotfish and tangs.
After approximately 30-minutes of paddling, you will arrive at a beach, where you will have an hour of free time. You are welcome to do as you please, either relax on the beach or take the opportunity to snorkel. The snorkeling here is excellent for all skill levels and will showcase an abundance of tropical fish, as well as stands of elkhorn and staghorn coral. You may also view some sea turtles as both Hawksbill and Green Turtles inhabit these waters, It’s quite a sight to spot one gracefully swimming along, completely undisturbed by your presence. Following your 1-hour break, you will kayak back to the starting point and then walk back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 20-minutes of walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be sandy surfaces to negotiate at the beach. Those who wish to swim or snorkel should be good swimmers. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Snorkeling equipment is provided. There are no restrooms on this tour. Two persons will share 1 kayak and the combined allowable weight per Kayak is 350 lbs. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.