Enjoy life at sea on a beautiful catamaran while sailing through pristine Bonaire Marine Park, where you may snorkel or simply relax on board.
After a brief boat transfer from the pier, you will board the Mushi Mushi, a sleek 40-foot catamaran with plenty of open deck space for sunbathing as you sail through Bonaire Marine Park. If you like, you may even get involved with the crew in setting the sails. Over the next few hours, you may stay on board and enjoy the comforts, or you might ease into the water and snorkel.
The sea here is teeming with marine life because the park was one of the first in the Caribbean to ban activities that damage the environment. In the 1960s, legislation was enacted to protect sea turtle eggs and nests. In the 1970s, spearfishing was banned, and it became illegal to remove coral. As a result, Bonaire Marine Park contains spectacular coral reefs that support a huge diversity of fish and other marine species.
You will experience the wonders below the surface firsthand, once the captain finds an ideal spot for you to snorkel. While the underwater views change every minute, you can expect to see stands of elkhorn and staghorn coral, longsnout seahorses and a dazzling spectrum of colorful fish that may include grunts, wrasses, goatfish, parrotfish and tangs. Sea turtles also thrive in the park, as they too are protected. The snorkeling is optional and will be unguided; however, a crew member will be watching from the deck of the catamaran.
After approximately an hour at anchor, the sails will be raised again and you’ll head back to the pier, enjoying an open-bar en route.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking; however, participants must be able to make their way onto and off both the tender boat and the sailing catamaran with limited assistance. Those who wish to snorkel should be good swimmers and in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes with a non-slip sole, or aqua socks are recommended. Snorkeling equipment is provided. There is a restroom on the boat. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.