The small uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire sits just off the coast of Bonaire within Bonaire National Marine Park. Water visibility around the island is typically excellent, making it a popular destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply playing Robinson Crusoe in the sand. Here’s how to get to the island from Kralendijk.
By Water Taxi
The most popular way to get to the isolated island, particularly for independent or budget-conscious travelers, is by water taxi. The 20-minute boat ride departs from the pier in Kralendijk, dropping passengers off on the sands of No Name Beach. This option lets you spend as much or as little time as you like on the island, swimming, snorkeling, or simply soaking up the sun.
By Dutch Sloep
For the ultimate flexibility, rent a traditional Dutch sloep to explore the shores of Klein Bonaire at your own pace. These boats are easy to handle, so they’re a great option for boating newbies—no license required to become captain for a day. They hold up to six passengers for groups of friends or family.
By Glass-Bottom Boat
The waters just off the coast of Klein Bonaire are home to a colorful and healthy coral reef. You don’t have to get wet to observe this diverse underwater ecosystem; just hop on a glass-bottom boat for a cruise through Bonaire National Marine Park. The crew onboard will narrate, and those who want to hop into the water for a snorkel in the clear waters of Klein Bonaire will typically have an opportunity.
On Snorkel or Scuba Trips
Much of the appeal of Klein Bonaire lies beneath the surface of the water. With a guided snorkeling or scuba diving tour, all the equipment and logistics will be taken care of for you, and local guides will take you to the best spots. Most tours include drinks and snacks onboard, whether you’re on a yacht, speedboat, or sailboat.