Belnem House Bonaire
Nature Bonaire

Nature and national parks

  • Over 300 kilometers of nature trails
  • Bonaire National Marine Park
  • Spot flamingo's and birds

Discover the most beautiful spots, pure and unspoiled

Not only is Bonaire the ideal sun, sea and beach destination, but the island also offers stunning natural beauty. From hiking trails and national parks to mangrove forests and coral reefs. We are happy to tell you about the most beautiful spots in nature. Either way, you'll be amazed by Bonaire's impressive nature.


Nature lovers and hikers

If you still have room left in your suitcase, be sure to bring a pair of good hiking boots to Bonaire. The impressive nature and many hiking trails with great views are sure to prompt you to go on a (big) hiking tour. The island has over 300 kilometers of natural paths. Don't forget a bottle of water and sunscreen! The north part of Bonaire is the most green part of the island, although freely roaming goats keep eating the green shoots of trees and plants.

Pekelmeer, Gotomeer, and Washington Slagbaai

The Caribbean flamingo, called chogogo on Bonaire, is national bird of the island. Interestingly, the flamingos are not born with their famous pink feathers, they initially are gray-white. They get their pink color later through their food (saltwater shrimp and blue-green algae). Flamingos usually only lay one egg per year and it hatches after roughly thirty days. Flamingos like to gather in groups and can be seen in a few locations on Bonaire. The flamingo reserve by the Pekelmeer is in the southwestern part of the island. This expansive salt pan is the most important breeding ground for the pink birds. You do need binoculars: in order to protect the birds, tourists can not enter the reserve. You can also spot the flamboyant bird species at the Gotomeer and in Washington Slagbaai National Park.

Bonaire National Marine Park

One of Bonaire's main attractions is the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP), the oldest marine reserve in the world. This underwater world around Bonaire, Little Bonaire and Lac Bay covers 2,600 acres of magnificent coral reefs and one of the best-preserved mangrove areas in the Caribbean. The biological diversity of the coral reefs is extraordinary and comparable to that of a tropical rainforest. The beaches on the north and west sides of Little Bonaire are the main nesting sites for sea turtles in this area. Chances are you will encounter one while snorkeling or diving.

Bonaire National Marina Park

Mangrove forests and Coral Reefs

Part of the Bonaire National Marine Park, the azure bay of Lac Bay is fringed on the northern side by a unique mangrove forest. The coral dam on the eastern side closes off the bay from the Caribbean Sea. This has created a shallow lagoon, a nursery for coral fish and an attractive breeding ground for migratory and water birds. The seagrass growing in several areas of the bay attracts many turtles. The endangered green sea turtle eats as much as two kilos a day.

Lac Bay

Discover nature hotspots from Belnem House

The beautiful nature spots are best discovered from our resort. Our exclusive and small-scale vacation resort features luxury apartments, penthouses and suites for a comfortable stay. We also offer additional services such as car rental, airport transfer and diving facilities. Our car rental service has something for everyone and makes exploring the island's beautiful landscapes perfect.