Glass-Bottom Boat Eco Cruise & Bonaire Marine Park
BON-620 | Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Bonaire National Marine Park
You will see:
- Klein Bonaire
Approx. 1.5 hours
As a result of diligent stewardship of its marine resources - which have been legally protected since 1979 - Bonaire has been consistently ranked as the finest scuba diving and snorkeling destination in the Caribbean. You can experience the magical beauty of Bonaire's protected undersea paradise without even getting wet! Simply embark on this leisurely, one-and-a-half-hour glass-bottom boat cruise that takes you to one of the best preserved and protected reefs in the world!
Begin at the pier where you'll be greeted by friendly staff that will assist you as you step aboard a 32-foot, glass-bottom boat. Take a seat anywhere along the 9.8' x 2.62' glass viewing panel that runs through the center of the boat - all seats are comfortable and offer great viewing! There's even a hard-top canopy that offers cooling shade from the sun. You'll receive a short introduction to your fascinating eco-tour as well as a safety briefing (which includes a life vest, of course). Then sit back and take in the refreshing ocean breeze as you set out across the glistening Caribbean en route to the Bonaire National Marine Park.
As you journey, your naturalist guide will regale you with information about the Marine Park (considered one of the world's most successful marine protected areas) and the amazing array of marine creatures that you encounter along the way. Your destination: the crystalline waters off Klein Bonaire - an unspoiled, uninhabited island less than a mile from Bonaire. Prepare yourself for unparalleled beauty and wonder as your glass-bottom boat drifts along several dive sites with names like 'Nearest Point,' 'Ebo's Reef' and 'Buddy's Reef.' These sites (which are all part of the marine preserve) offer up some of the most spectacular views of the delicate fringing coral reefs that include stands of elkhorn and staghorn coral, often with fire coral, patch reefs, and dense stands of soft corals. Mysterious and lovely, these life-giving reefs are inhabited by a dazzling spectrum of reef fish.
Have your cameras at the ready as you marvel at the magnificent abundance of colorful tropical fish (including tangs, parrotfish, damsel fish, butterfly fish and angel fish) that move gracefully among the currents in a silent underwater ballet. Indulge in a refreshing water or soda as you check your reef fish ID card (available for purchase on the boat) to see how many fish you can identify! Look for elusive moray eels that hide out in crevices. Keep a keen eye out for special sightings of sea turtles, sea horses, sharks and rays. And if you're lucky, you may even glimpse delightfully playful dolphins that frolic amongst the azure waves.
As you cruise back along the beautiful coastline of Bonaire en route to your pier, contemplate the undersea wonders you encountered. You will surely come away with a sense of awe and appreciation of the delicate eco-system that is life on the coral reef.
Marine life sightings, while common, are not guaranteed. For entering the boat, passengers have to go down 2 steps
12 & under reduced