What’s on Bonaire? Guided Sunset Hike Bonaire – in the National Park

What’s on Bonaire? Guided Sunset Hike Bonaire – in the National Park

Hike to the Top of Bonaire after hours – Sunset Hike Bonaire

What: Climb during daylight and watch the sun set from the top of Mount Brandaris, the highest peak on Bonaire.

When:  Sunset, Sunday November 4 from 4pm to 7pm. A Hike to experience the sun set from Bonaire’s highest peak. 

Where: Be at the entrance to Washington Slagbaai National Park before 4pm.

Why: This is a rare opportunity to be in the park after it closes and get to witness the sunset from Bonaire’s highest peak. Normal park hours have you at back at the main entrance by 4pm. For the hike you’re just getting started at 4pm.

How much: Admission is $10 for everyone who has pre-registered for this hike. 

Who: The Sunset Hike Bonaire is presented by STINAPA Bonaire (the national park association of Bonaire). There is space for 20 participants. Call +599 717-8444 to reserve a spot. Registration is required for participation. Participants must arrange their own transport to and within the park. You will be back at the park entrance at 7pm.

What else: This is an uphill climb on rocky terrain and some of it in the dark. You need to be in good shape and, have a light and have shoes appropriate for hiking.

What to bring: Water, snack, flashlight, hiking shoes. Keep in mind that part of the descent will be after sundown so it’s important to have a working flashlight. 

Have fun!

P.S. if you aren’t on the island November 4th 2019, you can do this hike on your own during daylight hours:  Information about hiking Mt. Brandaris

Lazy Sunday Lunch and Music at Lac Cai

Lazy Sunday Lunch and Music at Lac Cai

Lac Cai Bonaire

Sunday lunch, or brunch at Lac Cai should not be missed if you are looking for real local food and a real local experience. Lac Cai is a nature reserve with a large mangrove forest, white sand beaches, a small scale restaurant/bar and beauty all around.

If you are familiar with Sorobon Beach and Lac Bay, you may have noticed looking out to sea a couple small hills on the inlet. Those hills are made of conch shells which were discarded by conch fishermen when it was still legal to hunt conch on Bonaire. The hills of shells have been left as a reminder of those times.

Lac Cai is definitely off-the-beaten-path. Although visible from Jibe City and Windsurf Place it can really only be accessed by a long, windy dirt road -or by windsurf board and sail! You will need a vehicle that can withstand the bumps to get you there along the long dirt road, but it will be worth it, especially if you go on a Sunday at lunch. You can go any day of the week to just relax in unspoiled surroundings but on Sundays there’s fresh local food and live local music.

Lac Cai  is a great place for an isolated beach day, swimming, snorkeling and definitely some bird watching. Sunday’s you won’t get much privacy but other days of the week are generally very quiet so this spot is perfect for some serious “getting away from it all.”

Bring everything you would need for a beach day – snorkel gear, rash guards, water, beach chairs, etc. And bring your appetite. Oh and cash. If it’s not a Sunday, don’t expect to find any services – although you may find the restaurant open other days.

The Sunday Brunch, popular with locals and tourists alike,  is only and exclusively on Sundays, year round, and only from around  until the food runs out. Check google maps for Lac Cai and follow directions from there. Lac Cai is at the end of a long, windy, bumpy dirt road located off of Kaminda Sorobon.

Pictured above is the fresh catch of the day with pumpkin, plantains and yucca -it was $11 in August 2018. And pictured below that are some fishing boats and kayaks at Lac Cai during the same Sunday Brunch in August 2018.

Have a very lazy Sunday.

 

Full Moon Walk in Washington Slagbaai National Park

Full Moon Walk in Washington Slagbaai National Park
STINAPA Bonaire is hosting a fun full moon walk in the Washington Slagbaai National Park next Friday. This event is open to anyone up for an adventurous hike under the full moon. The walk is along the Lagadishi trail which brings you to a limestone plateau with a vista over the island. Expect to see plenty of plants and animals including iguanas and flamingos as well as scenery such as blow holes, mangroves, beaches, sand dunes and a salt pan. Bring water, be ready for some adventure and watch out for cacti!
STINAPA Bonaire stands for Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire, a non-governmental, not for profit foundation commissioned by the island government to manage the two protected areas of Bonaire: the Bonaire National Marine Park meaning all waters surrounding Bonaire and Klein Bonaire as well as the Washington Slagbaai National Park which is the uninhabited land north and west of Rincon.
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What: Full moon walk with STINAPA Bonaire
When: Friday July 27th 5pm – 8:30pm
Where: The Lagadishi Trail along the coast and back.
What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes and a flashlight for looking at the ground beneath your feet for safety. Water bottle and snacks.
How: Call 717-8444 to register. Space is limited to 25 participants. Cost is $10 per person. Meet at the entrance of Washington Slagbaai National Park.