Bachelor’s Beach Bonaire; it’s close to pretty much everything on Bonaire and is a no stress place to just stop and take in the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. It’s the perfect place to break in your new mask and snorkel.
Just landed? Want to take in some of that turquoise water but it’s already late afternoon? Here’s the perfect beach to go on your first day! Or any day…
Bachelor’s Beach is a quick ride from the airport or from Kralendijk or Belnem. The beach is not visible from the road – it’s looks like a little rocky parking lot with a couple of cement and thatched beach huts. Park your car or bike right there and take the ladder/steps down to the secluded sandy beach. If the tide is in there may not be any sand but swimming there is always gorgeous. If there’s no beach visible you can leave your things on the steps. Never crowded. Great place to snorkel – super easy, fun, zen away from it all but yet so close to it all.
Bachelors beach is located on the main oceanfront road – the same road as the airport – EEG blvd. If you make a left turn leaving the airport it will be on your right just past the road to Sorobon. Two cute little huts with a thatched roof mark this location. The huts are basically in the parking lot for Bachelor’s beach and are for public use.
Bring towels, beach chair and definitely don’t forget to bring a mask and snorkel gear. Entrance into the water in any location on Bonaire is easier with a mask so that you can watch for coral and rocks as you get in. Bachelor’s beach is particularly sandy for a Bonaire beach, so the entry into the water is fairly easy. This is also a good spot for catching some small waves on a windy day.
October 2017 marks the 50th annual Bonaire Regatta. The sailing festival takes place October 11th – 14th. Regatta,a significant holiday on Bonaire has the entire island in celebration mode for one full week. The festival is so important on Bonaire that schools are closed for the week. Regatta themed activities, parties, food, games, drinks and celebrations for all ages take place all over the island.
The basecamp for regatta festivities the last two years has been Coco Beach, formerly Sunset Beach near Den Laman Resort. But, according to the Regatta 2017 Facebook page, this year the festivities will be right along the waterfront promenade in Kralendijk. The promenade is where the festivities traditionally take place.
Expect entertainment galore, including local and international musicians performing live. There will be drinks, food, a playground for kids and much more. The line-up of artists performing at Regatta has not yet been announced but we will update here with more information when it’s available.
Racers of all ages participating in Regatta will be competing for class championship in their division. Here are some from the five to ten year age division participating in a sunfish race in Lac Bay. This younger division also competes in the windsurf division during Regatta week.
Races will take place in-between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, as well as north of Klein Bonaire and other venues on the island. For most divisions there are two short courses followed by one long course. For Sunfish and Optimist boats the races take place between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.
Dive Friends Bonaire, a local dive operator, has been hosting quarterly underwater clean-ups for over 10 years now.
The next clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, July 8th, 2017. A hundred or more diver volunteers regularly participate. You do not necessarily have to be a diver to take part or volunteer your time. On -land support is needed to sort and count the debris that is removed from the sea.
Meet at Dive Friends Dive Inn location at 9:45am this Saturday.
What to Bring in addition to your dive gear:
your Bonaire Marine Park tag
your dive certification
your dive knife or shears to remove fishing line
There is a potluck barbecue hosted by Dive Friends for the volunteers at the Hamlet Oasis location at 6pm. Bring a side to share.
Visit debrisfreebonaire for more information and other ways you can help. If you can’t make it to this upcoming event there are more volunteer opportunities both on land and underwater.