Bonaire - Caribbean

Bonaire | The Caribbean

Bonaire - Caribbean

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Kiteboarding Bonaire

When to go

Peak season: May – June

Avg. Air temp: 28 – 32°C / 82 °F – 90°F

Avg. Water temp: 26 – 28°C / 79°F – 82°F

 

Useful contacts

KITEBOARDING BONAIRE

Kiteboarding Bonaire

www.kiteboardingbonaire.com

info@kiteboardingboanire.com

+599 701 5483

 

WINDHOEK BONAIRE

Windhoek Resort Bonaire

www.windhoekbonaire.com

info@windhoekbonaire.com

+599 777 5483

 

Planet Kitesurf Holidays

PLANET KITESURF

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com

info@planettravelholidays.com

+44 (0)1273 921 001

Kitesurfing Bonaire, the Caribbean

“I went there with my family and we had a blast. It’s great for freestyle and the underwater wildlife is spectacular!”

Jalou Langeree, Naish team riders and Women's 2012 wave World Champion.

 

The Lure

Part of the Dutch Caribbean, Bonaire is a small island 50 miles north of Venezuela with regular flights from Europe, the US and South America. Atlantis Kitebeach is the main spot on the island’s southern tip with a sandy beach for launching and landing, steady offshore winds and butter flat water.

 

Kiteboarding Bonaire

Atlantis Kitebeach / PHOTO: Kiteboarding Boanire

 

I shall return (to Bonaire)

The Setup

The bay is wide so it never gets crowded and it’s an ideal spot for beginners, freestyle progression and for foiling thanks to its deep sandy bottom. There are safety boats and a school right on the spot who can also guide you on downwinders and kitesurfaris from there to the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire.

 

Kiteboarding Bonaire boat support and staff / PHOTO: Kiteboarding Bonaire

 

Kitemanera Bonaire 2016

Wind, weather & water

Bonaire has over 300 days per year of usable wind with steady northeast trades averaging 18 knots, though the strength can get up to 30 - 35 knots in May and June. You can get some good conditions in October and November too, but it can also frequently dip to around ten knots, which is when you break out the foil! More often than not you’ll be riding nine to 11 metre kites (or seven to nine metre kites if you’re a light weight rider). Water temps remain at 26 - 28°C / 79°F - 82°F all year so you won’t need a wetsuit as the air temps are also really warm, ranging from 28 - 32°C / 82 °F to 90°F.

 

Kiteboarding Bonaire

The Kiteboarding Bonaire team out for a session / PHOTO: Kiteboarding Bonaire

Accommodation

When it comes to choosing accommodation, self-catered apartments and villas are popular as well as B&Bs and hotels. The team at Kiteboarding Bonaire are able to offer advice on where best to stay.

Windhoek Resort Bonaire is a great option, a luxury four-star eco resort in Punt Vierkant, one of the best locations in Bonaire with one and two-bedroom villas and a swimming pool in tropical gardens and is just a couple of minutes from the kite spot.

www.windhoekbonaire.com / info@windhoekbonaire.com / +599 777 5483

 

The Windhoek Resort Bonaire / PHOTOS: Windhoek Resort

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

Shop & Schools

KITEBOARDING BONAIRE are IKO certified and teach all levels at Atlantis Kitebeach. The longest-established school in Bonaire, they operate with full rescue cover at all times and max teaching ratio of 2:1. Carrying full ranges of North and CrazyFly equipment, supervised gear rental is available if you’re travelling without your own kit. There’s also WiFi, a chill-out area, live wind reports and cold drinks.

www.kiteboardingbonaire.com / info@kiteboardingboanire.com / +599 701 5483

 

Warm waters and friendly instructors / PHOTOS: Kiteboarding Bonaire

 

Kiteboarding - Learn to fly with Kiteboarding Bonaire

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

No wind

20% of the island’s landmass and all of the waters that surround it have protected National Parks status. You need to pay a ‘Nature Fee’ of $10 before entering the Bonaire National Marine Park, but it’s well worth it as the area is absolutely stunning. If you’re planning to drive around the National Park then a 4x4 is advisable.

The biggest town is Kralendijk, which is about nine kilometres from the main kite spot and has supermarkets and restaurants (some of them very upscale), with views across to Klein Bonaire and the incredible sunsets.

There’s rich marine life in the bay of Kralendijk and in the mangroves around the south of the island to check out on no-wind days, or there’s beautiful beaches, SUPing, diving, kayaking, wakeboarding, sailing or exploring the island.

 

SUP Bonaire

SUP the turquoise waters of Bonaire / PHOTO: Kiteboarding Bonaire

 

Great Adventures Bonaire

Get around

Bonaire has a friendly, relaxed feel and it’s easy to get around the entire island as it’s only 39 kilometres long and eight kilometres across at its widest point. Renting cars, scooters or motorcycles are great for exploring but taxis are also easily available.

 

Currency

United States Dollar - USD

 

Food & Drink

Food-wise, there’s everything from the catch of the day to pizza while the laidback Caribbean vibes will make you feel right at home.

 

Airport

Flamingo Airport (BON) is nine kilometres from the airport, serviced by direct flights from Amsterdam with KLM or TUI. United Airlines fly in from Newark and Houston while Delta come direct from Atlanta. Flying in via Aruba or Curaçao are other options and a number of South American airlines fly there too. Most car rentals companies operate from the airport.

 

TRAVEL AGENTS

Planet Kitesurf Holidays specialise in luxury tailor‐made kitesurf holidays worldwide. Through its team of highly experienced kitesurf travel professionals, the company offers expert impartial advice, backed up by full ATOL and TTA financial protection. Planet Kitesurf belongs to the Planet Travel group, a market leader in active holidays since 2000.

www.planetkitesurfholidays.com / info@planettravelholidays.com / +44 (0)1273 921 001

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