Bonaire National Marine Park

Bonaire National Marine Park

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The Bonaire National Marine Park is the oldest marine reserve in the world. It includes the waters around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire's reef-lined coasts. In 1999 the underwater park received the status of National Park of the Netherlands Antilles.

The Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) is the oldest marine reserve in the world. It includes the waters around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire's reef-lined coasts. The park, established in 1979, includes 2600 ha (6425 acres) of coral reef, sea grass and mangroves.

In 1999 the underwater park received the status of National Park of the Netherlands Antilles. The uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire was added to the protected natural underwater park in 2001.

 

The west side of Bonaire is dotted with dive sites that are easily accessible from the beach. The dive sites around Klein Bonaire are accessible for divers by boar. With the exception of a small area, the BNMP is completely freely accessible for divers.

Unique to the Bonaire National Marine Park is that it runs on its own revenues (without subsidies). Revenue comes from an entrance fee for divers. Other users such as swimmers, surfers, kiteboarders, kayakers and boaters pay a reduced admission price. The management is in the hands of the Bonaire National Parks Foundation (STINAPA).