Turtles are often seen on Bonaire
Image courtesy of Rick Coleman

For us, the main activities are scuba diving, swimming, and snorkeling, which can be done right off your own private beach. Bellevue is constructed over one of the few, natural sandy beaches on Bonaire. It's a great spot for beginner divers with the sand entry and exit, rather than the iron shore prevalent around the island. The magnificent reef drop off is 75 yards off shore in approximately 35 feet of clear water. This is not a "marked" dive site, consequently it receives much less dive traffic than any of the public sites with moorings. Our outside, fresh-water shower is convenient for rinsing the sand off from the beach before coming onto the pool deck. There is also a rinse tank for dive equipment together with a locker for hanging and storing gear.

Bellevue is also well situated for easy access to the famous double reef system on some of the southern dive sites. Additionally, Buddy Dive, a full-service dive operation, is located a mere 300 yards away, a 30-second car ride. Ask for Chrissie and tell her you're staying at VINIBU at Bellevue and they will take good care of you. Their service is excellent. They can supply you with complete equipment rentals, air, gear storage, and any other diving needs you might have.

  There are excellent windsurfing conditions at Lac Bay
Image courtesy of Tourist Corporation Bonaire

On those days where you choose to do other things, try your hand at the world-class windsurfing conditions at beautiful Lac Bay, which is less than a 10-minute drive away. Or, for those of you who are not divers, we heartily recommend a guided snorkel trip out to Klein Bonaire on The Woodwind. De and Ulf can show you things you'd never find on your own. Other activities can include fishing for bonefish, tarpon, or permit. For more action, try engaging a charter to test your skill against marlin, wahoo, barracuda, or tuna.

Also try hiking, shopping in picturesque, downtown Kralendijk, birding, or rent a Harley and take a scenic open-air ride around the island. Try kayaking through the mangroves, horseback riding--with a dip in the sea to cool off with your new equestrian friend.

We also recommend a day trip to the Washington-Slagbaii National Park (bring plenty of water) to see the pristine wilderness of Bonaire.

In the evening, enjoy a cool drink as you await the "green flash" as the tropical sun majestically settles into the Caribbean Sea. You could not have a better view anywhere on the island than from your own private terrace, and no reservation is required. Or, if you prefer, swap stories with other divers and guests at the poolside.

Turtles are often seen on Bonaire
Image courtesy of Zsuzsanna Pusztai

Dining is your choice: either at one of our local restaurants which serves a delicious and varied cosmopolitan cuisine, or relax and prepare your own meal and dine al fresco while overlooking the water.

On the subject of water, you will not find better quality or tasting water anywhere. All the water on Bonaire is distilled and purified from the ocean using a reverse osmosis process. This is some of the purest drinking water in the world. Pure, healthy and tasty! Be sure to drink plenty to avoid dehydration; especially if you're diving.




For additional information about Bonaire, visit Infobonaire and the Bonaire Insider.
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