The Bonaire National Marine Park was established in 1979. The Park starts at the high water mark and extends to 200 ft (60 meters) of depth; it covers an area of 6672 acres, or 27 km². Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire - STINAPA Bonaire - is 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 (BNMP) and the Washington Slagbaai National Park (WSNP). To get around the parks why not get a Rent a Truck on Bonaire?
The mission of the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) is to protect and manage the island’s natural, cultural and historical resources, while allowing ecologically sustainable use, for the benefit of future generations.
Maintain and restore the ecosystems, biological diversity, and ecological processes
Protect and restore the cultural and historical resources of significance
Manage the Marine Park as a regionally and globally significant example of a successful multi-use marine protected area through:
- Education and outreach
- Law enforcement
Allow use of the Marine Park by promoting non-destructive activities and working with stakeholders to establish guidelines and regulations to minimize impact on the environment
Marine Park Activities and Payment
All users of the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) pay admission (Nature Fee) to enter the parks. For SCUBA divers, the Nature Fee is $45 for a calendar year, or $10 for a day pass. Your payment of $45 as a SCUBA diver covers admission for one calendar year to the Bonaire National Marine Park as well as to the Washington Slagbaai National Park (WSNP). SCUBA divers are obliged to display the dive tag on their BCD.
For non-SCUBA divers the Nature Fee is $25 per calendar year for use of the BNMP for any activity other than SCUBA diving. This can vary from swimming to snorkeling, windsurfing, boating, kayaking etc. Children under 12 and residents of Bonaire are exempt from paying the non-divers $10 Nature Fee. If they do go SCUBA diving, they will have to pay the $45 fee. Also exempt are the crews of commercial vessels and passengers of cruise ships.