Boca Slagbaai Bonaire Snorkeling Guide [Rated + Reviewed]

by | Last updated Mar 4, 2024 | Best Snorkeling Caribbean, Bonaire

With more than 60 dive spots to choose from in Bonaire, you’ll never be short of excellent snorkeling destinations to explore. Within Washington Slagbaai National Park, there are 3 fantastic snorkeling spots conveniently located right by the beach. Boca Slagbaai Bonaire is among them. Here’s what you should know to make this snorkeling adventure happen.

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Bonaire Snorkeling Rating Sytem

My husband and I travel all over the world searching out some of the best spots to snorkel.

All of my snorkeling sites are rated to help differentiate the good ones from the really good ones.

Please see the rating key below.

OVERALL SNORKEL RATING KEY

🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿   =   World-class snorkeling and worth traveling just for the snorkeling alone!

🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿   =   Incredible snorkeling and should be on your list of top things to do!

🤿 🤿 🤿   =   Decent snorkeling and worth the effort!

🤿 🤿   =   Worth consideration if you are running out of things to do!

🤿   =   Not worth it!

If you want to discover all of my 14 FAVORITE Bonaire snorkeling sites in ONE comprehensive list, click on the link below!

Boca Slagbaai Bonaire Snorkeling

Boca Slagbaai Beach in Bonaire

Boca Slagbaai Beach in Bonaire

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RATING: 🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿

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HOW TO GET THERE

Entrance to Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Entrance to Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Boca Slagbaai is located in the Washington Slagbaai National Park, which makes for a fun day trip.

Don’t forget to read my park guide for the 9 things you need to know before you go!

We stayed at the Bamboo Bonaire Boutique Resort just north of Kralendijk, and it took us about 30 minutes to get to the Washington Slagbaai National Park’s Visitor Center.

Then plan for another 45-ish minutes to drive the “short route” to get to Boca Slagbaai. The park’s bumpy roads are quite the adventure!

There’s a small parking section on the right near the picnic tables and palapas.

Picnic area at Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire

Picnic area at Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire

On the other side of the road is Saliña Slagbaai, where the flamingos like to hang out.

Flamingos at Saliña Slagbaai in the Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire

Flamingos at Saliña Slagbaai in the Washington Slagbaai National Park in Bonaire

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WHERE TO SNORKEL

A map of where to snorkel at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

A map of where to snorkel at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

This seems to be one of the most underrated snorkeling spots in Bonaire. Every time my husband and I snorkel here, we never see any other snorkelers.

Most people snorkel next door at Wayaka 2 and then picnic and have lunch at Boca Slagbaai.

Don’t skip Boca Slagbaai!

Once you enter the water at the beach, snorkel along the rocks to the right around the many patches of coral.

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ENTRY

Boca Slagbaai Beach in Bonaire

Boca Slagbaai Beach in Bonaire

You have to navigate over some rocks as you enter the water, but the entry is rather easy.

Always wear dive booties with your snorkeling fins to avoid stubbed toes.

Boca Slagbaai Beach is one of the most beautiful snorkeling beaches in Bonaire! The sand is super soft, but there is coral rubble right at the shoreline.

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MARINE LIFE WE SAW

If you snorkel a lot in the Caribbean, you will likely see parrotfish.

However, one of the HIGHLIGHTS snorkeling in Boca Salgbaai was seeing several MASSIVE rainbow parrotfish. They almost look like little mermaids. 

I saw one BIG rainbow parrotfish at 1000 Steps, but Boca Slagbaai had several.

Unfortunately, they do not stick around for long, but they are so beautiful and vibrantly colored.

The other cool experience was seeing a sharptail eel slithering along the sea floor and hunting in the sand. They are very striking with their grey bodies and white polka dots.

In addition to the sharptail eel, we saw a spotted moray eel and a chainlink eel. There are quite a few eels if you know where to look! Eels usually like to hide and poke their head out of the lettuce coral.

Other fish we saw were blue tang, spotted trunkfish, orange-spotted filefish, juvenile yellowtail damselfish, peacock flounder, Rock beauty, and palometas.

Lastly, we saw a batwing coral crab and some sort of spotted sea spider.

Massive rainbow parrotfish at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Massive rainbow parrotfish at Boca Slagbaai 

Parrotfish at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

This is the size parrotfish we normally see

Cute spotted trunkfish at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Cute spotted trunkfish at Boca Slagbaai 

Orange spotted filefish at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Orange spotted filefish at Boca Slagbaai

Snorkeling with juvenile yellowtail damselfish at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Juvenile yellowtail damselfish at Boca Slagbaai

Sharptail eel at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Sharptail eel at Boca Slagbaai

Close up of a sharptail eel at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Close up of a sharptail eel 

Chainlink eel at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Chainlink eel at Boca Slagbaai 

Another eel at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Another eel 

Batwing coral crab at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Batwing coral crab at Boca Slagbaai 

Rock beauty at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Rock beauty 

Spotted moray eel at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Spotted moray eel at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Pockets of fish soup at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Pockets of fish soup at Boca Slagbaai

Sea spider at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Sea spider? If someone knows what this spidery thing is please let me know in the comments below

Another huge rainbow parrotfish at Boca Slagbaai in Bonaire

Another huge rainbow parrotfish at Boca Slagbaai 

Final Thoughts

If you read my Top 11 Things to Do in Bonaire, snorkeling is rated #1!

We snorkeled all over Bonaire (17 of the 60+ sites to be exact!). You never know what you are going to see when you jump in the water like when we saw eagle rays having breakfast at Angel City.

In addition to Boca Slagbaai, some of our other favorites include Red Beryl, Salt Pier, Karpata, Klein Bonaire, and Bari Reef. Don’t miss snorkeling at Boca Slagbaai when you visit the park!

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