Klein Bonaire Snorkeling Guide [Rated + Reviewed]

by | Last updated Feb 16, 2024 | Best Snorkeling Caribbean, Bonaire

My husband and I are avid snorkelers, and we can confidently say Bonaire has some of the best shore snorkeling in the Caribbean! Simply park at a beach, step into the water, and after a short swim, immerse yourself in the beauty of a stunning reef. While most sites are accessible from the beach, there’s one special location that requires a boat journey. Delve into the reasons why snorkeling in Klein Bonaire is a must and find all the details on making this unique experience a reality in this guide.

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Bonaire Snorkeling Rating Sytem

We have snorkeled all over the world, so I’ve come up with a rating system to help differentiate all the sites we have visited.

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!

Klein Bonaire Snorkeling

Map of Klein Bonaire

Map of Klein Bonaire

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RATING: 🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿

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HOW TO GET THERE

No Name Beach on Klein Bonaire

No Name Beach on Klein Bonaire

Klein Bonaire is an uninhabited island located about 1/2 mile off the western coast of Bonaire.

There is an Annual Swim from Eden Beach, so you could technically swim to the island. Due to safety reasons, no one does.

The island has one of the best beaches on Bonaire, No Name Beach. Some travelers will boat over just to hang out on the beach.

There are no restrooms or facilities besides a few shade shacks, so you have to bring everything (chairs, coolers, etc). The reason to go to Klein Bonaire though is the snorkeling, one of my top 11 things to do in Bonaire!

Here are the two options to get you there:

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01- KLEIN BONAIRE WATER TAXI

Klein Bonaire Snorkeling Tour

Caribe Watersport Water Taxi 

There are two companies that offer the 25-minute ride to Klein Bonaire: Caribe Watersport and Epic Tours.

Both are rated well and offer the famous Klein Bonaire drift snorkel drop-off at no extra cost.

Please note the drift snorkel is ONLY offered at certain times.

We booked Caribe Watersport (when they were operating from Eden Beach) and had a great experience.

Check out my blog post below that compares the two companies to help you decide.

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02- KLEIN BONAIRE SNORKELING TOUR

Another option to get to Klein Bonaire is a snorkeling tour.

The advantage of a tour is the guide will help you pick out all the fun sea creatures. Plus, some of the tours offer delicious food and drinks.

If you favor a guided tour, here are 3 top-rated companies, supported by the glowing reviews they’ve received.

→   01- Epic Tours: 1 guided snorkel + BBQ dinner/drinks + beautiful sunset views

→   02- Seacow: 2 guided snorkels + homemade snack/rum punch + photos (extra $)

→   03- Woodwind: 2 guided snorkels + lunch/beer/rum punch + photos (extra $)

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WHERE TO SNORKEL

Buoy A at No Name Beach

Buoy A at No Name Beach

→   Klein Bonaire Water Taxi

If you do the free drop-off drift snorkel, the water taxi will drop you off right at the reef. You will drift down the reef with the current with very little effort involved.

Your exit point is at Buoy A at No Name Beach.

If you do not select the time that offers the drift snorkel, the water taxi will drop you off at No Name Beach. Then you need to walk a small distance to the designated yellow marker on the beach (the water taxi will show you the marker location). The marker shows you where to swim out to the reef. Drift snorkel back to No Name Beach.

It’s much easier to do the water taxi’s drift snorkel drop-off, and you see a little more of the reef.

→   Klein Bonaire Snorkeling Tour

The snorkeling tour will take you to specific sections of the reef for a guided tour.

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ENTRY

Easy! The water taxi and snorkeling tour drops you in the water right where you need to be!

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MARINE LIFE WE SAW

Snorkeling at Klein Bonaire is nice and shallow with some pretty steep drop-offs. Stay on that outer edge of the reef until you get close to No Name Beach.

Expect to see tube sponge coral, brain, lettuce, elkhorn, and sea rod coral.

We saw a turtle around the steep drop-off, one eel, banded coral shrimp, black durgon, blue tang, sergeant majors, trumpetfish, parrotfish, French angelfish, one peacock flounder, scrawled filefish, and foureye butterflyfish.

School of blue tang at Klein Bonaire

School of blue tang at Klein Bonaire

Turtle at reef steep drop-off at Klein Bonaire

Turtle at reef steep drop-off at Klein Bonaire

Peacock flounder at Klein Bonaire

Do you see it? Peacock flounder at Klein Bonaire … crazy how they blend into their surroundings!   

Banded coral shrimp at Klein Bonaire

Banded coral shrimp at Klein Bonaire

Stoplight parrotfish at Klein Bonaire

Stoplight parrotfish at Klein Bonaire

Scrawled filefish at Klein Bonaire

Scrawled filefish at Klein Bonaire

Black durgon at Klein Bonaire

Black durgon at Klein Bonaire

French angelfish pair at Klein Bonaire

French angelfish pair at Klein Bonaire

Eel body in lettuce coral at Klein Bonaire

Eel body wrapped up in the lettuce coral at Klein Bonaire

Variety of coral at Klein Bonaire

Variety of coral at Klein Bonaire

Final Thoughts

We drove all around Bonaire discovering the best snorkeling sites from Wayaka 2 up in the north to Red Beryl in the south and Lac Bay to the east. Klein Bonaire rates as one of our favorite snorkeling sites. I love the variety of coral and fauna seen both in the shallow sections and around the steep drop-off. Plus, you are pulled along the current, so little effort is involved!

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