Playa Funchi Bonaire Snorkeling Guide [Rated + Reviewed] 

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

A visit to Washington Slagbaai National Park is one of the top things to do in BonaireAnd one of the best things to do in the park is snorkeling! There are three sites worth jumping in the water: Wayaka 2 (most popular), Boca Slagbaai (most underrated), and of course Playa Funchi Bonaire. Follow my snorkeling guide to find out how to get there, where to snorkel, and what sea life you might see.

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Bonaire Snorkeling Rating Sytem

My husband and I love planning “snorkations.” After snorkeling all over the world, I’ve decided to create a snorkeling rating system on 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!

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

Playa Funchi Bonaire Snorkeling

Playa Funchi Beach in Bonaire

Playa Funchi Beach in Bonaire

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RATING: 🤿 🤿

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HOW TO GET THERE

The parking at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

The parking at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

Playa Funchi is located in the Washington Slagbaai National Park. Anticipate a full day trip for this adventure!

We chose the charming Bamboo Bonaire Boutique Resort as our base, which is located just north of Kralendijik. It took us about 30 minutes to get to the park’s entrance.

There are two routes to choose from to get through the park: the short and long route. Check out the 9 things you need to know in my Washington Slagbaai National Park Guide which includes the differences between the routes.

Playa Funchi can be accessed by either route. It takes about 45-ish minutes to drive from the park entrance to Playa Funchi on the short route. The bumpy dirt roads are fun to drive, but it’s a slow drive because of the baby moguls you have to navigate.

There are two parking areas. We parked in the large lot on top of the cliff above the beach and then walked down to the water.

You could also drive down the steep slope and park in between the beach and Saliña Funchi (where you may see some flamingos).

Flamingos at Salina Funchi in Bonaire

Flamingos from a distance at Saliña Funchi in Bonaire

There are two palapa picnic tables on either side of the beach for enjoying a snack and getting your snorkel gear ready to go.

Watch out for those iguanas!

They have no personal space and will jump right up on those tables to join you.

Iguana saying hello at Playa Funchi Washington Slagbaai National Park

Iguana saying hello at Playa Funchi in Washington Slagbaai National Park

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WHERE TO SNORKEL

A map of where to snorkel at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

A map of where to snorkel at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

We made a circle.

Start snorkeling along the rocky coast on the left.

Then snorkel along the patches of reef in the middle before snorkeling along the rocky coast on the right.

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ENTRY

Snorkeling entrance to Playa Funchi in Bonaire

Snorkeling entrance to Playa Funchi in Bonaire … very rocky!

The entry is rocky, so I strongly advise wearing dive booties with your snorkeling fins.

Only snorkel when the water is calm.

Once, we encountered powerful waves and currents at Playa Funchi, prompting us to skip snorkeling that day. It’s crucial to always read the ocean.

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MARINE LIFE WE SAW

There were several patches of healthy brain and lettuce coral, but you can certainly see where Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) has taken its toll.

We saw the body of an eel wrapped up in the coral.

Other spottings included several schools of blue tang, which are always fun to snorkel beside.

Surprisingly, we also saw several black durgons, which we don’t see often in Bonaire as snorkelers. They are pretty skittish and usually swim away quickly.

There were also several parrotfish, French angelfish, French grunt, and trumpetfish. 

Parrotfish at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

Parrotfish at Playa Funchi

Body of an eel wrapped up in the coral at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

Body of an eel wrapped up in the coral at Playa Funchi

A French angelfish and parrotfish at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

French angelfish and parrotfish at Playa Funchi 

Blue tang and French grunt at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

Blue tang and French grunt

Black durgon at Playa Funchi in Bonaire

Black durgon at Playa Funchi

Final Thoughts

Although I wouldn’t call Playa Funchi a top spot to snorkel, it was still a fun stop and worth snorkeling if you have time.

If you are short on time though, go right to Wayaka 2 and Boca Slagbaai located a few minutes next door.

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