Red Beryl Bonaire Snorkeling Guide [Rated + Reviewed]

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

Yes, Bonaire is a world-class diving destination, but it also offers many incredible snorkeling sites. My husband and I are serious snorkelers and plan many “snorkations.” Bonaire offers some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. A favorite site on the southern section of the island in addition to Angel City is Red Beryl Bonaire. Let’s walk through how to get there, where to snorkel, and what sea life you might see.

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Bonaire Snorkeling Rating Sytem

All of my snorkeling guides include my personal ratings of each site. This system helps to differentiate all the snorkeling destinations 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!

Red Beryl Bonaire Snorkeling

Red Beryl Beach in Bonaire

Red Beryl Beach in Bonaire

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RATING: 🤿 🤿 🤿 🤿

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HOW TO GET THERE

Entrance to Red Beryl in Bonaire

Entrance to Red Beryl in Bonaire

Red Beryl is located on the southern end of Bonaire, about 20 minutes from downtown Kralendijk past Salt Pier (which is another fantastic snorkeling site!).

Park on the right side of the road. There is room for several cars. You know you are in the right place because there is a yellow painted stone marking the spot.

Then follow the sand footpath leading right to the shore.

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WHERE TO SNORKEL

A map of where to snorkel at Red Beryl Bonaire

A map pf where to snorkel at Red Beryl Bonaire

After you enter the water, snorkel to the right (north).

There are plenty of patches of coral with numerous types of fish.

Be aware if you snorkel to the left (south), there is a kiteboarding school off of Atlantis Beach. Watch out for those kiteboarders because some do end up towards Red Beryl.

Strongly consider snorkeling BEFORE 10 am, which is the start time of the kiteboarding school.

Or consider wearing a surface marker buoy (SMB).

Go on a low wind day, which makes snorkeling more enjoyable and means there will be fewer kiteboarders. 

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ENTRY

Entry is not too difficult on a LOW wind day.

There are loose rocks to navigate. I always wear dive booties with my snorkeling fins.

I strongly advise bringing your own snorkeling gear. It makes a world of difference in your underwater experience when you have snorkeling equipment that fits your unique body.

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MARINE LIFE WE SAW

We saw quite a variety of fish at Red Beryl including the following: French angelfish, sergeant majors, parrotfish, peacock flounder, banded butterflyfish, four-eye butterflyfish, scorpionfish, porcupinefish, Bermuda chubs, spotted trunkfish, and French grunt.

We also saw two types of eels: spotted and chainlink.

There was quite a variety of corals (lettuce, brain, staghorn, and elkhorn). 

Two turtles battling it out on the reef shelf at 1000 Steps in Bonaire

Porcupinefish that was not shy! He literally smiled for the camera. I have never had one come up to me that close.

Parrotfish and turtle at 1000 Steps

Porcupinefish at Red Beryl

Spotted moray eel at 1000 Steps Bonaire

Porcupinefish at Red Beryl hiding under a rock shelf. This is how I normally discover porcupinefish (always hiding). The photo I shared earlier capturing the friendly porcupinefish that came right up to my camera is the RARE exception.

Spotted moray eel poking its head out of the coral at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Spotted moray eel poking its head out of the coral at Red Beryl

Chainlink moray eel hiding in the lettuce coral at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Chainlink moray eel hiding in the lettuce coral at Red Beryl

Chainlink eel at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Close-up of a chainlink eel (its pattern reminds me of a giraffe) 

Peacock flounder at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Peacock flounder at Red Beryl

Banded butterflyfish at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Banded butterflyfish at Red Beryl 

Spotted trunkfish at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Spotted trunkfish at Red Beryl. Love those pursed lips!

French angelfish posing at Red Beryl in Bonaire

French angelfish posing at Red Beryl

Parrotfish at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Parrotfish at Red Beryl 

Scorpionfish blending into the coral at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Scorpionfish blending into the coral at Red Beryl 

Beautiful elkhorn coral at Red Beryl in Bonaire

Elkhorn coral at Red Beryl

French grunt among staghorn coral at Red Beryl in Bonaire

French grunt among staghorn coral 

Final Thoughts

Snorkeling is one of my favorite activities to do in Bonaire! With an impressive selection of 60+ dive spots available, you could easily spend months snorkeling all over the island. During our visit, we snorkeled 17 of the best sites. In addition to Red Beryl, some of our other favorites include 1000 Steps, Karpata, Klein Bonaire, and Bari Reef. Do not miss Bonaire’s beautiful underwater world!

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