Lac Bay Snorkeling
The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in Bonaire.
Wednesday 6 June 2018 06:42 GMT
East of Kralendijk, the snorkeling at Lac Bay offers wonderful shallows filled with corals to explore and it is considered one of the best snorkeling sites on Bonaire. The only negative at Lac Bay is that it is quite popular with windsurfers, so you will need to exercise care while heading out to the main snorkeling dive site. To reach the main snorkeling dive site, you'll need to enter the water at Sorobon Beach and wade through knee deep water out to the barrier reef, which takes about 20 minutes. The central reef structure is roughly 200 feet long with numerous channels to explore that lead out to the surf line. There is plenty of healthy coral growths with brain coral, staghorn coral, elkhorn coral and fire coral.
While snorkelen in Lac Bay you may encounter wrasse, trunkfish, blue tangs, parrotfish, goatfish, damselfish, butterflyfish and angelfish. The marine life thrives in the various corals which are all in about five feet of water.
Before heading over to Lac Bay, you'll want to check the surf report. The Lac Bay snorkeling is best in the morning on low wind, low surf days. Since it is exposed to the easterly trade winds, high winds will push waves over the protective outer reef resulting in strong currents.
After snorkeling, make sure to check out the Hang Out Beachbar at Jibe City for an apres snorkel drink.
To reach the snorkeling off Sorobon Beach at Lac Bay from Kralendijk, head east on Kaya Industria. Continue through the traffic circle intersecting Kaya International. Continue on Kaya Industria past the grocery stores to the next traffic circle. Turn right on Kaya Nikiboko Zuid and continue through two intersections. Follow Kaminda Sorobon to the end at the intersection with Kaya IR Randolf Statius Van Eps. Turn left on Kaya IR Randolf Statius Van Eps and follow until the next lefthand intersection which leads to Sorobon. Turn left towards Sorobon and drive past Sorobon Beach Resort. Park in front of the wind surfing shop, Jibe City. Start walking to the beach side of Jibe City. The best snorkeling in Lac Bay behind the barrier reef is directly east of Jibe City and you may see some reef showing out of the water. You'll want to walk through the shallow water in a horseshoe-shaped route to avoid windsurfers. There are plenty of sharp corals and shells in the water, so make sure to wear watershoes and a belt to tie them to while snorkeling. It is possible to rent a sea kayak and head out to the barrier reef. However, there are usually high winds making this quite challenging. Out at the reef, there are sometimes informal buoys anchored that you can tie the kayak up to (as of February 2014, there were three 2-liter bottle buoys sticking out of the water as the buoys).
All of the offshore water of Bonaire has been long protected as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. For several decades, the waters off Bonaire have been guarded to produce a pristine underwater environment offering a unique experience for snorkeling. With water visibility up to 100 feet, Bonaire snorkelers are treated to numerous varieties of coral and abundant marine life. The marine park has dozens of snorkeling dive sites marked by small yellow boulders along the road side and yellow or orange buoys offshore. The marine park requires all snorkelers in Bonaire waters to have an annual snorkeling license visible on their mask with the fees collected to continue protecting the waters (the fee can be paid at any dive shop). Should you happen to spot an lionfish, the Bonaire National Marine Park requests that you report any sightings of the invasive fish by calling them at (599) 717-8444. When planning a snorkeling trip to the Bonaire, be aware that the Bonaire Island Council has banned all sunscreens that containe oxybenzone and/or octinoxate, which has been proven to kill coral reefs.
Overall, Lac Bay is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 20 snorkeling dives in Bonaire.