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Explore the caves on Bonaire
From its inland wilderness and coastal mangroves to its pristine coral reefs, Bonaire offers many interesting things for adventurous travelers to do and see. One of the island’s most interesting features, however, remains largely hidden from view. Yes, Bonaire has caves – and yes, they can be explored. There are an estimated 400 caves on Bonaire, some of which are open for guided tours. When you step into this delicate underground ecosystem, you’ll be greeted by impressive stalactites and stalagmites, cave paintings and glass-like pools of clear water – a true wonderland for caving enthusiasts! If you want to visit the caves, Flow Bonaire can provide the perfect opportunity.
A closer look at the caves of Bonaire
The island of Bonaire began its life as a seamount – an underwater mountain formation hidden beneath the ocean’s surface. This changed around 60 to 70 million years ago, when the mountain began to rise above sea level. As such, a large portion of the island’s surface layer consists of fossilized reefs and calcareous reef deposits. In time, these limestone formations were dissolved by rainwater, creating the caves Bonaire has today.
Since their formation, the caves on Bonaire have played an important role in the island’s overall ecosystem. Many of the caves on Bonaire contain fresh water, which is used by animals and humans alike as a source of groundwater. The caves also provide sanctuary to bats and other creatures. In the past, they may even have supported a ritualistic purpose for the island’s indigenous population – many cave drawings and petroglyphs have been discovered in the caves on Bonaire.
Take a trip through ancient coral caves with Flow Bonaire
Are you interested in exploring the caves on Bonaire during your vacation on the island? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In order to preserve their natural beauty, the caves on Bonaire have been placed under the protection of STINAPA regulations. This means the cave systems that are open to the public can only be visited with a STINAPA-certified guide.
Fortunately, Flow Bonaire has this certification. We provide guided tours through the caves on Bonaire that will give you a personal feeling for the unique flow of the island. Due to the relatively warm temperatures in the caves, we advise you to wear light clothing for your visit. For safety reasons, proper footwear is also advised – hiking boots, outdoor shoes and sturdy sandals (e.g. Teva or Keen) are best. Flip-flops do not provide sufficient grip on slippery cave surfaces.
Are you interested in finding out more about Bonaire’s caves, or would you like to sign up for a tour? Feel free to contact Flow Bonaire for any questions you might have.