Mangrove Glass Bottom Kayak & Snorkel Tour
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Mangrove Glass Bottom Kayak & Snorkel Tour Bonaire Reviews
Unique kayak and snorkel tour in pristine mangrove area May 02, 2012
The tour can be booked via hotels or directly by phone. See phone number and website in the head of this review.
On certain days (i.e. sundays, but please check with the company) these kayaking and snorkling trips in a unique, stunningly beautiful mangrove area, are offered for small numbers of participants. You have to go to the location yourself, and it is somewhat remote, but not difficult to find (even though I missed the exit :P )
Starting at 9 a.m. first some instruction and information is provided by the operator and guide, Paul. The information is given in Dutch and/or flawlessly in English as well.
The kayaks are new and have a transparent clear plexiglass bottom which allows you to see the bottom.
Paul and his Irish assistant will then lead you through a maze of little lakes and hidden passages between the mangrove trees. On several places the kayaks hold, and Paul will give information about what to see and the history.
Interesting subjects include the status of the mangrove on the so-called RAMSAR list of wetlands, the red mangroves, the birds and fishes, the way that coral plants grow on the roots and protect themselves against the fishes by calcification, the spunges, the unique upside down jellyfish and the fishes hiding and living in the mangroves.
The waters are remarkably clear for a mangrove area, even though the visibility and the light are tempered because the filtering of light through the green canopy.
At some point of the kayaking tour, there is a passage through the mangrove trees where it is allowed to snorkle. Using of fins and sun screen is not allowed though, to protect the sensitive environment. Through a passage of approx. 150 meters, you can swim and snorkel to another piece of more open water. Underwater life is unique, with spunges, clams, oysters, fish, barracuda's and sea grass. While green is the dominant color, the spunges are really colorfull and even fluorescent at the places where the sunlight peeks through the trees.
This tour costs US$ 30 per person incl. use of kayaks, water tight bags, bottled water and use of snorkling gear (you can also bring your own of course, but no fins). If you don't have the Stinapa badge yet, you will have to buy it from them for US$ per person, because the enforcement of this mandatory contribution to keeping the environment is really tight!
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