Experience a unique deep-sea fishing adventure with Mako Tours.
Fish like a Local – Deep Sea Fishing
Bonaire offers some glorious, deep drop-offs just a few feet away from the shore, where most pelagic species can be found. The Captain goes out of his way to make sure you have an adventure of a lifetime. This is a private fishing charter, and if you don’t catch any fish, Mako Tours will plan another trip for you—free of charge.
Jordan, the Captain of the Mako Tours boat “Valhalla”, is a native fisherman with an unbeatable knowledge of the surrounding waters and marine life that thrives here. He is a fully-licensed Captain and will do his best to ensure you have a fishing adventure of a lifetime! The fully equipped boat has all the necessary gear and tools for the ultimate experience. The deep sea fishing charter targets wahoo, marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, skipjacks, mahi-mahi and occasionally barracudas. Jordan also does deep drops for swordfish, queen snapper, red snapper, amberjack and groupers.
Choose from four options:
5-hour AM Trip: During this trip you will head North, through the National Park towards the Northern tip of the island called Malmok, where the most productive fishing begins. Mako Tours Bonaire uses quality gear (Shimano, Penn International), along with hand-made, unique local tools such as hand lines and down-riggers traditional to this region. Fishing begins as soon as you reach the old refinery. With four lines in the water you troll along the way, targeting various pelagic species: wahoo, marlin, mahi-mahi, sailfish and various types of tuna. Occasionally you may hook a nice barracuda or a rainbow-runner. The captain will switch between different fishing methods in order to maximize the catch.
5-hour PM Trip: On this trip you may explore the South side of the island, and combine high-speed trolling with focus on bottom fishing, due to the time of the day. On such trips, you might just bring home: red snappers, queen snappers, amberjacks and other creatures from the depth. Mako Tours Bonaire also explores fishing spots where they jig for tuna, or drop a live bait in order to catch: yellow fin tuna, marlin, or sailfish. Either way, dinner is on the table!
6-hour AM Trip: This is an option for those who would like to extend their time on the water, and thus maximize the catch. This trip allows more time for bottom fishing and 700ft-900ft deep drops in various areas, besides trolling and high-speed trolling. With the deep drops, you usually catch: red snapper, queen snapper, snowy groupers, almaco jacks, amberjacks to name a few.
8-hour AM Trip: More time on the water, means more chances to catch your trophy fish! Time allows for a variety of options: you may explore the very deep waters of the North coast, push into the North-East side of the island or catch live bait and use it to troll or jig for yellow fin-tuna, marlin or sailfish. Depending on weather conditions and bite, your Captain will either focus on deep drops targeting queen snappers, groupers, amberjacks or continue trolling for a maximum catch. Mako Tours Bonaire goal is to fill-up that fish cooler and give you an adventure of a lifetime! Upon request, they can also drive further and perform deep drops for swordfish.
Mako Tours’ clean and well-maintained boat provides high-quality fishing gear and tackle, coolers with ice, traditional local tools, brand-new engines, space to cool off in the shade and a comfortable lounge area with cushions.
The catch is divided evenly among guests, Captain, and the boat. Choose the type of fish you prefer, and the Captain will clean, fillet and bag it for you free of charge.
What’s included in the fishing trips?
Your fishing trip includes the Captain, frozen bait & tackle, coolers with ice, water & soft drinks, and fish cleaning. On 8-hour tours, Mako Tours also provides sandwiches & beer.
Boat Rental with Captain – Snorkel & Sightseeing
The snorkeling and sightseeing tour is minimum 4 hours. This is the minimum time to enjoy some quality snorkeling with no rush and full relaxation. Mako Tours aim to show you at least two beautiful snorkeling locations, such as 1000 steps, Andrea or Little Bonaire.
All our tours are private, and ice, soft drinks and bottled water is provided on this trip. Of course, they can always bring some fishing gear as well in case you would like to throw a line in the water while we cruise. If you wish to have add-ons such as alcoholic beverages and/or sandwiches —please contact Mako Tours Bonaire directly.
You are also always welcome to bring your own beverages and snacks: the crew will place them on ice for you! The crew creates a relaxing ambiance on board: snorkeling & fishing gear, comfortable cushions, plenty of shade under our sunroof and best of all – great service.
About Mako Tours.
Captain Jordan is an avid fisherman, born and raised on Bonaire. He is a fully-licensed Captain, and Emergency First Responder certified. He aims to tailor every trip to your specific needs, so let him know what you’re after! Depending on the trip and species, you’ll use techniques like heavy tackle, bottom fishing, trolling, big game fishing, handlining, and jigging.