Bonaire has the perfect conditions for windsurfing.
Windsurfers could not ask for a better spot than Lac Bay on the east coast of Bonaire. What has made the area so popular is the 90% chance of favorable winds and the 100% assurance of a sheltered, shallow bay to challenge the experts to sail and entice the novice into learning this fast-paced sport. While not all windsurfing activity takes place at Lac, that is where the surf shops are located and where most people tend to congregate.
Lac Bay is the Location for Windsurfing
Lac Bay, protected by the Bonaire Marine Park rules and regulations, has the most beautiful turquoise water and balmy breezes. It is approximately 8 square kilometers and free from boat traffic. There is plenty of room to let loose and enjoy the feel of the board slicing through the calm waters at Lac.
Beginners can start to learn the sport in knee-deep water, allowing for easy recovery from falls, while the bay’s protective barrier reef lets them gain confidence in the calmest of waters. More experienced sailors can venture out into the more challenging blue-green swells where there is still some protection from large waves. It is here that the wind kicks up a few clicks, and the thrills of the sport are realized. The even more experienced and adventurous can sail Lac Bay’s outer edges, where the mast’s high swells and strong winds guarantee sailing conditions that are world-class.
Lac Bay is one of the most beautiful spots on Bonaire and in the Caribbean. Since it has come under the protection of the Bonaire Marine Park, it has been designated as a recreation area for Bonaireans and visitors to enjoy. There will be no building of additional hotels, and Lac Bay Resort and Sorobon Beach Resort will remain the area’s only developments.
There windsurf shops are located right on the edge of the bay itself. They rent top-quality equipment and offer all levels of instruction. Some of the resorts also offer windsurfing to guests.
There are two distinct windsurfing seasons on Bonaire. The higher winds generally prevail from the middle of December through August. September until December 15th is light wind season. However, it is during this period that the island celebrates Regatta Week every October, during which there are sailboat and windsurfing races. Bonaire also hosts professional surf-sailing contests during the windy season.
The fringing reef surrounding Bonaire is a National Marine Park from the high water mark down to a depth of 200 feet/60m. Every diver who has not dived on Bonaire within the last calendar year must attend a diver orientation for the Bonaire Marine Park regulations and information. Additionally, you are required to pay a nature fee, which is necessary to enter Bonaire's waters legally. The nature fee cost is US$40.00 for all water activities, and proceeds help support park management and services. The nature fee can be purchased online.
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