Bonaire raised admission fee for the National Marine Park
Kralendijk, December 18 – The Executive Council of the Public Entity of Bonaire has decided, at the request of STINAPA,
to amend the rates for the individual nature fee, better known as the Marine Park Tags, to access the Bonaire National Marine Park.
Over the last 13 years, the maintenance costs of the park have risen considerably but the entrance fees have never been adjusted.
The main reasons for the increasing costs are the upsurge number of tourists and residents.
The adjusted individual nature fee will formally take effect as of March 1st, 2019:
Nature fee for non-divers: $25,- per calendar year.
Nature fee for divers: $45,- per calendar year.
Before; the nature fees had to be paid in cash. With the fee increase, cash is no longer accepted and all fees should be paid with credit card or Maestro debit card.
STINAPA is a non-governmental, non-profit foundation, commissioned by the island government to manage
the two protected areas of Bonaire: the Bonaire National Marine Park and the Washington Slagbaai National Park.
With the adjusted nature fee, it enables STINAPA to considerably extend and improve its key services:
- Focus on areas that have been suffering from increased user pressure like Klein Bonaire, Lac, and Sorobon.
- Patrols and surveillance in evenings and weekends.
- Research to support and inform park management.
- Education at schools.
- Outdoor nature awareness activities.
- Recreational facilities to support sustainable enjoyment of the marine and terrestrial parks.
Buddy Dive is, together with Caribbean Club Bonaire and Belmar Oceanfront Apartments, a major player in the tourism
and diving sector on Bonaire, and has always supported and contributed to the local projects and organizations to maintain
the beauty of Bonaire above- and below water. Therefore we support the decision to adjust the individual nature fee,
and we like to thank our guests for their continued support and understanding. Together, we will enjoy but also protect
our beautiful marine park for future generations.