Everyone who uses Bonaire's pristine reefs pays something. The protection it buys is priceless.
The sea around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire is protected and managed by STINAPA through the Bonaire National Marine Park. The Marine Park is from the high water mark to the depth of 60 meters (200ft).
STINAPA Bonaire, a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that also the and Washington-Slagbaai National Park, charges divers an annual fee of US$25. A one-day dive pass is US$10.
Divers receive a BNMP Tag to wear on their equipment to show they care about protecting our coral reefs.
All others who use the waters of the BNMP including snorkelers, windsurfers, kayakers, sport fishermen and kite boarders, pay a Nature Fee of US$10 per year.
Everyone who pays the Nature Fee also receives free admission to Washington-Slagbaai National Park for the year their tag is valid. Otherwise, there is a US$15 entrance fee (per visit) with chidlren under 12 free.
Funds collected from the Nature Fee are used for research, monitoring, education, law enforcement, information distribution and maintenance of the areas STINAPA Bonaire oversees. Previously exempt, locals now pay a US$3 admission fee to Washington-Slagbaai or can purchase an annual pass for US$15.
The park Nature Fee Tags are available at dive operations, hotels, resorts, windsurfing operations, sport fishing charter boats, sail/snorkel/water taxi operations and marinas on Bonaire .
In order for STINAPA Bonaire to continue to maintain and expand its services and conserve the precious natural resources it oversees which also include Klein Bonaire, Lac Bay and the cave system at Barcadera.
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