No Name Beach is located on the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire (Dutch for “Little Bonaire”), a 15-minutes boat ride from Bonaire. The reef running parallel to the shore east to No Name Beach is one of Bonaire’s busiest snorkeling spots. A good variety and quantity of reef fish can be spotted in the area but the shallow part of the reef, strongly damaged, can be disappointing.

How to get there?

If you want to reach the spot on your own, the water taxi is the best option ($15pp. round trip). 3 to 4 trips (more on most cruise ship days) are run every day from two departure points: the main pier on Kralendijk seafront (in front Karel’s Beach Bar) and Eden Beach Resort, 1km north of city center. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to reach Klein Bonaire. You will be dropped off at No Name Beach. You can stay on the island as long as you want, until the last taxi back.

Snorkeling tours to the island are also available, bringing you to less crowded snorkeling areas of Klein Bonaire. It can be a good option, because the reef east to No Name Beach (and described on this page) is clearly not the best snorkeling Klein Bonaire has to offer.

No Name Beach, Klein Bonaire

Water entrance

Due to the soft east-west current present on this part of Klein Bonaire, we recommend you to walk on the shore to the east, enter the water, and then let you slowly drift along the reef to get back to the beach.

Once dropped off on the island by the water taxi, walk east on the beach for 300 to 350 meters. You will then see a yellow wooden post planted in the sand. The water entrance (a split in the reef) is just in front of it.

If you did choose the snorkeling tour option, the boat will drop you off on the reef, generally further east than the designated shore entry point.

No Name Beach snorkeling map, Bonaire

Exploration

The reef is long and narrow (about 15 meters only), running parallel with the coast for several hundred meters. The reef is globally in poor condition, due to the high number of tourist visiting the site. You will see a lot of dead/broken corals and sea fan in the 0 to 2 meters-deep zones.

Enter the water on the designated point (see map above) and let you slowly drift back to the beach.

French angelfish at No Name Beach

Near the entry point, some very social French Angelfish sometimes greet the snorkelers visiting their “home” (↕1m). Move along in parallel with the beach (↕1-3m) and here and there, you will come across parrotfish (numerous in shallow areas), shoals of blue tang, butterflyfish, peacock flounder, and a large number of other reef fish species. The drop-off is an almost vertical wall, making it not really enjoyable for snorkelers. Turtles are sometimes observed on the reef. Come early (before the main tourist boats arrive) if you want to increase your chances of spotting one.

Coral at No Name Beach

Restaurants and accommodation

Klein Bonaire is a completely natural island, with no water supply nor restaurant. Take snacks and water with you before taking the water taxi, and bring back your trash on the main island.



 

  • Level required Intermediary
  • Protected areaBonaire National Marine Park
  • Maximum depth12ft/4m on the reef flat, 20ft/6m on the reef drop-off
  • Water entranceEasy, from a sandy split in the reef
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costs15$ (water taxi trip) or snorkeling tour price
  • Restaurants nearbyNo
  • Public toilets & showersNo

MAP Spot

These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.