Level: Free shore access This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
Te Amo is a nice sandy public beach located near Bonaire’s airport, south of Kralendijk. The shallow reef located right in front of the beach, poor in corals but rich in fish, offers a decent snorkeling. With its calm water and easy access, Te Amo is suitable for kids and beginners.
Te Amo Beach is directly across from Bonaire airport. From Kralendijk, head south, following airport direction. Te Amo Beach is in front of airport’s parking lot. Turn right on the unpaved parking, where Kite City food truck is.
There is a large sandy break in the shallow reef fronting the beach. Enter the water at this point, and swim to the outside of the reef.
The area to snorkel covers the shallow reef area and the drop-off facing the beach. Most of corals of the shallow reef show strong damages, but some patches are still fine. The dominant coral species at Te Amo is boulder star coral, but you will also spot lettuce and brain coral. Some gorgonians and sea fans can be observed at the top of the drop off, which is healthier than the shallow reef.
You can potentially spot many fish at Te Amo, including sergeant majors, damselfish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, several species of wrasse, and trunkfish.
Strictly avoid the area at the far right of the beach, behind the breakwater, as it is a boat harbor entrance. Jellyfish are sometimes reported at Te Amo.
On the beach, make sure not to step on turtle nests (there are usually signs pointing them out).
Food truck Kite City is set on the beach. There is a wide range of accommodation and restaurants in the airport area and in Kralendijk city center, a 5-minutes’ drive from the beach.
These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.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.
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