Bonaire is world-famous for its pristine fringing coral reef system and offers some of the best
shore diving and snorkeling anywhere in the world. This natural wonder has been nationally
protected since 1979, when the Bonaire National Marine Park was established.
Since that time, the entity tasked with managing and preserving the marine park is STINAPA
(Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire). Funding for STINAPA’s efforts comes primarily from
revenue from the sale of marine park tags (a/k/a nature fees). Every user of Bonaire’s waters is
required to pay a use fee before dipping a toe in the crystalline waters surrounding the island.
The traditional “proof” of payment has always been a colorful disc (scuba diving) or square
(non-scuba diving) plastic tag. You were required to display your tag whenever you were in the
water. For repeat visitors to the island, collecting and saving these colorful tags is a time-
honored tradition. It’s not unusual to see long-time, repeat dive guests sporting a large
collection of dive tags dangling from their BCDs — Bonaire diving bling with bragging rights, if you will.
But after nearly 40 years of this tradition, STINAPA has changed the process for paying your
required Bonaire nature fee. The old way of paying cash (always cash!) at one of the dive shops and
receiving a plastic tag has been eliminated. Starting in 2019, Bonaire has entered the digital
Bonaire Goes High Tech
1. Island visitors can visit the STINAPA website and pay their nature fee online. All marine park
tags are good for one calendar year. Options for electronic purchase includes:
Marine Park (scuba) with access to Washington Park: $45
Marine Park Only (non-scuba diver): $25
Washington Park Only (no sea access): $20
2. Upon completing your online purchase, you’ll receive a confirmation email from
firstname.lastname@example.org. This is your proof of purchase but is NOT your electronic dive tag. That
electronic tag will arrive in a second, separate email from email@example.com.
3. Be sure to check your junk folder if you don’t receive either or both of these emails, as some
purchasers have reported that their spam filters are catching these messages. If you don’t see
one or both of these emails within a few hours of purchase, please direct your inquiry to
firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance.
While you’re on the island, you’ll need to provide proof of purchase of your marine park fee —
both at the dive shop and if requested by STINAPA while you’re out diving or snorkeling.
You can show the email on your phone or print out a copy and show that instead. Since most people
don’t want to carry their phones while they’re out diving, printing out a copy is a good idea.
Pro Tip: Some creative divers and snorkelers are printing out their bar codes and laminating
them before they arrive on the island, so they can keep their “proof of purchase” in their BCD
And don’t worry if paying online isn’t your thing or you forget in all the pre-vacation
excitement. Most island dive shops will still be able to process your nature fee payment (cash or
credit card!) and issue a receipt on the spot.
Visiting Washington Slagbaai Park
A popular activity for many visitors to the island is spending a day exploring the rugged natural
area of Washington Slagbaai National Park. This expansive area covers the top third of the
island, and features dramatic scenery, rocky coastlines, white sand beaches, and a great
collection of Bonaire’s wild animals.
If you already paid the nature fee for scuba divers ($45), park entrance is included for the same
calendar year. If you paid the non-scuba nature fee ($25), park entrance is an additional $20 for
the same calendar year or $15 for a single-day entrance. If you didn’t buy a nature fee for water
use at all (although we honestly aren’t sure who can resist jumping into the turquoise water!), a
day use pass to the park is $40 and full calendar year access is $45.
You’ll need to show proof of nature fee purchase along with a photo I.D. if you have prepaid your
access to the Park. Entrance fee can also be paid at the Park office.
For more information on Bonaire’s nature fees, visit STINAPA.