Practical information for students Bonaire
Notice that things may change and prices may increase
2017: by Marjolijn Christianen with contribution of STCB, Monique, STINAPA

Requirements for a student project within our program:

  • Enthusiastic for the ecological research subjects offered
  • Great sense of responsibility and self-reliance
  • Scuba + drivers licence, 30 dives minimum
  • Accomodation & Travel cost should be covered by student
  • Minimum 3 months fieldwork
  • Registered as a student at WUR (fulltime or only for this project), see instructions to register as a bijvakstudent at WUR/ also here (WUR)

Student funding opportunities:

  • See this list of possible funding opportunities (updated 2016, by me): additions / updates? Send me an email
  • And if you do get funded: acknowledge them, also in your publications!

Accomodation tips:


  • Set your debet card (pinpas) to “world”  so that you can use it  outside europe
  • Currency Bonaire: US dollar,
  • Multiple ATMs on Bonaire, ATM “van den Tweel supermarket” is not charging extra.
  • But be prepared for the 1st day (in case you arrive late / ATMS are out of order with 100-150 dollars), you can easily take this from the ATM at Schiphol ABN-AMRO

Things to arrange

  • Funding! See above
  • Diving insurance
  • Check if your pasport is valid until after you return to NL
  • Check your medical insurance & travel insurance
  • @ Bonaire: Get a STINAPA dive tag (e.g. in dive shop) and pay nature fee:

Bonaire is a fairly small island of 294 km2 without public transportation. Arranging transportation is, therefore, essential. A bicycle can be a cheap option but with the warm weather, bad roads, and diving equipement you have to carry you have to buy/rent a car. Cars have a wide variety of prices. Once you are on the island there are plenty of opportunities to buy one second hand, or you could contact a student that is there before you and ask if you can buy from them.

Things to bring / or buy

  • Bonaire has lots of shops, including well equiped supermarkets, hardware stores, toiletries -> HOWEVER things are fairly expensive on Bonaire (everythings has to be imported) so you could save some money
  • Laptop
  • Bring you diving certificate! & logbook
  • Waterproof cover for you phone
  • Mask, fins, snorkel, seperate watershoes, wetsuitBCD, regulator (try to buy 2nd hand e.g. from student in Bonaire or -> ask for recently serviced materials)
  • Weight belt & dive tank: rent in Bonaire
  • Sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (waterproof factor > 40), rash guard (surf/UV shirt) with long sleeves,
  • Small personal first aid kit with mosquito repellent (Dengue Fever is a concern, but there isn’t any malaria)
  • world adapter: plug types A, B, F: power is 110V 50hz:
  • @ Bonaire: Local Digicel sim card + data for phone (emergencies) Kaya Grandi 26.
  • Water shoes or Crocs with a good footpad

By Marjolijn Christianen with contribution of Monique, STINAPA and STCB

the information below are just suggestions to help students in arranging logistics behind their student projects on Bonaire.

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