Moorings: Rules & Regulations

Discover Bonaire’s maritime marvels from the sea, embracing these rules for a safe and happy voyage:

  • Public Moorings (for public) yellow or blue:
    • Two-Hour Grace: Everyone is allowed to use a public mooring for a maximum time of 2 consecutive hours at a time
    • Boat must be moored using the front of the boat
    • First Come, First Serve: Arrive early for first dibs.
    • Size of boat: One boat allowed over 4m, three boats allowed under 4m.
    • Smooth Sailing: Keep pathways clear; avoid obstructing boat traffic.
    • 13m Max: Mooring supports boats up to 13 meters in length.
  • Private Moorings ( for residents) owner determines type of mooring:
    • Managed by STINAPA, only residents allowed
    • To apply for use: Email at, where you will receive an application form which can be submitted with a copy of a valid sedula and boat registration from the Harbor Office.
    • After submission of a valid application, you will be added to the waitlist. Current wait time is at about 3 years.
    • Maximum boat length of 18m.
  • Overnight Moorings (for visitors) bi-colored mooring:
    • Managed by STINAPA, used by visitors only
    • Before use, register at the Custom Office and Harbor Village Marina.
    • Use is only allowed for the time frame allocated to your visa
    • No commercial activities allowed while using overnight moorings.
    • May not be tied to directly, plus use a tie-on line.
    • No speeding when using a dingy.
    • Maximum boat length of 18m

Seaside Navigators: Always navigate on the seaside of the mooring buoys in the dark blue waters.

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The Stinapa Bonaire nature fee is mandatory for all users of the Bonaire National Marine Park and the Washington Slagbaai National Park.

Valid per calendar year JAN-DEC

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