Bonaire's small, tidy capital city (population 3,000) is five minutes from the airport. The main drag, J.A. Abraham Boulevard, turns into Kaya Grandi in the center of town. Along it are most of the island's major stores, boutiques, and restaurants. Across Kaya Grandi, opposite the Littman’s jewelry store, is Kaya L.D. Gerharts, with several small supermarkets, a handful of snack shops, and some of the better restaurants. Walk down the narrow waterfront avenue called Kaya C.E.B. Hellmund, which leads straight to the North and South piers. View more
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Discover the coastal beauty, history and landmarks of Bonaire during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Capital, North Coast and Goto Lake
Depart the pier for the short drive through the capital of Bonaire, then proceed along the breath-taking northern coast. Along the drive, we recommend to peer out the window to gatch glimpses of fossils embedded in the limestone, huge candelabra cacti, 'divi divi' trees, diverse bird and wildlife species, a former aloe production plant and breath-taking ocean vistas. A photo stop is then made at Goto Lake. One of the most beautiful locales on Bonaire, this natural saltwater lake is a feeding-ground for flamingos.
Rincon Village and Washington National Park
Next, re-board your coach, drive along tree-lined country lanes and pass by Dos Pos, a drinking well for animals, en route to Rincon Village. Upon arrival, hear legendary tales of this 14th-century village. Stop at the Washington National Park. At the entrance, see a full scale juvenile whale skeleton. Visit the natural history plantation museum and the open-air exhibit for a peak into Bonaire's heritage. Relax on the large covered terrace where you can buy cold drinks and snacks.
Coastal Drive, Salt Flats and Slave Huts
Afterward, re-board your coach for a picturesque coastal drive, and take in splendid panoramic vistas of crashing waves and the lush, green hillside. From here, head south for a photo stop at the salt ponds and flats. Learn how salt is produced today on Bonaire, and was mined by slaves in the 17th century. At the Slave Huts, visit the original huts used as shelters by the slaves. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier via the scenic coast.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 820 yards (about 750 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must weigh less than 250 pounds (about 113 kilograms) to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, animal and flamingo sightings are not guaranteed.
Embrace the beauty of the southern Caribbean during this exclusive, half-day sailing and snorkelling excursion.
Bonaire Bay and Marine Park
Depart the pier for the short transfer to the marina. Upon arrival, embark your 44-foot (about 13.4-metre) sailboat, meet the crew and receive your safety briefing before setting sail on the beautiful Bay of Bonaire. Along the way, take in splendid panoramic vistas of the rustic coastline en route to the world-renowned Bonaire Marine Park.
Swimming and Snorkeling
Upon arrival at the park's snorkelling site, you can swim or take a guided snorkelling session amidst the crystal-clear waters, coral, tropical fish and marine life of the southern Caribbean Sea. Following the swimming and snorkelling portion of the tour, relax with freshly-made snacks and refreshing beverages whilst taking in the idyllic beauty of your surrounds. At the conclusion of your tour, return to the marina and commence the short transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 300 yards (about 275 metres), at times over a floating pier, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat, and 12 steps at the marina. Guests must be in good physical condition, and know how to swim and snorkel, to participate on this tour. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, rubber-soled sneakers or boat shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Snorkelling gear is provided. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Minimum age to participate is 8, maximum age is 70 with a maximum weight for any participant of 250 pounds (113 kilograms). A waiver has to be signed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Enjoy the fun and relaxed atmosphere of the locally famous 'SEACOW' with their friendly guides & great snorkelling.
Bonaire is world famous for its marine park and this trip offers two very different snorkel sites on Klein Bonaire. You are guided through the special wonders of the protected reef. Aboard the partially shaded boat, receive complete snorkel gear which includes snorkel, mask, fins and snorkel vest. A safety briefing is given as well as snorkelling instructions before you are assigned to a group and a guide.
Jump in to the crystal clear waters and enjoy a myriad of fish and beautiful coral formations. Back on the boat, have a cold soft drink or juice as the captain skillfully manoeuvres the boat over to your next snorkel site. Another few minutes and you are back in the water enjoying the wonderful marine life.
After the snorkelling is done, enjoy a rum punch compliments of the SEACOW captain, it's his secret recipe. Share your underwater experience with your fellow travellers as you make your way back to the pier.
Please note: Tour involves a moderate to extensive amount of activity. Guests entering the water must be in good physical condition and able to swim in deep water. Snorkel equipment is provided. Guests should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, biodegradable sunscreen and bring a towel from the ship. Footwear onboard the vessel is restricted to rubber-soled shoes, sneakers or sandals. Guests must be 21 years of age to be served alcoholic beverages. Alcohol will only be provided once the snorkel sessions have been completed. Minimum age to participate is 12, maximum age is 70 with a maximum weight for any participant of 250 pounds (113 kilograms). Toilet facilities are not available onboard the boat. A waiver has to be signed. A professional photographer will be taking underwater photos during the snorkeling and they will be on sale (USB stick) for US$ 30.00. Please bring cash should you be willing to purchase them.
Your tour begins with a drive to the mangroves located in the Lac Bay National Park. Along the way, you are sure to sight Bonaire's wildlife, perhaps even some flamingos.
Visitors can enter the mangroves only in the company of an experienced nature guide. After receiving instruction, a safety briefing and a safety vest, follow your guide through the mangrove forest on your sit-on-top clear-bottom ocean kayak, complete with a paddle and adjustable backrest. The kayak provides an ideal mode of transport in this beautiful and tranquil environment, as you manoeuvre with ease through the mangrove shallows and tunnels.
Gliding by four different species of mangrove trees in crystal-clear waters, paddling past bird habitats and fish spawning areas, learn of the relationship between the plants and the animals from your naturalist guide. Some time will be made available for swimming.
Prior to returning to the ship, you'll enjoy a complimentary snack and beverage.
Please note: Tour involves a moderate to extensive amount of activity. Participants must be in good physical condition and able to swim in water too deep to stand. The use of biodegradable sunscreen and polarised sunglasses is recommended. Guests should wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, water shoes, a hat and bring a towel from the ship. Minimum age to participate is 10, maximum age is 70 with a maximum weight for any participant of 225 pounds (102 kilograms). A waiver has to be signed. Double kayaks used - single kayaks are on request.
Unhurried, unspoiled and unforgettable - this is Bonaire.
Enjoy an off-road trip to Bonaire's Lac Bay National Park & beach. Your trip begins the moment you meet your Safari guide and board the vehicle to explore the sites.
Driving through the Lac Bay National Park your guide will be on the lookout for wildlife sightings and stopping at watering holes to spot flamingos & herons wadding through the mangroves. The mangrove forest of Lac Bay is one of the best preserved mangrove forests in the Caribbean and is home to a rich variety of birds. Donkeys & goats are commonly seen grazing here, and you will have many opportunities to photograph the wildlife.
Stopping at Lac Cai, the natural bay beach is one of the best reasons to visit the park. Pristine & picturesque with fishermen's huts and piles of empty conch seashells along the coast line. Most of Bonaire's beaches consist of rocky coral but Lac Cai is a beautiful sandy beach where you may enjoy a refreshing dip into some of the world's best protected waters.
Your tour continues on paved roads to the South/East side of the island where your guide will be on the lookout for Bonaire's most famous bird, the shy flamingo. With its deep pink-coral feathers and graceful leggy walk, this bird is especially beautiful in the wild.
Next, re-board your vehicle for the return journey to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour requires moderate activity, but is not recommended for guests with back or neck problems due to the off-road driving involved. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Minimum age to participate is 8, maximum age is 78 with a maximum weight for any participant of 225 pounds (102 kilograms). A waiver has to be signed. Guests should dress in lightweight, seasonal attire and wear comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and a swimsuit under their attire. Please bring a towel from the ship if you wish to swim.