Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

Bonaire is without a doubt a "diver's paradise." Its license plates even state the same. But there is much more to this small Dutch country of 17,500 residents. "Bon Bini," as you will hear the friendly locals say, means "welcome to the island of Bonaire." Bonaire is located off the coast of Venezuela and has for years been known as a world-class diving and snorkeling destination. Diving and snorkeling are still the predominant activities, but today there is also a variety of other activities to enjoy such as kayaking, bird watching, and other eco-tours. Because of the hot and arid weather, Bonaire has been a major producer of sea salt. Do not miss the "white mountains" waiting to be shipped out and the salt flats where the salt is evaporated from the Caribbean Sea, which also happens to be home to another icon of Bonaire-the pink flamingo. Explore the Dutch architecture of the capital Kralendijk, enjoy the pristine coral reefs, or tour the scenic countryside. Whatever you decide to do in Bonaire, you are sure to have a fantastic time.

Top things to do and see in Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands: View Excursions

  • 1Bonaire National Marine Park

    Bonaire's celebrated Marine Park protects the island's most-precious natural resource. Turtles, rays, and fish of every imaginable color abound in the pristine waters of the park.

  • 2North Tour

    The northern tour of the island takes you from Goto Meer, a flamingo favorite, to the scenic area of Dos Pos (Two Wells) and Bonaire's oldest village, Rincon, once home to slaves.

  • 3South Tour

    The southern tour unveils white hills of salt from the salt pans, former slave huts and the Willemstoren lighthouse marking the lower end of the island.

  • 4Rincon

    First settled by the Spanish, Rincon is Bonaire's oldest village. Today, the town boasts pastel cottages, friendly people and the highest goat population on the island.

  • 5Mangazina de Rei Cultural Park

    Immerse yourself in island culture at this living history museum where costumed guides will introduce you to replicas of early homes, artifacts, Caribbean music, traditional foods and handicrafts.

  • 6Goto Lake

    Over 100 species feed in the shallows of this charming saltwater lake at sunset, a favorite among Bonaire's flamingo population.

  • 7Klein Bonaire

    The protected waters of the Bonaire National Marine Park surround this uninhabited islet. Its clear water and healthy reefs make for outstanding snorkeling.

  • 8Lac Bay

    This scenic area is part of a protected marine park. You can take the mangrove eco cruise (BON-610) or kayaking (BON-880) to get a closer look at this unique ecosystem.