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.

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Points of Interest

  • Bonaire National Marine Park
  • North Tour
  • South Tour
  • Rincon
  • Mangazina de Rei Cultural Park
  • Goto Lake
  • Klein Bonaire
  • Lac Bay

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  • Bonaire 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.

  • North 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.

  • South 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.

  • Rincon

    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.

  • Mangazina 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.

  • Goto Lake

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

  • Klein Bonaire

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

  • Lac 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.

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Bonaire Beach Club

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 2 9 0
  • Bonaire National Marine Park

Enjoy some fun in the sun at the Spice Beach Club waterfront facility. Unwind by the pool, take an ocean dip, or lounge on a beach chair for a snooze; for an extra charge, indulge in a number of activities such as diving and snorkeling.

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Kralendijk by Trolley Train

1.5 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 1 5 0

All aboard! See the sights of Kralendijk, Bonaire's lively capital city, by trolley train. Settle in to the open-air vehicle and cruise the colorful streets taking in all the popular attractions, including the shopping district, the island's largest church, and the waterfront with views of the bay. The vehicle moves at a slow pace allowing for photographs.

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Semi-Sub Underwater Explorer

1 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 6 6 0
  • Klein Bonaire

Explore the underwater wonders of the UNESCO protected area of the Bonaire National Marine Park aboard a semi-submarine. The vessel stays at sea level, and you sit in the air-conditioned, underwater cabin six-feet below the water line. A knowledgeable guide will share information about the colorful corrals and sea creatures that are seen through the viewing windows.

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Afternoon Coastal Sightseeing Cruise

2 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 6 0 5
  • Klein Bonaire

The popular "Reef Ambassador" double-deck power catamaran whisks you off on a spectacular afternoon coastal cruise that showcases the best of this island's magical scenery. Your cruise starts at the dock with exciting narrated sightseeing along the southern coast. Stop along the way to take photographs and enjoy lively and informative commentary.

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Local Connections: Glass-Bottom Boat Eco-Cruise & Bonaire Marine Park with Naturalist

1.5 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 6 2 0
  • Klein Bonaire
  • Bonaire National Marine Park

Experience Bonaire's under-the-sea paradise without getting wet! Thrill to a glass-bottom boat tour that drifts over one of the world's best protected reefs, home to colorful tropical fish and marine life.

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Bonaire Cultural Heritage

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 2 1 0
  • Rincon
  • Goto Lake
  • Mangazina de Rei Cultural Park

The cultural and natural highlights of Bonaire are celebrated on a sight-filled adventure that takes in the north side of the island for the Beach of 1,000 Steps, the Flamingo sanctuary Goto Lake, the Rincon settlement, and a stop at the Mangazina di Rei museum. Conclude with picture-perfect views from Seru Largu viewpoint.

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Fun Cruise & Snorkel

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 7 9 5
  • Bonaire National Marine Park

Perfect for avid snorkelers, this 46-foot cruiser sails to Bonaire National Marine Park, a protected reserve with abundant marine life. Gear and a guided snorkel are included.

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Klein Bonaire, Bonaire Marine Park & Snorkel

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 8 2 5
  • Bonaire National Marine Park
  • Klein Bonaire

Hop aboard the Sea Cow, a catamaran sailing vessel, for a two-stop snorkeling tour in the protected waters of the Bonaire Marine Park boasting the healthiest corals in the region..

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Rincon Village,Goto Lake & Scenic Drive

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 1 0 5
  • North Tour
  • South Tour
  • Rincon
  • Goto Lake

Enjoy a three hour cultural adventure tour of this island paradise. Photograph the pink flamingos of Goto Lake, see the stunning flora of Rincon Valley and learn about the oldest village in Bonaire. Stop to sample cactus liqueur and traverse the south side of the island for the salt flats.

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Bonaire Marine Park Snorkel & Beach Break at Klein Bonaire

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 8 3 0
  • Bonaire National Marine Park
  • Klein Bonaire

The spectacular coastline and waters off of Bonaire are the result of diligent stewardship of its marine resources, legally protected, and a world premiere destination for both divers and snorkelers. Sail on a 42-foot double-deck catamaran on a snorkeling adventure plus beach break on the uninhabited island called Klein Bonaire.

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A Culinary Experience in Bonaire

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 2 5 5
  • North Tour
  • Rincon
  • Mangazina de Rei Cultural Park

A day of culture and cuisine awaits. At picturesque Posada Para Mira restaurant, savor a tasting of local foods like goat meatballs, fish balls, fried plantain and a dessert. You'll also visit Rincon and the Mangazina di Rei Cultural Visitors Center to learn the history and music of the island.

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Siamese Junk Cruise, Klein Bonaire Beach & Drift Snorkel

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 8 1 5
  • Bonaire National Marine Park
  • Klein Bonaire

Set sail to Klein Bonaire on the Samur, an authentic 56-foot Siamese sailing junk. Snorkeling and swimming are yours to enjoy on the island's pristine beach, as are complimentary rum punch and soft drinks.

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Bonaire by Segway

2.5 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 5 7 0

Take in the beautiful nature of Bonaire on two wheels, enjoying every little detail of it without any effort on your self-balancing Segway.

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Bonaire Land Sailing Adventure

2 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 5 6 0

Experience Earth's fastest-growing eco-sport on one of the longest land-sailing tracks in the world. Bonaire is the perfect place to learn how to maneuver a "blokart" and to experience the thrill of land sailing. Land sailing is easy to learn and offers adrenalin filled fun for all ages.

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Best of Bonaire: Semi-Sub Adventure, Coastal Cruise, Snorkel & Swim

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 8 0 0
  • Klein Bonaire
  • Bonaire National Marine Park

Explore the underwater wonders of Bonaire National Marine Park aboard a semi-submarine sailing trimaran. Drift along a reef, viewing marine life through the vessel's glass-bottom gondola. Swim and snorkel.

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Bonaire Sail & Snorkel

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 7 9 0
  • Bonaire National Marine Park

Experience the quintessential Caribbean on an exclusive sailing yacht getaway. Take in views of Bonaire's rugged coastline and enjoy a refreshing swim or snorkel in the world famous Bonaire Marine Park, where marine life has been protected for over 30 years. Your crew prepares fresh snacks served to accompany the open bar.

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Local Connections: Discover Scuba Diving Experience with Expert Instructor

3 hours | Bonaire | B O N - 9 2 0
  • Bonaire National Marine Park

Have you ever wanted to try scuba diving? Choose this half-day tour and learn how with expert PADI school instruction. Then take the plunge yourself in spectacular Bonaire National Marine Park.

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