Explore the beautiful island of Bonaire on this 3-hour tour in an air-conditioned or open air vehicle! Your local guide will take you to places like Goto Lake, salt flats, 1,000 Steps, slave huts and much more. Take beautiful pictures of Bonaire's wild animals like flamingos, iguanas, donkeys and more.
After cruise pick up, we will drive through the capital of Bonaire, Kralendijk, towards the North side. Then we visit some of the island's most famous landmarks. 1,000 Steps is a site of white sand and bleached chunks of coral, and the cove is surrounded by limestone cliffs. It's great for both diving and snorkeling, as turtles are often found in the shallow, turquoise waters. Next stop is Goto Lake - a saltwater lagoon near the island's northern end and it is a flamingo hangout. Bonaire is one of the few places in the world where pink flamingos nest. For the best view, take the paved access road alongside the lagoon through the jungle of cacti to the parking and observation area on the rise overlooking the lagoon and Washington Slagbaai National Park beyond. After that, the tour will pass through Rincon Village, the oldest village on Bonaire. Additionally, it is the oldest in continual existence within the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Originally settled by the Spanish in the early 1500’s, Rincon was strategically nestled within a valley to ward off impending danger from pirates and other threats. Cadushy Distillery is next! In this traditional distillery, you can see how the world's only cactus liqueur is made right on the premises, and of course, we invite you to sample some for yourself! Mangazina di Rei is the next stop - this former storehouse and now a museum is a part of a cultural park and learning center with the purpose to arouse interest for the Bonaire culture, history, landscape and nature of the area.
After visiting the North site of the island, we drive back to Kralendijk and cross the city to the South. While driving through the city your guide will explain various features of the city. On the South side of the island we will visit the salt flats first. In the 1960's, a US company called Cargill Corporation was responsible for salt production and Bonaire's thriving salt industry. Huge mounds of crystals and pink colored waters can still be seen on Bonaire's southern end. Then the tour will stop at slave huts that were constructed in 1850 during the slavery time. They served as camping facilities for slaves working in the salt ponds to collect and ship the salt, one of Bonaire's most important export products. These huts were used as sleeping quarters and a place to store the personal belongings of the working team.
Based on the arrival time of the cruise ship
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
The tour was simply outstanding. It was much more interesting than the tour description. What made the tour special though, was our tour guide, Eddie. He was very knowledgeable and personable, with a great sense of humor. It seemed that everyone on the island knew him. You could feel the love that he has for Bonaire. It's no wonder that he was named, Tour Guide of the Year.
We had a driver/guide for our group of 4 who was personable and friendly. We saw the salt flats with pink water, mounds of white salt and the nearby slave huts which are all part of Bonaire's salt industry. We made a brief stop at the 1000 steps, which is actually 70 or so steps, which is a dive spot and provided a scenic view with turtles just barely visible. It started to rain, so we headed to Rincon Village and the Cashushy Distillery where we saw a short video and sampled some of this cactus spirits, We drove through the saltwater lagoon and saw dozens of pink flamingos, It turned out to be a rainy day but we got to see some of the sights of Bonaire. There was one problem, the voucher did not have a time of meeting. We contacted Viator several times prior to our cruise, but Viator could not get the info from the vendor. We got off our cruise ship and easily were directed to the vendor who told us that the excursion would be an hour later.
Explore Bonaire with us! This tour visits both the North and partially of the South sides, so by the end you will have a better impression of the island. Your local guide will take you to places like Goto Lake to see the flamingos up close, 1,000 Steps, the beautiful colors of the salt flats, slave huts and much more. Take beautiful pictures of Bonaire's wild animals like flamingos, iguanas and donkeys.