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Top Bonaire Shore Excursions

Bonaire excursions
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The southern Caribbean island of Bonaire is well-known for its snorkel and scuba shore excursions because of its beautiful reefs.

Bonaire is a cruise destination and part of the ABC island that include Aruba and Curacao off the coast of Venezuela. It is an arid island, only about five miles wide, and has little to see and do on land. The cruise port of Kralendijk, capital of the island, has a population of only 3,000 people. So cruise visitors find that most of the shore excursions involve snorkeling and scuba diving off along the Bonaire National Marine Park.

Snorkeling shore excursions range in price between $50 and $100 depending on whether they include lunch or open bar.

Otherwise, the island has a few land excursions including guided walking tours of Kralendijk with its Dutch history and culture for about $30. Other options include island tours for $75 to $125 that usually include a visit to the arid nature sanctuary of Bonaire Washington Park.

Although cruise visitors often book their shore excursions through the cruise line, some people may prefer to book directly with the operator. Tour operators include the following companies.

Bonaire Vista Tours

Unlike Bonaire Tours, Bonaire Vista Tours offers one major excursion route. This is a three-hour tour of the North and South areas of Bonaire, giving their guests the “extra time to enjoy the hidden vistas”.

The tour begins in Salt Flats (large mountains of white salt crystals) and ends in the beautiful Seru Largu, 404 feet above sea level. Of course, there are several stops in between.

Bonaire Vista Tour’s excursion rides are offered in air conditioned 15-passenger vans.

Voyager Bonaire Car Rentals and Private Tours

Voyager offers tour operator and travel management services and will take care of their visitors as soon as the cruise ship docks to the time of departure. The company offers two main tours.

Northern Bonaire Tour is a tour of the island’s northern section lasting for about three hours. It covers attractions such as Rincon, Cadushy Gotomeer Lake, Distillery and Seru Largu.

Southern Bonaire Tour lasts for about three hours and typically takes guest to sites such as the southern lighthouse, the popular Sorobon Beach, salt flats and old slave huts.

Bonaire Crystal Tours and Services

Bonaire Crystal Tours emphasizes cultural tours. Their tours are not at all about sightseeing. With Bonaire Crystal Tours, guests get a chance to explore the island’s rich history and cultural heritage.

The Bayashi Tour offers cave exploration and the chance to hear about the island’s Indian history as well as kunuku life.  There is also the famous blowhole on showcase.

The Plantashi Tour offers visits to historical sites and museums including the Washington-Slagbaai National Park ( The first nature sanctuary of the Netherlands Antilles ) and Museum, as well as the Mangazina di Rei. 

Bonaire Tours & Vacations

Like Bonaire Crystal Tours, Bonaire Tours & Vacations offers cultural tours coupled with soft-adventure eco trips. The main tours include:

The National Park where visitors can kayak the mangroves and land sail on the world’s longest track. Bonaire Marine Park includes snorkeling and windsurfing.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
November 02, 2020