Bonaire things to see and do

Tourist offices

Tourism Corporation Bonaire in Europe

Basis Communicatie BV, Wagenweg 252, Al-Haarlem, Netherlands
Tel: (23) 543 0705.
www.infobonaire.com

Tourism Corporation Bonaire in Europe

Basis Communicatie BV, Wagenweg 252, Al-Haarlem, Netherlands
Tel: (23) 543 0705.
www.tourismbonaire.com

Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the USA

Adams Unlimited Public Relations & Marketing, 80 Broadstreet, 32nd Floor, Suite 3202, New York City, NY, United States
Tel: (212) 956 5912 or 1 800 266 2473.
www.infobonaire.com

Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the USA

Adams Unlimited Public Relations & Marketing, 80 Broadstreet, 32nd Floor, Suite 3202, New York City, NY, United States
Tel: (212) 956 5912 or 1 800 266 2473.
www.tourismbonaire.com

Things to see and do

Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary

The Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary (www.donkeysanctuary.org) is a not-for-profit organisation set up to take care of donkeys abandoned when the invention of new technology meant they were no longer needed to work the salt pans. Visitors are encouraged to feed and help care for the animals.

Bonaire Museum

Located just out of Kralendijk centre in a restored 1885 plantation mansion, Bonaire Museum displays artefacts depicting the history of cultures on the island, from the Caiquetio Indians and the Spanish to modern times, as well as an impressive collection of seashells.

Festivals

Bonaire has many festivals to choose from. The most popular are the colourful Carnival and its firework finale of the Burning of King Momo, the Simadan (Harvest) Festival in Rincón with its songs and dances, and Rincón Day, celebrating the traditions and culture of Bonaire in the island's oldest village.

Flamingos

Bonnaire is renowned for its flamingo population, though many of them inhabit the protected southern areas of the island. An easier place to spot them is the beautiful lagoon of Goto Meer.

Marine Park

Bonaire's Marine Park is centred on a spectacular coral reef, which is maintained and protected throughout the year by marine experts.

Mount Brandaris

Bonaire's highest point is Mount Brandaris, situated in Washington/Slagbaai National Park. The climb to the top is well worth it for the spectacular views.

Pink Beach

Pink Beach is one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches. It gets its pink tinge, most obvious at sunset, from bits of pink coral in the sand. There are no facilities.

Rincón

Rincón, Bonaire's oldest village, echoes Bonaire's darker past. It used to house slaves who worked on the salt flats. Nowadays there are bars serving cool drinks beneath brightly coloured roofs.

Sailing

Half- or full-day cruises can be arranged round the bay or to Klein Bonaire, the island's tiny uninhabited sister isle. Every second week of October there is a Sailing Regatta (www.bonaireregatta.org), during which there is a carnival atmosphere on the island.

Salt flats

The salt flats change colour from breathtaking fuchsia to a subtle pink, according to fluctuations in the resident algae population. The view is astonishing.

Scuba-diving

The waters around Bonaire are clear, safe and teeming with fish of every size and hue. The island is a diver's paradise and you'd be a fool to forgo the superb scuba-diving and snorkelling on offer.

Windsurfing

Bonaire's climate is perfect for windsurfing and professional windsurfers from around the world flock to its breezy shores to compete or practise.

Witte Pan huts

The bright white stucco huts on Witte Pan were once inhabited by the salt workers until the abolition of slavery in 1863. The eerily small holes on their frontage served as doors, which the slaves would crawl through at night.

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