Bonaire lies about 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela and is makes up part of the islands known as the Leeward Antilles. Bonaire is part of the ABC Islands - Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
The island is Bonaire is really a coral reef that has been geologically formed up and out of the sea. The north of Bonaire is host to many mountains as well as Washington Slagbaai National Park and its coast, a designated marine sanctuary, is sprinkled with lagoons and inlets. Bonaire has a warm, humid and windy climate with an average temperature of 81F. The capital city is Kralendijk, and the main languages spoken are Papiamentu, Dutch and English. The currency used is the US Dollar and the main economies of the island are salt production, tourism, oil storage and oil shipment.
If you are a nature lover, Bonaire is abundant with many different species of wildlife that can be seen while in our Bonaire Island Discovery and Sightseeing Excursion. With over 200 species of birds living on the island from shore birds to seabirds and land birds as well as famous flamingos. Flamingos can be found at the island's salt ponds in the National Park, Goto Meer and the Pekelmeer Sanctuary (one of the four areas worldwide where flamingos breed). The Caribbean parakeet and the yellow-shouldered parrot are two tropical birds found only on Bonaire. Enjoy a visit to Aletta's Goat Farm or the Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary.
Looking for a Bonaire Cruise Excursion off the beaten path? Head to Klein Bonaire, a small uninhabited island located just off the coast of Bonaire; check out our Bonaire Water Taxi Excursion to Klein Bonaire Island. Or observe the Onima Indian Inscriptions on Bonaire. Or simply take in great views on Bonaire at Seru Largu, with a beautiful drive there to see the stunning lookout point.
If you are looking to see more of Bonaire's culture, visit downtown Kralendijk. There is also Mangazina di Rei which dates back to 1824, a hilltop building used by the Dutch government to store provisions for the slaves. The second oldest stone building on Bonaire now forms part of a cultural park.
If you prefer some fun education, enjoy a visit to The Cadushy Distillery where the traditional distillery will let you see how the world's only liqueur made from cactus is processed!
Fun Fact: The US Army built the Bonaire Flamingo Airport during WW2 as a base for their planes.
Enjoy our Bonaire Excursions by Shore Excursioneer on your Bonaire Cruise!