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Shore Excursion: North and South Sides of Bonaire

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Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands
Shore Excursion: North and South Sides of Bonaire

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When your cruise ship docks in Bonaire's port, spend your time exploring both the north and south sides of the island on this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Take in the varied colors of the salt flats and learn the history behind the island's slave huts. Visit 1,000 Steps to see the native sea turtles and Goto Lake for views of the spectacular pink flamingos. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is included.
  • 3-hour comprehensive sightseeing tour in Bonaire
  • Cruise port pickup and drop-off
  • Travel in an air-conditioned or open-air vehicle, depending on the season
  • See native animals like sea turtles and pink flamingos
  • Learn about the island's history, culture and traditions from your guide
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Departure Point

Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands

Please meet us at our booth which you will find at cruise terminal. Once arrived you will see a row of tents at the shoreline. We are located under one of those tents. Look for Voyager Bonaire Tours or ask for John or Jennifer

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Once you step off your cruise ship, meet your guide/driver and climb aboard your tour vehicle (air-conditioned or open-air, depending on the season). 

Journey through Kralendijk, the island's capital, toward the north side, to see some of Bonaire's most well-known landmarks. Your first stop is 1,000 Steps, an island beach reached by a long, steep staircase. The bleached coral and white sand beach is surrounded by limestone cliffs and is a famous diving spot, due to the frequent presence of sea turtles in the clear, shallow water. 

Continue to Goto Lake, a saltwater lagoon and popular hangout for the island's flaming-pink flamingos. Your guide will take you over the access road, through a cacti jungle, to the observation area. Stop to watch and photograph the flamingos in one of their very few nesting areas. You'll also have views of the Washington Slagbaai National Park. 

In Rincon Village, learn about the settlement's history as the island's oldest village, originally established by the Spanish in the 16th century. Then, head for the Cadushy Distillery to see how cactus liqueur is made and sample some for yourself. 

Stop at Mangazina di Rei, a museum dedicated to educating visitors about the culture, landscape and history of Bonaire. 

Travel back through Kralendijk, listening as your guide points out the city's highlights and landmarks. Arrive at the southern end of the island, the location of the salt flats. These flats were the epicenter of Bonaire's once-booming salt industry. You can still see pools of pink water, mounds of white crystals and the slave huts that housed workers in the 1850s. 

At the conclusion of your 3-hour tour, return to the cruise port for drop-off.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 51 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Voyager Bonaire Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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133 Reviews

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Wonderful Tour!
, Nov 2021
This was a great tour at a great price! There were four in our group and we had an amazing time. We were given clear instructions on where to meet when we got off the ship. We were able to see so much in a short amount of time! Our guide (Merna) & driver were very pleasant and shared a lot of interesting information about the Island. We even stopped at the museum in Rincon and tried the iguana soup. We enjoyed seeing the flamingos and the slave huts. The view of the pink and turquoise water at the salt flats was breathtaking.
Morning and Afternoon cave pool & Secret Beach Jeep Tour in Arubu
, Sep 2021
Worst excursion we have ever taken they Viator. The guide totally disregarded the itinerary. There were 6 people on the excursion with 4 of us together along with another couple. Our itinerary was to take us to the black beach but the guide took us to the National park where that couple wanted to go. Not on the schedule at all and took 2 hours of our 3 and half hour tour. . The guide spend all of his time with that couple and totally ignored us. No snacks were available to us as the tour stayed and no bottled. Water only some out of a jug he had with him. I called Viator this morning and spoke with Brian who stated he would have manager call me back. No one has called me. Very disappointed in Viator who I have used for years plus did another excursion with on this cruise which was great.
Good way to see the island at great value
, Mar 2020
Saw most of the island which is very scenic, especially the coast with lovely views of the clear blue sea, plus the beautiful flamingos in the lake. The museum in Rincon, a recreated house from years gone by was interesting as well as the slave huts in the south of the island. We were in an open sided truck with 18 others, which was very blowy but we had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
It is so great of you that you have loved Bonaire by simply touring with our company. You are right the 200 year old house in Rincon has so much history. We like to visit it. The open air touring vehicle can be a bit windy, but the tour is mostly about the sightseeing and of course if one has questions we expect that this person is going to ask. We don't bite. We do our best for our lovely customers
Best deal in Bonaire
, Mar 2020
This is the best deal in Bonaire. We had a wonderful trip with Norman who was knowledgeable and helpful. He was determined to help us find the things we were looking for (cactus fence, a donkey, flamingos) and made sure that everyone on the trip had the time needed. He even extended our tour by almost an hour to take us to a local museum. Lots of stops for photo ops and never rushed like the other buses we saw. Had a great day!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much also on behalf of Norman. He will be very thrilled that you posted a 5 star review for him, since a few guests posted bad things about him. You are right about him being such a helpful and knowledgeable guide. We are very happy to have him in our team.
Delightful Bonaire
, Mar 2020
Norman was a very knowledgeable local guy who showed us pretty much everything there was to see on the island in 3 hours. We lucky enough to have a minivan to ourselves which was excellent.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
You are so right, we are very lucky to have Norman in our team. Thank you so much also on behalf of Norman. He will be very delighted to read your 5 star review
Great views
, Mar 2020
Beautiful beaches, pink flamingos, knowledgeable tour guide. Packed a lot into 3 hours. I would definitely recommend
Enjoyed Flamingos and salt flats,beautiful beaches
, Feb 2020
Excellent guide well informed and very helpfull to all clients.made sure everyone saw what they wanted to see
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
That's exactly how we operate. Thank you so much for your wonderful review
Don't accept a tour in an open air truck.
, Feb 2020
I already left a review on this excursion but I will give an abbreviated review again. 1. Communications were poor with the excursion company. I sent copies of the email trail in my previous review but to be brief, they sent an email saying to meet at one time and when we showed up 15 minutes early, they said our tour had already departed and we could wait an hour and they would put us on the next tour. 2. Unfortunately instead of an air conditioned van, we were offered a tour on a what I only can describe as an open air cattle truck outfitted with benches. The tour over the loud speaker system was in German and our group speaks English. The tour operator provided an English speaking person but only the persons sitting directly across from her could really hear her because of the wind and truck noise plus the German narration. I can say that when we were stopped at the various venues, and we could hear her, the English speaking guide was quite good. 3. Folks sitting near the cab of the truck complained of noxious exhaust from the truck. 4. As a result of the noxious exhaust, plus the strong wind (45 to 55 mph) in the open air truck, one of our group spent the rest of the day, plus the next day, not feeling well and in bed in his cabin. 5. I would rate the tour as TERRIBLE except for the fact that the English speaking guide was very good when we were stopped at the various points of interest. As a result I rate the tour as POOR.
As much you can see on Bonaire
, Feb 2020
I liked the trip very much. I learned a lot because the driver/guide was very open and talkative. Best choice to see the whole Island.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your great comment. I love it that you have enjoyed our island tour provided by one of our super guides. We do our best to provide great service
Good trip
, Feb 2020
You ride in the back of a pickup truck with benches facing each other. It did have a canopy. The guide would have to stop and get out to tell us about things. It was a nice ride. The stops were all good and didn’t seem to be rushed. I was disappointed that we didn’t get too close to the flamingos. The salt lakes were interesting. Overall a good trip.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you so much for your great review. You must have done the tour with our tourguide Michel. I am very delighted that you have enjoyed this island tour. Unfortunately the flamingos are wild so we cannot control them, you are rigt it can be disappointing. Sometimes they are closeby and sometimes far away. Thanks for being a super guest

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