Bonaire is famous for its pink flamingoes, nature reserves and the amazing dives available along its coastline, but it is also steeped in history and tradition. On this tour, we will discover both sides of this island's spirit, with some stops designed so that we can appreciate the best that this true paradise has to offer.
What we will see
- North coast of Bonaire
- Washington National park
- Stop for photos of the salt pans
- Slave huts
What we will do
- We will leave the port on our coach and drive along the northern coast of the island of Bonaire, while we marvel at some of the most stunning views of the coast, a popular destination for diving enthusiasts.
- We will admire Gotomeer, a saltwater lake that is home to a colony of 20,000 pink flamingoes; a real sanctuary for these birds.
- Our tour will continue towards the centre of the island, to the town of Rincon, the oldest settlement in Bonaire, where the frenetic pace of modern life seems worlds away from the streets filled with donkeys, goats and tourists cycling around.
We will visit the Washington National Park where you will see a full scale juvenile whale skeleton, visit the natural history plantation museum and the open-air exhibit for a peak into Bonaire’s heritage.
Our journey will now take us south to the salt pans where we will stop for photos. The salt pans dominate the landscape at the southern tip of the island: the water that evaporates and releases the salt takes on a host of different pinkish shades that contrast with the blue sky and the sparkling white of the salt pyramids.
On the return journey, we will see the evidence of a difficult past: the restored white slave huts where, up until the 19th century, hundreds of people were forced to live whilst they worked on the salt pans.
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