An excursion to discover the natural and historic sides of Bonaire travelling north to south surrounded by amazing changing scenery, enchanting salt pans and vestiges of a somewhat difficult past.
What we will see
- Panoramic tour of the northern coast
- Klein Bonaire and Goto Meer
- Rincon Valley
- Stop with tasting session at Rose Inn
- Southern Bonaire
- Salt pans and slave huts
What we will do
- We will leave the port on a comfortable air-conditioned coach and drive through the centre of the island capital of Kralendijk (“coral reef” in Dutch) headed north.
- We take a panoramic tour of the northern coast admiring hilly views dotted with mimosas, low shrubs and fascinating cacti - the typical vegetation of dry areas.
- If we turn our gaze west, we can see the low uninhabited islet of Klein Bonaire surrounded by wonderful coral formations and a very popular destination for diving enthusiasts.
- We continue our tour with Goto Meer, a salt-water lake that is home to a colony of 20,000 pink flamingoes; a true haven for these birds.
- We then reach the heart of the island and Rincon Valley, where Arawak Indians settled more than a thousand years ago, leaving traces of their art and culture on the island which our guide will illustrate as we drive through.
- We then have a break at the Rose Inn, a very popular typical establishment. Here, we have the opportunity to taste one of the island’s delicacies: a liqueur made from cactus and lime. We can have a rest in the shade of a tree and then off on the road again.
- We reach the southern part of Bonaire which is completely flat and boasts a succession of mangroves, salt lakes and deserted forests which create a varied and unique landscape.
- Thanks to our guide's explanations, we will learn a lot of interesting information about salt production on the island of Bonaire, which began in the 17th century and is still one of the main local economic activities.
- Finally, we will visit the restored slave huts where, up until the 19th century, hundreds of people were forced to live whilst they worked in the salt pans. We then bid farewell to the cone-shaped white salt hills before heading back to the ship.
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