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Things to do in Bonaire

Dive into the crystal-clear fish-filled warm waters and protected coral reefs in Bonaire's Washington-Slagbaai National Park where pastel-coloured sponge gardens edge powdery sand. Explore the cactus-hemmed trails in Rooi Lamoenchi Reserve to aloe vera fields and crumbling plantation buildings. For some history, visit Fort Oranje in Kralendijk or witness the rustic Slave Huts from the island's pre-emancipation era, a chastening reminder of the island's salt trade and its resulting social ills.

Klein Bonaire, Bonaire. Photo by Karen Winona van Dijk

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Fort Oranje - Museums and Galleries

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    Fort Oranje, Bonaire. Photo by Chris Richards, courtesy of Tourism Corporation Bonaire

    Built in 1816 in Kralendijk, this former Governor's residence also once served as a prison and, after the addition of a lighthouse, helped guide salt-laden vessels out to sea. Today Fort Oranje houses historical artefacts from Bonaire's past.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

    Address

    Fort Oranje, Waterfront Promenade, Fort Oranje Bonaire

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 2. Bonaire Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Bonaire Museum, Bonaire. Courtesy of Bonaire Museum

    Bonaire Museum in Kralendijk is housed in a plantation mansion that has been restored to its original splendour. Artefacts depict the era of the enslavement of Caiquetios Indians to the arrival of the cultures living on the island today.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$2

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 7.30am-12pm & 2.30pm-5pm

    Address

    7, Kaya van de Ree, Sabana, Kralendijk, Bonaire

    Telephone

    +599 717 8868

    Transport

    Taxi

Attractions

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  1. 3. Boca Cocolishi - Attractions

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    Boca Cocolishi, Bonaire. Photo by Kanako Kobayashi

    The resplendent black-sand bay of Boca Cocolishi in Washington-Slagbaai National Park sits on a rocky stretch of coastline and comprises a deep seaward side and a calm, shallow basin, separated by a ridge of calcareous algae, coral and shells.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$10; children US$2

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-5pm (last admission 2.30pm)

    Address

    Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

    Telephone

    +599 785 0017

    Transport

    Tour operator

    Website

    Washington-Slagbaai National Park

  2. 4. Slave Huts - Attractions

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    Slave Huts, Bonaire. Photo by Chris Richards, courtesy of Tourism Corporation Bonaire

    The simple Slave Huts provide a chastening reminder of the slavery behind Bonaire's once booming salt trade. Located in the south of the island, the shacks once housed slaves in cramped conditions close to salt pan harvesting sites.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Various

    Address

    Kralendijk, Bonaire

    Transport

    Taxi or tour operator

  3. 5. Rooi Lamoenchi Reserve - Attractions

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    Rooi Lamoenchi Reserve, Bonaire. Courtesy of Bonaire Tours

    The private Rooi Lamoenchi Reserve, east of Kralendijk, is a rugged Bonairean Kunuku landscape. The cactus-flanked plantation building sits among aloe vera fields and dam remnants from 1908. Visits are by prior appointment only.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$12

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-5pm (last admission 3pm)

    Address

    Rooi Lamoenchi Reserve, Bonaire

    Telephone

    +599 717 8489

    Transport

    Taxi

Special things to do

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  1. 6. Klein Bonaire - Special things to do

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    Klein Bonaire, Bonaire. Photo by Karen Winona van Dijk

    In 1999, uninhabited islet Klein Bonaire was incorporated into Bonaire National Marine Park. Located just 805m offshore, it offers world-class diving and snorkelling in pristine, coral-rich waters and is easily reachable and navigable at just 6km square.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$10 for a one-day pass

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-5pm (last entrance 3pm)

    Address

    Bonaire Marine Park, Bonaire

    Telephone

    +599 717 8444

    Transport

    Tour operator

    Website

    Bonaire Marine Park Website

  2. 7. Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary - Special things to do

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    Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary, Bonaire. © Ayman Van Bregt

    This safe haven for injured, malnourished or abandoned animals provides care for up to 300 donkeys. Visitors can feed and meet the residents in dedicated petting areas. Educational talks and tours are also very popular.Show this on map

    Cost

    Donation only

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)

    Address

    Lima z/n, Tera Kora, Kralendijk, Bonaire

    Telephone

    +599 9 560 7607

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary Website

  3. 8. Bonaire Butterfly Farm - Special things to do

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    Bonaire Butterfly Farm, Bonaire. Courtesy of the Bonaire Butterfly Farm

    The Bonaire Butterfly Farm near Lac Cai is 400 square metres of butterfly-filled tropical gardens. There are magnificent vibrant blooms, birds and towering palms as well as exhibits and conservation projects relating to more than 80 native Caribbean breeds.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$12; under-10s US$10

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

    Address

    Lac Cai, Kralendijk, Bonaire

    Telephone

    +599 7856450

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bonaire Butterfly Farm

  4. 9. Goto Meer - Special things to do

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    Goto Meer, Bonaire. Courtesy of Tourism Corporation Bonaire

    Huge petrol storage tanks herald an unlikely top spot to view some of the island's 5000-plus flamingos in the wild. Head inland to Goto Meer to watch over 100 species feed in the shallows of a pretty saltwater lake at sunset.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-5pm (last admission 2.30pm)

    Address

    Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

    Telephone

    +599 785 0017

    Transport

    Tour operator

    Website

    Washington Slagbaai National Park Website

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