Drive into the arid wilds of the Washikemba reserve on an ATV and delight in the hauntingly beautiful landscape, much of it only accessible in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Depart from the pier and enjoy a brief drive to an awaiting All-Terrain Vehicle. Following a safety briefing, you will take off on your ATV and head east into the Washikemba reserve. As you negotiate the rugged terrain, you may encounter wild donkeys and goats and see iguanas basking in the sun. The advantage of an ATV is that it allows access to areas that most vehicles can’t reach, so you can expect to see the island in its most natural, undisturbed state.
At the Spelonk Lighthouse, which marks the easternmost point of Bonaire, you’ll notice that the only other way to this remote point is along a footpath. It’s an inspiring setting, especially since the only sounds should be of the surf crashing on the rocky shore. The stone building there was once the residence of the lighthouse keeper, but it hasn’t been occupied in years.
From there, it’s on to one of Bonaire’s many caves, some of which still bear inscriptions from the Arawak Indians that lived here in pre-Columbian days. Expect the cave to be teeming with hundreds of bats, clinging to the roof as they wait until dusk to fly off looking for insects.
Finally, on the return drive to Kralendijk, you will stop briefly in Boven Bolivia, a small settlement at the head of a lagoon.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests’ discretion during the stops. There will be over 2-hours of driving an All-Terrain-Vehicle over mostly off-road, bumpy conditions. Guests will be given a test to determine their competence in being able to do simple maneuvers on the vehicle. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, or pregnant women. The tour is not considered suitable for those with injuries or conditions that may be affected by the bumpy conditions. Long trousers and flat, closed-toe shoes are required. Sun cap; sunglasses; and sunscreen are recommended. The minimum age for participation is 18 years old and all participants must present a valid driver’s license. The local operator may require guests sign a liability waiver before taking part in the tour.