Discover the immense diversity of Bonaire on this mostly panoramic driving tour that encompasses highlights to the north and south with enlightening visits to a distillery and culture center.
Depart from pier and settle in for a picturesque drive along Bonaire’s coast. The farther north you travel from Kralendijk, the more hilly and arid the terrain. Along the way, you may spot huge candelabra cacti and mesquite trees that can reach as high as 30 feet. To the west, lies Klein Bonaire, a flat undeveloped island that rises barely six feet above the sea.
After approximately an hour, you will reach the Rincon Valley, once home to the Arawak Indians. At the turn of the 15th century, the Spanish founded the village of Rincon somewhat inland, out of the reach of cannons from buccaneer ships. You will discover more about the history of the area while driving through the village and touring Rincon’s unusual Cadushy distillery, which produces the world’s only liqueur made from cacti.
For a different perspective of Bonaire’s past, you will visit the Culture Park in a landmark building called Mangazina di Rei, meaning Storehouse of the King. It’s the second oldest building on the island and centuries ago, seeds that priests had blessed were stored here before being distributed to the rest of the island. It was here that every Saturday, the island’s slaves would meet to receive their weekly provisions. A guided walk of the park allows you to hear stories of the area’s history and its importance to modern day Bonaireans.
Rejoining your coach, you’ll make your way back to the pier, passing Bonaire’s remarkable salt ponds, where flamingoes often congregate to dine on brine shrimp, a diet that endows them with a beautiful rosy hue.
Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic with limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Light-weight, comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.