One of the 80,000 flamingos on Inagua.

Bonaire Hightlights North & South

Drive through Bonaire's oldest settlement, see long-legged pink flamingos at a land-locked salt-water lagoon, and visit a museum in a traditional local Bonairian house. Learn about the Arawak Indians who once inhabited Rincon Village.

See flamingos wading in salty Goto Meer. At the cone-shaped salt mountains and flats, learn how salt was mined by slaves and how it is produced today. Visit the original slave huts.

Included in your cruise
  • Commentated Scenic Drive; travel through Bonaire’s cacti-filled hilly, arid north to it tropical south, lined with salt flats.
  • Salt Lore: Tour salt flats and mountains and visit original slave huts. Learn about salt mining.
  • Goto Meer: Drive along this salt-water lagoon, a favoured gathering spot for Bonaire’s renowned population of pink flamingos.
  • Rincon Village: First settlement of Bonaire, visit Museum Chichi Tan, a traditional Bonaire house.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people

  • Duration

    3h

  • Max. passengers

    200

  • Booking code

    INCL-KRA1

  • Please note

    Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Bonaire is best known as a diving destination. Even the license plates of the island's cars are tagged with the line Divers' Paradise.  On this trip, though, you'll see there are more sides to the island.  Its history, for example, is just as deep as its waters.  Arawak Indians were the first to live on the island, before the Spanish colonisers arrived in 1499. Then the Dutch took over in 1634. The first place you'll see on this trip will give you an insight into industry on the island.  You will drive past a plantation in the Karpata area, where they once produced aloe, charcoal and dyewood for shipping to Curacao. Your first stop of the day will be in the village of Rincon, which was settled by the Spanish in the 16th century.  Pass by the Goto lake, a natural salt-water lake, a feeding ground for the islands shy pink flamingos. One of the islands must see! From here, you'll visit the popular outdoor venue where you sample locally produced liqueur made out of cactus and lime. Pressing on, you'll head south to see the salt flats and salt mountains, that were mined by slaves in the 19th century. The old slave huts are still standing here in lest-we-forget fashion.

Practical information: 

  • Language: English

  • Included: Sample of Local Liqueur in Rincon

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes

  • Walking information: There is a little walk from pier to bus which is paved. Little walking at stops which has natural ground, stones and sand

  • Wheelchair accessible: No