A week on Bonaire

31 May 2024 by Sunwise Bonaire - Reading time: 8 minutes

Discover Bonaire’s stunning beauty with our week-long itinerary. From windsurfing and diving to exploring national parks and vibrant local culture, enjoy adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences. Plan your perfect getaway with Sunwise Bonaire and create lifelong memories.

Your week on Bonaire begins with a warm welcome from your personal Sunwise host. After arriving on the island, you’ll head to your comfortable accommodation. Sunwise Bonaire offers holiday rentals that provide a perfect blend of privacy and luxury. Whether you prefer a beachfront villa or a cozy apartment in Kralendijk, Sunwise has options to suit your needs. Get settled in, relax, and prepare for the adventures ahead. The friendly and knowledgeable Sunwise staff can help you with local tips and recommendations to make the most of your stay. Let’s dive into the perfect itinerary for your Bonaire vacation.

Monday – south tour and windsurfing

Kick off your week with a south tour of Bonaire. The island’s southern region is a treasure trove of natural beauty and unique landscapes. You’ll visit the famous salt flats, where pink-hued salt pans stretch out towards the horizon. These flats are also home to Bonaire’s iconic flamingos, which add a splash of color to the scene. The salt flats are a photographer’s dream, offering a striking contrast between the vibrant blue sky and the pastel-colored pans.

Continue your tour with a visit to the slave huts, small white buildings that are a poignant reminder of Bonaire’s history. These huts were used by slaves who worked in the salt industry during the 17th and 18th centuries. Standing next to these tiny structures and looking out at the vast expanse of salt flats is a humbling experience, bringing to light the island’s colonial past and the harsh conditions endured by the enslaved people.

After the tour, head to Jibe City for a windsurfing lesson. The clear waters and steady winds of Lac Bay make it an ideal spot for both beginners and experts. Windsurfing here is a thrilling experience, and the instructors are patient and knowledgeable. Feel the rush of gliding across the water, powered by the wind. For beginners, Lac Bay is a safe and supportive environment to learn the basics, while more experienced windsurfers can take advantage of the excellent conditions to practice their skills.

Wind down your day with a cozy campfire session at Delphins. Gather around the fire, enjoy the live music and the serene night under the stars. This is a great opportunity to bond with fellow travelers and reflect on the day’s adventures.

Tuesday – day at Washington-Slagbaai National Park

Spend your Tuesday exploring Washington-Slagbaai National Park. This nature preserve is a testament to Bonaire’s commitment to sustainability and eco-tourism. The park is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including flamingos, iguanas, and other endangered species. Start your day with a hike up Brandaris, the highest peak on the island. The panoramic views from the top are breathtaking and well worth the climb. On a clear day, you can see the neighboring islands of Curaçao and Venezuela.

As you explore the park, you’ll encounter pristine beaches, rugged landscapes, and historical sites. Visit Playa Chikitu, a beautiful beach known for its strong waves and picturesque scenery. This beach is a nesting site for sea turtles, so if you’re lucky, you might spot some hatchlings making their way to the ocean. Take a refreshing dip in the natural pools at Boka Slagbaai, where you can swim in clear, calm waters surrounded by rocky cliffs.

The park’s diverse ecosystems provide a haven for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for the vibrant yellow warblers, Caribbean parakeets, and of course, the majestic flamingos. Bring your camera to capture the stunning wildlife and landscapes. Whether you’re a bird watcher, a hiker, or simply a nature lover, Washington-Slagbaai National Park has something for everyone. It’s a perfect day for appreciating Bonaire’s natural beauty and ecological diversity.

Wednesday – north tour and local flavors

On Wednesday, embark on a scenic north tour of Bonaire. Start with a coastal drive to 1000 Steps, a stunning snorkeling and diving site. Despite its name, there are only about 67 steps leading down to a beautiful beach. Continue your journey along the coast, taking in breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Head towards Goto Lake, known for its serene lagoon.

For lunch, head to Posada Para Mira, a local restaurant offering traditional Bonairean cuisine. Enjoy dishes like goat stew (kabritu stoba) and fresh fish, prepared with local ingredients and flavors. The restaurant’s outdoor seating offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, providing a perfect setting for a relaxing meal.

The next stop is Rincon, the oldest town in Bonaire. Visit the cultural center and learn about the traditions and customs of Bonaire. The center often hosts exhibitions and events that showcase local art, music, and dance.

After, visit the Cadushy Distillery, where you can sample unique cactus liquor. The distillery also offers a variety of other spirits, all made with local ingredients. Learn about the distillation process and the history of the distillery, which is housed in a historic building in Rincon. The distillery’s courtyard is a lovely place to relax with a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

In the evening, head to Little Havana, a lively bar in Kralendijk. Enjoy a drink, listen to live music, and soak in the vibrant nightlife of Bonaire. The bar’s outdoor seating and colorful décor create a lively and welcoming ambiance. Havana often features local bands and musicians, giving you a taste of Bonaire’s rich musical culture. It’s the perfect end to a day filled with exploration and local flavors.

Thursday – mangrove kayaking and more

Thursday is packed with adventure and fun. Start with a kayaking trip through Bonaire’s mangroves, a vital part of the island’s ecosystem. The calm waters and lush greenery make it a peaceful and scenic experience. As you paddle through the mangroves, you’ll see a variety of wildlife, including birds, fish, and maybe even a few iguanas. The mangrove forests are nurseries for many marine species, making them crucial for maintaining the island’s rich biodiversity.

Your guided tour will take you through winding channels and tunnels formed by the mangrove roots. The guides are knowledgeable about the ecosystem and will point out interesting plants and animals along the way. This eco-friendly activity is perfect for nature lovers and those looking to experience a different side of Bonaire’s natural beauty.

Next, visit the Donkey Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of Bonaire’s donkeys. Learn about the history of these animals on the island and the efforts to protect them. The sanctuary is home to hundreds of donkeys, and you can interact with these gentle creatures up close. Feed them, pet them, and learn about the sanctuary’s important work in providing a safe haven for abandoned and neglected donkeys.

In the evening, get ready to salsa at Cuba Compagnie. The lively music and rhythmic dance moves will keep you energized and entertained. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or a beginner, salsa is a fun and engaging way to end your day. Dancing is a great way to connect with locals and fellow travelers, and the vibrant energy of the salsa scene will leave you feeling exhilarated.

Friday – diving and snorkeling

Friday is all about exploring Bonaire’s underwater world. Begin with an introduction dive with VIP Diving or Dive Friends. Bonaire is renowned for its pristine coral reefs and abundant marine life. The island is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park, which protects its waters and ensures excellent diving conditions year-round.

Your dive instructors will guide you through the basics, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. For those who prefer snorkeling, head to 1000 Steps or Salt Pier. These spots offer clear waters and vibrant sea life, including colorful fish, corals, and sometimes turtles. Snorkeling at these locations is like swimming in an aquarium, with stunning underwater views at every turn.

Bonaire’s commitment to marine conservation is evident in the health and diversity of its coral reefs. Whether diving or snorkeling, you’ll be amazed by the beauty of Bonaire’s underwater world. The island’s clear waters and abundant marine life make it a top destination for underwater enthusiasts. After your dive or snorkeling session, relax on the beach and reflect on the incredible underwater sights you’ve experienced.

Saturday – beach day and sunset magic

Relax and unwind on Saturday with a beach day at Té Amo. This beautiful beach offers soft sands and turquoise waters, perfect for sunbathing and swimming. Spend the day soaking up the sun, reading a book, or simply enjoying the serene surroundings. The calm, clear waters are ideal for a leisurely swim or some light snorkeling right off the shore.

As the day winds down, enjoy dinner from the Stoked Food Truck. The food truck offers a variety of delicious meals, from burgers to seafood, all served with a side of beachy charm. It’s a casual yet delightful way to end a perfect beach day. The friendly staff and laid-back vibe make it a great place to unwind and enjoy a tasty meal under the stars.

After dinner, head to Donkey Beach for a stunning sunset. The golden hues of the setting sun create a magical backdrop, perfect for a romantic evening or a quiet moment of reflection. Donkey Beach is known for its tranquil atmosphere and beautiful sunsets, making it a popular spot for both locals and visitors.

Sunday – Klein Bonaire and souvenirs

Your final day on Bonaire is a mix of adventure and shopping. Take a boat trip to Klein Bonaire, a small uninhabited island just off the coast. The island is perfect for snorkeling, beachcombing, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Caribbean. The clear waters and pristine beaches make it a tranquil escape. Spend the morning exploring the vibrant marine life and relaxing on the sandy shores.

In the afternoon, stroll through downtown Kralendijk. Visit Kaya Grandi, the main shopping street, where you can find a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars. Pick up souvenirs to remember your trip, from local crafts to delicious treats. The shops along Kaya Grandi offer a range of products, from handmade jewelry to locally produced rum. Enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants, where you can taste the flavors of Bonaire one last time. End your week on a high note, reflecting on the incredible experiences and memories you’ve made.

Book your stay now

A week on Bonaire offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural experiences. From diving into the coral reefs to dancing salsa, every day is filled with unforgettable moments. Whether you’re exploring national parks, kayaking through mangroves, or simply enjoying a beach day, Bonaire has something for everyone.

Ready to make memories on this beautiful island? Book your stay with Sunwise Bonaire now and start planning your dream vacation. The island awaits you with open arms and endless adventures. Enjoy your week on Bonaire and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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