I have visited the Caribbean often, but I had a tough time saying “Goodbye” to this lovely little gem of an island. Your cruise ship will dock right in the middle of town so it is easy and simple to see a lot, shop and eat within a few steps from the port exit.
Last time in Bonaire, my wife and I took a diving lesson, but this time we opted to see the island. I made contact with Barbel at Bonaire Vista Tours (firstname.lastname@example.org) (http://www.bonairevistatours.com/) for the 3+hr island tour – a great choice! We met Edwin our driver and guide, and we were joined by one more passenger, so basically I wound up with a private island tour. Our tour started by driving through the town moving south along the coast. Edwin pointed out the different colored rocks which point out various dive spots and leave helpful hints for the traveler/tourists. We stopped next to the amazing Cargill salt flats and saw the mountains of salt, then made our way to the abandoned slave huts. Turning back north, we drove along the magnificent coastline driving by the “1000 steps” and stopping at different vantage points, caves and secluded beaches. Heading inland, we stopped at the Flamingo Sanctuary and got a firsthand look at the flamingos walking around and showing us how they ‘fish’ for food. Our final stop was in the town of Rincon at the Cadushy Distillery where we got to taste some of the local cactus liquor. Put this tour on your list!