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Best Things To Do in Bonaire

Bonaire's best sites sit below the sea's surface, so strap on a scuba mask and start exploring. Swim or snorkel around Klein Bonaire, or get a fish-eye view of the reefs that skirt areas like the 1,000 Steps Beach. When you need a break from the underwater scene, bring your hiking boots and binoculars to Washington Slagbaai National Park, or feed the affable little equines at the Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire.

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#1

#1 in Bonaire

As part of Bonaire National Marine Park, the island's entire coastline has been protected for more than 30 years, making Bonaire one of the Caribbean's best diving destinations. With 53 easily accessible diving spots dotting the entire leeward side of the island, Bonaire offers divers an abundance of places to explore underwater splendors. As one TripAdvisor user says they "Love that you can pull over, put on your scuba gear and within 5 minutes be on top of the most beautiful reefs."
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Diving and Snorkeling
As part of Bonaire National Marine Park, the island's entire coastline has been protected for more than 30 years, making Bonaire one of the Caribbean's best diving destinations. With 53 easily accessible diving spots dotting the entire leeward side of the island, Bonaire offers divers an abundance of places to explore underwater splendors. As one TripAdvisor user says they "Love that you can pull over, put on your scuba gear and within 5 minutes be on top of the most beautiful reefs."
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#2 in Bonaire

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Kralendijk—Bonaire's capital city—is a quaint hub of commercial and cultural activity comprising only a few blocks in size. While strolling along the streets, you'll notice well-preserved architecture, waterfront eateries, and a small yet bustling market.
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Kralendijk
Kralendijk—Bonaire's capital city—is a quaint hub of commercial and cultural activity comprising only a few blocks in size. While strolling along the streets, you'll notice well-preserved architecture, waterfront eateries, and a small yet bustling market.
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#3 in Bonaire

If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live on a deserted island, hop the next water taxi to Klein Bonaire. A small, uninhabited island about half a mile west of Bonaire's mainland, Klein Bonaire is an unblemished oasis protected from development as part of Bonaire Marine Park. Though Bonaire's main island is admittedly not as urbanized as neighboring Aruba, travelers in search of pure isolation will want to spend a day exploring Klein Bonaire's reefs. Some recent travelers even went back for more than one afternoon of island relaxation. Because this land is untouched, the water visibility is excellent; meaning snorkelers and divers can see the coral and sea creatures clearly.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Klein Bonaire
If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live on a deserted island, hop the next water taxi to Klein Bonaire. A small, uninhabited island about half a mile west of Bonaire's mainland, Klein Bonaire is an unblemished oasis protected from development as part of Bonaire Marine Park. Though Bonaire's main island is admittedly not as urbanized as neighboring Aruba, travelers in search of pure isolation will want to spend a day exploring Klein Bonaire's reefs. Some recent travelers even went back for more than one afternoon of island relaxation. Because this land is untouched, the water visibility is excellent; meaning snorkelers and divers can see the coral and sea creatures clearly.
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#4 in Bonaire

Don't be fooled: There aren't actually 1,000 steps to trudge up and down at this popular beach—only 67. You'll understand the moniker once you climb back up the stairs with your scuba gear strapped on.
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
1,000 Steps Beach
Don't be fooled: There aren't actually 1,000 steps to trudge up and down at this popular beach—only 67. You'll understand the moniker once you climb back up the stairs with your scuba gear strapped on.
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#5 in Bonaire

A veritable bird-watchers paradise, Washington Slagbaai National Park's 13,500-acre desert oasis plays host to about 203 different types of birds. The park also offers ample hiking trails suited for both amateur and expert trekkers. Hikers can choose between three routes. The 45-minute Kasikunda Climbing Trail—which begins at the park's Visitor Center—is a steep trek up a volcanic hill, but the views of North Bonaire are worth the effort. The Lagadishi Walking Trail, which also begins at the park's Visitor Center, is a less intense two-hour walk that provides a complete snapshot of Bonaire's native flora and fauna. Lastly, for a hike that offers unparalleled views of neighboring Curaçao—and on clear days, the Santa Ana Hill on Venezuela's Paraguaná Peninsula—take the Subí Brandaris Trail.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Washington Slagbaai National Park
A veritable bird-watchers paradise, Washington Slagbaai National Park's 13,500-acre desert oasis plays host to about 203 different types of birds. The park also offers ample hiking trails suited for both amateur and expert trekkers. Hikers can choose between three routes. The 45-minute Kasikunda Climbing Trail—which begins at the park's Visitor Center—is a steep trek up a volcanic hill, but the views of North Bonaire are worth the effort. The Lagadishi Walking Trail, which also begins at the park's Visitor Center, is a less intense two-hour walk that provides a complete snapshot of Bonaire's native flora and fauna. Lastly, for a hike that offers unparalleled views of neighboring Curaçao—and on clear days, the Santa Ana Hill on Venezuela's Paraguaná Peninsula—take the Subí Brandaris Trail.
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#6 in Bonaire

Fall all the way down the rabbit hole at this popular shore dive spot. Borrowing its name from Lewis Carroll's time-honored novel, Alice in Wonderland offers divers and snorkelers the chance to stumble into a fantasy world of gorgonian corals and colorful fish.
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Alice in Wonderland
Fall all the way down the rabbit hole at this popular shore dive spot. Borrowing its name from Lewis Carroll's time-honored novel, Alice in Wonderland offers divers and snorkelers the chance to stumble into a fantasy world of gorgonian corals and colorful fish.
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#7 in Bonaire

Though diving is Bonaire's main allure, those seeking a quintessential Caribbean beach experience won't be disappointed. With stunning views, warm shallow waters, and the island's characteristic white sands, Lac Bay offers sun-seekers a retreat from underwater adventures. There are also ample amenities, like lounge chairs and a beach bar.
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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Lac Bay
Though diving is Bonaire's main allure, those seeking a quintessential Caribbean beach experience won't be disappointed. With stunning views, warm shallow waters, and the island's characteristic white sands, Lac Bay offers sun-seekers a retreat from underwater adventures. There are also ample amenities, like lounge chairs and a beach bar.
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#8 in Bonaire

If you're recovering from a sunburn or just need a break from diving, the Butterfly Garden Bonaire offers a tranquil respite. The garden's host and guide, Georgie Rigault, provides an interesting glimpse into the butterfly species that live in and around the Caribbean. Recent travelers attest that Georgie always enjoys answering visitor questions. One TripAdvisor user says, "Georgie was helpful and informative, and didn't mind our asking him a zillion questions."
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Butterfly Garden Bonaire
If you're recovering from a sunburn or just need a break from diving, the Butterfly Garden Bonaire offers a tranquil respite. The garden's host and guide, Georgie Rigault, provides an interesting glimpse into the butterfly species that live in and around the Caribbean. Recent travelers attest that Georgie always enjoys answering visitor questions. One TripAdvisor user says, "Georgie was helpful and informative, and didn't mind our asking him a zillion questions."
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#9 in Bonaire

After you've explored the island's underwater life, dry off and direct your attention to the Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. Established in 1993 by Dutch Nationals Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman, the sanctuary provides a safe and peaceful oasis for more than 400 orphaned donkeys.
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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire
After you've explored the island's underwater life, dry off and direct your attention to the Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. Established in 1993 by Dutch Nationals Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman, the sanctuary provides a safe and peaceful oasis for more than 400 orphaned donkeys.
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