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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
    Diving and Snorkeling
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    #1 in Bonaire
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    As part of Bonaire National Marine Park, the island's entire coastline has been protected for more than 30 years, making Bonaire one of theCaribbean'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

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  • #2
    Kralendijk
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    #2 in Bonaire
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Shopping, Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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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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  • #3
    Klein Bonaire
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    #3 in Bonaire
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    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.

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  • #4
    1,000 Steps Beach
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    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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    Washington Slagbaai National Park
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    #5 in Bonaire
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    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

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  • #6
    Alice in Wonderland
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    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
    Lac Bay
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    Thoughdivingis Bonaire's main allure, those seeking a quintessentialCaribbeanbeach 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
    Butterfly Garden Bonaire
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    1 to 2 hours
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    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 theCaribbean. Recent travelers attest that Georgie always enjoys answering

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    Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire
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    #9 in Bonaire
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    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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