Butterfly Garden Bonaire#8 in Best Things To Do 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."
If the butterflies' kaleidoscopic colors aren't enough of a draw, recent travelers also praise the garden's new open-air luncheonette, the KishiKishi Café. The café offers small bites during the week, such as goat cheese spring rolls and pastechi (a meat-filled pastry), and on Sundays, Jamaican-style barbeque. Some recent travelers even bypassed the Butterfly Garden in favor of the saucy eats.
The Butterfly Garden Bonaire is located on the southeastern side of the island, near Lac Cai. The garden opens its doors Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults costs $12, children ages four to 11 costs $8, and children 3 and under can enter for free. For more information, visit the garden's website.
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#1 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."
Remember that you must be certified before you can plunge into the deep blue sea. Though many island resorts offer diving packages—which include PADI certification—training before your trip may cut down the overall cost and allow you to start exploring from day one. All divers are required to purchase the mandatory $25 nature tag, which you must attach to your scuba gear. The fee grants you one year of unlimited diving, and the proceeds help maintain Bonaire Marine Park.
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