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Marina Melis/Marina Melis, Donkey Sanctuary 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 has provided a safe and peaceful oasis for hundreds of orphaned donkeys over multiple decades.

The donkeys are very friendly and comfortable around humans, whether you tour the sanctuary by car, scooter, bike or on foot. To earn some extra donkey affection, purchase some carrots from the shop to feed them. Recent visitors loved getting up close and personal with the animals and recommended spending part of your day here. 

The sanctuary is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with final entry at 4 p.m. Admission costs $9 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 12 and younger. The Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is south of Kralendijik, 5 minutes from the Bonaire International Airport. For more information, visit the sanctuary's website.

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#1 Klein Bonaire

If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live on a deserted island, hop on 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 the Bonaire National Marine Park. This isolated paradise boasts pristine white sands and some of the island's best diving and snorkeling opportunities, thanks to excellent water visibility. Just keep in mind that there are no refreshment stands, changing areas or beach umbrellas on the island, so you will need to pack your own water, food, sunscreen, towels and any other supplies. Still, Klein Bonaire earns rave reviews from visitors of all ages and diving levels. 

Caribe Watersport's water taxi departs from Karel's Beach Bar at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. every day, and from the Eden Beach Resort at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is also a 9 a.m. departure time from Eden Beach. You can hop on the taxi back to Bonaire's mainland at 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. Adult passengers will pay $20 round trip, while children 11 and younger can hop aboard for $10. For more information on Klein Bonaire, head to the Bonaire tourism website.

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