How to Spend 1 Day in Bonaire
Bonaire, a small desert island in the Caribbean, ranks among the best places on the planet for scuba diving and snorkeling. Even if you prefer to stay above the surface of the water, this island is packed with outdoor adventures and cultural appeal. Here’s how to spend the ultimate 24 hours on Bonaire.
Morning: Island Sightseeing
While Bonaire’s beaches are certainly beautiful, those who can pull themselves away from the sand and sea for a morning exploring the island will be rewarded. Most sightseeing tours on Bonaire begin in Kralendijk and venture across the island to see the piles of pink salt at the salt pans, pink flamingos of Goto Lake, the historic town of Rincon, and the seaside huts that once served as slave quarters during the mid-19th century. If you’re feeling like stretching your legs, opt for an electric bike tour of the island’s south side.
Afternoon: Aquatic Adventure
Beat the Caribbean heat by hitting the water. Spend the afternoon on a snorkeling and sailing excursion through Bonaire National Marine Park to observe some of the 340 species of tropical fish that live along the beautiful reef. If you’re scuba certified, consider joining a guided dive. It’s also possible to combine two aquatic adventures, kayaking and snorkeling, into a single excursion as you paddle your way through the protected mangrove forests of the island. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, flamingos, and pelicans along the way.
Night: Sunset Sail
As the sun begins to sink toward the horizon, hit the water once again for a romantic sunset sail on the blue waters around Bonaire. Board a sailboat for a cocktail and tapas as the sun sets, or opt for a full gourmet barbecue at sea as you cruise around the island. Either option makes for the perfect end to a perfect day for couples, families, and groups of friends.