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“Wonderful island tour”

Bonaire Vista Tours
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US$35.00*
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Discover Bonaire Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #6 of 68 Tours in Kralendijk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bonaire Vista Tours is specialized in showing you the highlights of Bonaire while informing you about the history, culture and customs of its wonderful people. In our air conditioned bus we will take you to all the beautiful places that Bonaire has to offer. See Bonaire with your heart.
Reviewed 1 September 2017

On August 21,2017, we visit for first time Bonaire, so decided to do the full tour around the Island. Ingrid, our driver and guide was specialized in showing the highlights of Bonaire while sharing the history, culture and customs of its wonderful people. 
The tours begins in Kralendijk, the busy port of Bonaire. Translated into English, Kralendijk means embankment of coralstone and Ingrid drove us along the coast.
Then we went south, we saw the pink waters and massive piles of Bonaire’s pristine salt. She told us that it is some of the purest in the world and like no other in the Caribbean. Salt production has been a major industry on Bonaire for more than 350 years. Cargill Incorporated has been operating the salt production on Bonaire since 1997. These wonderful mountains of white salt crystals can be seen on the southern part of the island. Bonaire affectionately refers to them as the Bonairean Alps.
We enjoyed Bonaire's turquoise waters along the coast. We made a stop at the historical slavehuts. These small buildings were used during the 1800's as small shelters for the slaves who toiled in the salt pans. They stand as a mute testimony to a painful time in the history of humankind and have been preserved as a reminder of that period.
Then we went north, the coast road heads inland and an increase in elevation reveals Bonaire's scenic hills, cactus, trees and more.
We went to Gotomeer Lake with a possible sneak peak of the flamingos in the lake. This inland lake is perhaps one of the most picturesque spots on Bonaire. Chances are, we viewed one of Bonaire's shy signature bird, the pink flamingo. The northern route winds along the lake's southern shore. Sorry, the flamingos were to far to take a picture!
We passed through the village of Rincon that it looks like time stood still. This town is the oldest of the Netherlands Antilles. It was founded in 1527 by the spanish. In this former slave-town it looks like time stands still. Mangazina di Rei is the second oldest stone building on Bonaire. It was originally used to store provisions for the government slaves. The structure has been completely restored and now features a museum and an open air museum of historic houses. The Mangazina is an important part of the history of Rincon and their people.
Throughout Bonaire’s elevated northern end,we saw the desert landscape  with varying cactus species, including Candle and Prickley Pear, are present. The last stop was at Seru Largu which has the most beautifull vista over the island. Our highest point of the tour at 404 feet is Seru Largu (Long Hill). Many local people get married at this beautiful landmark.You will have a great view over the south and east of Bonaire and on a clear day even see Curacao!
After the tour ended we decided to stayed in Kralendijk the capitol of Bonaire.
Downtown main street has great shops featuring local souvenirs and a mixture of delicious international restaurants. A quaint little town, Kralendijk is lined with delightfully painted pastel stucco houses, in pinks, oranges and lime green.  It was an amazing tour,.                                                    

 


 

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Barbel H, Owner at Bonaire Vista Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Hi Aury.
Thank you for your review. Ingrid really loves Bonaire where she was born and raised. It shows in her tours.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

This was the perfect tour, with our perfect tour guide, Edwin. All of our interactions with Barbel on booking the tour were wonderful. After we got off the cruise ship, it was easy to find them and meet Barbel in person. Edwin, our guide was amazing, full of great facts about Bonaire. He really made the island come alive....we were a group of about 9 from the ship and this felt like a very private tour. I was pleasantly surprised at all the different things to see on the island. I will always remember this tour when I look at my salt shaker!

Thank Lisa B
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Barbel H, Owner at Bonaire Vista Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Hello Lisa.
Thank you for writing such a kind review. I am glad you found the salt shop: they have great little souvenirs. We hope to welcome you back on Bonaire

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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing tour with our excellent guide Edwin!! He showed us all that Bonaire has to offer and gave us great information about the island. I cannot think of any cons to this tour. They try and cater to you, in order for you to have the best experience. We highly recommend Bonaire Vista Tours!

Thank Claire J
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Barbel H, Owner at Bonaire Vista Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you Claire. We were happy that we could change the itinerary of the tour so that it included everything you wanted to see.

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Reviewed 25 August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and Edgar was a great guide, friendly and knowledgeable. We felt we got a very good introduction to Bonaire and an opportunity to see many of the highlights of the island. The right amount of time was spent at each location; we never felt rushed. We were a family group of 13 on a cruise, and their location was easy to find, just outside the dock area. Thanks, Edgar, for a great tour of Bonaire!

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Barbel H, Owner at Bonaire Vista Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We made our tour longer than most tour companies so that you never feel rushed. We are glad you enjoyed your time on Bonaire.

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Great tour, very informative and detailed. More importantly it was done in an air-con van. Highly recommended tour

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