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Sail Date: March 2009
On Bonaire we booked an excursion through the ship because it was a short stay. I'm so glad we did. We sailed aboard the Samur - a replicated Thai fishing junk- over to Klein Bonaire for a drift snorkel. You do have to climb down into ... Read More
On Bonaire we booked an excursion through the ship because it was a short stay. I'm so glad we did. We sailed aboard the Samur - a replicated Thai fishing junk- over to Klein Bonaire for a drift snorkel. You do have to climb down into a zodiac and then back up a ladder to get onto the main vessel, but even those who were initially worried did just fine and there were several elderly passengers on board. Not everyone snorkeled, some stayed on the beach, but most of our group agreed that this excursion was one of the highlights of our trip. Chris and Yvonne,the operators/owners of the Samur, were very welcoming and the snorkeling in the clear waters of the reef was spectacular. I got to swim with a sea turtle for almost half an hour and the tour was not crowded at all. Awesome! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
We took the Princess Water Taxi to Klein Bonaire Excursion from 8:30am to 11:30am. You board the water taxi very close to the ship and take about a twenty five minute ride to Klein Bonaire which is a small island just off the Bonaire ... Read More
We took the Princess Water Taxi to Klein Bonaire Excursion from 8:30am to 11:30am. You board the water taxi very close to the ship and take about a twenty five minute ride to Klein Bonaire which is a small island just off the Bonaire coast. Klein Bonaire is totally surrounded by a reef and you are able to snorkel right from shore. You just look for a spot to safely go into the water in the gaps between the coral. The water taxi takes you to No Name Beach which does have a sandy area for swimming and sunbathing. There are no facilites on the island other than a small stand which has drinks and snorkel gear. The snorkeling on this island is some of the best in the world. It should be a must do if you go to Bonaire. Our only disappointment is that Princess only is in port until 1:00pm on this cruise which severely limits your time. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Bonaire - We booked an snorkel excursions through the ship here, a week or so before we departed online. We didn't get the first excursion we wanted, we settled with the "Junk Snorkel". We were very happy with this ... Read More
Bonaire - We booked an snorkel excursions through the ship here, a week or so before we departed online. We didn't get the first excursion we wanted, we settled with the "Junk Snorkel". We were very happy with this excursion. Having done a catamaran snorkel on our last cruise in Grand Cayman, we looked forward to another adventure on a different type of sailing vessel. We were not disappointed by the boat or the snorkeling on this awesome Caribbean gem of an island. The "Junk" is an old pirate looking ship owned by some local folks who came to the island from Switzerland. The boat has a long story and is a wooden ship covered in carvings and shrouded with history. The port in Bonaire is small and has the most beautiful turquoise blue water I had ever seen. As we pulled in we spotted a sea turtle from the ship. There is little here but a dock and a transportation pick up. A larger centre seemed to be a short walk away. Our excursion started right off the ship's dock. Small tenders (Zodiacs) picked us up at the dock and whisked us to the "Junk". In no time the boat was full and we where on our way. The captain and crew were friendly and served punch as we crossed the straight to Little Bonaire. Little Bonaire is a island/park surrounded by reef and outlined with beautiful sand beaches. The crew handed out the gear and briefed us on the fish/ocean life we may see. The captain then explained the two options. 1. Take tenders to the beach and snorkel in the immediate area of the beach. 2. Take the tenders to the beach and then once everyone was off the ship take the tenders up current and drift snorkel back. YEAH 2! I have always wanted to drift snorkel and if you are up for an adventure I would highly recommend it. After making our way to the beach, we put on out gear to work out any problems and then we jumped back in the tender and headed up current. There was about 10 of us and two crew. One crew drove the tender and the other jumped in the water and escorted us back as we drifted back to the first stop on the beach. It was awesome snorkeling. They asked that we didn't swim over the reef, which did limit our perspective and result, but what we did see was awesome and full of life. There were some deep spots and I got to see my first wild sea turtle, which was a HUGH standout for me. The whole water part lasted about 90 minutes, with a 30 minute ride there and a 45 minute ride back. On the way back the crew served rum punch and fruit trays and sold T-shirts and hats. I would highly recommend this snorkel adventure. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Bike tour of island is one of the best ways to see the island in a complete different perspective. Still one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean.
Bike tour of island is one of the best ways to see the island in a complete different perspective. Still one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
No need to do an excursion here. Get off the boat go right and you'll hit a beach that's perfect for snorkeling. It'll cost you $20 per person for a chair (no drinks included in this deal) or if you do what we did you might ... Read More
No need to do an excursion here. Get off the boat go right and you'll hit a beach that's perfect for snorkeling. It'll cost you $20 per person for a chair (no drinks included in this deal) or if you do what we did you might get it for less. Walk on the beach like you don't know about the charge and find a seat. Sit, sun, snorkel and wait for someone from the beach hut to pass by. They'll ask for 20 bucks each and then you start to negotiate. We told them we didn't have that much on us (which was the absolute truth) and we got the chairs and pass for 10 bucks each. snorkeling was unbelievable. Much better than Hawaii. It's a must for this port. I'm sure an excursion would get you to some different spots that may hold even better snorkeling. Had we know how good it was we would have booked a snorkel excursion here instead of Aruba. But like I mentioned before this beach was great for seeing tons of fish. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
Loved it because we have been here many times. Feels like going home. Quiet people, beautiful ocean. Snorkeling and diving unbeatable. Quaint shops. Lac Bay is fantastic, only great beach and best wind surfing in the world, but could ... Read More
Loved it because we have been here many times. Feels like going home. Quiet people, beautiful ocean. Snorkeling and diving unbeatable. Quaint shops. Lac Bay is fantastic, only great beach and best wind surfing in the world, but could get busy when cruise ships are in port. Port not known for great beaches, reefs go right up to the island which is why it it a divers island. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
Safe, quiet, laid back town. Nothing beats the easy diving. Have your fish I.D. books ready because you'll see it all here. Although I rarely eat away from the ship, we did eat at Cactus Blue one street away from the cruise ship ... Read More
Safe, quiet, laid back town. Nothing beats the easy diving. Have your fish I.D. books ready because you'll see it all here. Although I rarely eat away from the ship, we did eat at Cactus Blue one street away from the cruise ship pier. The Tuna Sashimi will knock your socks off. Not alot of shopping or sight seeing, just a great dive and eats island. Lac Bay on the opposite side of the island is picture perfect and one of the best places in the world to wind surf. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2008
Another place I'd like to spend more time. Great beaches, clear water, friendly people, great little town. We liked the fact that all the cab fares are posted in plain sight. No haggling or rip-offs.
Another place I'd like to spend more time. Great beaches, clear water, friendly people, great little town. We liked the fact that all the cab fares are posted in plain sight. No haggling or rip-offs. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
A local tour guide, not a recent settler, would be more informed and would give more authentic information about the place
A local tour guide, not a recent settler, would be more informed and would give more authentic information about the place Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Probably our least favourite port, we wandered around the downtown area and along the shore near the ship. Beautiful water, just did not seem like many options for activities here.
Probably our least favourite port, we wandered around the downtown area and along the shore near the ship. Beautiful water, just did not seem like many options for activities here. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Bonaire is a fairly small island that is somewhat new to cruise tourism. It is easy to walk around town and they have a nice local craft plaza a few blocks from the pier. While we did not do an excursion, our dinner table mates did two ... Read More
Bonaire is a fairly small island that is somewhat new to cruise tourism. It is easy to walk around town and they have a nice local craft plaza a few blocks from the pier. While we did not do an excursion, our dinner table mates did two excursions, one a dive trip and the other a 4x4 offload excursion. Both said they really enjoyed their adventures. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We tied up at the more central North Pier instead of the advertised South Pier, which was occupied by an Aida ship. We booked an independent tour but at over twice the price of the Curacao tour and not quite as good. The island caters ... Read More
We tied up at the more central North Pier instead of the advertised South Pier, which was occupied by an Aida ship. We booked an independent tour but at over twice the price of the Curacao tour and not quite as good. The island caters mainly to divers, with some of the best sites in the Caribbean. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
Easy to take taxi to beaches - one, rocky but good for snorkeling, other, sandy and good for swimming although a lot of wind surfers around.
Easy to take taxi to beaches - one, rocky but good for snorkeling, other, sandy and good for swimming although a lot of wind surfers around. Read Less

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