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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Since my snorkeling excursion off a boat was cancelled at the last minute, we just went to a nearby small beach. It was small sand area with lounge chairs with food and drinks sold on premises.
Since my snorkeling excursion off a boat was cancelled at the last minute, we just went to a nearby small beach. It was small sand area with lounge chairs with food and drinks sold on premises. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Typical Caribbean island like St Lucia and St Kitts. No desire to visit again. I saw some really cute clothes at Chez and had Lynn try them on. But the zipper on one shirt and the belt on a pair of shorts broke right off as she was trying ... Read More
Typical Caribbean island like St Lucia and St Kitts. No desire to visit again. I saw some really cute clothes at Chez and had Lynn try them on. But the zipper on one shirt and the belt on a pair of shorts broke right off as she was trying them on. I tried on a Cariloha shirt, but had to go to a XXL, which was still tight. Salesman said it’s because they sell them in European sizes, which means kids sizes to Americans. We booked a tour with Luc Bosma (Bonaire Photo Shoot) for the afternoon on our way back to the boat for lunch. $50.00 (includes both of us) for a 1 ½ hour tour of the southern part of the island. The island tour was okay – typical of most Caribbean islands. We saw the salt pools and salt hills where salt is “mined” from seawater. We also saw the slave cabins from the former salt plantations. The slave quarters were very tiny. I could not stand up in one. I had to get on my hands and knees to enter and exit. At least the doorway faced the sea so they could get a breeze. Sorobon Beach Resort was a bar with lots of wind and kite surfing. This is the only beach worth going to on Bonaire and it’s not a good beach. Diving is also very big there, plus hiking the jungle in the northern part of the island. We had some sunburn on our face, so Lynn wanted to buy some aloe. We found a vendor at the pier who sold Bonaire aloe and we bought $100.00 worth. Turns out this was a complete waste of money. The aloe didn’t do anything for our sunburn. We bought some Australian Gold Moisture Block Tan Extender on the boat and it was a miracle worker. It helped keep our tan. The aloe was worthless. Australian Gold is stealing my business away from decades of using Panama Jack products. Bonaire is not worth a visit unless you’re diving or hiking. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
Really nothing to do if you don't go on an excursion. The place has a street lined with shops and rude store workers. Don't expect a greeting when you walk into the stores, do expect a nasty glare....surprising for a town that ... Read More
Really nothing to do if you don't go on an excursion. The place has a street lined with shops and rude store workers. Don't expect a greeting when you walk into the stores, do expect a nasty glare....surprising for a town that exists on tourists. Read Less
27 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
the boat could not comfortably or safely accommodate the number of people that were on it
the boat could not comfortably or safely accommodate the number of people that were on it Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
I did not like Bonaire at all. Very little to see. It relies on tourism for most of their money and the people pressure you to buy or do stuff. If I ever do a Southern Caribbean I will not get off the ship in Bonaire.
I did not like Bonaire at all. Very little to see. It relies on tourism for most of their money and the people pressure you to buy or do stuff. If I ever do a Southern Caribbean I will not get off the ship in Bonaire. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Ship arrived late so we missed our Woodwind snorkeling trip. Small town, clean but very little to see. A few bars with free wifi near ship.
Ship arrived late so we missed our Woodwind snorkeling trip. Small town, clean but very little to see. A few bars with free wifi near ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
If you are a diver or a snorkle fan, this the place for you. We went to the Bonaire Plaza Resort....it is a joke...narrow beach with very sharp rocks and coral beds to cross in order to enter the water...plenty of fish to see but an awful ... Read More
If you are a diver or a snorkle fan, this the place for you. We went to the Bonaire Plaza Resort....it is a joke...narrow beach with very sharp rocks and coral beds to cross in order to enter the water...plenty of fish to see but an awful beach. Poor accommodations. The town is not very well maintained and rather dirty. Would not care to visit here again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2010
In Bonaire we didn't sign up for an excursion but went into town and shopped. Small island - very hot weather - not much to do there unless you love scuba diving as I 've heard it is the place to do that.
In Bonaire we didn't sign up for an excursion but went into town and shopped. Small island - very hot weather - not much to do there unless you love scuba diving as I 've heard it is the place to do that. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We had to cancel our self obtained snorkel trip due to me still being sick. We did walk through the market area. This is a really small island & I was surprised how much of a market area they had. Much nicer than Tortuga!
We had to cancel our self obtained snorkel trip due to me still being sick. We did walk through the market area. This is a really small island & I was surprised how much of a market area they had. Much nicer than Tortuga! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Should have taken the southern route as we wanted to see the salt flats. North was nice though. It was hard for the driver to understand our questions and he was hard to understand.
Should have taken the southern route as we wanted to see the salt flats. North was nice though. It was hard for the driver to understand our questions and he was hard to understand. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We booked an excursion that was canceled days before we left for vacation but there wasn't anything else we were interested in so we got a day pass at a hotel near where we docked for the day.
We booked an excursion that was canceled days before we left for vacation but there wasn't anything else we were interested in so we got a day pass at a hotel near where we docked for the day. Read Less

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