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About Bonaire

The least developed of the Caribbean ABC islands (Aruba and Curacao are the others), Bonaire has many good reasons to protect its own extraordinary environment.

Bonaires Marine Park, which covers the coral reefs along the islands west coast, has a vast number and variety of fish, and snorkelling and diving amongst these colourful residents is a sheer delight. A more conventional national park spreads across the whole northern part of the island.

Originally plantations, this freshwater swampland is now home to pelican, parrots and geese. Pick of the islands beaches is called Pink Beach because of the attractive colour the coral has turned the sand.

 

Shore excursions in Bonaire

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

2 Tank Scuba Experience

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

For those of you who are certified divers, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Experience a 2 tank boat dive in the world famous, and number one ranked dive destination in the whole of the Caribbean, the Bonaire National Marine Park.

A must for the experienced diver!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat and minivan. There are medical conditions that will prevent you from diving; you must check the PADI website before booking https://www.padi.com/scuba-diving/about-padi/ contact-us/faq/learn-to-scuba-dive/. A PADI medical questionnaire must be completed on the day, however in order to avoid disappointment we recommend that you review the medical questionnaire online prior to the call. Should you answer yes to any of the questions, advice should be sought from your doctor and signed authorisation obtained, which must be presented at the start of the tour. All participants must pay a mandatory US$10 Marine Park Fee, which cannot be pre-paid; please ensure that you carry this cash payment with you. To participate in a certified dive you must hold a PADI open water scuba certification or BSAC Ocean Diver certification. Divers with a PADI Junior Open Water or a PADI Scuba Dive rating cannot be accepted due to the depth limits imposed. In line with the sports-diving industry if divers have not been diving within the last 6 months they must undertake a refresher course in the UK prior to boarding the ship. You must be aged 15 or over, carry your dive certification card with you, and your diving log or proof of a recently completed refresher course. If you are a certified diver but unable to meet our requirements, we advise taking the Discover Scuba tour. The tour duration is dependent on both divers and local conditions, so a return time cannot be confirmed. Equipment includes 2 tanks, weights, BCD, regulator, mask, fins and snorkel. Wetsuits may be hired at extra cost.

2 Tank Shore Diving

Activity high

Duration: 5 hours

For those of you who are certified divers, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Experience 2 shore dives in the world-famous, and number 1 ranked dive destination in the whole of the Caribbean, the Bonaire National Marine Park.

A must for the experienced diver!

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minivan

There are medical conditions that will prevent you from diving; you must check the PADI website before booking https://www.padi.com/scuba-diving/about-padi/ contact-us/faq/learn-to-scuba-dive/. A PADI medical questionnaire must be completed on the day, however in order to avoid disappointment we recommend that you review the medical questionnaire online prior to the call. Should you answer yes to any of the questions, advice should be sought from your doctor and signed authorisation obtained, which must be presented at the start of the tour. To participate in a certified dive you must hold a PADI open water scuba certification or BSAC Ocean Diver certification. Divers with a PADI Junior Open Water or a PADI Scuba Dive rating cannot be accepted due to the depth limits imposed. In line with the sports diving industry if divers have not been diving within the last 6 months they must undertake a refresher course in the UK prior to boarding the ship. You must be aged 15 or over, carry your dive certification card with you, and your diving log or proof of a recently completed refresher course. If you are a certified diver but unable to meet our requirements, we advise taking the Discover Scuba tour. The tour duration is dependent on both divers and local conditions, so a return time cannot be confirmed. Equipment includes 2 tanks, weights, BCD, regulator, mask, fins and snorkel.

Beach and Snorkel

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

An exhilarating snorkel adventure with time to relax on this island paradise.

A short transfer from the ship takes you to a local beach positioned in the heart of Bonaire on golden sand and surrounded by crystal clear water. Upon arrival, you will be given a full safety briefing and decked out in all necessary snorkelling equipment before taking to the water with your expert guide. As you snorkel along the surface your guide will help you to spot marine life, there may even be a chance of seeing sea turtles amongst the abundant tropical fish and corals during your 45 minute tour.

Once back ashore it’s time to relax on the beach. You will have over an hour to sunbathe along the shore, nap under shady palms, or purchase cocktails at the beach bar before your transfer back to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Pregnant women and children are not permitted to participate. Snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. Marine life sightings are dependent on sea conditions and visibility on the day. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Sunbeds are not included. The beach is public and may become busy. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports, these are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Best of Bonaire

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Discover the landscape of Bonaire, and experience the island’s culture at the Kings Warehouse.

Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning northern coastline, where you can marvel at the spectacular colour contrasts of the azure blue Caribbean sea. The rustic landscape is adorned with Candelabra Cacti, and the famous Divi Divi trees can also be seen in this area.

The natural reserve of Gotto Lake, considered by many to be the most beautiful spot on the island, is where you may be lucky enough to glimpse the shy pink flamingo. You’ll pass by the fresh water well, Dos Pos which attracts some of the local fauna and continue through Rincon Village. Built by Spanish explorers in the 14th century, the village is still home to some of the descendants today.

Your next stop is at the Kings Warehouse and Cultural Park. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a welcome fresh juice drink, before joining your guide on a guided visit of authentic replicas of the stick, stone and wood houses, built by Bonaire’s early inhabitants. You’ll also visit their recently opened museum which displays artifacts from Rincon, the oldest neighborhood on the island. Enjoy a musical demonstration of local instruments and if time permits, you may wish to browse the souvenir stands.

Your return drive will offer yet more wonderful views of the island.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and minibus. Walking is at passengers’ discretion, however to derive full enjoyment at the Kings Warehouse some walking is required. The terrain includes some uneven and gravel ground. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach or minibus. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. US dollars are accepted for purchases. Some areas within Kings Warehouse that are not included as part of the tour, carry an additional fee. Transportation on Bonaire may sometimes vary.

Bonaire 4x4 Adventure

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Capture the beauty of Bonaire on a 4x4 Adventure.

You’ll be met at the pier by your driver guide, before setting off on-road towards the east coast of Bonaire. This side of the island offers a more rugged coastline, which you’ll soon discover, when your tour heads off-road. Experience giant cactus trees and look out for wild donkeys and iguanas along the way.

Afterwards, your journey will take you to Sorobon Beach famous for its windsurfing, before heading back on-road along the south coast. En route, a photo stop will be made to view the old slave huts; these tiny huts were used to house the workers of the salt industry.

You’ll then continue to view the snow white salt flat mounds. Here, you may be lucky enough to see some of the islands pink flamingos. Your guide will also provide some interesting facts on the salt production in the area, before the return drive to the pier.

During your tour, a complimentary bottle of water will be offered.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 vehicle and on foot. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. There is a weight limit of 17 stone on this tour. The transportation may be by 4x4 Land Rover or 4x4 Unimog. Due to the nature of the transportation this tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. The route taken on this tour is a combination of on road and off road driving. There will be some walking over uneven ground. It is essential to wear flat, comfortable non-slip walking shoes.

 

A selection of cruises to Bonaire

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