Caribbean Tourism

Travel Information

Excursions

Hire a car if you do not want to go on an organized tour. The island can be toured in a day if you start early but it is more pleasant to do a north tour on one day and a south tour another. Take food and drinks, there are rarely any available along the way, and aim to picnic somewhere you can swim to cool off. The North: North of Kralendijk the road passes...

Kralendijk

Kralendijk meaning coral dike, the capital of Bonaire, is a small, sleepy town with colourful buildings one or two storeys high. It is often referred to locally as simply ‘Playa’, because of its historic position as the main landing place. The town is just a few blocks long with some streets projecting inland. In 1999 a seaside promenade project was...

Flora & Fauna

The old salt pans of Pekelmeer, needed by the Salt Company, posed an ecological problem: Bonaire has one of the largest Caribbean flamingo colonies in the Western Hemisphere, and these birds build their conical mud nests in the salt pans. Pleas from wildlife conservationists convinced the company that it should set aside an area of 56 ha for a flamingo...

Tourist Information

Local Tourist Office: Kaya Simón Bolívar 12, Kralendijk T7178322, F7178408 www.InfoBonaire.com The Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association (Bonhata) T7175134, F7178534 i...@bonhata.org The Bonaire tourist map shows all the dive and snorkelling sites around the island as well as the best bird watching places. The Official Roadmap with Dive Sites is available...

Communication

Phone codes within the Caribbean: 599-7 Telephone Services: Direct dialling to the USA with a credit card is available at the airport and at Telbo in town. The international code for Bonaire is 599, followed by a 7-digit number beginning with 717. For information on services, contact Telbo, T7177000, F7175007. To rent a cellular phone, T09-5692244/6999....

Getting There

Air KLM flies from Amsterdam once a week in a joint operation with ALM, although this may change from a direct service to going via Curaçao. Martinair offers a direct service. If you are a diver and it is specified on your airline ticket, KLM will allow you an extra 10 kg baggage allowance for diving equipment (regular allowance 20 kg tourist class, 30 kg...

Before Travelling

Documents: All visitors must have an onward ticket to a destination outside the Netherlands Antilles and a confirmed room reservation before arriving. Tourists may stay for up to three months with a valid passport. Those intending to stay more than 90 days must apply for a visa. US citizens do not need a passport; a birth certificate, alien registration...