Our most recommended things to do in Kralendijk

Snorkeling and Grilling Fresh Fish at Donkey Beach

1. Snorkeling and Grilling Fresh Fish at Donkey Beach

Experience the Caribbean way of life. Go snorkeling, relax at the beach, have a swim, and enjoy some freshly grilled fish. This activity takes place at Donkey beach, a rocky beach with some patches of sand. There is plenty of shade from the trees. This is where the locals hang out and celebrate birthdays with their families in the weekends. From the beach you walk straight into the crystal clear waters that are teeming with all kinds of different fish and corals. We will show you how local people use traditional fishing methods to catch fish. Then it's time to clean some fresh fish and fry them up on the grill. Of course you’re welcome to help along!

Washington Slagbaai National Park Day Trip

2. Washington Slagbaai National Park Day Trip

The best way to experience Bonaire Washington Park is with a local guide who knows the most beautiful spots! Beautiful and unspoiled are understatements when describing Bonaire Washington Slagbaai National Park. Discover its treasures on this special guided tour through hidden coves, secluded beaches, salt lakes & magical watering holes. Originally inhabited by the Caiquetio Indians, Bonaire Washington Park is the first nature sanctuary of the former Netherland Antilles. Established in 1969 and located in the Northwest part of the Island, it covers an area of roughly one-fifth of Bonaire, and it was the location of Slagbaai - the largest and most productive plantations during the colonial period. Today the park is home to 2 internationally recognized and protected wetlands known as Ramsar sites and is a safe habitat for Bonaire’s native birds and reptiles. Its pristine beaches are an important nesting ground for both the sea turtles and birds that visit the waters of our unspoiled Island. With a flexible itinerary, you will have plenty of opportunities to admire and photograph the flora & fauna in their natural habitat. Washington Park is a national nature park with off-roading paths and dirt roads. Get ready for a fun adventure!

Cave Exploration Tour & Snorkeling

3. Cave Exploration Tour & Snorkeling

It is estimated that Bonaire is home to over 400 hidden caves, yet many locals and tourists never know about them! With an amazing underground ecosystem of stalactites and stalagmites that formed over thousands of years, this tour allows you to explore these magnificent structures with an experienced local cave guide. With a small group, you will explore 3 diverse caves, including 2 dry caves and a wet/dry cave, where you will have the opportunity to snorkel in freshwater and explore multiple caverns. During this active tour, you will explore and manoeuvring with your guide’s help around beautiful formations, fossilized corals, imprints, and limestone. It truly is one of the best-kept secrets on the Island and an experience unique to Bonaire. Whether you’ve lived on our Island for ages or only have a few hours here, you won’t want to miss it! We will pick you up at the ship port or your accommodation and take you to the North side of the Island to a place called Hill Top. On the way, your guide will share local information about the area and the Island as you head to and from the caves.

Donkey Sanctuary Tour with a Local Guide

4. Donkey Sanctuary Tour with a Local Guide

The donkeys are naturally curious and will come up to your car to say hello. Then visit the garden where you can see tortoises and iguanas among several local plants. At the start of the tour, we will tell you about the downtown area of Kralendijk. Downtown Kralendijk consists of a few streets and is easily walkable. Kaya Grandi is the Main Street, where you will find most shops, restaurants, and cafes. After the tour, we can drop you off in the centre if you want to do some shopping and walk around. If you're on a cruise, the ship port is about a 5-minute walk from the downtown district, and you can easily see and walk back to your ship before departure. The primary objective of Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is to offer a sheltered, protected life to all the donkeys of Bonaire. That will be our last point of interest. While driving back downtown, we encourage you to ask questions, and we will share more about the island.

Kralendijk: Island Tour with Cultural Museum and Beach Stop

5. Kralendijk: Island Tour with Cultural Museum and Beach Stop

A great way to spend a half day ashore from your cruise, this 3 hour scenic tour shows off Bonaire sights and delights including the 1,000 Steps. Photo opportunities are easy on this tour. With the pink salt flats, being a highlight, your tour guide meets you at the cruise port and shares stories of Bonaire's history, salt flat, and northern countryside wildlife like flamingos as well as convenient roundtrip transportation to and from your port. This tour will show you the history of Karpata Plantation, and Kralendijk's downtown area with photo stops and a guided tour of the Cultural Museum. Your scenic tour also offers the option to spend two hours at Spice Beach Club at the Eden Beach Resort with roundtrip transportation and access to beach amenities like a beach bar, beach lounge, and snorkel equipment rentals and restrooms, making this excursion ideal for cultural connoisseurs and beachgoers alike! Along the way, you'll pass the traditional Dutch Caribbean styled Courtyard Bonaire hotel and the flamingo pink BIA Bonaire International Airport on your way to the white slave huts, a historic landmark where slaves once gathered after working the salt flats. You'll stop to take photos by these iconic 19th-century huts and then head to the salt flats, and Bonaire's solar salt facility Cargill, which produces over 400,000 tons of industrial-grade salt annually. Continue your island sightseeing and cultural tour with a 45-minute scenic drive that takes you past downtown Kralendijk and the Karpata Plantation, a historic 19th-century plantation named after Karpata trees used to produce castor oil. As you continue to drive around the island, you'll journey through the northern scenic route and see the countryside's historic sites, such as 1,000 Steps landmark, learn about the stunning saltwater Goto Lake, and Rincon, Bonaire's oldest town established in the mid 16th century. Your tour guide will share details about the countryside's vegetation, wildlife like feral goats and green iguanas, aloe plantation, and spend 30 minutes exploring the history and culture of the island at the Cultural Museum and learn how settlers first lived on the island. Hop back on board your ride to depart Rincon and take in the stunning views of the old Arawak Indian settlement of Antriol as you head back to your port. If you opt to spend two hours at the beach, your transportation will take you to the iconic Spice Beach Club at the Eden Beach Resort. Here, you'll get to walk along the rocky shorelines of the public beach of Spice Beach as you bask in the sun, or enjoy refreshments at a nearby beach bar. With access to beach club amenities like water sports vendors who offer snorkel gear rental, you can enjoy your favorite water activities before heading back to your port for the perfect end to your tour.

Private Bonaire Island Tour with Transfer

6. Private Bonaire Island Tour with Transfer

This is a Unique Private Tour guided by a knowledgeable, Local Bonaire resident who loves the Island with 28 points of interest. Why Shekhinah Tours is Different: Unlike other tours, this is not a big bus experience (with less than 28 points of interest) with long wait times and impersonal guides. We want you to feel welcome to the island when you step off the ship or plane, and we’re excited to share our knowledge of the history, culture, economy, and food on Bonaire! You will be greeted personally and shown to your vehicle. You will personally interact with your guide throughout. You will see all the major sites and highlights; you will experience local neighbourhoods to sample snacks and drinks native to this region. Because of the minor group nature of this tour, you will be able to ask questions and make custom requests if there’s something you want to see. Time allows, and we’ll do all we can to make this trip memorable for you and your group! At the end of the tour, you will get a local appreciation from us.

Bonaire: Private E-Snorkeling Experience

7. Bonaire: Private E-Snorkeling Experience

For those who aren't confident swimmers, the Sea Scooters present an excellent opportunity to partake in snorkeling. Our knowledgeable guides will stay close by, ensuring your safety throughout the adventure. Additionally, swimming vests are available upon request to provide added security. Even if you're a proficient swimmer, you'll find the sea scooters to be an absolute blast. They enable you to dive and play underwater, adding a whole new dimension to your snorkeling experience. Prior to your excursion, your guide will provide a briefing on basic snorkeling skills and instruct you on the proper use of the Sea Scooters. Together, you'll enter the water from the beach, and our experienced instructors will assist you in getting acquainted with the scooters. Once you're comfortable, you can follow your guide on a captivating tour along the reef or simply enjoy playful moments with the scooters. The entire experience typically lasts around 1.5 hours, with approximately 45 minutes of water time. It's an adventure you won't want to miss!

Sunset Island Tour with Prosecco Beach Picnic

8. Sunset Island Tour with Prosecco Beach Picnic

During this private tour, you'll experience Bonaire’s colorful flat landscapes in the south as well as the impressive hills, cliffs, and crashing waves in the north. As you explore Bonaire’s nature, your local guide will share information about this region's nature, economy, and history with you. You will end this tour with a memorable beach picnic, where you can toast to Bonaire's beautiful sunset with a nice glass of prosecco. The south region of Bonaire features a symphony of pinks, purples, and blues as you drive along and view the large mountains of salt that have been a part of Bonaire’s history since the 17th century. The north of Bonaire is vastly different from the Island’s salt flats in the south. The north is home to dense cacti, trees, wildlife, and tall coral cliffs. Much of this area is a protected nature reserve, including Washington Slagbaai National Park. During this tour, you’ll see plenty of wild nature, birds, and crashing waves on our journey! The tour is 3,5 hours in length and includes 29 points of interest and 7 stops. Each stop will be about 5 – 10 minutes long, with a 30-minute beach picnic at sunset. During this time, you will be able to enjoy the stunning scenic views and learn more about Bonaire.

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