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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
Bonaire is known for its pink flamingos, nature reserves and superb diving and snorkeling sites. Today's relaxing tour covers both the scenic and historic highlights of the island. Along the northern, scenic coastline, Bonaire's legendary blue waters offer a breathtaking outlook. Fossils embedded in limestone are clear evidence of the island rising from the sea. The rustic landscape is packed full of huge candelabra cacti as well as the famous divi divi trees. Goto Lake, a natural salt water lake and a feeding ground for the flamingos, is one the most beautiful places on the island. Narrow tree-lined country lanes will bring you to a drinking well for animals. Descend into Rincon Village and, as you travel through, hear ancient tales of this village that was built by Spanish explorers in the 14th century. Arriving at the King's Warehouse & Cultural Park, you'll be met by guides in traditional folkloric dress. Walk through authentic replicas of the stick, stone and wood houses built by Bonaire's early inhabitants. Join an interactive musical presentation, play an ancient local instrument, or dance to the island rhythms. Enjoy the large covered terrace while sipping a beverage -- freshly made lemonade, tamarind juice or a cold beer. The souvenir shop offers salt products, one of a kind jewelry pieces, arts and crafts as well as a variety of local and Caribbean music. Hop back on the bus for a scenic drive with stunning coastline views of crashing waves and the green, lush hillside. From the hilltop of Seru Largo, enjoy a spectacular panoramic east-west and southward view of the island and the ship in port. In the south, home to the Salt Company and protected flamingo nesting grounds, learn how salt is produced today on Bonaire, and how it was mined by slaves in the 19th century. At the slave huts, you can see and touch history as you visit the original huts used as shelters for the slaves working the salt pans. Here, the spectacular color contrasts of the Caribbean Sea against the pink-colored salt pans, snow-white salt mounds and clear blue skies make for picture-postcard photos.