I just recently got back from a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line where the itinerary included 6 island stops. Among those stops were the ABC Islands.
Bonaire was my favorite stop along this route and I give the credit for that to the driver I hired outside the port. Unlike myself, I didn’t do any research prior to arriving, I had planned to take an excursion through the ship (like diving) but something was telling me to get a private island tour and I am SO happy I went that route (but there are amazing tours the cruise line offers).
We ended up getting a driver for about 3-4 hours and the cost was $100 USD plus I tipped him nicely for showing us everything and telling us the history of the island, being extremely kind and helpful and for chasing down a flying pack of flamingos so I could photograph them! That sounds weirder than it was – but he saw them across the road flying over the ocean and knew they would cross back and fly over the salt flats, so he sped up so I had time to get out of the car and take photos.
If that’s not customer service, I don’t know what is.
I hope these 26 photos inspire you to visit Bonaire. One of the main benefits of going on a cruise is being able to see multiple places in one trip and making the decision if you want to return later for an extended trip. The island left such a lasting impression on me and I cannot wait to return.
**I including images of the slave huts because it IS an important part of the history in Bonaire. They are lined on the southern coast of the island, and while they stand alone, are colorful and have a painful history, they are beautiful in their own way. I’m really glad they were not taken down as it serves as a reminder of the past and how far we have come.
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**Disclaimer: I did partner with Norwegian Cruise Line, but as always, opinions are entirely my own