Bon Bini - Welcome to Bonaire! Todays relaxing drive covers both the scenic and historic highlights. Encounter the flamingos at the land locked salt water lagoon, drive through the oldest settlement, the village Rincon. Visit the kings store house, the Mangazina di Rei which forms now a part of a cultural park and a museum. Enjoy the view from the Seru Largu before we go south to see the salt flats and the slave huts.
Bonaire is known for its pink flamingos, nature reserves and superb diving and snorkelling sites. Today’s relaxing drive covers both the scenic and historic highlights.
Your route carries you north along the coast, past many of the island’s fine vistas and dive sights. Your first stop is at Lake Goto (Goto Meer), the island’s land-locked salt-water lagoon, for a look at the long-legged, pink Flamingos. Continue your drive across the island, passing at the fresh water well Dos Pos and through the village of Rincon, the oldest settlement. Visit the cultural park Mangazina di Rei (1824) which was used by the king to store provisions for the slaves. The second oldest stone building on Bonaire now forms part of a cultural park where young and elder Bonaireans are working together to keep their traditional customs alive. Visit the museum and have some refreshments.
Drive on to Seru Largu on top of the mountain, pausing to enjoy the sweeping views over Kralendijk, Klein Bonaire and the southern part of the island. As you make your way to the southern part of the island, pause for photos of the salt pans – the colour contrast between the blue Caribbean, pink salt pans and towering white mounds of dry salt are quite spectacular. Your route also carries you past the white slave huts, small shelters built for the slaves forced to labour in the salt ponds.
There are some steps to go inside the museum.