Kayak The Mangrove on Bonaire

Kayak The Mangrove on Bonaire

The Bonaire Mangroves, in the Lac Bay area, are a perfect area to explore by Kayak.  Steer your kayak through the shallow waters and tunnels of the mangroves and experience one of the best preserved mangroves in the Carribean. The Bonaire mangrove is home to many species of plants, birds and fish who thrive in Bonaire’s waters.  With a guided kayak tour through the mangroves, your trained leader will identify all the species of plants and magnificent birds in this beautiful and tranquil forest. Your guides will happily educate you about the wildlife and plant origins on Bonaire in the mangrove.

Also in Lac Bay, you will find many conch shells. The sea grass in this area is an important environment for queen conch shells, and many other sea creature including sea horses, turtles, lobsters and rays. The grass also filters water in Lac Bay.

The fisherman recognized the importance of mangroves to the eco-system. They used to ply the canopied waterways in their boats, fishing and harvesting mangrove twigs. They used the long, pliable sticks to make mats, window coverings and other useful items. This was done by slicing the twigs into long pieces and weaving them into the desired items. Now that the mangroves are protected and the old fishermen have passed on, this art has been lost. Today the mangroves are used as a recreation area.

The mangrove forest of Lac Bay is part of the Bonaire National Marine Park, and all guides must be certified to bring  you through the mangroves. Although there are many operators on Bonaire, we do recommend you check out tours given by

Mangrove Info & Kayak Center

Tel: +599 780 53 53

Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen, bug spray and water shoes!

Landsailing on Bonaire

Landsailing on Bonaire

Landsailing on Bonaire???? What is it??? I came across this newly returned to Bonaire activity and it is AWESOME! Land Sailing involves 3 wheeled Blokarts, or go-carts, with a large sail attached – it is sailing on land. The Blokarts are powered by the fabulous trade winds of Bonaire. Bonaire Landsailing Adventures offers unique, safe, adrenalin-filled fun for the whole family.

Bonaire Landsailing Adventures says no experience is necessary as they will provide all training & they are absolutely right! After a few runs around the track, we felt like experts.  The kids were racing each other, and I am embarrassed to say, they lapped me several times.

Landsailing in Bonaire

Reservations are highly recommended to ensure your Blokart will be waiting for you. Which is much nicer than you waiting for it 🙂  Our group chose to rent the entire track for an hour. This is a good, and economical, option if you have a larger group.

Located off the road to Rincon, you can find them on google maps, they show up almost directly across the island from Villa Lunt in Sabadeco.

Here are links to the Bonaire Landsailing Facebook Page  & the Bonaire Landsailing Adventures Website where you can get more information on this fabulous activity including prices, hours of operation and contact information.

 

Blokart Land Sailing Bonaire

Experience the thrill! Join us at the blokart track!

Posted by Bonaire Landsailing Adventures on Saturday, February 17, 2018

Travel Tip created by Merrill in association with Vacation Soup

Exploring Bara Di Karta

Exploring Bara Di Karta

Exploring the country side of Bonaire is a fun thing to do while on Bonaire. Heading to the middle of the island, you will find the trails of Bara Di Karta, named for a hill in the neighborhood. You will find paths to hike, bike or drive while exploring the different landscapes, nature, history and many hidden treasures of Bonaire.

An excursion on the driving trail will bring you first to the volcanic soil found on Bonaire from eruptions years ago in the sea. As you continue the drive, you will find the old plantation, where aloe vera used to be made, and some say is haunted. You will journey to the salt lakes, then see Bonaire’s longest mangrove tree, which grows long instead of high due to the trade winds. Nearby you will see a boka, a mouth of water. I found the large boulders from left from the long past tsunamis one of the most interesting sites.  Your next few stops will be Kunukus, which are traditional Bonarian farms.  There is an irrigation well, where you can learn about the importance of wells in Bonaire farming. Continuing the driving trail will bring you to a few hiking trails –  take an excursion and checkout the hill of Bara Di Karta.

The video below will take you through this driving trail, explaining all the different sites you will come upon.

Enjoy

 

 

 

Windsurfing on Bonaire

Windsurfing on Bonaire

On the east coast, also known as the windward side, of Bonaire you will find Lac Bay, a shallow and sheltered water area. The forecast is always sunny, warm and windy. Lac Bay is where the majority of windsurfers will hang out on Bonaire.  There are 3 beaches along this bay – Sorobon Beach Club, Jibe City and Windsurf Place. We enjoy all 3, but for windsurfing, we will hang by Jibe City or Windsurf Place.

Watching the amazing wind surfers literally fly across the water is unbelievable. Due to the never ending trade winds, Bonaire is a wind surf paradise and is home to many well regarded wind surfers. Watching the amazing  tricks, twists and turns is totally entertaining.

Both Jibe City and Windsurf Place offer board rentals and lessons. Jibe City has a restaurant next door with gratis lounge chairs for diners. Windsurf place will offer lounge chairs for a small fee. They both offer covered and sunny areas.

The shallow waters of Lac Bay provide perfect conditions for new windsurfers. The staff at both facilities are well trained in providing the perfect lessons for any level surfer. After just an hour lesson, you will be catching the wind and setting sail.

A Relaxing Beach Day on Bonaire

Villa Lunt Bonaire Spice Beach

A wonderful way to spend a relaxing beach day while on Bonaire is to visit Spice Beach Club. Complete with a pool, lounge chairs, bar restaurant and finer dining restaurant, you will find you are left with nothing to want for. There are lounge chairs are situated both in the sun and in the shade, overlooking the sea and others overlooking the pool. Spice Beach club has a dock which offers boat taxi service to Klein Bonaire (little Bonaire) where you can spend a few hours on a remote quiet beach.

While enjoying your relaxing beach day at Spice Beach, the staff of the restaurant bar will take your drink and lunch orders. The shore line is calm and quiet – a perfect combination to go for a swim, or watch as your children swim in the beautiful blue waters. There is a floating dock a short swim from the shore. We enjoy snorkeling around the docks and swimming towards Coco beach.  If you stay into the evenings, you will be treated to the warmth and romance of the firepits.

Most Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings there is a nice happy hour with great drinks, live music and lots of dancing. Spice Beach Club also has a lovely finer dining restaurant, which is perfect for a lovely sunset dining experience. Many Sunday mornings, the restaurant will setup a Breakfast Buffet which is wonderful!

Please visit the website – Spice Beach – for additional information.

Spice Beach Villa Lunt Bonaire Vacation Rental

Created by Merrill

Bonaire Beaches And Food Trucks – Make a Day Out Of It

Te Amo Beach Bonaire

Several beaches on Bonaire have acquired food trucks.  Where I am from, we associate food trucks with grease trucks – that is NOT the case on Bonaire.  These food trucks have incredible tastings from land and sea.  It’s the prefect mix of unspoiled, quiet beaches with fabulous, high quality food and thirst quenching drink.

We’ve always been a fan of Te’Amo beach with the Kite City Food Truck, where I had the most amazing and fresh tuna.  Te’Amo beach is located across from the airport, just past Port Bonaire. Find them by searching @kitecitybonaire on Facebook. They advertise being open everyday.

Cactus Blue Mobile Food Truck at Donkey Beach (dive site #37) serving burgers, lionfish burgers and wraps with a smile.  You can find the most updated information on Facebook by searching Cactus Blue Bonaire. They advertise being open Monday – Friday 11-3.

A recent guest raved about the King Kong Food truck at Bachelor’s Beach. Serving, among other things, gourmet burgers, hotdogs and fries – they offer something for everyone. Bachelor’s beach is a short drive past Donkey beach (dive site #38). They advertise being open most days.

If you decide to spend day at one of these beaches, feel free to take some of the beach chairs from our garage. You are also welcome to bring the pool towels (with the Villa Lunt logo) as well. If you have snorkel gear, bring it along.

We recommend you check the respective facebook pages for truck availability on the day you plan to go. As is the nature of mobile food trucks, their staff is small, and there are days they may not make it to the beach. However, these 3 beaches are in a row on Eeg Boulevard, if the first beach doesn’t have the truck, just keep driving 🙂

Bachelor's Beach Bonaire
TeAmo Beach Bonaire

Cadushy Bonaire

Cadushy Bonaire Unique Liqueor

Take a ride to Rincon and visit the Cadushy Distillery where the unique liquor is made out of cactus!

Founded in 2009, the Cadushy is the only distillery on Bonaire. Complete with a visitor center, you can discover The Spirit of Bonaire, and learn how all their products are made.  While learning about the products, you will have an opportunity to taste all the Dutch Caribbean Liqueurs made from cactus, in addition to Rum, Vodka, Tequila and Whiskey.

Relax in their tranquil, shaded garden under the ancient Calbas trees to enjoy a variety of home-distilled liqueurs including the famous Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur.

Typically open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we recommend visiting the Cadushy website to confirm visiting hours, and directions.  They advertise no entrance fee – just bring your good mood.

After your visit, come back to the website for great drink recipes.  We always bring a bottle home to enjoy a taste of Bonaire when we aren’t in Bonaire.

Visiting Cadushy Bonaire The Cadushy Distillery

 

 

Jibe City Bonaire

Spending the day at Jibe City while visiting Bonaire is an absolute must!  Jibe City is by Lac Bay, and is among 3 beaches in the area. All are fabulous – Jibe City, Wind Surf Place and Sorobon Beach. These 3 beaches are right next to each other, and you will find them across the island from our villa. It will take about 15-20 minutes to get there, and is well worth the short drive.

Watching the amazing wind surfers literally fly across the water is unbelievable. Due to the never ending trade winds, Bonaire is a wind surf paradise and is home to many well regarded wind surfers. Watching the amazing  tricks, twists and turns is totally entertaining.

Jibe City Bonaire Villa Lunt Vacation Rental

Our kids like to rent a board for a few hours and try their best wind surfing. Steve and I hang out on the lounge chairs and take it all in. There is a great dock a ways out – and the entire walk to the dock is in relatively shallow waters. It’s so cool.  Just beyond the bay, the waves of the ocean can be seen crashing, but the water in the bay is completely calm.

For a more relaxing afternoon, we spend time at Sorobon. When we want to be in the action with the kids, it’s Jibe City for us.

Enjoy!

“Cliff Jumping Bonaire”

Bonaire has a lot of fun things to do, Cliff Jumping at the Oil Slick dive site was a suggestion from one of our guests. The dive site Oil Slick is just a few blocks from Villa Lunt. In addition to great diving, Oil Slick has a large rock which can double as a launch for a fun afternoon of “Cliff Jumping”. Our kids and their friends had a blast jumping in, snorkeling around, then using the great ladder to get out and do it all again. There is a small cave nearby where the kids enjoyed exploring.

Villa Lunt Bonaire Oil Slick Cliff Jumping

Oil Slick also has a dock where you can setup a beach chair to enjoy one of Bonaire’s beautiful sunsets. We brought the beach chairs from our garage, and sat for a while. We packed a light snack and drinks in the cooler you will find in our pantry.

After the sunset, several experienced divers came by to do night diving. They spent time talking to the kids about all the beautiful sea life and showed them the sea at night. The kids were thrilled!

Throughout Bonaire, you will find many large rocks for jumping, especially in the marine park. The are also many caves for exploring. If you are interested in exploring some of these caves, let us know!

What is your favorite activity on Bonaire? Drop us a line, so we can check it out and pass it along.