My kids love to spend the day at Buddy Dive, and we join them for dinner at Blennies. Buddy Dive is a fantastic resort, and super welcoming to non-resort guests visiting their facilities. Our kids tend to visit early and make a day out of enjoying their pool, water access and beach beds. Set high up from the water, their sun beds are on soft sand beach just in front of the pool. The pool has is very refreshing, with a swim up bar. As most of you know, we are not divers, but love snorkeling. Buddy Dive has a great dock, and the kids (& me, too!) will enter the lovely Caribbean sea and swim around enjoying all the amazing sea life.
We always have at least one meal while using their facilities, sometimes two. Blennies is on site,
very low key and super convenient. The food is good, but the sunset is what really makes this bar type restaurant spectacular. I was pleasantly surprised with the service this year – they really stepped it up. We came back a second evening to meet a friend for drinks at the bar, and were entertained by a local musician.
Taking six 17 year old young ladies to Bonaire can have its perks, they suggested we take a romantic evening to ourselves, Capriccio was a logical choice for us. Serving delicious Italian food, Capriccio is located in downtown Kralendijk, with great service and an amazing view.
We didn’t have a reservation (strongly suggest you make them!), but lucked out as they had an indoor table available. The indoor seating has a nice perk of air conditioning. We asked to be considered for outdoor if space became available, and they were happy to accommodate us when a table opened. We enjoyed a cocktail inside followed by apps, dinner & wine outside – it was quite perfect.
I wish I took a picture of the menu. Unfortunately, I cannot find it on their website, but below are some pictures of our dinner choices. They taste as good as they look.
Personally, I find their salt and pepper shakers adorable.
Taxi, Taxi … ever wonder how to hire car service on Bonaire? Taxis seem to be located at the airport, but when you are out and about, they are no where to be found. Bonaire does not utilize Uber or Lyft services, either.
We have been visiting Bonaire for over 10 years, and never hired a taxi service. This last trip, our 17 year old daughter and several of her friends wanted to go out, and we wanted to stay in and enjoy a nice, fresh mojito.
What is the solution???
TAXI DRIVER #34, Hilario Bernabela to the rescue !!!!
A wonderful taxi driver on Bonaire named Hilario (nickname Layo). We hired him to arrive at our villa at 8:00 PM to pickup the young ladies, and asked that he bring them back at 11:00 PM. Layo provided an on time, reliable, safe mode of transportation for our young ladies.
A new beach resort opened on Bonaire, and it is fabulous! The Ocean Oasis in Bonaire is a great way to spend the day. The Ocean Oasis has beach beds & chairs, great food and magnificent drinks.
When we visited in August, we rented a cabana – for the girls – and Steve and I stayed up in the chair section. The chairs are free to use and very comfortable. The beach bed rentals are a bit pricey – $20 a pop at the time, but they come with towels, water, and snack. The cabana rental also comes with these amenities. For our family, the cabana rental was a more affordable option for the 4 girls to share. Depending on your preference and how you want to spend your vacation dollars, you have several of choices to lounge your day away.
We arrived early in the afternoon and enjoyed a delicious meal and great drinks. The service was truly fantastic, and the food superb. Take a peak at their menu for some ideas. I had the Wahoo Risotto which was delicious, and Steve opted for the equally yummy Butter Paneer.
There are several relatively easy water entrances to enjoy swimming or snorkeling. We highly recommend water shoes, as you will be walking over the rocky shoreline.
The Lunt Family gives the Ocean Oasis a thumbs up all around. We do consider this to be a money well spent splurge day. We hope you feel them same!
Many of our guests are surprised to hear our family does not SCUBA dive. I get it, Villa Lunt is located on Bonaire, one of the most pristine diving locations around the world. Clear water, abundant coral and magnificent sea life. How can we not dive !?! We do snorkel, and very much enjoy every moment with our faces plunged in the warm Caribbean Sea. Sea Turtles are plentiful in the waters of Bonaire. Head over to Oil Slick, 1000 Steps, or one of the Andrea Dive Sites, and I challenge you NOT to find a magnificent sea turtle swimming around.
We recently learned it is Sea Turtle Nesting Season, and Bonaire is home to 3 of the world’s 7 Sea Turtle Species – Green, Hawksbill & Loggerheads. As of the writing of this blog, 24 nests have been located between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire according to the Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) . However, it is expected there are over 70 nests in total. On Bonaire, these wonderful nests are monitored & protected by staff and trained volunteers of STCB. They patrol the known nesting areas on Bonaire recording signs of nesting and hatching.
These beautiful sea creatures live a very fascinating life. They travel for hundreds to thousands of kilometers each year to lay their eggs in the very beaches from where they were born. The mothers lay their eggs and go back to sea, and about 60 days later, their hatchlings emerge – all at once – and scramble together to the sea.
We hope you enjoy watching these adorable hatchlings make their way into the sea.
Bonaire never surprises us. On a luxurious boat charted with Bonaire From the Sea, we got to see the rock formation of a turtle on Klein Bonaire. The diving and snorkeling around Klein Bonaire are some of the best in the entire Caribbean. Checkout Bonaire, and visit us at www.villalunt.com to make your vacation reservation.
Our family had an amazing time on the Mushi Mushi Chill and Grill tour – it was one of the highlights of our vacation.
When we visit Bonaire, we take a sail trip to reward ourselves for the work we put into making Villa Lunt spectacular for the year to come. This year, we took 2 trips, and highly recommend both of the amazing operators. We previously posted about Bonaire From The Sea and recommend them for a private tour. For a group tour, Epic Tours Chill and Grill is AMAZING.
The snorkeling was unbelievable, and the guided tour was one the best we have had. Maria was incredible, she was kind and patient with all of us! She would point out all the sea life, and come up for air and tell us all about it. Our trip made 2 snorkel stops. The first by Klein Bonaire, and the second just off the coast of Sabadeco.
Michiel, our captain, cook & one of the owners, was wonderful.
The food & drink on board were delicious. Prepared to order with many options. We had steak, seafood and chicken. All yummy!
We had booked our tour online with Inka (the other owner) who was pleasant and worked with us to find the perfect time to plan our day.
Karel’s Beach Bar sits on its own pier in the heart of Bonaire. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner the restaurant offers good food at a fair price with an unbelievable view. The bar at Karel’s serves great drinks with lots of signature cocktails.
On a recent trip to Bonaire, we had the opportunity to take in the morning sun, while eating a delicious breakfast. The view, the food, the weather, all were just magnificent.
Karel’s comes a live at night, offering karaoke nights, live music and dance events with Bonaire’s best DJ’s.
Checkout the video below – surprised they didn’t mention the delicious breakfast, but we highly recommend it!
Bonaire’s oldest town, Rincon, is an oasis of Bonaire culture.
Rincon is the oldest settlement in all of the ABC islands was originally settled by the Spanish in the 16th century and the cradle of Bonaire’s rich culture. In Rincon you will find many festivities throughout the year.
Many of the first slaves that were brought to Bonaire by the Dutch lived in Rincon, and were either tasked with tending to the settlement’s crops or the island’s salt flats in the south. After the abolition of slavery in 1863, many former slaves stayed in Rincon, maintaining their culture. Today, Rincon is an oasis of peace and serenity in an often hectic society. The atmosphere is relaxed and the streets are quiet.
To discover the true beauty of this town, stroll along the streets and stop in to one of the many bars and restaurants and chat with a true Rinconian. This map of Rincon will help you navigate the streets and attractions. While visiting Rincon, make sure to stop at the Cadushy Bonaire, and grab some rum made from cacti!