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While it is not always easy to get to Bonaire, it is well worth the effort. North Americans can fly direct non-stop on most weekends from the gateways of Houston, Newark (at times), Atlanta and Miami. There are feeder flights to these gateways from many local and regional airports.
Also you can arrange direct flights to Aruba and Curaçao with connections to Bonaire using DAE, Insel Air, Tiara, Divi or Easy Air. Be sure to keep an eye out for specials even in high season.
Europe is served almost exclusively by KLM although Curaçao welcomes other international carriers which can connect with local service. Arkefly is the only other European carrier to land on our island.
Air Berlin has recently inaugurated service to Curaçao with connections to Bonaire.
From North America
Delta Airlines flies a weekly flight on Saturday to Bonaire and back.
United Airlines flies a weekly non-stop flight from Houston. During peak demand periods, United offers a second flight on Saturday evenings, arriving on Bonaire Sunday mornings.
Insel Air operates a weekly Saturday flight from Miami to Bonaire.
Please note that U.S. carriers may postpone or cancel flights during periods of low demand. It is always recommended to contact the airline or your travel professional to check on flight departures.
Connecting from North America via Curacao:
American Airlines, Insel Air, and DAE fly non-stop daily to Curaçao from Miami;
From Charlotte, NC
Insel Air flies on Saturdays and seasonally on Wednesdays non-stop to Curaçao with continuing connections to Bonaire.
Divi Divi has eight flights daily between Curaçao and Bonaire
Insel Air flies between Curaçao and Bonaire seven times daily and offers a weekend jet service on Friday nights, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons to accommodate more passengers and luggage; Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) and Tiara Air each offer daily flights; Easy Air offers five round-trip flights per day between Curaçao and Bonaire.
Another routing option is to fly on any of a number of major U.S. and South American carriers to Aruba and then take Insel Air (with a stop in Curaçao) or Tiara Air (non-stop) from there to Bonaire.
Insel Air's They fly several times daily to Bonaire from both Curaçao and Aruba. Tiara Air flies non-stop flights six times each week from Aruba to Bonaire and back.
KLM provides daily service to Bonaire between late March and October with routing from Amsterdam to Bonaire via either Aruba or Curaçao and a returning non-stop flight from Bonaire to Amsterdam. Check their web site for additional details.
Arkefly will provide service on Thursdays and Saturdays between Amsterdam and Bonaire. Check their web site for routing information and additional details.
AirBerlin has service from Dusseldorf to Curaçao. AirBerlin is the only German airline to offer non-stop flights on the route.
See data above for information on connecting flights from Curaçao to Bonaire.
From South America:
Insel Air, Dutch Antilles Express (DAE), and Bon Air (phone: 717-5678) offer service to a variety of South American cities via connections. Additionally, there are many South American national carriers offering service to either Aruba or Curacao, where travelers can pick up connections to Bonaire via local carriers.
Approximate flight times:
New York - 5 hours
Atlanta - 3 1/2 hours
Miami - 2 1/2 hours
Curacao - 15 minutes
Aruba - 30 minutes
Caracas - 30 minutes
Amsterdam - 9 hours
All flights arrive at Flamingo International Airport, only a five-minute drive from Kralendijk
offer flight from Newark and Houston to Bonaire
offer flights from Amsterdam, Lima and Quito to Bonaire
offers flights from Amsterdam to Bonaire
Dutch Antilles Express
offers flights from Aruba and Curaçao to Bonaire
Divi Divi Air
offers flights from Curaçao
Delta Air Lines
offer flights to Aruba and Curaçao. The connection to Bonaire is with Dutch Antilles Express.
Easy Air offers five round-trip flights per day between Curaçao and Bonaire. They can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone locally at 796-3939 or cellular 515-3939, fax is 869-3999.
Traveling Around Bonaire:
US, Canadian, and European driver licenses with photos are valid for use on the island. Be careful of the goats, donkeys and pedestrians that roam the island's roads. All traffic keeps to the right, and international highway signs are used. Speed limit is 40 km per hour (25 mph) in town and 60 km to 80 km per hour (38-50 mph) in the countryside.
Renting a car is the best way to enjoy Bonaire. It is highly recommended, especially during holiday periods to have a reservation so that you will be assured your choice of vehicle will be available. US, Canadian and European driver licenses are valid for use on the island. All traffic keeps to the right, and international highway signs are used. Speed limit is 40 km per hour (25 mph) in town and 60 km to 80 km per hour (38-50 mph) in the countryside.
While requirements may vary, renters must be at least 21 and in many cases 25. A valid credit card is required for deposit. Most companies also have a fee for additional drivers. Standard shift (stick) is generally the norm. Automatics are limited and generally must be requested at time of booking. The majority of the companies are located at the airport or directly across the street. Other off premises concerns provide airport or hotel pickup and delivery.
Use the phone numbers below if calling from Bonaire. If calling internationally, use +( 599) and the number below.
Bicycles and Motorbikes:
Bike Rental Delivery:
786-1166 or 786-2329
Cycle Bonaire, Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot # 77A, Kralendijk
Central Dispatcher, Phone: 8100
Fares are fixed, but agree to a fare beforehand. Rates increase:
50% between midnight and 6:00am
20% extra for each additional passenger exceeding 4
US$1.00 extra on Sundays and official holidays
US$5.00 extra for every 15 minutes waiting
Fare from Flamingo Airport to Harbour Village, Sunset Beach, Sand Dollar Condominium, Den Laman Condominiums, Buddy Dive Resort or Captain Don's Habitat is US$13.00. Fare to Lac Bay Resort and
Sorobon Beach Resort is US$20.00.
Achi Tours & Transport N.V.
Kaya Nikiboko Noord 33
Tel: +599 717-8630
Fax: +599 717-4430
(only large groups of more than 30)
Ayubi's Tours and Taxi Services
J. A. Abraham 12,
Tel: +599 717-5338
Bonaire Crystal Tours
Kaya Nikiboko Zuid 42b
Tel: +599 717 2970
Cell: +599 796 2002
Bonaire Tours & Vacations
Harbour Village Marina 7
Tel: +599 717 8778
Fax +599 717 4890
J.A. Abraham Boulevard 26D
Kralendijk Bonaire CN
Tel: +599 700-8745
See cruise ship schedule 2012/2013 (pdf)
Holland America Line
Hapag Lloyd Cruises
Photo on top left via Flickr (cc) user amanda2