Praktische Informatie

 

Destination ABC

Airport tax
When you leave Bonaire, you have to pay airport tax.
International flight: US 35.00 (NAF 63.10)
Flight to Curacao or Aruba: US$ 9.00 (NAF 15.50)

Anniversary days
1 January New Year’s day
Changing dates Carnival Monday
Changing dates Good Friday
Changing dates Easter Monday
30 April Rincon Day/Day of the queen
1 May  Labor day
Changing dates Ascension day
6 September Day of the flag.
25 December First Christmas day
26 December Second Christmas day

Carnival
Carnival is a yearly event and takes place during the months februari and march.
     
Bonaire International Sailing regatta
There are different matches in different categories. Regatta is every year and it is in the second month of October.

Day of the queen / Rinconday (30 april)
The people celebrate this every year with an official ceremony, parade, games for the kids etc. In Rincon will be organized several activities.

National dat of the flag (6 september)
Each year different activities are being organized on a certain location for the whole population and of course also for the tourists.

Sinterklaas/Saint Nicolas
Sinterklaas will be celebrated on December, 5.

New year
On December 31 there will be firework at midnight.

Bank Buildings
RBTT BANKING
Kaya Neerlandia/Korona
Telephone: 717-4500
Opened: 08.00 am – 3.30 pm

BANCO DI CARIBE
Kaya Grandi
Telephone: 717-8295
Opened: 8.00 am – 4 pm.

MADURO & CURIEL’S BANK
Headoffice: Kaya L.D. Gerharts
Telephone: 715-5520
Opened: 8.00 am – 3.30 pm

AIRPORT BRANCH
Opened: 08.00 uur am – 12 noon
Opened: 1.30 am – 4.30 pm
On Saturday opened: 10.00 am – 3 pm.

HATO BRANCH
Opened 8.00 am – 12 noon.
Opened 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm.

You can get US$ and Antillean guilders at a lot of places.

Car rental
All the car rentals on Bonaire are good and solid. You can only rent a car when you are at least 23 years old and when you have your valid drivers license for at least one year.

Cell phone
The mobile Telephone network is UTS. Check if your provider has a cooperation with UTS.

Churches

Rome Catholic church:

    Kralendijk:  Telephone: 717-6613
    Sunday 9 am an 7 pm
    Wednesday 7 pm
    Thursday 6.30 am
    Friday 7pm

    Antriol:   Telephone: 717-2421
    Saturday 7 pm
    Sunday 6 pm

    Rincon:  Telephone: 717-6201 
    Sunday 7.30 pm
    Thursday 7.30 pm

Protestant church:

    Kralendijk:  Telephone: 717-8086
    Sunday 10 am

    Rincon:  Sunday 8 am

Evangelical Alliance Mission:

    Noord di Salinja: Telephone: 717-6245
    Sunday 8 am
    Wednesday 7 pm

    Nikiboko:  Sunday 9.30 am en 6.30 pm  

    Rincon:  Sunday 7 pm.
    School on Sunday 10.15 am
    Wednesday 7.30 pm

Jehova:

    Antriol:   Telephone: 717-5253
    Tuesday 7.30 pm
    Thursday 7.15 pm
    Sunday 6 pm.

Clothing
Of course you need to have swimwear when you go to Bonaire. It won’t be appreciated when you wear your swimwear on the streets or at a restaurant. Because it is very warm on Bonaire, clothing made of cotton is recommended. In the evening you can wear informal clothes like a short and a T-shirt.

Diving
A lot people come to Bonaire to dive. The license plates on the cars will remember you to the nickname of Bonaire: Divers Paradise. There is about 300 kilometers of coral reef, which will keep the divers for a long time under the water. There are more than 85 dive spots around the island. The whole coast, from the flood mark till a depth of 60 meters is the Bonaire Marine Park and this is an all protected area.  Every diver has to pay a nature fee of US$25.00. You will receive a nature tag, which will allow you to go into the Washington-Slagbaai Park for free.  This tag is valid for one year and available at every dive school. The profit will be used to keep up the Marine Park. Before your first dive in Bonaire, you have to take part of a dive orientation. During this orientation they will tell you about the rules of the Marine Park. You can reach the most dive places straight from the coast. The reef is directly in front of the coast with a drop-off on 20-160 meter distance. You can recognize the dive spots to the yellow stones on the streets with the name of the dive place written on it.

Drinking water
You can drink the water out of the faucet.

Health
You do not need special vaccination when you go to Bonaire. The biggest danger is the sun. The sun is very broiling and you can even get burned under the water. You need a good sun tan lotion with a high protection factor.

Hospital
San Francisco Hospitaal
Kaya Soeur Bartola 2
Telephone 717-8900
Phone number ambulance: 912

Internet
There are a lot of spots where you can get access to the internet. A lot resorts have an internet corner.

Market
At the north pier in the centre, is a very small market building where you can get vegetables and fruit daily. Each Friday from 9 am there is a small market on the Wilhelminaplein in Kralendijk. Each Saturday there is a local en cultural market in Rincon from 6 am until 3 pm.

Money
The currency on Bonaire is the Antillean Guilder and the US Dollar. The Euro will not be accepted. There is an established exchange rate of the Antillean Guilder and the US Dollar. (1 US$ = NAF 1.75). Credit Cards will be accepted almost everywhere.

Museum
MUSEO BONERIANO
Kaya Julio v/d Ree 7
Telephone: 717-8868
Opened: Monday till Friday 8am-12noon and 1pm – 5 pm.

WASHINGTON-SLAGBAAI NATIONAL PARK MUSEUM
At the entrance of the Washington Slagbaai Park.
Opened: daily from 8 am - 5 pm.

MAGAZINA DI REI
Rincon – telephone: 717-4060/790-2018
Opened: daily (you have to make an appointment first).

CINNAMON ART GALLERY
Kaya A.P.L. Brion 1 – telephone: 717-7103
Opened: Monday till Fridey, from 9 am – 12 noon and 2pm - 5pm.

Nature Fee
For all snorkel/kayak/cave/surf activities you need a ‘Diver Nature Fee’ or ‘Other User Nature Fee’ tag. These can be purchased in all hotels and dive shops. For divers it costs $25.00, for others $10.00 p.p.
Included is free admission to the Washington Park.

Pharmacy
Botika Bonaire - Kaya Grandi 27 - Telephone: 717-8905
Botika Korona - Kaya Korona 180 - Telephone: 717-4855
The pharmacies are opened from 8 am till 6 pm from Monday till Saturday. In case of emergency you can go to the first aid of the hospital when it is later than 6 pm.

Police
Head office
Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar
Telephone: 911

Post office
Plasa Reina Wilhelmina 11. Telephone: 717-8508. Opened from 07.30 am till 12.00 noon and 1.30 pm till 5 pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday. Price for stamps for picture postcards to the foreign: NAF 1.49. Stamps for letters: NAF 2.89.

Public transport
There is no public transport on Bonaire. There are different ways to transport yourself; a car, bike, scooter or taxi. You can rent the following vehicles: Bikes, mopeds, scooters, quads and cars. U can go to you hostess to make a reservation.

Sea
Except from the rough south-east side, north side and northeast side, you can swim everywhere.

Snorkeling
The water is very clear and on a lot places, the coral grows just under the surface which makes snorkeling just as interesting as diving. A few nice snorkel spots are:

- Andrea 1 en 2
- Thousand Steps
- Ol’Blue
- Windsock/Donkey Beach
- No Name (Klein Bonaire)

Sun
Watch out!! The sun is very fierce in Bonaire. You have to use a good sun tan with a high protection factor. It is recommended to leave the sun for a while on the hottest moment of the day. When you snorkel, it is recommended to wear a T-shirt.

Taxi
On Bonaire, there are no taximeters. The prices are based on the distance and are established by the government. It is recommended to ask the price before the trip starts, to avoid misunderstandings.

Telephone
You can call to foreign countries from your room, when you have paid a deposit at the reception or told them the number of your credit card. Calling by TELBO, the local Telephone company in Kralendijk, is also possible.

Theft
In case of theft or when you lose something you have to go to the police. They will make a report which you will need for you travel insurance. Recommended is to never leave something in your rented car.

Tips
At some restaurants the tip of 10-15% is already included on the check. This is called ‘service charge’. When it is not yet included on the check, and when you are very satisfied, you can give a tip in proportion as your appreciation.

Tourist office
Tourism Corporation Bonaire
Kaya Grandi 2
Telephone: 717-8322
Website: www.infobonaire.com
Opened from 07.30 am till 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm till 5 pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Travel documents
Every visitor of Bonaire needs to have a valid passport. In the plane to Bonaire, you will receive a immigration formulary. You have to fill this in carefully.

Voltage
The voltage on Bonaire is 110V – 220V – 50hz.
   

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