I absolutely loved Bonaire. Kralendijk is much smaller than Willemstad, but we were greeted by a chorus of bird songs like I have never heard before in the Caribbean upon our arrival just before daylight. The effect was complete with competing roosters on opposite ends of the small town. There are no Diamonds Internationals or Little Switzerlands here. This is the pure and simple unspoiled Caribbean as it was before the mega corporations turned so many ports into shopping malls. We found the people to be genuinely warm and friendly on the two excellent private shore excursions we took. It is a diver and snorkelers paradise and you do either by boat or from the land. This stop was an anomaly from usual southern route which includes Aruba. I would trade Bonaire for Aruba any day of the week.
I will echo the past compliments of the Woodwind Snorkeling Tour. Dee was a very an especially gracious host who was absolutely meant to do what she does. The snorkeling was by far the best I have seen in the Caribbean. The rum punch was appreciated.
We followed the Woodwinds tour with The Bonaire Vista Land Tour. The land tour was equally outstanding and Brian was equally gracious and knowledgeable host. The tour included iguanas, cactus fences, a beautiful national park, pink flamingos, salt pyramids, slave huts, a spectacular vista point, and a deliciously tasty local cactus liqueur called Cadushy. He presented us with a special keepsake at the end of the tour that would be worth what the tour would cost if you purchased it back on the ship.