Getting to Bonaire is easy.
Bonaire is a destination for visitors who want to enjoy a country that is still relatively unknown but has plenty of amenities and comforts that ensure a relaxed and peaceful environment. It may take an extra flight or change of planes to get here, but almost everyone agrees it is worth every bit of the additional time it takes.
Arriving by plane.
The majority of Bonaire’s visitors arrive via airplanes originating in many North American and European gateways. Those from South America arrive on regional connections. Flamingo Airport offers many services to arriving and departing travelers.
Arriving by cruise ship.
Another way to visit Bonaire is via a cruise ship. During High Season from December through April, we have, on average, 4 ships per week. Many of the large cruise lines visit, but Bonaire is also a favorite port for the smaller ships. Take a look at our Cruise Ship page for a calendar schedule of the ships and lines that will be visiting Bonaire over the next year, as well as our FAQs for Cruise Ship Visitors.
Arriving by yacht.
Finally, there are still those who arrive by sailing into Bonaire. For those arriving via yachts or cruising in, you may find the information on our yachting page helpful.
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Visitor Entry Tax
All visitors must pay a Visitor Tax of $75 per visit to Bonaire. This applies to all non-residents aged 13 and older. The Visitor Entry Tax is mandatory for all non-residents traveling by plane or boat. It can be paid online in advance up to 7 days before your arrival or upon arrival at the airport. Please make sure you use the link provided for the Official Visitor Entry Tax website. If a website tries to charge you more than $75, then it is not the official website.
As of January 2023, cruise ship passengers pay a visitor tax of $10 per visit.
No ferry service between the islands.
Many people ask but, unfortunately, there is NO ferry service of any kind between Bonaire and Aruba, Venezuela, or Curacao. Scheduled travel between these locations is limited to air travel, which tend to fill up well in advance.
Traveling with your pet.
For those who don’t want to leave their pets at home, Bonaire does accept animals, as long as all the proper procedures are followed. Check out the Visiting Bonaire With Your Pet to know what needs to be done.