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#1
cambridge ontario
732 Posts
Joined Nov 2010
Just wondering if anyone has booked a 3 hour island tour with this company. I have sent a reservation away hoping to hear back from them. How many do they take as we only have 3 in our group.
#2
North Carolina
8,247 Posts
Joined Aug 2001
Originally posted by kenorus
Just wondering if anyone has booked a 3 hour island tour with this company. I have sent a reservation away hoping to hear back from them. How many do they take as we only have 3 in our group.
If you are looking for others to share this tour you need to post this on your roll call! thanks!
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#3
SW Michigan
952 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
Three of us booked with Bonaire Vista Tours for February. You do not need to find other people to fill up the 15-passenger van. Cost is $25 for 3 hour tour.

Bonaire Vista Tours website--- www.bonairevistatours.com/Island-Tour.html
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#4
Brooksville, FL
103 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
We took this tour with Brian and Barbel the tour operators. They were great!!!
You couldn't ask for a better tour, Brian was very knowledgeable of the island. His van was air conditioned and in good condition. We made several stops to see flamingos, the slave huts at the salt flats, a wonderful distillery, and a great view at the top of Bonaire. They had cold drinks for us and were very accommodating. Don't hesitate to take this tour. They were great people.
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#5
SW Michigan
952 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
Bonaire Vista Tours are great. I'm sure you will enjoy them. Two years ago this was the best option I could find for a land tour in Bonaire.
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#6
Michigan
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Joined Jan 2010
Were they quick to respond to your requests? I sent an email 2 days ago and have not heard back.
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#7
SW Michigan
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Joined Aug 2000
Originally posted by Havin'fun
Were they quick to respond to your requests? I sent an email 2 days ago and have not heard back.
I found my old email and they responded with a couple of hours.
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#8
Michigan
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Joined Jan 2010
Not long after I posted my question - they had sent a response and answered all my questions. We will be booking with them this weekend. Thanks!
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#9
NJ
159 Posts
Joined Aug 2012
My husband and I were in Bonaire on March 3, on the Emerald Princess and we were fortunate in that I chose to book with Barbel and Brian, a really nice couple. Their van was very clean, new, AC and they even had a small wooden stool for those who might need assistance in getting into the van.
I was very impressed with Brian and Barbel, enjoyed the tour, loved how enthusiastic Brian was and would highly recommend this trip.
The communication via email went smoothly and I felt confident in choosing this tour. This was the first time I booked a tour on my own and hope all tours in the future are as good as this was.
Thanks Barbel and Brian!
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#10
Ontario
4,659 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
We were also on the March 3rd tour off the Emerald Princess and I can agree with everything BarbaraNJ has said! We book private tours almost exclusively and this was by far one of the very best!!

Brian was a most gracious and knowledgable guide. He clearly loves his adopted country and answered any and all questions. The van was cool and comfortable, the surprise he gave each group was very appreciated, and the price was incredibly reasonable!

I would recommend this tour without hesitation!
#11
Sechelt, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
26,687 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
We used them last year and were very impressed with Brian and his wife and the tour they offered, I am certain that you will be very pleased with them.
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#12
Oceanside, Ca
420 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Do they have a website? How would I get in touch with them? Thanks
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#14
Michigan
5,010 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
If in Bonaire and looking for a very good tour, check out Bonaire Vista Tours. Brian will show you all the sights and take time to explain everything you see. He has a speaker system in his van so everyone can hear while he is commenting on the tour. You won't be disapointed.
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#15
Ontario
4,659 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
I can second that recommendation. We toured with Bonaire Vista Tours last March and it was great!
#16
Kingston Ontario Canada
612 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Just got back from our cruise. Wanted to write a quick report. This was an excellent tour!!! Brian was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable and personable !! I would definitely recommend these folks for a great tour of this pretty island. I do believe they just raised their prices from $30 to $35 but this is still a good deal for the tour they give you! Happy to answer any questions!
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#18
Colorado
2,070 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
I arranged for our group to tour with this company. Nice young couple.
Brian is the tour guide and his wife Barbel takes care of the reservations. We had almost 20 people in our group and they arranged for a second van for us.

Brian is very well informed and talented in his presentation. Not really a lot to see on Bonaire, but, just meeting Brian and all of the great information regarding the island as well as his personal life was super. Tour went around the whole island with several stops along the way for a break or pics. Soft drinks and water were provided.

Gave us a real and up close picture of Bonaire and the history. Would do it again if we get the chance. Brian is not what you would expect of a tour operator. College educated. Electronic engineer (not much call for one of those on the island tho) and speaks four languages. Smart lad. I would recommend them for a tour.

Harry
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MID AMERICA
68 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
We toured with Bonaire Vista Tours. Barbel and Brian are special and did an excellent tour. Easy to locate when you get off the ship--to the left in 2nd little umbrella booth. Book them on line. We saw the island and heard island info and personal things too. Refreshments at Moto Lake watching flamingos. 3 1/2 hr in a small air cond van.