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  • Gelegen op 48km van Curaçao, 80km van Venezuela, 138km van Aruba en buiten de orkaan gordel.

  • Het totale landoppervlak van het eiland is 288 km². Het eiland is 39 km lang van noord naar zuid en 6 km breed van oost naar west.

  • Een auto of pick-up truck huren is de beste manier om het eiland te verkennen. 

  • Op het eiland wordt Papiamentu (lokale taal), Nederlands, Engels en Spaans gesproken.

  • Bonaire kent geen zomertijd, dus het tijdsverschil is 5 of 6 uur met Nederland.

  • Het is het hele jaar door zonnig met 12 uur daglicht en een gemiddelde temperatuur van 28-32ºC.

  • Het kraanwater is gedistilleerd uit zeewater en is goed drinkbaar. In de vakantiewoningen van Kas di Alegria , Kas di Amor en Kas di Amigu wordt het water door de koelkast extra gefilterd.

  • In Bonaire gebruiken we Amerikaanse stopcontacten, neem dus een verloopstekker/ wereldstekker mee. De stopcontacten zijn 110v, 50 Hz. De meeste kleine Europese apparaten werken van 100-240v. Zwaardere apparaten op 220v werken niet.

  • Bonaire is bekend als Diver's Paradise en wordt beoordeeld als de # 1 kantduik bestemming ter wereld!

  • De temperatuur van het zeewater varieert van 29 ° C in de zomer tot 25 ° C in de winter.

  • Any particular advice regarding driving and safety of vehicle and contents outside of common sense of not leaving valuables in the vehicle?
    Leave your doors unlocked with the windows at least partially down so people know that the doors are unlocked.  Don’t hide anything in the vehicle. Take everything out unless you don’t mind if it goes missing. Never lock your glovebox. Most rentals are manual transmissions.  Make sure you use the parking brake so the vehicle doesn’t end up in the ocean. There are no traffic lights. There are many pedestrians & people on bikes & scooters.  People beep here to say hello to their friends.  
  • Our plan is to eat majority of meals at the property (definitely breakfast and dinner), can you recommend a supermarket that would have the fresh produce and fresh fish?
    We shop at following: Warehouse:  Best prices. Pietersz:  Great bulk and quality meats. Van den Tweel:  Most modern style with good vegetarian options  Zhung Kong:  Great selection of American products Best Cellar:  Best prices on wine & liquor Fresh fish can be bought directly from the fisherman about 30 seconds away from your door.
  • Where do you purchase the "snorkel permits" for $25?
    Purchase your snorkel permits ($25) or scuba permits ($45) here: https://stinapa.bonairenaturefee.org/​ Scuba permits include access to the National Park. Permits are sold on a calendar year basis.  The fee is used to preserve and maintain the marine park and national park.
  • Do you have hot water?
    Yes! All the houses have HOT water in the shower.
  • Does the property have access to beach chairs and/or a cooler to take drinks and lunch with us during the days?
    Yes, you have a cooler & under the kitchen sink.  There are larger ones underneath the sink in the outside kitchen that you are welcome to use. 
  • Can I snorkel anywhere along the shore?
    Yes!! The water is only a 5-second walk away from the property so you can snorkel whenever and wherever you want!  ** The only places you can't snorkel are the town pier, south pier, the salt pier (when there is a ship), & the reserves
  • Do you have window screens, air conditioning and ceiling fans?
    Yes! All our houses have window screens, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Our studio Kas di Alegria has air conditioning in the studio and Kas di Amigu & Kas di Amor has air conditioning in the bedrooms. Large ceiling fans are in the living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. All the windows all have screens.
  • What can I use in the common area?
    ​Our common areas are for all guests to use. These include the outdoor kitchen with a large bbq grill, a spacious backyard with a dining table and chairs, a clothesline, and a hammock.  We also have an outdoor shower so feel free to take a quick rinse to get the sand off.
  • Are the guesthouses separate units? 
    No, all of our guesthouses are attached side by side at Treasure by the Sea (Kas di Alegria, Kas di Amigu, Kas di Amor). They're perfect for families and friends that want to stay together but stay in their own accommodation. 
  • What days are "cruise ship days" so we can avoid Klein Bonaire (if you advise)?
    You can view the schedule here:  https://crew-center.com/kralendijk-bonaire-cruise-ship-schedule
  • What do I need to bring with me to snorkel?
    We recommend bringing a snorkel mask, booties, fins, and of course a bathing suit! As the shores are quite rocky, it will be safer and easier to get in and out with booties. Not required but highly recommended: spit spray (to keep the mask from fogging), skin suit/rash guard (to be protected from the sun and anything that might sting you).  By not wearing sunscreen it protects the reefs from harsh chemicals. ​      **If you don't own any snorkel gear, don't fret! There are plenty of dive shops on the island to rent gear from!
  • Does the property have current converters that will allow the use of laptops and electronics from the USA?
    We have standard US plugs. The hertz is 50Hz, not 60Hz (in the US) so you will find that whatever you have plugged in will charge fast & will get hot.  Don’t leave phones, laptops etc plugged in for more than a few hours at a time. Plug them in to charge, then unplug them when not in use.  
  • Where can we get food that the locals like to eat?
    We think Pietersz has the best fresh meats.  Get fish from the local fishermen. One lives over on the next street and they will filet the fish for you.  We have a 5 burner gas grill that you are welcome to use. It also has a rotisserie so you can put a whole chicken on.  
  • Are there any taxes or fees to enter Bonaire?
    Yes. As of July 1, 2022, Bonaire has implemented a new entry tax. This tax replaces the 'tourist tax' and 'car rental' tax that visitors paid. Visitors will have to pay $75.00 per visit per person for ages 13 and above. For ages 12 and below and former Netherland Antilles residents, will have to pay $10.00 per visit per person. This tax can be paid digitally https://tourismtax.bonairegov.com/ or upon arrival at the airport.
  • Do you have a full kitchen?
    Yes! All our houses are equipped with a sink, dishwasher, range with gas cooktop and a full size refrigerator with ice maker and ice & water dispenser. There is also an outside kitchen with BBQ grill.
  • Can you recommend a beach that is especially good for relaxing/sun tanning?  
    Sorobon (fun to watch windsurfers),  Lac Cai (the weekend bar is open on Sundays),  Pink Beach (tumbled coral beach),  Atlantis (fun to watch kitesurfers),  No Name beach at Klein,  Slagbaai in Washington Slagbaai Park Donkey Beach (very busy on Sundays with local people)
  • How do I get around the island?
    ​You can rent a scooter or a car.  If you are diving, we would highly recommend renting a truck.   We also have complimentary bikes on site for guests to use.
  • Is there access to fresh fruit and vegetables (farmers market)?
    There are, however, the selection is limited. Magazina di Rei has a market the last Saturday of every month.  You can also check out their museum while you are there.  https://www.facebook.com/mangazinadirei/
  • Do you offer any discounts?
    Yes, check out our Offers here https://www.treasurebytheseabonaire.com/offers
  • Any particular areas/activities/restaurants on the island that are "must see"?
    Echo Parrot Sanctuary tour Donkey Sanctuary – buy a few bags of carrots & cut them into quarter size pieces so you will have plenty to feed the donkeys.  Don’t give them all out in the beginning or you won’t have enough to give by the end of the drive. Snorkel – You need thick sole dive boots & open heeled fins. Bari’s Reef at the broken down pier – it’s like swimming in an aquarium. In front of our property - you will see turtles, pufferfish, filefish, parrotfish, trunkfish, eels, sea urchins, tarpons, sergeant majors, bonefish, goatfish, angelfish, blennies, and if you can spot them you’ll see octopus, lobsters, spotted eagle rays, ocean triggerfish and lots of juveniles. Lac Bay – walk out through the shallow bay to the reef and check out the beautiful reef, swim to the left to see the elk corals & on the way in you will see large conch. La Dania’s Leap – take a jump into the pristine corals & drift to Karpata. Wayaka – spend that day snorkeling at Wayaka I, II & III in Washington Slagbaai Park. Klein – we suggest going to Klein with SeaCow (if you are more independent) or Woodwind (if you like more guidance) or do both – but then do Woodwind first then SeaCow. Mangrove kayak & snorkel – we think the snorkel is the best part of this tour, but you want to go with a small tour company & be the first to go on the snorkel.  Otherwise, everyone will kick up the sand and you can’t see anything – especially when there are a lot of people.  ​ Sit at the boulevard with a cold drink & watch the sunset. Enjoy ice cream at Luciano’s or Gio's in town. Yhanni makes authentic Venezuelan arepas behind Budget Marine. Hike up Brandaris – you have to take the short route in Washington Slagbaai Park because you can’t get there from the long route & you can’t backtrack. Bird watching – see flamingos, parrots, parakeets, herons, egrets, pelicans, laughing gulls, ducks, etc.   Weekend Bar has live music on Sundays at Lac Cai. There is so much more!  Just ask!
  • Where do you board the ferry to Klein Bonaire? Is there more than one company that you recommend?
    Epicwater Taxi (across from It Rains Fishes) This one is the closest to us and they have a parking area for your car or you can walk there. http://www.watertaxikleinbonaire.com/  -Caribe Watersports (leaves from Eden Beach) http://www.caribewatersportbonaire.com/nl/water-taxi/
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