If you are planning a visit to Bonaire, here’s a great opportunity to see how Echo Bonaire is helping to conserve their endangered wild parrots.
They have very reasonably priced private tours at only $25 per person (minimum 2 people) and I recommend going as early as possible for best views.
You can use United Airlines miles to get to Bonaire from the USA for 35,000 miles plus about $60 in taxes. Getting one of the Chase sign up bonuses for the United Mileage Plus Explorer, Sapphire Preferred or Ink cards plus completing the spending requirement would get you those miles for simply paying your household bills with the card for 3 months! See the Chase forum in Flyertalk for current best sign up deals.
Bonaire is not one of the more common ports offered on Caribbean cruises but it’s well worth the effort. Echo Bonaire has several tour options. If you are in Bonaire on a land based visit, try their weekly tour.
Tours take place at Echo’s Conservation Centre, Kunuku Dos Pos, a 30-minute drive from Kralendijk town centre, every Wednesday afternoon at 4.30 p.m. No booking is necessary. Groups meet at the windmill on Dos Pos. Led by a guide, the tours are friendly, interactive, and fun and last from one hour to an hour and a half, depending on how many questions there are.
If you are on a cruise ship, then you need a private tour arranged well in advance as their internet availability is sporadic.
Private tours are also available! We recommend early in the morning at 7.30 a.m., when the birds are most active and likely to be seen, or in the afternoon at 4.30 p.m. if you’re looking for a great way to wind down your day.
Private tours are $25 per person for a minimum of two people.
See the highly endangered Yellow-shouldered Parrot and help a worthy cause at the same time!
Does living on a beautiful island in the Caribbean and helping to conserve rare parrots appeal to you? Echo Bonaire has several vacancies on their website.
The most regular flights are via the US (Houston, Atlanta, Newark and Miami) or via Amsterdam. You can use your miles to get there, the Caribbean area is the same as the zone used for Puerto Rico.
Echo Bonaire is a volunteer organization that is trying to stop poaching of wild parrots on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. They rescue, rehabilitate and release the birds back into the wild. In the video below, a baby Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot has fallen out of her nest. Luckily she was found by Echo volunteers and returned to her nest before a predator got her.
Have you ever wanted to get involved with a conservation project and learn how to help save wild birds? The Echo Project on the beautiful Caribbean island of Bonaire is recruiting.
GETTING THERE ON MILES
Bonaire is a Caribbean Island, and in the same zone as Puerto Rico which I blogged about before.
United Airlines serves Bonaire from Houston & New York directly with connections to the rest of the USA & the world. Each way is 17,500 miles. Here is a sample routing.