Donkey Sanctuary & Salt Production

  • Port

    Kralendijk, Bonaire

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 hours

  • Meals Included


Bonaire has long been recognized as an ideal location for solar salt production. Salt is still produced in the salt beds of Pekelmeer, which are also home of a great population of flamingos. In the early days of the industry, the most important use for salt was in the preservation of food, since refrigeration was still centuries away.

Donkeys were used to perform labor in the salt flats, but once modern transport arrived, the animals were left to fend for themselves. So, today the Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary provides protection to these animals. Traffic and a shortage of food and water have made the shelter a necessity.

Travel to the Donkey Sanctuary in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, stopping along the safari road to pet and feed the furry animals.

At the Visitor Center, you’ll learn about the sanctuary.

Re-board the 4x4 and drive further along the southeastern coast, past the salt flats to the cone-shaped, snow-white salt mountains. Your guide will tell you about the process of producing and harvesting sea salt.