We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

P.O. Box #331, Lima z/n | Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire
(599)9 5607607
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 of 41 attractions in Bonaire
Type: Other
109 visitor photos
Write a Review

186 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    135
    42
    5
    4
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Morgan Hill, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Every once in a while an experience stays with you long after the moment ends. What Marina does is provide a sanctuary for the indigenous donkeys on Bonaire, and attempts to educate the community and government on why they should care about about their lives, which is a bit of an uphill battle. I did not know that a donkey... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tampa, Florida
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary provides a safe home and food for rescued island donkeys that have inhabited Bonaire since they were brought here several hundred years ago for work in the salt industry. These animals have survived on the island for generations and eek out an existence on the sparse vegetation and dry land. They are subject to human population... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Dallas
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

On our last day, since we couldn't dive, we visited the donkey sanctuary. The lady who works there is so passionate & loves those animals so much it warms my heart. We bought some carrots & got some great videos of the donks harassing us. It's amazing of the time, effort, love & patience that the folks that work here... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Saint Louis, Missouri
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We visited the Donkey Sanctuary to meet the animals and to witness the work of an amazing woman, Marina Melis. She has committed over twenty years to saving these beautiful animals from careless drivers, abusive people, and the hunger and illness that come with overpopulation. At any given time, there are between 300 and 500 donkeys being fed and cared... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Emerson, New Jersey
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This was so much more fun than I thought. I am an animal lover and expected to be a little sad but found it anything but. We could not stop laughing. They all have such different personalities, some come running and push others away just to get pet just like my dogs do, one was playing with a stick one... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Houston, Texas
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Great staff very dedicated to caring for these beautiful donkeys! Who knew donkeys are so affectionate? Over 400 donkeys relying on the generosity of visitors to pay for their upkeep through donations and proceeds from the gift shop. We had a great time walking and driving through the Donkey Sanctuary. Our only regret was not purchasing carrots on site because... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
57 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We loved them, sticking their heads into the car to grab another carrot, the gorgeous young ones, with their huge, moist eyes. And it is such a great place from the animal welfare standpoint, run by people with big hearts. Beautiful it is not - arid, dusty, hot - but so is most of the island. Avoid high noon there,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Willemstad, Curacao
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We were on a short trip visiting Bonaire. As this is something you cannot miss during your stay on the Island. We received great information from an volunteer lady. The area is huge, you go by our own car through the park. It's very funny since all the donkeys are greeting you. Had a blast.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Gulfport, Florida
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had fun traveling through the donkey sanctuary. My husband felt overwhelmed by the large number of donkeys crowding around for carrots, but I thought it was a blast! We bought four bags of carrots and had barely enough to go around. The donkeys and the people who care for them need our help, so stop by if you get... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Saint Louis, Missouri
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The owner and her husband have made it their mission to provide consistent food and water to an animal who was cast aside as useless once the automobile came to the island, but they also educate Bonaire's young to ensure the kids stop donkey abuse and educate the adults to call the sanctuary when they see a donkey in distress... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire also viewed

 
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Kralendijk, Bonaire
 

Been to Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing