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Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A Must Visit

This was an unexpected trip highlight. I'm generally weary of tourist sanctuaries but this is the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
TJGto
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Toronto, Canada
Doing great work

Dedicated people helping the wild donkeys of Bonaire. Fun to feed them but more fascinating to hear... read more

Reviewed yesterday
mrsmoe
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In 1993 Dutch Nationals, Marina Melis and her husband Ed Koopman, established a donkey sanctuary on Bonaire for sick, wounded and orphaned donkeys: Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire. The primary objective of Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire is to offer a sheltered...more
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Lima z/n | Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands, Bonaire
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Reviewed yesterday

This was an unexpected trip highlight. I'm generally weary of tourist sanctuaries but this is the REAL deal. I felt like our visit made a small contribution to the betterment of these gentle animal's lives. Kudos to the staff for providing such valuable care. The...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Dedicated people helping the wild donkeys of Bonaire. Fun to feed them but more fascinating to hear their stories.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mrsmoe
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was defiantly a fun thing to do and for a good cause. There is a small admission charge but think of it as a donation because you are helping this lovely donkeys. We had a small car and we had picked up some carrots...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very nice place. The sanctuary does wonderful work and the monies raised by admission and memorabilia sales goes to the care of the donkeys on site and to the cost of rescuing donkeys outside the sanctuary. There are around 700 donkeys at the sanctuary....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Totally unique! And heart-warming to see what the volunteers on the island have accomplished in making this safe haven for the wild donkeys.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Alice F
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your nice review and we hope to see you again. Kind regards Marion

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to meet a mother and daughter from Rincon that took us to the Donkey Sanctuary. Admission was $5 per person ( which goes to looking after the donkeys) and you can buy a bag of carrots to feed them. Well worth the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brian D
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your visit and your nice review.We hope to see you again. kind regards Marion

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love animals you must go to donkey sanctuary. We had so much fun feeding them a bucket of carrots. What a great place keep up the good work to give the donkeys a safe place to live.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Michele S
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your visit and your nice comment.It is good to get some compliments. Kind regards Marion

Reviewed 1 week ago

Donkeys, donkeys and more donkeys! We went on a Monday morning and they were out of carrots. Would recommend stopping at a supermarket before hand and picking some up. Although they were happy to see us, we would have been enjoyed feeding them. You can’t...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank AJinCT
Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you again and that we have a bunch of carrots than. Kind regards Marion

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Donkey Sanctuary is a wonderful excursion for divers on their afternoon off from Diving. Make sure you bring or buy lots of Carrots. We purchased four bags at the Sanctuary for $3 each. The Donkey's Surrounded us as we entered the Sanctuary and got...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you!!For and your visit and your nice review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made sure we had some time (aside from diving) to visit the famous Donkey Sanctuary on Bonaire and we were not disappointed. There were literally hundreds of donkeys there and you really have to appreciate the hard work, time and dedication the rescue has...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Marion J, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your nice comment and your visit.Because of you we can do this work. Kind regards Marion We hope to see you again.

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kevininco
August 12, 2018|
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Hello We are open from 10.00am till 17.00pm.And Ti amo beach is nearby. So it is possible, i think
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April 23, 2018|
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Response from Marion J | Property representative |
Thank you for your kind words Michelle and you can always follow us on FB. Kind regards Marion
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YesITravelALot
April 6, 2017|
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hello the entrance is $7.- for adults and $3.50 for children.You can ask Farid the taxi driver to go and drive thru the sanctuary with your group.When are you coming?because when I now it on time,maybe I can arrange... More
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