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SoloBon Sailing

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Kralendijk, Bonaire
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About SoloBon Sailing
SoloBon Sailing invites you for an exclusive and excellent day on the pristine blue waters of Bonaire on our spacious 45ft Jeanneau sailing yacht; The Phoenix. Step on board and let the sailing fun start, chill on deck in the sun or get a spot under the bimini while we spoil you with ice cold drinks and tasty bites. You can choose one of the private charter options or excursions. Our sailing yacht, the Phoenix, is a 45.2 ft Jeanneau Sun Odyssey from 2003. She is a spacious and stable ship with wide gangways and a large covered cockpit. The Phoenix has easy access to the sea for snorkeling and diving. Sailing is the most eco friendly way of cruising. Reduce your carbon footprint and sail with us! We offer private sailing charters, sail & dive tours, night sailing, G&T Sunset Cruises and a special Cheesea Sailing Cruise. 80% of our products are private (all products can be made 100% private). It's your boat, it's your day on the water! Come sail on dushi Bonaire, the Sun is Sailing!
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SoloBon Private Sail & Snorkel Safari

Charter your own private yacht to sail across the turquoise-blue waters of the Caribbean for a half-day snorkeling adventure. Set an itinerary with your captain depending on your interests and the weather conditions for the day. Then spend your time swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the warm Caribbean sun and enjoy tasty snacks and an open bar onboard the yacht.
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $384.62

G&T Private Sunset Cruise on the most spacious charter boat of Bonaire.

Only for those who like quality time on the water, we offer a private G&T sunset sailing cruise of 2,5 hours.

No G&T lover? No tears, we also serve soda’s, cava, wine, beer & rum from our open bar!

What can you expect during a private G&T SunSet?
The most spacious fully crewed and catered sailing yacht for your private party
Sailing along the South coast of Kralendijk to the salt pier and back.

Relax and let the crew spoil you with tasty bites and ice cold G&T’s

If you like; Sail yourself, our boat has a double helm so the skipper can keep an easy eye on your skills…

Any extras like fishing? You name it and we’ll do our best to realize it!

Once we have your booking we take no other guests. Guaranteed for your private party!
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2 hours 30 minutes
from $230.77

SoloBon's weekly Sail - Snorkel & Sunset Safari

Board a 45-foot sailing vessel for a snorkel safari off the coast of Bonaire. Visit two snorkeling spots that teem with marine life—a guide is in the water with you to point out fish, coral, and more. Between sites, have a snack and listen to island tunes. Once the snorkeling is over, relax on deck as you enjoy the open bar.
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $87.18

Sail and Dive from a Private Yacht in Bonaire

Charter a boat for a 4- or 6-hour diving adventure around Bonaire. Customize a route with your captain depending on your preferences and weather conditions. Set sail across the pristine waters and discover some of the best dive spots in the region. Follow your PADI master through the water to explore local reefs and underwater species. Enjoy a complimentary open bar and tasty snacks onboard the yacht during your trip.
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4 hours
from $435.90

CheeSea Sailing Charter

What can you expect during a private CheeSea Sailing Charter?

You'' get a fully crewed and catered sailing yacht for your private party for 4 hours, sailing along the North coast of Kralendijk. You can dip or snorkel in the best pool of the world; the Caribbean sea. Relax and let the crew spoil you with tasty bites and ice cold drinks. We dock at our private mooring and enjoy the sunset over Klein Bonaire while you'll have a great cheese fondue. We ail back to port under a million stars...
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4 hours
from $358.98
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Laris G wrote a review Mar 2020
Brighton Mi3 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I, and 2 dear friends, traded our time shares in Aruba to check out the diving on Bonaire. We stayed at the Divi resort, and did many shore dives. Our afternoon with Captain Norman, though, was our favorite dive of the week. So relaxing to be on his 43' sailboat - no engine noise or diesel fumes to deal with. Cost much less than you might imagine, also. We sailed to a dive sight off Klein Bonaire, and the coral formations there were phenomenal. We were served several courses of simple but tasty appetizers, and the beer on the sunset sail back to dock after diving was much enjoyed. Captain Norman was a good host and clearly an experienced sailor - enjoyed his company too. If we ever go back, I would book it again.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Skipper-Norman, Owner at SoloBon Sailing
Responded Mar 25, 2020
Thanks for your review, so happy our guest can enjoy diving as well as the sailing on our 45' sailboat !-) I hope to CU back one sunny day.
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P Miller wrote a review Mar 2020
Tucson, Arizona23 contributions4 helpful votes
Our RCI cruise to Bonaire was cancelled at the last minute. Though we were inside the cancellation period, Norman waived the deposit fee (otherwise not refundable). We appreciate this generosity. Other vendors in the States (American Airlines, Travelex) have not been as understanding nor generous. It is our hope to get to Bonaire in the near future, we will book with Solobon (Norman van Holst) when we do!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Skipper-Norman, Owner at SoloBon Sailing
Responded Mar 17, 2020
Thank you hope you see you soon in good health!
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Peter M wrote a review Mar 2020
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A perfect sunset cruise! Easy to book through Trip Advisor. Boat was comfortable and well cared for. Our captain, Norman, and his 1st mate, Roff, took great care of the 4 of us and were perfect hosts. Plenty of gin & tonics and some simple finger food during the sail. Head south out of Port of Bonaire if you want to catch the sunset. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Robin S wrote a review Mar 2020
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Norman and his crew hosted a perfect day of boating and snorkeling for our group. Snacks and their company were great. The underwater scene was beautiful. Norman very interested in accommodating all that we wished to see and do. Highly recommended!
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Jim wrote a review Mar 2020
Orlando, Florida74 contributions10 helpful votes
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My wife and I did a private 6-hour sailing day with SoloBon Sailing on February 14th 2020 and could not have enjoyed it more. It was Valentine’s Day and the last full day of our first time, 7 night stay in Bonaire so we were looking for an exclusive private day on the water sailing old school in the beautiful tropical waters of Bonaire and to experience a bit of luxury on an upscale sail boat. We found it all with SoloBon. We originally discovered SoloBon here on TripAdvisor. Locating SoloBon was not difficult and is right across the street from the airport though the road in to their dock is an inconspicuous dirt road. Parking was free at their dock. The seem to offer some roundtrip transportation if you are staying close by their dock, including cruise ship day visitors, but I think further out you must get yourself to their location by the airport. There are no other facilities at the dock so do what you need to before heading over. The Phonenix itself was a most excecllent sail boat. She was clean, neat, in excellent condition and at 45 feet was quite spacious and comfortable. The size of the cockpit was also quite spacious and cozy, though granted there were just two of us plus the Capt and mate. Below deck was a full marine head/bathroom and cabin area in the event you run into rain. They had a Bluetooth speaker onboard so we were able to connect and enjoy our own favorite Island Music playlists on our iPhones throughout the day. Captain and owner of the vessel, Norman, and his first mate (name escapes me) were such fantastic hosts. Are you passionate about the idea of spending half a day or longer sailing in the blue waters and sunny skies of Bonaire, but a little apprehensive about several hours trapped on the small confines of a slow-moving sailboat with strangers? No problem, Capt. Norman and his then first mate, a young and pretty lady from the Netherlands living in Bonaire now, could not have been kinder, more friendly, fun individuals to spend time with and we not only enjoyed the sailing experience, but sincerely enjoyed their company as well, as Norm regaled us with some anecdotes of his sailing adventures around the Caribbean. Prior to leaving dock Norman asks if you have any specific requests or wishes where you might like to go or what activities you are interested in doing and he seems willing to fulfil whatever your reasonable desires may be which include sailing in any direction, north, south or west and depending on the length of your excursion can be several locations throughout your day. While you can choose the length of your sailing excursion for private outings, we opted for a 6-hour tour from 9AM till 3PM. Norman even offers scuba diving option and will accompany you diving if requested. We booked online directly via the SoloBon web site via Credit Card with no issues. All inquiries and prearrival correspondences with SoloBon via email were promptly replied to and super cordial. Upon motoring out of the protection of the little harbour where SoloBon is docked, Norman killed the intrusive noise of the motor and hoisted the sails which quickly caught the swift wind and we began the days adventure as we sliced through the deep blue water and headed straight for a mooring off the southern side of Little Klein Bonaire. While my better half soaked up some rays topside on the deck of the Phoenix sipping her chilled Cava sparkling wine served by the very attentive first mate, Norman accompanied me on a great 54 minute bottom time single tank morning dive on a great site. You must provide your own dive gear. Post dive, for a couple of the early morning hours the wind had really kicked up and Capt. Norman even mentioned he was reading some of the highest gusts of wind (36 knots) he's ever been out on an excursion during with guests in Bonaire, yet the Phoenix sailed straight and true with minimal discomfort, cutting through the very choppy seas at this point as Norman sailed us towards Bonaire main island once again and around some dark looking weather out in the distance to the north as well as the south. Although my wife and I both took Dramamine, I was impressed how smooth the vessel handled the very choppy seas and did not even feel it was all that bad despite Norman mentioning how high the winds actually were. Felt like perfect sailing weather to me. Quick early dive behind us, we were offered a variety of cold, thirst quenching libations to sip on and enjoy including beer, wine (regular and sparkling), and even delicious Gin and Tonics throughout the day. We opted for paying the slight upcharge per person for the 'Extra & more luxury bites' option to upgrade the food items from what they normally serve during excursions. We were served I think 6 or so small bite courses and enjoyed the food offerings very much which were served approximately every hour or so though the first mate was attentive in checking with us if we were ready for another course before bringing us any food. I forget exactly the food items we were served, but I recall a soft tortilla wrap cheese sandwich type item, a Salmon appetizer, a sliced crusty bread course (with olive oil, olive tapenade, and curry chicken salad), a small quiche square, some warm soup, some fresh cantaloupe, and I think a dessert type item that slips my mind what it was. After departing Little Kline and after a short time sailing back towards Bonaire main island and tacking our way around distant bad weather, the wind died down to normal levels, the sun was bright and high in the sky, and the weather was near perfect for the remainder of the day where we managed to squeeze in two separate 30 minute snorkeling stops before eventually making our return trip to land by 3PM. While we had our own dive/snorkle gear, Norman appears to have a supply of snorkle gear on board. All in all, we found the private excursion well worth the hefty price if you can afford it, it was a nice indulgence and the memory of a lifetime we'll carry with us forever. Not sure what was customery, but while we did not tip the owner since that is not common in the US to tip the owner of the business, we did tip the first mate a well deserved generious tip. We would most definitely use SoloBon again and recommend to others.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Skipper-Norman, Owner at SoloBon Sailing
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Thank you Jim, it was nice to sail with the two of you and offer you some special extra services like the dive buddy. Our tasty bites vary and especially our FB+ package so it's good not all bites are put at Tripadvisor !-) Hope to see you on board again one sunny day!
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