Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Bonaire?
Bonaire is located in the Southern Caribbean and is part of the Dutch Antilles island chain that includes Aruba and Curacao, also known as the ABC Islands. We are delighted to be well outside the hurricane belt. Latitude/longitude (GPS): 12°10′ N 68°17′ W.
How do I find my way to paradise?
From North America:
American Airlines, Non-Stop service from Miami to Bonaire (MIA - BON) on Saturdays with additional non-stop flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays seasonally from December 15, 2018 through March 30, 2019. Also, 2 non–stop flights daily from Miami to Curacao (MIA to CUR) requiring 20 minute connecting flights from Curacao to Bonaire with the choice of Insel Air (Fly-InselAir.com – Reaching Higher!) or Divi Divi Air (fly divi divi). Also, Saturday non-stop flight from Charlotte to Curacao (CLT-CUR), requiring a connecting flight with InselAir or Divi Divi Air.
Delta Airlines, Non-Stop service from Atlanta to Bonaire (ATL-BON) on Saturdays and Sundays.
United Airlines, Non-Stop service from Newark to Bonaire (EWR-BON) on Saturdays. Also, non-stop service from Houston to Bonaire (IAH to BON) on Saturday with Sunday return Bonaire - Houston.
Jet Blue, Non-Stop service from JFK to Curacao (JFK-CUR) on Tuesday and Saturday, which require connecting flights from Curacao to Bonaire with Insel Air or Divi Divi Air.
From North Europe:
KLM non-stop service from Amsterdam to Bonaire on their Airbus A330. KLM operates multiple round trips to Bonaire with extra flights before and after Christmas season.
TUI Airlines, non-stop service daily from Amsterdam to Bonaire on their 787 Dreamliner.
Air Berlin, non-stop service from Dusseldorf to Curacao. Non-stop flight time from Amsterdam is approximately nine hours.
Are you located within walking distance to shops or restaurants?
We’re delighted to be within an easy walking distance to several top-rated restaurants such as Rum Runners, Ingredient’s, Blennies, Eddy’s, Between 2 Buns, Zen’s Cafe, Cocos Beach, Eden and many more. Downtown is an easy 7 minute drive. For supermarkets within walking distance, there is a small market that can cater to the majority of your needs within a five minute walk from our villa.
How do I get from the airport?
If you are booking a car most rental agencies will meet you at the airport and we are an easy 10 minute drive. Otherwise, taxi drivers are located out front of the airport and should cost you around $15 for a trip to the Villa. Shuttle bus operators are also available. We are located inside Hamlet Oasis Resort just north of Captain Don’s and Coral Paradise, you’ll see the turn for Hamlet Oasis resort - turn in there and follow the only road until you see Villa #12!
How do I book my dive packages?
The dive operator, Dive Friends has a location within the resort only a moments walk from The Laughing Seahorse. They are a full service dive operation with everything from a full range of PADI courses, rental gear, rental dive tanks, as well as a small retail store. We work closely with Dive Friends and can offer a 10% discount on most of their offerings. Feel free to email us with your needs and we will put together a package for you and organize your course. Not sure what you want to do or nervous about trying diving for the first time? Feel free to email Alan. If you plan on doing a PADI Open Water Dive certification, please know that it can take four days to complete. To maximize your vacation time we recommend completing the classroom portion of the course online before your arrival. Email Alan and I will talk you through it: alan (at) laughingseahorse.com
What is the shore entry like for diving/snorkling from The Laughing Seahorse?
We have an easy shore entry from our garden straight into a world class dive site. The beach has some loose coral (as do all beaches on Bonaire) and then a sand entrance into the water. The reef is directly out front!
How do I book a car/scooter/bike rental?
We can help you arrange rental. Please email us with requirements and we can recommend or arrange rental for you: info (at) laughingseahorse.com or through our contact form.
Is The Laughing Seahorse smoke free?
All rooms are smoke-free.
Can I request a late check-out ahead of time?
Yes, you can request a late check-out, however depending on our occupancy, we might not be able to accommodate you. If not, we are happy to hold your luggage while you enjoy the beach and gazebo.
Is there parking?
Yes, ample parking is available.
Are pets allowed?
Please contact us to discuss.
What languages are spoken?
English at The Laughing Seahorse. On Bonaire - Dutch, Papiamentu, English, and Spanish.
How many rooms are available at The Laughing Seahorse?
There are four rooms available at The Laughing Seahorse for a maximum of 8 guests on property at a time. You’ll enjoy the benefits of a boutique hotel and private palm garden.