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Even the crustiest of divers have to dry out sometime — even if it is only the mandated last day of their trip. (Divers have to wait a certain number of hours before flying after they , which leads many divers to consider the last day of a dive vacation their “dry day.”) And some travelers do come to Bonaire for reasons other than the reefs! Regardless of what gets a traveler out of the water, Bonaire’s topography is simply too starkly beautiful to only enjoy on surface intervals. I know that after a few days, I was itching to explore the island above sea level.

And so we headed out for a Twizy Tour with . Twizy what what, I hear you ask?

Road Runners BonairePhoto courtesy of

Kralendijk

are two seater electric cars imported to the island by a Dutch island transplant named Hans. After signing waivers and flashing our drivers’ licenses, we commandeered his entire fleet of four Twizys and shrieked with adrenaline as we fired them up and following Hans’ scooter through the center of Kralendijk.

After passing through Bonaire’s quaint capital, we pushed forward to the island’s remote Northern side. Here, we had the roads to ourselves, and, having had some time to get used to the controls of the car, were able to start to have a bit of fun. I watched as my speedometer crept past 80kpmh, singing and smiling to myself while hot air came bursting through the open windows.

Twizzy Tour Bonaire

Road Runners Bonaire

Twizzy Tour Bonaire

As we turned away from the coastal road and drove further into the heart of the island, I saw the shimmers of a large lake in the distance. We stopped for a few photos and a brief history lessons before finally spotting an icon we’d been searching high and low for all week — one of Bonaire’s beloved flamingos!

On typical tours, this would be the third or fourth stop, but due to a scheduling issue earlier in the day we were taking a slightly abridged version.

Bonaire by Electric Car

Bonaire by Electric CarPhoto courtesy of

Bonaire by Electric CarLove these girls! Photo courtesy of

Signs of civilization began to emerge again, and soon we were in Rincon, the second of Bonaire’s two towns and the islands oldest settlement. It reminded me immediately of so many small towns and cities I’ve come across in my travels in Central America, and I instantly regretted we didn’t have more time to explore.

Rincon Bonaire

Rincon Bonaire

Rincon Bonaire

Rincon Bonaire

Rincon Bonaire

Our destination in Rincon was the , Bonaire’s one and only such establisment. In addition to three spririts — Rom Rincon, Cadushy Vodka, and Captain Don’s Whiskey — the distillery more famously produces six flavors of liquor produced from one of the island’s most abundant natural resources. Cactus! I loved learning about the production process, not to mention tasting its delicious results.

The six flavors of resulting liquor represent the five islands of the Dutch Caribbean, the motherland, Amsterdam. We tasted them all and while I was tempted by several, it only seemed right to buy a big bottle of Cadushy of Bonaire to bring home.

Cadushy Distillery Bonaire

Cadushy Distillery Bonaire

Cadushy Distillery Bonaire

Loaded up on souvenirs, we made our way back toward Kraledijk. Again we found ourselves on a remote road with plenty of room for photo stops. My eyes kept telling my brain that we must have taken a wrong turn to somewhere in the American Southwest, and my brain replied that nope, this too is the Caribbean.

Road Runners Bonaire

Bonaire by Electric CarPhoto courtesy of

At $75 for the driver and $35 for a second adult, this 4-5 hour tour is a pretty darn affordable thrill for a couple or pair of friends who don’t mind trading off driving duty (though personally I’d recommend you splurge and each helm your own Twizy).

I have to admit that I was a little skeptical of  at first. I’m more of a bicycle tour girl than a Segway one, and I thought this might be a little too gimmicky for me. It only took a few seconds behind the wheel to let that go! After all, as Hans explained, these electric cars are sustainable, eco-friendly, and perfectly in line with Bonaire’s commitment to conservation. Plus, the little taste we received of Northern Bonaire was all I needed to know that next time I return to the island, I’m packing a pair of hiking boots to spend some time exploring there.

Twizzy Tour Bonaire

Bonaire by Electric Car

Have you ever driven an electric car? Would you sign up for a Twizy tour?

Many thanks to Bonaire Tourism for hosting me. As always, you receive my honest thoughts, full opinions and poorly written jokes regardless of who is footing the bill. 

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20 Comments...
  • Shaun's Cracked Compass
    December 15 2015

    How did you not take those things off road??? Sorry Hans, you can keep that security deposit!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 23 2015

      Ha ha, I’m sure he’d be up for an adventure if you asked 🙂

  • julie
    December 16 2015

    omg this is so up my alley!!!! looks like so much fun!

    • Meihoukai
      December 23 2015

      I loved it — something totally different from the diving 🙂 And yes, so much fun!

  • Dominique
    December 16 2015

    I’m surprised by how much you can do on that small island! The electric cars look like a lot of fun, but more importantly I’m very curious to taste the different liquors at the Cadushy Distillery! Those bottles would look great in my kitchen 😉 Great post!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 23 2015

      I know, I was very tempted to bring back one of each! Had to settle on one in the end, though 🙂

  • Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
    December 16 2015

    Now, this was just the best day. As if diving with you three wasn’t fun enough, our Twizy day (and our German guide!) took the cake.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 23 2015

      Oh man, so many laughs that day. I was cracking up from some of the memories in my notes while I was writing this 🙂

  • For never have ever hearing of Bonaire before, there sure is a lot to do on this island!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 23 2015

      Right? Lots of adventure for one little island!

  • Marie
    December 18 2015

    Oh how I love to give the electric car a try. Looks you had fun in such a small island. There are plenty of things that can be done to create such unique memory.

    • Meihoukai
      December 23 2015

      It was really fun — and eco friendly to boot!

  • Marni
    December 20 2015

    OMG those Twizy cars look like SO much fun! What a great way to see a different side of the island. I guess I’m going to Bonaire now! Are those the only flamingos you saw?
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    • Meihoukai
      December 26 2015

      We also drove by a huge flock of them in the South but sadly didn’t have time to stop and take photos. Seeing more of them and getting closer is definitely on my to-do list for next time 🙂

  • Amanda
    December 20 2015

    I drove a Twizy around Geiranger, Norway, earlier this year and had so. much. FUN. I think it’s physically impossible to not be happy and smiling when in one of those things!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 26 2015

      Ah, what a blast. I’m not normally a motorized sports kind of girl, but you’re right — this one is pretty inescapably charming.

  • Britt
    December 24 2015

    Omg those cars are sooooo cute!

    Looks like it was an awesome way to explore the island. Bonaire is just as beautiful on land as it was on the reefs!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 26 2015

      Indeed — and so unique for the Caribbean! Most people expect palm trees, not cactus…

  • Marie
    December 26 2015

    Even the crustiest of divers have to dry out sometime – I totally agree. Nice place and great blog.

    • Meihoukai
      December 26 2015

      Thanks Marie! I love fitting in some land adventures on my dive trips.