Part of the ABC Island group, Bonaire is a diver’s paradise.
Unlike most of the other Caribbean islands which are surrounded by
coral reefs, Bonaire is actually a reef itself that sits atop of a
submerged mountain. Shaped like a boomerang, this tiny nation is the
second largest of the ABC Islands with a total land area of just 285
Easily accessible from South America, Bonaire which is part of
the Dutch or Netherlands Antilles sits roughly 81 km north of the
coast of Venezuela, and is very close to the island of Curaçao.
Untouched by modern development, Bonaire today maintains a very
laidback and casual feel to it, as there is not much traffic or
too many high rise resorts to be found out here. The pace of life
on Bonaire is slow and unhurried, and with an easy going and friendly
population, this tiny island offers something for everyone.
A tranquil destination and the perfect place to escape the more
touristy crowds, this does not mean Bonaire is a sleepy place. The
nightlife here is quite good. And with plenty of bars, clubs, shopping
and a number of world class restaurants, there is much to do here
after the sun sets. Not as ritzy as say Aruba, what Bonaire has
to offer is something more special – an intimate meeting between
man and nature in some of the most gorgeous settings on the planet.
With most of Bonaire’s treasures lying beneath in its pristine
turquoise blue waters, diving and snorkeling here is a true joy
for one and all.
For the avid bird watcher, this island is an idyllic haven as well
with over 200 species of birds found here. On Bonaire it is often
said that the flamingoes here outnumber its spare population. So if
you enjoy bird watching, grab your binoculars and your camera to catch
a glimpse of not just flamingoes, but parrots, ans, hummingbirds,
herons, snipes, parakeets and terns as welicll.
A zealous protector of its natural heritage, Bonaire was among
the first Caribbean nations to get involved in ecotourism. Here
spear-fishing is not allowed, and nor are divers allowed to disturb
or destroy any coral or other living animals from the sea.