Bonaire Island is part of the Dutch Antilles. It is located off the northern coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean Sea.
It is near Aruba and Curacao and together called the ABC Islands. They form the Netherlands Antilles, together with Curacao and the other three, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba Island which are located on the northeast of the Caribbean.
Kralendijk the picturesque Capital of Bonaire
This island attracts tourists from Europe, North and South America and many of them are repeat visitors. That says a lot about a place.
You’ll be surprised on how much this island offers: Great climate, warm and friendly people, lots of surrounding corals for scuba diving and many beautiful beaches among others.
There are flights from Aruba and Curacao as well as certain flights from neighboring Venezuela. The latest I checked there were no ferry services between the islands on a schedule basis.
The island is small but no so small. I mean you will need a form of transportation to move around. Bikes, motorcycles and car rentals are available at the airport and in the downtown area.
Bonaire is a paradise for Scuba Diving enthusiasts
What to do in Bonaire Island
Scuba Diving Caribbean and Caribbean Snorkeling
In my opinion and the opinion of many, Scuba diving and snorkeling are the most important activities on the island. The coral reefs surrounding it are spectacular and divers from all over the world come to enjoy their sport in such amazing marine life.
Because of the lack of rain, the waters surrounding Bonaire are clear and calm, making scuba diving and snorkeling doable year-round.
Water temperatures average 25-29 C or 78-84 F. Visibility could reach 100 feet or 30 meters. The authorities are very zealous of their coasts and have been protecting them legally since 1979. Please adhere to their rules.
Perfect Trade Winds made Bonaire a heaven windsurfing
The island is in the perfect path of the trade winds. Those winds create the ideal conditions for this sport all around it. In Lac bay for example has several areas where the wind activity differs from one another, so beginners as well as veteran surfers can enjoy.
There are two seasons for windsurfing in Bonaire: The high-wind season stretches from middle of December to August, while the light-wind season from September until mid-December.
If you come in October of each year you may enjoy Regatta Week with competitions on sailing.
If you love wildlife and bird watching discover Bonaire Island
The warm climate and the semi-desert landscape is home to iguanas mostly seen on the rock formations. You may see waves of flamingos drifting around the salt flats.
Impressive cacti symbolizing the arid terrain abound and last but not least the Divi trees bend through generations by the trade winds.
Klein Bonaire on the west coast of Bonaire
Off the west coast of the big island lies this small uninhabited isle called Klein Bonaire meaning “Little Bonaire”.
It is only 6 Square Km in area and totally flat. It is less than one Km away from Bonaire and can be reached by boat and even kayaking. Beware, this last one is difficult.
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Map of the Caribbean showing the location of Bonaire