If exploring beneath the waterline is one of the main things you want to experience during your cruising vacation, the small island of Bonaire is a must to visit. Sitting in the centre of the ‘ABC’ islands of the Lesser Antilles, it has, like Aruba and Curaçao, strong Dutch influences evident in the brightly coloured architecture and distinctive culture.
At just 111 square miles, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in natural beauty and thriving marine life. The island is uniquely surrounded by the spectacular Bonaire National Marine Park, that ensures the meticulous preservation of the unspoilt coral reefs, cementing its status as one of the world’s best and most renowned scuba diving destinations.
Bonaire’s serene, semi-desert landscape, contrasted with shimmering turquoise waters is a far cry from the developed resorts and bustling towns of other Caribbean islands, offering a vacation in laid-back style amongst paradise settings. Known for its large population of pink flamingos, drawn to the shrimp filled waters, the Washington-Slagbaai National Park that fills most of the northern end of the island boasts abundant exotic wildlife, lush terrain and gentle rolling hills.
The sleepy Capital of Kralendijk is a picturesque seaside town that can be walked in less than half an hour. Enjoy a wide selection of fresh seafood and cuisine ranging from Continental to French to Asian and take in the breath-taking views of the harbour before heading over to the waterfront to pick up fresh daily produce coming in from Venezuela.
- Hop over to the off-shore cay, Klein Bonaire (Little Bonaire), and explore captivating reefs and marine life.
- Sun-bathe on the pristine, pink hued sand Pink Beach.
- Swim alongside sea turtles, sea horses, parrot fish and many more in the island’s rich eco-marine system.
- Take advantage of the trade winds that breeze across the island, ideal for windsurfing and kite boarding.a
- The annual Jazz festival in August.