Bon Bini na Boneiru! − Welcome to Bonaire!

For most tourists first introductions to Bonaire are made from airplane windows, while descending toward Flamingo Airport on the western coast. Looking down you’ll see an azure sea with a boomerang-shaped island of about 300 square kilometers (116 square miles), with a remarkable amount of unspoiled nature and stunning beaches.

A lovely island

Bonaire is easily regarded as one of the Caribbean’s last unspoiled island. The low-key vibe and casual atmosphere is enjoyed by many who return again and again. The island features a multitude of magnificent landscapes and a surprising diversity of flora and fauna. Best known as Diver’s Paradise, Bonaire’s entire waters are designated a Marine Park. The island is surrounded by a healthy reef with pristine waters.  There are several beaches on island including Delfin’s own piece of golden sand.  Bonaire’s climate is consistent, 365 days with the trade winds supplying welcome cool breezes. Bonaire is outside the hurricane belt making it a sought after destination year -round.

The Caribbean Netherlands

Bonaire was once referred as part of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). Today, this tropical island is a “municipality of the Netherlands”.  Bonaire enjoys a politically safe and stable economy. It lies off the coast of Venezuela and is part of the Caribbean archipelago. With some 20,000 inhabitants and 70 different nationalities, Bonaire is a truly multicultural society. This is clearly reflected in a wealth of colorful arts and culture, and a local cuisine that incorporates all sorts of exotic flavors.

Authentic scenery

The capital of Bonaire is Kralendijk, a picturesque town in the heart of the island. Bonaire’s hilly north is the domain of the impressive Washington Slagbaai National Park. The southern flatlands feature white scenery dotted with fascinating salt pans, and a magnificent aquamarine lagoon surrounded by mangroves.

Rare birds

One of the natural marvels to be admired in Bonaire is the species for which the island’s airport is named: the extremely rare Caribbean flamingo. Bonaire is one of the four regions left on earth where this lovely pink red animal can breed in peace. Another rare bird is Lora, a parrot species that only lives in Bonaire.

Pure enjoyment for divers

Bonaire is legendary among divers and other “underwater enthusiasts”. The coral reefs of Bonaire National Marine Park harbor an incredible variety of tropical fish (at least 469 different species, according to a recent count!) and other marine life. Together they make for a colorful spectacle; a true feast for the eye. As hurricanes almost never occur in Bonaire, all coral is almost completely intact, unlike most other Caribbean islands. What makes diving in Bonaire even more fun is its accessibility. Bonaire is the world’s number 1 shore diving destination. Wherever there’s a yellow stone (there are many, well over 100!) you can just hop into the water from the shore in order to admire the reef.

Attractions and entertainment

Above water Bonaire offers plenty of attractions and entertainment as well. The island features various museums, art galleries, monuments and historic churches and other buildings. Energetic types can go wind and kite surfing, sailing, golf, mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. Shops are mostly located along Kaya Grandi, the “wide road” that serves as Bonaire’s main street. Lively nighttime entertainment is available at several clubs in town. They are open to anyone over 21 years, and there is no strict dress code.

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