While descending toward Flamingo Airport, visitor’s first view of Bonaire is the magnificent azure sea and a boomerang-shaped island. Once on land, a remarkable amount of unspoiled nature and stunning beaches awaits.
A lovely island
Bonaire is easily regarded as one of the Caribbean’s last unspoiled islands. The low-key vibe and casual atmosphere is enjoyed by many who return again. The island features a multitude of magnificent landscapes and a surprising diversity of flora and fauna. Best known as “Diver’s Paradise”, Bonaire is designated a Marine Park. The island is surrounded by a healthy reef. There are several beaches on island including Delfin’s own piece of golden sand. Bonaire’s climate is consistent year round with the trade winds supplying welcome cool breezes and it is outside the hurricane belt making it a sought after destination.
The Caribbean Netherlands
Bonaire was once referred to 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 many exotic flavors.
The capital of Bonaire is Kralendijk, a picturesque town in the heart of the island. Bonaire’s hilly north is the location of Washington National Park. Many popular dive sites and natural vistas are enjoyed in this protected area. The flora and fauna are plentiful. The southern flatlands feature fascinating pink and white salt pans, and magnificent aquamarine lagoons surrounded by mangroves.
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 bird can breed in peace. Bonaire’s Flamingo population nest and feed on the southern corner of the island. Another rare bird is the Lora, a parrot species that is only found on Bonaire.
Pure enjoyment for divers
Bonaire is legendary among divers and other “underwater enthusiasts.” The coral reefs of Bonaire National Marine Park host 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. What makes diving in Bonaire even more fun is its accessibility. With over 80 shore dive sites, Bonaire is one the world’s number one shore diving destination. Wherever there’s a yellow stone, you can just hop into the water from the shore in order to admire the reef.
Attractions and entertainment
Above water, Bonaire offers a plethora of attractions and activities. The island features museums, art galleries, monuments and historic churches. Energetic types can go wind or kite surfing, sailing, mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. Shops are mostly located along downtown, Kaya Grandi. 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.