ME Tude - The Caribbean island of Bonaire is blessed with a unique natural beauty and is known for its serene tranquility and impressive underwater world. It's a true paradise for divers and snorkelers, but there is also a lot to do for non-divers and ecotourists.
Do you want to go to the sun or are you looking for ideas for your bucket list? Here are the 7 places that you should not miss when you go to Bonaire.
1. The best dive spots in the world
Bonaire has one of the highest concentrations of the best dive spots in the world and with more than 60 marked shore dives, it has been referred to as the "shore-diving capital of the world". The island is known for its breathtaking underwater world, untouched coral reefs, beautiful tropical fish and other colourful sea life.
2. The Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary
Bonaire attaches great importance to the protection of fauna and flora. That is why Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary is one of only four areas in the world where flamingos can reproduce naturally. The pink salt lake owes its pink colour to the abundance of tiny rosy brine shrimp present in the water. More than ten thousand flamingos are at home here.
3. Snow in the Caribbean
Do you want to see a snowy landscape on a tropical island? Then visit the salt pyramids! Bonaire has been the largest salt exporter in the Caribbean for centuries with 400,000 tonnes per year. The sun, wind and shallow salt lakes by the sea provide the ideal combination. Seawater is brought into the shallow salt pans, evaporated by the bright sun and the ever-roaring trade winds, and eventually salt remains.
4. Klein Bonaire
Why would you visit one Bonaire when you can visit two? Klein Bonaire is just a short boat ride from the main island. This beautiful uninhabited island has an area of approximately 6 square kilometers and is blessed with beautiful white beaches that also form the breeding grounds for sea turtles. It's heaven on earth.
5. A natural light show you've never seen before
Two or three days after the full moon, 45 minutes after sunset, a special phenomenon can be seen on Bonaire for 20 minutes. The ostracods rise in large numbers from the depths to the reef for an impressive luminous mating show. This phenomenon is called bioluminescence. You can see it from the beach, but it's even more impressive if you go for a night dive.
6. Stay in an ecological paradise
Captain Don's Habitat, founded in 1976 by renowned underwater environment activist Captain Don Stewart, has pioneered the environmentally friendly developments on the island of Bonaire. His vision is also reflected in the design of the resort. Every detail is designed to have the least impact on the local environment; from the low impact of construction methods to the use of solar boilers and energy-saving devices. The resort is set in a lush tropical garden, right on the beach and is known for its relaxed atmosphere and is a true paradise for divers. From the resort's private dock, you can sail to more than 50 world-class dive sites within 15 minutes.
Captain Don's Habitat
7. Enjoy a sunset dinner at the best Caribbean restaurant on the island
The popular Rum Runners restaurant and cocktailbar is located right on the ocean, in one of the most amazing places on Bonaire, opposite the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire. The menu includes local dishes, sophisticated snacks, fresh fish, seafood, quesedillas or pizza baked in the wood oven. Don't forget the impressive cocktail menu to enjoy the sunset even more.
These are probably reasons enough to go to Bonaire. Ready to pack your bags?
Thierry Hanan Scheers
With a backpack and hiking boots Thierrry Hanan travels around the world. Final destination? Somewhere, nowhere and everywhere.
Backpacker & Storyteller
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With a backpack and hiking boots Hanan travels around the world. Destination? Somewhere, nowhere and everywhere.
backpacker & storyteller