Bonaire, part of the Netherlands Antilles, is just a 24 miles long and less than ten miles wide sunny haven. It’s outside of Caribbean hurricane belt with a reef-lined coast all of which is a marine park – perfect for divers any time of the year. You will not find sizzling nightlife, just some nice restaurants and relaxed bars where people swap stories of the day’s island exploration. Birders will delight in the large pink flamingo population, the many species of parrots and parakeets, hummingbirds and egrets just to name few.
It rains very little in Bonaire so the waters are always clear of silt and visibility underwater can be up to 150 feet. Most of the more than eighty dive sites are on the fringing reef, just a quick trip from the shore. The healthy and well-preserved reef system supports an amazing array of life. Reef fish population is the most diverse in the Caribbean, the coral and sponge forests are vast and colorful, and you can expect to see turtles, seahorses, frogfish and tarpon with special sightings of nurse sharks, whale sharks, rays and dolphins. Several large and small wrecks in the area are also great dive spots. Come here to enjoy relaxed island life and fantastic outdoor activities. In addition to diving, Bonaire is known for snorkeling, windsurfing and mountain biking.