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Beautiful Flamingoes on BonaireFor every kind of vacation

The beautiful Caribbean island of Bonaire is filled with sunshine and beaches. It's world-renowned for its excellent scuba diving, and if you're not a diver you can snorkel, explore caves, kayak, relax on the beach, go birdwatching, windsurf or kitesurf. There really is something for everyone. Read more about all the fun things to do: Bonaire Activities.

The daily life on Bonaire is relaxed and people are friendly. The island lies outside the hurricane belt, and has one airport close to town, Flamingo International Airport.

The colourful underwater world

But it's the colourful underwater world which makes Bonaire unique. Consistently rated among the top shore diving and Caribbean diving locations in the world, it's great for divers and snorkelers alike.

The island is ringed with a coral reef, which is easily accessible. The entire coastline of the island is a marine sanctuary, preserving local fish life. The coral reef around uninhabited Klein Bonaire is particularly well conserved where turtles are often spotted. Bonaire also has several coral reefs where seahorses are common. Don't forget to bring a sunscreen which is reef-friendly to help preserve the marine life.

The diverse animals

Above the water, Bonaire is also famous for its flamingo populations. Flamingos are drawn to the brackish water, which harbours shrimp they feed on. Starting in the 1500s, the Dutch raised sheep, goats, pigs, horses and donkeys on Bonaire, and the descendants of the goats and donkeys roam the island today. With over 400 bird species it's worth looking up when you visit. One of the more interesting birds you will see are the endangered Yellow Shouldered Amazon Parrot, protected by Echo Conservation.

diversThe landscape of the island

Washington Slagbaai National Park, located at the north side of the island, is an ecological preserve. The highest point of Bonaire, Brandaris, located within this preserve has a complete view of the island. It's possible to hike to the top when avoiding the heat of the day.

When walking around the semi-tropical island you will encounter many cacti and prickly bushes. There are also flowering trees, beautiful gardens to admire and fresh Aloe Vera. 

You can find more practical information about Bonaire on Blue Oceans.

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