Bonaire in the south The Caribbean is since 2010 part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Dutch is the official language, but many residents also speak the island's own language, Papiamento - in addition, both English and Spanish work perfectly in most places on the island. Bonaire is outside the so-called hurricane belt and is rarely hit by hurricanes other than gusts and unstable weather. The island is low-lying and dry with relatively sparse vegetation.

The island has a rich bird life and beautiful nature but exciting rock formations mainly in the northern parts and Washingon Slagbaai National Park. Tourism is the main source of income, but also depositing and intermediate storage of oil and salt production are important for the island. Diving tourism and windsurfing are the two largest tourism industries.  
Bonaire's diving attracts enthusiasts from all over the world, where the ease of going out mainly by car but also by boat attracts many divers here. Even the license plates of the cars have the words "Divers Paradise" on them. The capital Kralendijk has shops, tourist office offices, some banks, grocery stores but otherwise mostly shopping and restaurants. Outdoor life is sparse, although the island receives many cruise ships today.

Bonaire is unique in its simplicity

Bonaire is unique in the diving world today, nowhere else is diving so easily accessible. If you have a package with a rental car, you don't have to meet times, but go out and dive as much as you want, where you want and when you want. There are a large number of dive sites, all of which are easy to find. With the help of a map and the chicken yellow rocks that are placed around the island at each dive site. 

Regardless of whether you are a beginner or have a lot of experience, there is a wonderful mix of different diving targets here. Reefs, slopes, walls and wrecks so there is variety. The best dive sites are on the west side of the island and the majority of dive sites can be reached directly from land. However, several of them can only be reached by boat. Tip is to go out on a boat one day to the outside of Klein Bonaire and the outside which has very nice corals and usually extremely good visibility.

For those of you who want to spice up your diving trip, you can combine with one of the neighboring islands, Healingçao or Aruba. Together, these islands make up what is known as the ABC Islands. It's easy to fly to Bonaire too and as extra spice you get to see an airport that is completely pink!

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