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Bonaire

Bonaire has been part of the Netherlands since 2010. Dutch is the official language but many residents also speak the island's own language, Papiamento - in addition, both English and Spanish work excellent in most places on the island. Bonaire is located outside the so-called hurricane belt and is rarely affected by hurricanes other than swell and unstable weather. The island is low-lying and dry with relatively sparse vegetation. The island has a rich bird life and beautiful scenery but exciting rock formations mainly in the northern parts and Washingon Slagbaai National Park. Tourism is the main source of income, but deposits and intermediate storage of oil and also salt production are important for the island. Diving tourism and windsurfing are the two largest tourism industries.
 
The island's diving attracts enthusiasts from all over the world, where the simplicity of going out with mainly car but also boat attracts many divers here. Even the cars' license plates have the text "Divers Paradise" on it. The capital Kralendijk has shops, tourism office, some banks, grocery stores but otherwise mostly shopping and restaurants. Nightlife is sparse even though the island receives many cruise ships today.

Bonaire is unique in the dive world today, nowhere else is diving so easily accessible and if you have a package with rental car you do not have to keep track of time but go out and dive as much as you want, wherever 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 stones that are placed around the island at each dive site. Whether you are a beginner or have long experience, here is a wonderful mix of different diving goals, reefs, slopes, walls and wrecks. The best dive sites are on the west side of the island and a majority of the dive sites can be reached directly from shore, although some must be added by boat. Tip is that one day go out on a boat to the outside of Klein Bonaire and the outside which has very fine corals and usually extremely good visibility.

Travel information Bonaire

  • Time: -4 GMT
  • Currency: US-Dollar
  • Language: Dutch, English, Papiamento (a mix of spanish, portuguese, dutch, french, english and Arawak indian).
  • Water: Tap water and ice are safe to consume, but bottled water is available for purchase..
  • Visam: Not required for EU-citizens.
  • Health: Contact your local medical clinic for advise. 
  • Pressure chamber: There is a pressure chamber located in Kralendijk. Treatment in chambers is an expensive story so be sure to have insurance that covers this. 
  • Country code: +599
  • Electricty: Standard 110-130V (american and european sockets)

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