The Caribbean island of Bonaire has unique natural beauty and is known for its restful beaches and impressive underwater world. It is a paradise for divers and snorkelers but there is a lot for tourists to do even without diving into the water. With travel not advised but many people still yearning for sun sea and beach, there is good news. Bonaire has a yellow travel advisory because it is considered Dutch territory. One of the few destinations you can therefore safely travel to at the moment. Want to go to the sun right now or are you looking for new ideas for your bucket list? Here are the top 7 places you can't miss when going to Bonaire.
The best diving spots in the world
Bonaire, or the 'shore-diving capital of the world', is known for its breathtaking underwater world, untouched coral reefs, the most beautiful tropical fish and other colourful marine inhabitants. The island has one of the highest amounts of best dive spots in the world and with more than 60 marked shore dive sites, it is an experience for every diver.
Brine Lake Flamingo Sanctuary
Bonaire protects its flora and fauna at all times. That is why Brine Lake Flamingo Sanctuary is one of four areas in the world where flamingos can breed naturally. The pink salt lake owes its pink colour to the quantities of brine shrimp living in the water. More than ten thousand flamingos feel at home here.
Snow in the Caribbean
Want to see a snowy landscape on a tropical island? Then visit the salt pyramids! Bonaire has been the Caribbean's largest salt exporter for centuries, producing 400,000 tonnes a year. The sun, wind and shallow salt lakes near the sea make for the ideal combination. The salt pyramids are not only photogenic but also work therapeutically with a sense of calm and euphoria.
Why visit one Bonaire when you can visit two? Klein Bonaire is just a short boat ride away from the main island. This beautiful uninhabited island has an area of about 6 km² and is blessed with beautiful snow-white beaches that also provide breeding grounds for sea turtles. It is heaven on earth.
A natural light show similar to the starry sky
Two to three days after the full moon, a special phenomenon can be seen on Bonaire 45 minutes after sunset. This 20-minute light show consists of the Ostracods, tiny clams, rising 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 is even more impressive if you discover the mating show during a night dive.
Stay in an ecological paradise
Founded in 1976 by renowned underwater environmentalist Captain Don Stewart, Captain Don's Habitat has pioneered eco-friendly developments on the island of Bonaire. His vision is also reflected in the resort's design. Every detail is designed to have the least possible impact on the local environment; from the construction methods to the use of solar panels and energy-saving appliances. Set in a tropical garden, right on the beach, the resort is known for its relaxed atmosphere and is a true diving paradise. From the resort's private jetty, you can sail to more than 50 world-class dive sites within 15 minutes.
Enjoy a sunset dinner at the island's best Caribbean restaurant
Since you can just eat out in Bonaire, the popular Rum Runner restaurant is a perfect restaurant to go for dinner. Located directly on the ocean, it is in one of Bonaire's most amazing spots, opposite the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire. The menu features local dishes, fresh fish, seafood, quesedillas or pizza baked in the wood-fired oven. Don't forget the impressive cocktail menu to enjoy the sunset even more.
Bonaire has been given a yellow travel advisory by the Dutch authorities. Dutch nationals are admitted to the island provided they can present a negative Covid-19 test, not older than 72h. More info can be found at www.bonairecrisis.com.
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