Bonaire

Bonaire is part of the Dutch Caribbean, situated just North of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. It is a beautiful island where nature is still unspoiled. A relaxed, laid back atmosphere complements the Bonairean lifestyle, which is full of culinary, musical and cultural surprises. The Caribbean climate is very pleasant with a year-round temperature of around 28°C/85°F. Bonaire is famous for its scuba diving, snorkeling and many other (water)sports, but many other activities are offered on the island. The constant easterly trade winds make Bonaire a true sailing- and windsurfing paradise! Many restaurants and bars provide a cosy nightlife that mainly takes place outside, under the stars. Bonaire plays a leading role in nature protection - both above and under water and it has been used as an example many times for other islands and countries.

The name "Bonaire" is thought to be derived from an Indian word meaning "low country" and indeed both the main island of Bonaire and the small, uninhabited satellite island of Klein (small) Bonaire are startlingly flat. Most of the southern end of the island is less than 2m (6') above sea level. The highest elevation on Bonaire - Brandaris in the Washington Slagbaai National Park - is a mere 238m (785').

Bonaireans are among the friendliest and most linguistically able of all Caribbean islanders, able to switch seamlessly between their native Papiamento and English, Dutch and Spanish.

Did you know that Bonaire is better known as 'Diver's Paradise' and that it has once again received many awards in the Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2013? The seventeen (!) awards include five # 1 rankings for Best Macro Diving, Best Advanced Diving, Best Beginner Diving, Best Shore Diving (for the 20th consecutive year!)and Best Underwater Photography. The # 2 rankings include Best Overall Diving, Best Value of Diving Dollar and Best Marine Environment.
Overall Destination, Healthiest Marine Environment, and Best Visibility.


Travel Information

Getting to Bonaire From Europe
KLM and Arkefly offer direct flights from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Bonaire; KLM 6 times a week and Arkefly 2 times a week.
There are daily departures from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Curacao: several flights from KLM, Arkefly and Martinair. It’s easy to travel from Curacao to Bonaire (flight time about 15 minutes) with Divi Divi Air, Tiara Air or Insell Air. These airlines offer flights several times a day between the islands. It may be attractive to fly to Bonaire through Curacao. Since there are more frequent flights offered to this island, tickets are often more economically priced.
 

From South-America
Tiara Air and Insel Air fly to and from South America through Curacao and Aruba. For complete itineraries and details please contact the airlines that offer service to Bonaire.
 

From USA
Continental Airlines offers direct flights from Newark and Houston to Bonaire.
Delta Airlines flies direct from Atlanta to Bonaire and Insel Air offers direct flights from Miami to Bonaire. For complete itineraries and details please contact the airlines that offer service to Bonaire.

From Curacao
Flights to and from Curacao are offered by:
• Divi Divi Air
• Insel Air
• Tiara Air
• EZ Air

Activities

Bonaire has a lot to offer: great diving and snorkeling sites (many of which are accessible directly from the coast), many more (water)sports, visiting cultural sites, discovering a fascinating landscape, enjoying local and international bars, restaurants and shops. Bonaire is a beautiful oasis of calm with no traffic lights, high rises or traffic jams with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and unspoiled nature.
There are a variety of activities on Bonaire you can undertake. A few of the possibilities: diving, snorkeling windsurfing, kite boarding, land sailing, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, hiking, cycling/mountain biking, bird watching, dancing, boat trips, boat fishing, wake boarding, waterskiing, discovering caves, climbing and of course relaxing!
In addition there are a variety of attractions including: cultural sites such as the slave huts, historical architecture, Indian murals, Magazina di Rei, Bonaire Museum, salt pans, Lac Bay, Lac Cai, Lake Goto (flamingo colonies), National Park Washington Slagbaai, donkey sanctuary, butterfly farm, Mangroves, Little Bonaire (island), Seru Largu, Rincon (Bonaire’s oldest town) to name a few.

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