Likes & Dislikes


,, Bonaire's countryside is far more interesting than its towns, and the best way to see it is independently and leisurely by rental car. If time is limited, an organized guided tour can cover the highlights in 3 or 4 hours. At the top of the must-see list is Washington/Slagbaai National Park, followed by Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary, but neither compares with the remarkable underwater attractions.(C.T., 2019)




Bonaire - water taxi



Bonaire - rich sandwich

Public safety


Bonaire - sign


Tap water in Bonaire is drinkable and even tastes good. The island has its water filtering system


Bonaire - national flag - The black circle symbolizes a compass, referring to the image of the Bonaireans as good sailors and fisherman

Destination in brief

Bonaire is a part of the so-called ABC (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) islands, off the northern coast of Venezuela.

Population: 20,104 (2020)

Capital city: Kralendijk

Language: The official language is Dutch, but for about 58% of the inhabitants, the Papiamentu (a native language) is the primary language. For only 16% of the population, Dutch is their primary language, and 15% have Spanish as their main language.

Bonaire used to be part of a constituent country named the Netherlands Antilles. This country (belonging to the Kingdom of Netherlands), however, was dissolved in 2010.   That left Bonaire as a particular municipality of the Netherlands (along with Sint Eustatius and Saba.)

Bonaire has informally acknowledged as the shore diving capital of the world. More than 50 shore diving sites ring the coastline.


Because of its unique position in the Leeward Antilles, Bonaire very rarely get a direct hit from hurricanes. Bonaire has only been hit by the core of a hurricane every 29 years (on average), making this the perfect Caribbean destination during hurricane season.



Bonaire - Kralendijk - Kaya J.N.E. Craane - s.v. photo

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