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Bonaire Travel Guide: 308 reviews and 762 photos

The Fall dive vacation in 2003 was a trip to Bonaire. We stayed at a Dive resort on the water in Kralendijk and got 19 dives for the week! This was my first trip with my new underwater housing for the digital camera, so there are a lot of fishy photos! Don't miss the travelogues:
Bonaire Underwater I
Bonaire Underwater II

Bonaire was a volcanic island. The dominant feature on the north side of the island looks like a mirror image of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach. Washington-Slagbaai National Park is on the north side, which features desert hills, caves and Indian inscriptions.

The south side of the island is very flat and is used primarily for salt production. Sea water is pumped into shallow inland basins and is allowed to evaporate. The water becomes pink as the salt becomes more and more concentrated. Flamingoes hang out in the shallow, pink basins.

The turquois and blue water is so beautiful and inviting! Snorkeling and scuba diving are the main activities here and you can easily see why.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Inexpensive shore diving; good bang for the buck.
  • Cons:Extremely hot; Not much to offer for landlubbers.
  • In a nutshell:Keep on diving!
  • Last visit to Bonaire: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2007 at 4:22 AM

    Beautiful underwater photos and great tips. Bonaire is a super island for divers and non-divers.

  • seth0919's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2007 at 5:49 AM

    Great photos and wonderful tips! Thanks for all the information.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Fabulous underwater photos! And an interesting warning tip that most people would never think to do.

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2006 at 2:23 AM

    Lovely seaworld! Great impressive pics!

  • spitball's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2006 at 12:47 AM

    You say the viz wasn't very good, but the photo of the Tarpon is extremely clear.

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2006 at 10:38 PM

    Wow what fantastic underwater photos, it really looks spectacular diving here.

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Feb 9, 2006 at 5:12 PM

    Excellent photos!!

  • Jan 14, 2006 at 8:52 AM

    Thank you for sharing. Interesting story! Greetings!

  • Escadora7's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2005 at 10:29 AM

    Amazing pictures! Whow! Also love the donkey tip. :-) Best wishes, Ash & Eve

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2005 at 9:02 AM

    You always hear about Aruba and Curacao, but rarely about Bonaire. I learned something. Maybe the car hires will devise a way to boobytrap the windows to adjust the attitudes of the hooligans who smash them.


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