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Bonaire, a diver's paradise, is Unhurried, Unspoiled, Unforgettable

Location:Bonaire belongs to the Caribbean group of islands, which spans from the northern point of South America up to Florida, USA. This large island group is often referred to as the "West Indies" or the "Antilles".

Bonaire is the most easterly located island of the Leeward islands. More precisely you will find it at 12° 5' north latitude and 68° 25' west longtitude. The island is about 70 kilometers East from Curaçao and the distance to the mainland of South America ( Venezuela ) is approximately 180 kilometers.

The shape of Bonaire resembles a boomerang. Approximately 2 kilometers off the coast and South West of the nook, you find the island of Klein Bonaire.
This coral island is 6 square kilometers in size and is totally uninhabited. Klein Bonaire is known for its beautiful diving spots which are generously scattered around the island. Picnic trips along with snorkeling outings are popular. Most of the hotels can help arrange these activities. Of course the resorts' dive boats frequent Klein Bonaire routinely.
From this little island one can see a wonderful view of Bonaire's west coast. Bonaire also offers a guided snorkeling program, kayaking, mountain biking and other nature related tours.

Culture: A colorful mix of ancestors has given the Netherlands Antilles a diverse population. Throughout the ages the various cultural influences have melted together to a creole culture. This melting pot of cultures has contributed to "Papiamento", a mixed language which is derived from a variety of foreign influences. The colorful mix of customs and traditions have resulted into a typical Antillean style of clothing, food, music and dances.

Tourism: Compared to the tourism of Aruba, Curaçao and St. Martin, Bonaire is relatively undiscovered, but has excellent prospects as an attractive destination. The growth of diving tourism clearly shows the possibilities. Bonaire is considered one of the best diving destinations in the world and more and more divers are discovering it. The hotel capacity adapts to this trend nicely.

Flora and Fauna: Bonaire is best known for her Caribbean Flamingo. Spread out over the Island, one will easily find large numbers of these orange-red flamingos. Flamingos demand distinct conditions to their nesting grounds. For them to build volcano- type nests, the clay may not be too hard nor too soft. Another requirement is water, ample food, which land-locked lakes lives high in saline. But what mostly is needed is a peaceful and quiet environment. Bonaire takes good care of its flamingo nesting grounds and everything is done to allow these birds to breed undisturbed. Also unique to the island is the yellow winged amazon parrot, also known locally as the "Lora".

Ocean : The reefs around Bonaire are some of the most beautiful ones in the world. The reefs are of splendid beauty and the abundance of fish is spectacular. Bonaire's ocean life has clearly profited from the 1979 Government decision to declare the waters a protected sanctuary. Nowhere in the Caribbean are fish so abundant and tame - some allow handfeeding! - than those around the island.

Climate: The average temperature is 28°C (82F). Summer temperatures "dip" to 30°C (86F) while winter temperatures "peak" around 26°C (79F). The North East Trade Wind is a year-round constant. Tropical storms are rare and the Island is spared from tornado- and hurricane activity. All in all you can expect dry and sunny weather. The sea temperature averages 26°C (79F).

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