About Bonaire - reeftraveler

Bonaire is a desert island in the southern Caribbean - known as the "B" in the "ABC Islands".  It lies 50 miles (80 km) from South America, just off the coast of Venezuela.  As a low-lying island just 12° North of the Equator, Bonaire is hot and sunny year-round.


Scuba divers have long flocked to Bonaire for its extensive coral reef system, diverse marine life and crystal-clear azure waters.  Known for its shore diving, Bonaire has almost 90 named dive sites to explore.


In addition to scuba diving and snorkeling, several other watersports have become popular on the island.  Two of the most well-known are Kiteboarding and Windsurfing - due to Bonaire's near constant trade winds.  


Bonaire's people are known for their warm and friendly demeanor, as well as their ability to speak multiple (often 4 or more) languages.  Papiamentu is the most widely spoken language on the island, and it is the tongue of Bonaire's native population.  When visiting, a friendly "Bon Dia" (good morning) or "Bon Tardi" (good afternoon) will go a long way.


For nature lovers, Bonaire is a Caribbean gem.  In addition to its diverse marine life, Bonaire is a bird lover's dream.  Over 210 species have been recorded on Bonaire, including it's island "mascot" the American Flamingo (which breeds on the island).  Other outdoor activities for the nature lover include cave exploring, hiking, mountain biking, sailing and kayaking.

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