('Welcome' in Papiamentu - if you just learn one phrase, make it
If you have always wanted to go to the Caribbean but were
worried about hurricanes, then look no further as we have found the
perfect spot for you. Outside of the hurricane belt, and north of
Venezuela lie three islands: Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao - the ABCs.
Here, the weather is almost perfect all year round (almost, because
there is always room for improvement…) with a constant temperature
of around 28° C.
The three islands are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,
and despite the fact that they're so close to one another, the
experiences on offer are quite different. Aruba is the most
developed, and known as 'Little Miami' due to the proliferation of
American tourists drawn by its stunning beaches.
In contrast, Bonaire is the least developed, and enjoys a laid
back atmosphere. It is about the same size as Curacao, but Bonaire
has a tenth of the population, and its ideal diving conditions
attract travellers from all over the globe. There's no rushing or
traffic jams here, just a pure Caribbean experience, and great
Bonaire has a dive spot at every corner!
If you are looking for sharks and huge schools of fish, then
Bonaire is not the right place for you. However, if you are
searching for sites where brain corals can reach more than 2m in
diameter, where you'll find the tallest stag horn corals you have
ever seen, and where bright purple sponges and endless series' of
gorgonians stretch out before you, then look no further.
Divers could easily tick off many boxes on their wish lists with
a single trip to Bonaire. Calm conditions, good visibility, amazing
reefs and soft corals, critters… and because Bonaire is surrounded
by a fringing reef created by geological events long ago, most of
the dive sites are within steps of the road making the diving here
extremely easy, and ideal for those learning to dive too.
Some of the best spots are around the tiny island of Klein
Bonaire, where you can also observe amazing mangrove ecosystems.
Another favourite site of ours is near Salt Pier, where the fish
life is simply incredible.