Dive Training Magazine – “The charming Dutch island of Bonaire continues to be one of the Caribbean’s top vacation destinations. Blue skies, warm sun, cooling trade winds and pristine turquoise water are just a few of the reasons why this island is so appealing. This is especially true for water enthusiasts such as scuba divers and fishermen. Although more desert than tropical, Bonaire has its own beauty filled with a variety of adventures awaiting your discovery.”
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An Arid Oasis
“Our first visit to Bonaire gave us a surprise. Caribbean Islands are covered with swaying palm trees, right? Not always. Bonaire was just the opposite — covered with cactus and other hardy species of plants and animals that could survive in a semi-arid, rugged landscape where cactus grew as tall as a tree and only 22 inches (56 cm) of rain fell during an entire year. These discoveries were the first of many more exciting ones during our visit. (…)”
A Diver’s Dream
“(…) The leeward side offers more than 60 known dive sites, many accessible from shore. Klein Bonaire has 26 dive sites as well as spectacular snorkeling just off its pristine beaches. (…) The majority of dive sites are on the leeward side where calm seas, shallow reefs and clear blue water give divers reasons to return again and again. Along the shore, yellow-painted rocks mark dive sites with entry points and the name of the dive area. Parking areas are available so all you have to do is grab your buddy, gear up and go diving. (…)”
“(…) Nestled in a valley north of Kralendijk is the small village of Rincon, Bonaire’s oldest town. Originally settled by the Spaniards in the 1500s, Rincon has weathered the test of time, retaining its quaint charm. The center of town consists of a small business center, a post office and one gas station where locals gather to enjoy swapping old tales and today’s news. Side streets lead visitors to historical places such as an appealing old church reminiscent of its original Spanish architecture and the Mangazina di Rei, the King’s Storehouse, used to store crops from the annual harvest. The building is the second-oldest stone building on Bonaire and is now a part of the Cultural Park. (…) We recommend a visit to the Cadushy Distillery when in Rincon. The grounds are part of an estate that date back more than a century. Bonaire’s oldest theater and the new Bonaire Heritage Foundation are also located on the grounds. The distillery is known for its famous liqueur made from the cadushy cactus. (…)”
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