If you have just arrived on Bonaire, you will be amazed by quite a couple of things. On this island, you learn to appreciate every little thing even more! Below you will find 16 facts about Bonaire that will blow your mind, make you laugh or make you want to book your ticket to Bonaire right now!
16 facts about Bonaire everyone should know
1♥ Bonaire’s National Marine Park was founded in 1979 and includes the underwater world around Bonaire and even around Klein Bonaire.
2♥ Bonaire’s Washington Slagbaai National Park comprises of two former land plantations, Washington & Slagbaai. These two plantations once supplied salt, charcoal, aloe extract, and goats for export to Curaçao and Europe.
3♥ The island has over 22 beaches, of which some sometimes disappear and appear. This depends on the tides and other natural causes like wind and waves.
4♥ Already many people have seen dolphins swimming by between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.
5♥ Yellow painted rocks on the side of the road or along the coast mark the dive sites on Bonaire.
6♥ These yellow rocks can also indicate ‘do not enter’. This is because, for example, it is a marine reserve that does not allow snorkelers or divers. It could also be because birds lay eggs in that area and you are not allowed to walk there.
7♥ Did you know it is possible to go hiking on Bonaire? You can hike various trails in the North of Bonaire. For example the Dos Pos Trail or the trail via Gotomeer.
8♥ Sometimes, people on Bonaire come across an iguana chilling in their swimming pool. It looks pretty funny to see an iguana swim!
9♥ Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards recognized Bonaire as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic for the 24th consecutive year!
10♥ There is a flip-flop tree on Bonaire that has at least 150 flip-flops! Though has anyone ever counted them?
11♥ Bonaire has colorful, healthy coral reefs all around the island AND around Klein Bonaire!
12♥ Even though the temperature almost never drops below 25oC (77oF), Bonaire has snow-like mountains! You have one chance to guess what this is…
13♥ It takes a few days for a ship to load thousands of tons of Bonaire’s salt onto the ship via a conveyor belt. And if it is raining, the conveyor belt has to stop.
14♥ The stories of 10-15 workers having to sleep in the slave huts around 1850 are not true. Studies prove that each hut was often occupied by only 1 or 2 workers.
15♥ Because of Bonaire’s own water filtering system, tap water in almost all houses and hotels on Bonaire is good for consumption and delicious!
16♥ Last of all, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire confirmed a total of 114 healthy turtle nests in 2016, which makes 2016 the highest nesting year ever for STCB!
Plan your trip to Bonaire!
This is just the top of the iceberg of Bonaire, because there are many more facts that could be very useful and good to know! Moreover, the facts could help you when planning your trip to Bonaire. Read our other blogs to find out more about our dushi island Bonaire.