Bonaire - Dutch Antilles

Bonaire is a Caribbean island east of Central America and north of Venezuela. The island is part of the Dutch Antilles. The island is flat with a few hills, scant vegetation, white sandy beaches and salt. The northern part of the island is an arid protected park. The southern tip of the island is a great field for sea salt production.

Bonaire is popular with scuba divers and snorkelers because the island is surrounded by coral reefs for miles in every direction. Wind surfers also frequent the island, as the north side of the island (which is facing the Caribbean Sea) has the large waves and wind gusts needed for windsurfing.

Things to see and do

* Diving & snorkeling
* Washington Slagbaai National Park
* Disused slave shelters
* Rock art
* Iguanas & flamingoes

Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Language - Dutch, English, Papiamento
Land Area - 294 km²
Population -15,000 approx
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code - + 599

Port Location - The port is located at the capital city of Kraledijk.

Travel Links - Bonaire is served by the Flamingo International Airport. KLM offers five weekly non-stop service from Amsterdam to Bonaire on the way to Quito. American Eagle also offers daily non-stop flights from San Juan to and from Bonaire and other major U.S cities. Continental Airlines offer weekly non-stop flights from Newark and offer connections in Houston. Delta Airlines offers weekly flights between Bonaire and Atlanta on Saturdays. Several smaller airlines connect Bonaire with the neighbouring islands including Dutch Airlines Express and Arkefly.