Bonaire Offers Nature at its Best
Arguably, Bonaire’s main attraction is its natural beauty, both above water and below.
Below the water, colors and movement abound, dazzling the eye, while the mysterious crunching and clicking one hears offers a soothing balm to the soul. Divers and non-divers alike are amazed by the life below the waves. Corals, fish, crustaceans, nudibranchs, and even the occasional aquatic mammal, all living within the Bonaire National Marine Park, are among those giving live to Bonaire’s fringing reef and marine environment.
Above the water line, and especially in Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire’s hauntingly beautiful and serene landscape, carved by millennia of wind, water, and earth movements, stimulates the senses. Cactus of numerous species, divi trees, and a variety of other flora dot the land, with patches of fossilized coral, natural caves, and volcanic rock fill the spaces. Fauna of the avian kind fill the air, including the rare flamingo, while Bonaire’s own version of squirrels — iguanas and other lizards — can be found in the vegetation. While not native to Bonaire, donkeys and goats can also be found in and about that same vegetation.
And, above the land, the sky is decorated with amorphous, soft wisps clouds but rarely does rain touch Bonaire’s arid land. Sun touches it all day long while the constant wind cools the land. Bonaire’s weather is a key contributor to its nature, and to the island’s popularity with its residents and visitors.