This lovely island used to be a part of the Netherlands Antilles, but in 2010 that country was dissolved. This left Bonaire as a special municipality of the country of the Netherlands along with Sint Eustatius and Saba. This island is rated as the number one shore diving destination in the world!
If you’re about to visit this incredible place, here are a few useful facts for you to consider:
- Spearfishing is prohibited.
- Do not travel or take with you any sand, shells and/or corals, as they will be confiscated upon departure.
- Banking hours are Monday through Friday from 8.00 or 8.30am to 3.30 or 4.00pm.
- Bonaire‘s seawater is distilled and purified to become one of the purest drinking waters in the world.
- About electricity, 127/120V adapters are available in the hotels. Many dive shops have adapters for charging lights, strobes or delicate equipment.
- The emergency number is 911.
- There are several spots where free Wi-Fi is available.
- There are four languages spoken on Bonaire today. While Dutch is the official one used in government and legal transactions, Papiamentu is used in daily exchanges and commonly spoken under the locals. English and Spanish are also common.
- The island lies 30 miles from Curacao, 50 miles north of Venezuela, 86 miles east of Aruba, outside of the Caribbean hurricane belt. Bonaire is 38,6 km long by 4,8 – 8 km wide.
- Visitors enjoy a temperate climate. Average yearly temperature is 82°F (27.8°C), water 80°F (26.7°C), rainfall 22 inches, humidity 76%, sunny all year round. Just north of the equator, Bonaire always enjoys the advantage of daylight for 12 hours.
Bonaire is also filled with fun activities to do like windsurfing, scuba diving, horseback riding, sailing…and so much more! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy your visit to this beautiful place!