Bonaire is an arid island surrounded by an incredibly clear blue Caribbean sea. The island is situated perpendicular to the prevailing trade winds, thereby providing an extraordinary leeside all the year round. This happy accident of nature combines with precipitous drops-offs, miles of accessible shallow reef, and a long history of marine conservation to create one of the home of pristine coral canyons, fascinating shipwrecks, and a wondrous world of macro critters unmatched anywhere in the Caribbean. With reefs accessible by beach or by boat, Bonaire is perfectly suited to the sports of scuba diving and snorkeling. The windward side of the island offers fabulous windsurfing, and nature lovers will find special fascination in exploring the massive mangroves lagoons, watching pink flamingoes feed in the shallow brine flats, or simply exploring the untamed wild of Washington-Slagbaai National Park.
Bonaire is the easternmost island of the Dutch Antilles Islands known as the ABCs (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). Situated 50 miles north of Venezuela and just 12 degrees north of the equator, Bonaire is well below the hurricane belt. The island is 24 miles long 3 to 7 miles across, and 112 square miles in total area.