It is an ecotourism destination par excellence. It is an island territory of the Netherlands, located in front of Venezuela, where Dutch is spoken. From the depths of its pristine waters to the height of its highest peak, the Brandaris, Bonaire has a magic that is perceived from the moment you arrive and throughout the days as you tune into the leisurely local rhythm.
In addition to being famous for surfing and snorkeling, Bonaire is also recognized as one of the best diving destinations in the world. For the 24th consecutive year, Bonaire took first place as the top shore diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in the annual Scuba Diving magazine awards.
It has positioned itself as the world's first blue destination. The vision is people-centred. As a community, the people of Bonaire are tasked with protecting, unifying and enhancing the island. Therefore, they also have to minimize the negative impacts on the community and the environment and create opportunities to balance the financial benefits. In addition, the economy is magnified by integrating culture, tourism, commerce and nature. At the same time, the authenticity of Bonaire is also respected by preserving its standards and values.
Bonaire is at the forefront of nature preservation and conservation and its authorities state that the entire population strives to maintain the island as one of the Caribbean's top ecological and green destinations.
A place not to be missed is the salt flats. Salt flats are formed by a distinctive line of white salt pyramids on the southeastern tip of the island. Each pyramid, about 15 meters high, contains approximately 10,000 metric tons of 99.6% pure salt. Depending on the time of year, there may be more than 200,000 metric tons of salt stacked in long rows.
It is one of only four areas in the world where flamingos breed. Its sanctuary, Pekelmeer, means "salt lake" in Dutch. The ponds have a pinkish appearance on the white of the salt pans because a large number of tiny pink brine shrimp live in the water. The sanctuary is located in the vast salt flats at the southern tip of the island and is home to more than ten thousand flamingos. Tourists are not allowed in the sanctuary, but the birds can be observed with binoculars.