Impressions of Bonaire

Some pics from the passage St. Martin to Bonaire

The first week in Bonaire

I liked this iguana, he was so relaxed and didn’t mind getting filmed at all

Our first day with the car exploring the southern part of Bonaire

In fact we’ve seen almost the whole island on our first day. That was not a big deal as the island’s total land area is only 288 square kilometres. It is 38.6 kilometres long from north to south, and ranges from 4.8–8 km wide from east to west. The driving was a bit of a challenge as most of the roads were dirt roads. A dusty, bumpy and fun experience.

Indian Inscriptions at the north east side of Bonaire

The inscriptions were found in caves, now inhabited by many bats

me dancing out of the caves

After visiting the caves we had a stop at Rincon to have a late lunch

Full we drove on to the west coast and headed up north as far as it was possible. Up to playa Frans to see more flamingoes at the Salina Frans.

I would have loved to adopt him, he was such a sweety!

National Park Washington-Slagbaai

The Washington Slagbaai National Park is located in the northern end of Bonaire. It comprises of two former land plantations, Washington & Slagbaai, totalling just under 14,000 acres. These two plantations once supplied salt, charcoal, aloe extract, divi-divi pods (divi-divi is a large shrub or tree with thorny leaves), and goats for export to Curaçao and Europe. The Washington Plantation was secured in 1969, upon the death of the owner “Boy” Herrera. He negotiated with the government to take over the plantation upon his death with the condition that it was to remain undeveloped for the enjoyment of the people. 
Early on our second day we drove to the national park. As we were early enough we could walk the Lagadishi Walking Trail.

Further on in the park again with the car

A few pics from our diving explorations

A last few pics…

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