Bonaire looked similar to Curaçao – beautiful water, dry land, desert type plants, wind, and pretty pastel buildings. It is also a Dutch territory and also has multilingual people. Tourism is a big industry because of the wonderful diving and snorkeling. We were told that you can go in the water from anywhere on shore and find wonderful things to see.
By now the water was really calling to us, so we set out with the intention of finding someplace to snorkel. I figured with all the tourists who come to enjoy the water we’d find someone willing to rent us snorkels. Sure enough, we found a resort who was happy to fix us up for $5 each, and let us swim around in their water. Oh the things we saw! The fish were amazing. I wish I had an underwater camera. There were so many different kinds of fish of all sizes. The most striking were probably the big blue parrot fish and some others I think were surgeonfish, who were very curious and followed us around. One even startled me by nipping my leg when I was just floating. The water was cooler than I expected but a very pleasant temperature for swimming, and so clear that it was easy to see everything. Our time in the water was definitely a highlight of our trip.
After snorkeling, we returned to the ship for a shower, dry clothes, and a bit of lunch. Then went back to town to walk around a bit. We spent most of the time walking along the waterfront, as you will see from the photos of crabs and other critters.
Every morning it’s exciting to run up to the upper deck to see what today’s town looks like!
Yes indeed. Bonaire is known as one of the best diving spots in the world.
I must have had a reason for this photo, but I don’t remember now. Maybe it was the menu out front with meals from $7 – $22. Prices didn’t seem too bad for a tourist town where almost everything has to be shipped in.
How pretty and picturesque is this!
We set off down a mainly residential street. The water is on the other side of those building on the left side of the street.
What an interesting tree!
It is dry here too, and things are pretty brown in many places.
The ship looks huge, especially here where they prefer to keep things more natural looking and not build tall buildings.
The resort we found that rents snorkels.
Our snorkel spot.
Oh how I wish I had an underwater camera! If only you could see all the amazing fish that are right under the surface here.
Beveiligd? I don’t know how it’s said but the word looks cool on the sign.
One of a number of iguanas we saw on our walk.
Back in town, walking around a bit.
Another street in town.
Then we went walking along the waterfront. Look at all those sea urchins.
I saw so many sailboats that made me think of my friend Jim in Florida. He is working hard so he can get his own boat and travel the world.
There were the coolest crabs at the edge of the water!
More sailboats, lots of them!
One of the funkier but more interesting places on our walk.
What a great crab!
I took too many crab photos.
I managed to snap a photo of this heron before it ducked for cover.
This iguana was right in front of a restaurant, and not very shy.
There were quite a few of these birds around too.
Another crab, trying to hide against the wall.
A black sea urchin.
Another white sea urchin.
We stopped for a beer at a little place on the water. I did not have iguana soup or goat stew!
Time to get back on board the ship.
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