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    Visit Kralendijk!!

    by ainsleigh Updated Apr 11, 2013

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    Bonaire's capital Kralendijk, which means "coral dike", is a very nice port city on the Central West coast of Bonaire. It has a population of around 3,000 people, which increases significantly depending on tourism from divers and docking cruise ships. This is where you'll find the vast majority of the island's restaurants, businesses, traffic and shopping.

    Kralendijk is a nice city to explore with a long walk. Take a stroll along the oceanside streets of Kaya C.E.B. Hellmund and Kaya J.N.E. Craane up to the Kralendijk Market and Town Pier. Continue this way and you'll see an outdoor craft market that sells mostly kitschy souvenirs but has a few unique artists. Walk down Kaya Grandi to find the mall, boutiques and many restaurants. Walk further in to the city to see tidy residential streets with gardens and brightly painted houses.

    Kralendijk's Shore Kralendijk, Bonaire Kralendijk's Kaya Craane Kralendijk Town Pier
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  • Bon Tuk electric Island tours

    by dewaardenzijngast Written Mar 25, 2013

    A great way to discover Bonaire has a lot more to offer than the underwater world only. Via this eco friendly and silent way of transport one can discover the nature of Bonaire on a relaxed but also exciting way. See the Flamingo's, the solar salt works and the city of Kralendijk. Get out of your car and step into the Bon Tuk. It's fun! Also a recommendation for people with kids!

    Bon Tuk vehicle Bonaire Solar Salt Bonaire south tour slave huts
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    Fort Oranje

    by grandmaR Written Jan 22, 2013

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    I didn't get to go to Fort Oranje but I took photos of the lighthouse from the ship. Fort Oranje was built in 1639 to defend Bonaire's main harbor. The commander of the island lived here until 1837 when his new home was built next door. The fort never saw action. The cannons are old English cannons that date between 1808 and 1812. Over the years, the building (fort or lighthouse) has been used as a government center and warehouse for government goods, as a prison, police and fire station. The fort building was restored in 1999, and is now the courthouse.

    A wooden lighthouse was built around 1868, and replaced by a stone structure in 1932. It is an active lighthouse with a white flash every 2 s. The 1932 lighthouse is a square tapered-pyramidal stone tower. The light station now serves as the harbor master's office. Located on the site of a seventeenth century fort adjoining the cruise ship docks at Kralendijk, on the west side of the island. The fort is open for tours, but I don't know if you can get into the lighthouse. It is a very small fort and apparently only really of interest for the lighthouse.

    Fort Orange lighthouse Kralendijk lighthouse Kralendijk lighthouse Fort Orange lighthouse Fort Orange lighthouse
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    Snorkel or Dive

    by grandmaR Written Jan 21, 2013

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    The main thing to do in Bonaire is dive. But at 75 years old with only 85% lung function and Bob having just had a melanoma removed from his shoulder which isn't healed yet, I decided that I would just snorkel and Bob would not join me. But even the snorkeling was great. Some people saw turtles and octopus. In addition to what is pictured, I saw a sea cucumber, a barracuda, and various fish

    white spotted filefish - orange phase Brain coral Sponges staghorn coral on its side seaweed
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    1000 Steps

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 16, 2012

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    The 1000 Steps staircase leads from your car to the beach below. The 1000 Steps beach is one of the island's most famous dive sites and offers world-class diving. Once you climb down the stairs, the reef starts below the buoy where you'll find stag horn and gorgonian corals. Out in the open water you'll encounter turtles, devil-rays and various species of fish. Depth averages about 50-60 feet but can range from 15 to 100+ feet.

    The 1000 Steps staircase doesn't really have 1000 steps. It actually has only 67 (or 72 depending on your source - I didn't count). So why the name? It refers to the climb back UP because after diving carrying your equipment back up the 67 steps will feel like 1000!

    You can also snorkel here.

    Entrance to 1000 Steps Staircase 1000 Steps Beach 1000 Steps Beach
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    Flamingos at Goto/Gotomeer Lake

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 16, 2012

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    Goto Lake is located in the northwest part of Bonaire. The landscape is quite interesting - a little boggy-ish. The fact that we didn't see any other people the whole time we were there only added to the atmosphere. The lake itself is very pretty and we saw several types of birds (there are over 200 species of birds on Bonaire). We were fortunate to see the famous flamingos as well. (The only other place that you can see the flamingos on Bonaire is at the Flamingo Sanctuary in the southern part of the island - but only from a distance since it's closed to tourists.)

    The lake is so serene and quiet. I imagine it would be a wonderul place for a picnic.

    The roads up to the lake are excellent and you can visit as part of a northern route tour. From here, head to Rincon, Bonaire's oldest city.

    See my travelogue below for additional photos.

    Goto Lake Flamingos at Goto Lake
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    Downtown Kralendijk - Bonaire's Capital

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 16, 2012

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    Kralendijk, pronounced KROLL-en-dike, is the capital of Bonaire. The name translates literally to "dyke made from coral". It's a calm, sleepy kind of town. The circa late 1800 to early 1900's buildings along the main street, Kaya Grandi, traditionally housed families upstairs and shops were on the ground floor. Many of these buildings have been renovated and restored and you will find a variety of quality shops in them.

    The shops are generally open from 8:00am – 6:00pm and close for lunch from 12:00 noon – 2:00pm. There are shops for everything you'd want to buy as well as several places to stop for a drink or a meal.

    If you'd like to do something aside from shopping, I'd suggest stopping by the Tourism Office (located at the entrance to Kaya Grandi as you approach from the cruise terminal) and pick up an Historical Walking Tour map. The map lists 25 different sites of interest in Kralendijk including a World War II monument, Government Office Buildings, and Wilhelmina Park.

    Downtown Kralendijk
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    Salt Pans

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 16, 2012

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    If you tour the southern part of the island you will no doubt see the white cone-shaped mounds of salt although they are visible from other points on the island. Salt production on Bonaire is historic. It was the first and is the most important income of the island.

    Salt has been harvested on Bonaire for over 350 years. The laborious task was first done by slaves. You can still see the slave huts not far away. Once slavery was abolished, laborers from surrounding villagers harvested the salt until the industry was modernized some centuries later.

    Salt is still produced on Bonaire. The salt is a natural product of sea water, sunshine and wind and the salt produced on Bonaire is sold world-wide.

    Salt Pans

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    Fort Oranje

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 16, 2012

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    The fort was likely built at the end of the 1700s. It was the home of the commander of the island until 1837 when his new home was built next door.

    The fort never saw action. The old English cannons date between 1808 and 1812. A wooden lightouse was built in 1868 and replaced by a stone structure in 1932.

    Over the years, the buildind has been used as a warehouse for government goods, as a prison, as a fire station, and as a police station. In 1999 the fort building was restored and is now the courthouse.

    Fort Oranje
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    Customs House

    by Donna_in_India Written Apr 16, 2012

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    The Customs House is located on Kaya J.N.E. Craane, on the waterfront in Kralendijk. It was built in 1925 and was originally the Island Office. Over the years it served as the customs office, the tax collector's office, and the post office. It was vacated in 1995 for restoration. Once the renovation was complete it became the Customs House again.

    The Customs House is the 2 storey yellow building in the front-center of photo.

    Customs House (yellow, center)

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    Jibe City Water Sports

    by dustmon Written Nov 11, 2011

    Next door to the ex-naturist resort of Sorobon, you can rent sailboards, kitesurfing equipment and get lessons in all kinds of crazy water sports----gorgeous location on the east coast---just wish that Sorobon was still naturist!

    Jibe City at Lac Bay
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    Snorkel on Klein Bonaire

    by flynboxes Written Sep 12, 2010

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    Or you can dive. I forgot my card..well didn't bring it since Kim is not certified so we went snorkeling. Klein Bonaire is a 15 min water taxi ride from town. The boat will drop you off on the East side where there is some visitors imformation posted. Most of the snorkeling site are supposed to be on the other side of the island which is a bit of a hike. Do not go thru the middle of the island in the early morning or near sunset when the mosquitos are out as I found..walked into a swarm of them and the followed me out to the beach.

    There is a great little reef to snorkel if you walk to the left of where the boat drops you off. Hike down 100 yards or so (you will see the reef as you walk) and jump in. The current helped move us along it and it was great to see at 5-10' of water depth...after that most of the good reef spotting is be seen with a scuba tank at 30-40 feet.

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    See the island by scooter

    by flynboxes Written Sep 7, 2010

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    Should also be a transportation tip also but anyway. For about $20 a day -less gas (24 hour period from time of rental or close to it) you can rent a single seat moped. In hindsight I would do it for two as it is an great and easy way to see the island. the "mopeds" come with milk crates strapped to the back which is enough room for your snorkel gear, towels, lunch and drinks..and they come with heavy chain locks. They say you can see the island in about 6 hours....that does not include much time for stops or a meal. Take the coastal road up to the Gotomeer and see the Pink Flamingos..great fun and the road North to get there is great with dive/snorkel spots marked with yellow painted stones along the road.

    Me after Kim led me thru a rain storm
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    Bonaire's Desert

    by ainsleigh Updated Sep 4, 2010

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    Because of its location in the Caribbean, exposure to trade winds and its topography Bonaire has a desert climate and environment. It's definitely worth taking a walk through some of the open desert areas to see the unique plants and wildlife. There are huge patches of cacti and divi divi trees bent over from the constant winds, different species of lizards, and horses from nearby ranches. We had never been anywhere like it.

    Candle cacti at the edge of the desert Horse at the edge of the desert Desert on the South of the island Divi divi tree bent over from the wind Variety of cacti in the desert
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    The Slave Huts

    by ainsleigh Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    The white slave huts are on the Southwestern coast of Bonaire, South of Pink Beach. Keep going South along the coast towards Willemstoren Lighthouse to see the yellow slave huts. The huts were built to house slaves working at the nearby saltworks. Conditions were obviously terrible, with 6 slaves sharing each tiny hut.

    The huts have corresponding dive sites. White Slave is apparently an excellent spot to see turtles but currents can be pretty rough. Red Slave, next to the yellow huts, has groupers and other larger reef fish. Currents here can be very strong.

    Slave huts on Bonaire's Southwestern coast White slave hut Yellow slave huts Yellow slave huts Inside one of the slave huts
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