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    Perfect beach!

    by Vulindlela Written Jan 6, 2007

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    Pink beach gets it's name from the color of the sand, which is, you guessed it, pink!
    It has a pink tint in it from the flamingos in the area that feed off of the brine shrimp.
    The beach was totally empty when we were there and had some great snorkel sites.
    The wreck of The Hilma Hooker is close by for some great diving.
    You can get here by car or bicycle.

    Michelle at Pink Beach Pink Beach Snorkel at Pink Beach
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    Scuba dive or snorkel

    by Vulindlela Updated Mar 20, 2007

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    This is the main reason people come to Bonaire.
    Bonaire is consistantly ranked as one of the world's top dive sites.

    We only did snorkelling which did not seem as good as the diving due to the steep incline of the shelf right off of the shore.

    In my opinion, the best place to snorkel was at Klein Bonaire, which is a little island off of the Leeward side of Bonaire. We saw thousands of fish, bright coral reefs, and even an octopus.

    Top dive sites include Town Pier, Salt Pier, and the wreck of the Hilma Hooker.

    Just off of Klein Bonaire Snorkelling at Pink Beach Snorkelling near the Divi Resort pier Seargent Major fish School of fish
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    Visit the town of Kralendijk

    by Vulindlela Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    We just loved the Dutch architecture.
    There are some great restaurants, a cinema, a disco, a grocery store, and some nice shops too.
    It is easily accessible by car, with plenty of parking.
    It is also fine to walk.
    The nightlife is by the town pier area.

    We were there on Ascension Day which is why it looks like a ghost town in the pictures.

    My Bride in Kralendijk Kralendijk
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    Flamingos!

    by Vulindlela Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    You didn't think we would come all the way down to Bonaire without seeing what led us to go in the first place, did you?

    It was amazing to see these beautiful creatures in the wild!
    We saw a large number of them at the southern tip of Bonaire in the salt ponds.
    Watch, but do not disturb!

    Did you know?
    A group of flamingos is called a "pat" or a colony.
    Flamingo hatchlings are grey, but turn pink as they get older due to the diet of brine shrimp.

    Flamingos in the salt ponds Flamingos in the salt ponds
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  • Rent a car and Tour the Island-South

    by Echo_29 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    The South part of Bonaire Island is a flat open landscape and made up of salt pans. There is a large Flamingo Sactuary, Pink Beach and the Azko Nobel Salt Works. Slave huts are next to the salt works and remind us that historically slaves were the labor for work in the salt pans.

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    Flamingo Sanctuary

    by kyoub Written Jun 15, 2005

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    Just beyond the lighthouse is the 135 acre/55-hectare flamingo sanctuary. and breeding grounds, one of the largest in the western hemisphere, attracting as many as 10,000 greater flamingos. The birds are very shy and sensitive to noise so direct access is prohibited. You can see them from the road with your binoculars. We saw several that had youngsters with them.
    First year birds, born as grey chicks, have grey and brown plumage with only traces of pink in it, this color intensifies during the next couple of years until the red adult color is reached.

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  • South East Coast

    by Echo_29 Written Jan 12, 2005

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    Driving from the calm leeward west side of the island to the windward east side, it feels much more like no-man's land. There are no dive spots on this side and the sound of the surf is loud with the constant wind in your ears. It is very beautiful. We didn't see one part of Bonaire we didn't like.

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    Kralendijk

    by bijo69 Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    Kralendijk, the capital of Bonaire, is actually just a small village, but a beautiful one. This is the place to shop & dine. Along the main shopping street Kaya Grandi you have some colourful restored houses from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Another main sight is Fort Oranje, built at the and of the 18th century with a little lighthouse and some old cannons. Next to it is the former Gouvenor's home from 1837, now the seat of the island's gouvernment.

    Kaya Grandi
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  • Salt Flats

    by Echo_29 Written Jan 10, 2005

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    The austerity of this part of the island is a great contrast to the life underwater and the landscape to the north. Flamingos gather to feed off of the pink brine in the condenser basins that ring the salt works.

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  • Salt Pier

    by Echo_29 Updated Jan 10, 2005

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    The Azko Nobel Salt Works are still producing salt. The pier connected to the company's facilities is supposed to be great for diving. Special permission is needed and a local guide can help you set it up. Above water, it makes a stark and dramatic silhouette against the salt and the sky.

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    Sleeping quarters of slaves

    by kyoub Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    Along the beach, on the way to the salt hills, you will see some tiny white stucco huts. These huts were once used as the sleeping quarters of slaves that worked in the salt production process. These huts are no more than 5 feet high. After working all day long, the slaves would crawl inside on their hands and knees, since the doorway is not tall enough to enter otherwise, and sleep five or six in a hut.

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    Salt Pans

    by kyoub Written Jun 15, 2005

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    On the inland side of the island, before you reach the salt hills, you will see several shallow bogs. These bogs range in color from green, to brownish, to near pink.
    These are the salt pans where sea water is realeased from the sea. The water evaporates, leaving salt behind. The different colors represent the stages of evaporation with the pinkish one being the final stage.

    Final stage
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  • Slave Huts

    by Echo_29 Written Jan 10, 2005

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    There are 2 sets of slave huts on the west side of the island. These white ones are just south of Pink Beach. The red slave huts are at the southern tip of the island just before the Willemstoren Lighthouse.

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    Klein Bonaire

    by bijo69 Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Klein (little) Bonaire is a tiny island just opposite from Kralendijk. It has nice sandy beaches and good snorkelling offshore.
    You can reach it by watertaxi from the piers in Kralendijk. The return trip is about 15 US$ and it takes about 15 minutes to get to noname beach.

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    Kayaking in the mangrove forest

    by bijo69 Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Take a guided kayak tour of the mangrove forest! I went on a one-hour tour organized by the Mangrove Info& Kayak Center. Before heading out, the owner gives you quite some information on mangroves and their importance for the ecological balance of the area. Certainly didn't know that they're quite endangered...
    The water in the bay is clear so you can spot fish and jelly fish. If you sign up for the 2-hours tour, there's time for snorkelling aswell.

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