Bonaire will most likely be ranked on any shortlist of best diving destinations in the world. It is well known for the preservation of its reefs, all part of the Bonaire Marine Park, that is actively regulated and protected. It has an amazing pristine reef-lined coast filled with unusual coral and reef formations, wall dives, and wrecks, including the famous Hilma Hooker.

Bonaire is therefore also a popular destination for both for snorkelers and Scuba divers of all skill levels and is a popular destination for underwater photographers. Water temperature is warm, ranging from 25°C to 29°C (78-84°F), with visibility averaging over 30 meters (100 ft), potentially reaching up to 50 meters (150 ft). The climate is dry and the vegetation little more than scrub, slow-growing hardwood trees and cactus but it is prized by birdwatchers.

Once important as a salt producer, this Dutch island now makes its living out of tourism. Bonaire is easily accessible for Europe, South America and the US, and is therefore a Caribbean crossroad for water sports and sun. It is the least densely populated of the ABC islands and it has a laid back, quiet atmosphere. The island is clean, quiet, peaceful and very safe. It has earned a reputation for being one of the most environmentally conscious islands in the Caribbean and a leader in sustainable tourism. The inhabitants are mostly of mixed native South American, European and African descent. The population is a mixture of more than 80 nationalities and ethnic backgrounds and the official languages are Dutch, Papiamentu and English. Spanish is widely spoken too.


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