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Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Bonaire is 112 square miles with a population of 15000. They are very well known for being very strict about protecting the water, environment, and the reefs. In this picture, we are looking down at the water from Deck 7 on our ship. The water at the dock was so clear and bright blue! That is when we knew they were serious about protecting the underwater environment -- because the dock area was not the least bit murky.

Bonaire is a diver's paradise. It is supposed to have just the best snorkeling too, but we did not snorkel or even go to the beach. We just drove around in a bus!

Bonaire is really pretty and unspoiled and wild.

Our guide told us that we were supposed to be able to see the Devil's face in this rock outcropping, but Karen cannot see it.

The first hotel opened on the island in 1951.

We should try to come back to Bonaire and do some snorkeling some day.

You cannot see them in this picture, but there are pink flamingoes in the water. This is Goto Lake, which is a natural saltwater lake.

Lou started talking to a busty lady about digital cameras, she was all over him, showing off her camera and then her camcorder. So Karen had to step in and assert her rights.

Lou doesn't wear a wedding ring. Karen has to keep an eye on him on vacation.

While Lou took all these pictures, Karen was chatting with a guy named Jim about his fight against cancer.

The pink dots near the top right corner of this picture are pink flamingoes! They were really really pink.

More pink dots in the upper left corner of this picture.

This barricade of branches used to be the boundary line between the two people who owned this land, but now it is all owned by one person, so the barricade is being allowed to fall apart.

Lou relaxed with a beer next to this whale skeleton while Karen stood in line for the ladies room.

Karen got one of those ice cream cone bars, and the wind blew a chunk of chocolate onto her shirt

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This is the side of the island where no one swims or dives because it is too rough.

Bonaire is part of the Netherlands Antilles, hence the windmills.

As our bus approached the drop off point at the harbor, we passed the house where our tour guide grew up.

This fence would never be allowed by our Homeowners Association. I guess that is one of the benefits of living in the Caribbean.

See the Christmas decorations? Reminded me that our Christmas tree was still up at home and that I would need to take it down when this vacation was over.

 

Excursion :
Discover Bonaire

Enjoy a guided driving tour of Bonaire taking in many of the island's highlights.

Board your non-air-conditioned transportation for the drive along Bonaire's northern coastline and view its legendary blue water. The rustic landscape is covered with a variety of cacti, as well as divi divi, mesquite and acacia trees. See such sights as Devil's Mouth and 1,000 Steps. Stop at Goto Lake, a natural saltwater lake, where shy pink flamingos can often be spotted. Pass through the village of Rincon that was built by Spanish explorers and was the first settlement on Bonaire. Visit the Washington National Park entrance and the small museum and open-air cultural center. Prior to returning to the ship, enjoy a spectacular vista of Klein Bonaire, the southern part of the island, and the port.

SPECIAL NOTES
Tour may operate in reverse order. Wildlife sightings, while common, are not guaranteed. Non-air-conditioned transportation, and sometimes school buses, may be used.

DURATION : Approximately 3 hours

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