Bonaire in Summer

View from Montaya Hiking Trail, Bonaire

Bonaire was a brown island a month ago (late June) when we arrived here. Since then, it has rained often. It surprised me how much rain we have had in July. It washed down a lot of yellow dust from the boat. Brown mountains have changed to green mountains with fresh trees and bushes. Animals (goats and donkeys) seem to be content with a plenty of fresh leaves (food). Consequently, more birds are singing at dawn.

Park your car and SCUBA dive! Bonaire is a great place for SCUBA diving and snorkeling. Most dive sites are within walking distance from shore. We didn’t do many water sports this time because we got stung by sea lice. Instead, we enjoyed hiking. Trail maps are available at the Tourist Office in town. The view from top of the highest mountain (about 750 feet =250 meters) is unforgettable.

Pink Trail Mark; Locals often paint with Coral Pink Color as Flamingo Birds are symbol in Bonaire.

Trail maps show scenic driving routes and mountain bike trails. Driving on an unpaved scenic route was a little nervous. It is less touristic but worth it to experience the island of Bonaire. Mountain bike trails look nice but I didn’t try any.

There is a cruise ship that arrives here weekly (Itinerary: Panama-Colombia-Aruba-Curacao-Bonaire-Panama), 7 AM to 6 PM. When a cruise ship arrives on Tuesdays, Bonaire gets more active and vibrant.

PS: We learned it is simple and inexpensive to ship a pallet from Miami, USA to Bonaire or Curacao. There is no import tax for any “Yacht-In-Transit” items. John has been ordering boat materials and parts in the USA, to be delivered to a cargo company in Miami. When all orders are ready, a cargo company in Miami will put them on a pallet and ship it to Curacao.

Enjoying Last Sunset at Mooring Field, Kralendijk, Bonaire. We left for Curacao next day.

Aqua Bicycles in front of our boat. We were tied up to a mooring ball in front of the Venezuelan Consular Building (Blue Roof) in Kralendijk (Capital of Bonaire).

Creative Mailbox, Kralendijk, Bonaire

Our favorite grocery store in Bonaire. We enjoyed using WiFi in the cafeteria inside (air-conditioned) before shopping. Kralendijk, Bonaire

Wild Dunkey Approaching for an Apple near Boca Onima, Bonaire

Feeding Apple to Iguana, Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

View behind of Boulders, Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

Rocky Montana Trail, Bonaire

Flamingo Birds near Boca Slagbaai (Slaughter Bay), Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

Seru Grandi (Big Hill), Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire. “The 58m (190feet) high terrace mainly consists of limestone containing fossil remnants of coral reefs lifted out of the sea over millennia.”

Dead Wood and Cacti, Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

Blow Hole in Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire

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