Bonaire


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Published: August 1st 2014
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Lookout on the second tallest hill on the island, also a monument to the Christian faith.
Bonaire: Early this morning we approached the island of Bonaire from the north. At approximately 7:00 a.m. we were safely alongside Kralendijk cruise terminal, port side to quay. Bonaire is a Caribbean island which together with Aruba and Curacao forms the group known as the ABC islands, located off the North coast of South America near the western port of Venezuela. The name Bonaire is thought to have originally come from the Caquetio word ‘Bonay’. The early Spanish and Dutch modified its speling to Bonjaj and also Bonaire, which means ‘Good Air’.



Our tour today included Bonaire’s highlights folk centre, history and breath taking natural sites. It is surrounded by turquoise waters, has huge cacti, divi divi tres, flamingos, and panoramic views. We heard tales of Rincon Village and toured a cultural park with costumed guides. Then finally we witnessed a Creole music show, went shopping and then returned to the ship ready for our 3:30 p.m. departure to the Panama Canal. Found out today why some flamingo’s are pink it is because of the shrimp they eat, which are laden with bacteria that causes their colour change. Also many of the local houses have their fences made
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Made out of cacti, this is what most of the domestic houses fences are constructed of.
out of cacti, very difficult to jump over, and therefore make break and entering almost impossible.


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Lovely colour

Typical colour scheme for this part of the world.
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Local fauna

Almost as big as a komodo dragon
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Pink Flamingo

Must have eaten too much shrimp


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