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Wonders of Bonaire

Group of fish near Klein Bonaire Island
Group of fish near Klein Bonaire Island / Marcel van der Hoek, / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

Bonaire is a special municipality of Netherlands, located in Caribbean region.

This 53.5 km² large island has a dry climate. Most tourists come here for the numerous spectacular dive sites, while above the sea there is not that much to see. The dry land here has some interesting natural landmarks – mainly the impressive flamingo habitats in salt lakes and some petroglyph sites in caves and cliff shelters.

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WorldViolet Top 15 wonders of Bonaire

Geological wonders

Suplado Blowhole in Bonaire

Spectacular blowhole (or two blowholes) at the northern coast of Bonaire.

Suplado Blowhole in Bonaire
Suplado Blowhole in Bonaire./ Amanda, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Biological wonders

Lac Bay mangrove forest

One of the best preserved mangrove forests in the Caribbean. Four species of mangroves grow here.


Salt flat with colorful lakes – a habitat of flamingos and numerous other birds.

Goto Meer

Salt lake with a large population of flamingos. In January – July in the lake are breeding several hundreds of these birds.

Goto Meer, Bonaire
Goto Meer / Brian and Shannon, / CC BY 2.0

Archaeological wonders

Onima cave

A former shelter for Caiquetio people around 1500 AD. Adorned with red petroglyphs. Petroglyphs are protected with iron bars.

Petroglyph site northwest from Playa Druifi

A rock shelter with some 10 prehistoric drawings – geometric designs in red and brown colors.

Spelonk petroglyph site

A cave with prehistoric petroglyphs on the ceiling.

Cueba di Roshikiri

Cave with petroglyphs at the entrance.

Pos Calbas petroglyph site

A group of prehistoric drawings in a low cave. Some 15 drawings – geometric designs in red have been preserved.

Grita Caabai petroglyph site

A group of some 15 prehistoric paintings – red handprints – in a rock shelter.

Architecture wonders

Government Building (Governor’s House) in Bonaire

One of the oldest buildings on the island, built in 1837, and renovated in 1973.

Museo Boneriano

Museum in a historical building. Contains collections of shells, prehistoric artifacts, mythological stories, and other interesting items.

Karpata aloe oven

An old structure where aloe was boiled to extract its juice for export.

Fort Oranje

This fort was constructed in 1639 and modified at the end of this same century.

Bonaire Slave Huts (Cabaje)

A group of waist-high stone huts with no doors and windows – some of the oldest buildings on the island. Built around 1820 for slaves who were working in salt flats. In each hut lived two people.

Cabaje - stone huts for the slaves, Bonaire
Cabaje – stone huts for the slaves / Made Underground, / CC BY 2.0

WorldYellow Recommended books

Bonaire Travel Adventures

Here is a brand new edition of our guide to Bonaire. Touring the island, details on all of the beaches, diving & snorkeling, boating, fishing, hiking & biking – it’s all covered. And then the hotels and restaurants are described – the good features and the bad ones, along with all of the information you need about shopping and nightlife on the island.

Diving Bonaire

This guidebook, written by a marine biologist with more than 40 years of experience in the field, describes the very best dive sites on Bonaire and Klein Bonaire and tells you exactly how to get to each one and what you’re likely to find there. Sites that are particularly good for snorkelers are highlighted. There are descriptions of dives on coral reefs, piers, wrecks, gentle and steep slopes, and walls. Detailed information is provided on access, entries, and exits, underwater and topside terrain, marine life, photo tips, as well as special features of interest.

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