Bonaire is best known for its underwater nature.
Nature on Bonaire is stunning, to say the least. Below the water, the colors and movement dazzle the eyes, while the mysterious crunching and clicking one hears soothes the soul. Divers and non-divers alike are amazed by the marine life below the waves. Corals, fish, crustaceans, nudibranchs, and even the occasional aquatic mammal, all living within the Bonaire National Marine Park, give life to Bonaire’s reef and marine environment.
The island also has a wonderful topside environment as well.
Above the waterline, and especially in Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire’s beautiful and serene landscape, carved by years of wind, water, and earth movements, stimulates the senses. Cactus of numerous species, divi trees, and a variety of other flora dot the land, with patches of fossilized coral, natural caves, and volcanic rock fill the spaces. Fauna of the avian kind fills the air, including flamingos, while Bonaire’s own version of squirrels — iguanas and other lizards — can be found in the vegetation. While not native to Bonaire, donkeys and goats can also be found in and about that same vegetation.
And above the land, the sky is decorated with soft clouds but rarely does rain touch Bonaire’s arid land. Sun usually touches it all day long while the constant wind cools the land. Bonaire’s weather is a key contributor to its nature and to the island’s popularity with its residents and visitors.