Bonaire

A small island with a desert landscape. The ultimate place for divers and snorkelers who want to immerse themselves in that vibrant world under the sea.

Klein Bonaire, one of the best places to go snorkeling.

The beauty of Bonaire is that the coral reef is a national park. Yellow stones along the roads are indicators that there is a diving and snorkeling spot. Bear in mind that you need to get a Stinapa tag to use the national parks. You can apply for one online and you need to be able to show your tag when requested.

Peaceful mind, grateful heart.

About 1km off the coast of Kralendijk there is a small deserted island called Klein Bonaire. The most perfect No Name Beach is found here. There are no facilities available so bring snacks and lots of water along. You can get a return ticket from Kralendijk for a water taxi for 20 dollars per person.

Always follow your dreams

As you probably know by now is that every trip we take at some point needs to have horses involved, no exception on Bonaire.

The day Poco and I went swimming together.

Swimming with horses, another bucket list goal to tick off. And needless to say an absolutely amazing experience for these equestrian girls. To go swimming with horses you can contact one of the ranches on the island to book a tour.

Kralendijk

The beautiful candy coloured houses makes you feel like walking around in a tropical fairytale land.

Kralendijk is so small that you can walk up and down within 30 minutes and see most of the city. It has everything you need from cute shops, lovely restaurants and good Italian coffee and ice-cream.

Belgian Waffles and French Crepes on Bonaire

According to Jasmine the best part of travelling to the Dutch Caribbean is that you can find all your favourite food and drinks on the islands. Which means we had dinner twice at the local snackbar ordering fries and kroketten.

On the lookout for Flamingos.

These pink salt flats are amazing feeding areas for our magical friends. Bonaire’s landscape is mostly flat but despite the desolation the island is rich with bird life, including the iconic pink flamingo and many colourful parrots.

On the edge of Washington Slagbaai National Park you can find this large salt water lagoon. It attracts flocks of Flamingos especially during nesting season.

Out of Office

You can’t get too close to these shy feathered pink friends. Once they are interrupted, they will not return to the same spot for months.

Washington Slagbaai National Park

Boka Slagbaai is the host for many activities such as bird watching, snorkeling and cliff jumping. The picture above is taken on the cliff jumping spot where we took the walk of shame back to the picnic area.

The wild part of the island

The amazing national Slagbaai Park is a protected area where you can find many ecological wonders. This spot is where sea turtles come to lay their eggs. On our next visit we hopefully can watch a nest hatch and help baby turtles to get to the sea in safety.

Slavehuts

Along the coast you will see the legacy of a vile chapter in Bonaire’s past. These stone huts were built as residencies for the slaves who worked at the salt mines. The slaves homes were in Rincon so every Friday afternoon they would take a 7 hour hike to the other end of the island to spend a day at home, returning on Sunday back to work at the mines.

Hello Curacao

Right before departure back to Amsterdam, the landing gear of our plane got stuck on the runway after being pulled back to far. After spending the night at Flamingo Airport we were transferred to a luxury resort on Curacao because there was simply nothing else available…

It’s a hard knock life for us.

Curacao

In this blog I will explain to you why Curacao needs to be on your travel bucketlist. Besides the picture perfect of Caribbean holidays, Curacao has so much more to offer.

Jan Thiel Baai

Bring your snorkel, step into the ocean and pretend to be a mermaid while meeting new friends exploring the clear blue underwater world. Never have we seen so many different colours and shapes of fish, turtles and dolphins. We found paradise.

Queen Emma bridge aka the swinging old lady.

The cheapest solution to the travel around Curacao is by bus. The only thing is that you are never sure if the bus shows up on time or at all. Because we missed our bus stop at the dolphin training academy and ended up in Punda, we found ourselves wandering the colourful streets of Willemstad. Some things are meant to be.

Swimming with dolphins at the Curacao Dolphin Academy.

Go where you dreams take you. I would rather look back at my life and say I cannot believe I did that instead of saying I wish I did that. So we went swimming with dolphins in the open sea. Dreams came true that day.

Our favourite beachbar: Koko’s at Jan Thiel beach

We stayed at Morena, a lovely eco resort next to Jan Thiel beach. We have been spending most of our time around Jan Thiel beach just relaxing, reading and enjoying the local cuisine and cocktails. And the area comes with free wifi, a must for a 10 year old.

A collection of our favourite beachbars

One of the sights we had to visit was the flamingo sanctuary. We went on a 10km hiking trail through the old colonial salt plains where now wild flamingo’s claimed their residence. It was extremely hot but definitely worth it. We can now claim to have befriended wild flamingo’s.

Hiking through the salt plains.

Travel makes you realize that no matter how much you know, there is always more to learn. Every trip we take teaches us more about history, culture, nature and wildlife.

And remember, not all classrooms have four walls.