Although much less known, Bonaire is an unblemished jewel in the South Caribbean Sea. Known for its vibrant world under the sea, Bonaire is a destination for the avid snorkelers and divers as it’s coined an underwater paradise. Sometimes I wonder why A and I still haven’t taken up scuba diving, given that we have visited so many notable diving destinations. We only did a day trip to this adorable little island and that was hardly enough. We landed knowing that there were two things we needed to see – Klein Bonaire and Lac Bay.
After a seriously delicious lunch of fish and chips, we all hopped on a convenient water taxi that took us to Klein Bonaire – a small uninhabited islet just 800 meters off the shore of Bonaire. The coral reef, just a few feet from the shoreline, is designated a national park and is protected by the Bonaire National Marine Park. Bonaire takes their nature conservation seriously and is a diligent stewardship of its marine resources. For over an hour, A snorkelled the reef-lined coast, enjoying its rich marine life. I opted to soak in the sun and enjoy the unspoiled beach of this little paradise.
After spending half a day on Klein Bonaire, we made our way to Lac Bay – the turquoise jewel of Bonaire’s East Coast. Lac Bay is a large inland bay with crystal clear and shallow water that goes out for miles. Just imagine a kiddie pool that never ends but except it was the Caribbean Sea. Seriously nothing like we’ve ever experienced before. The sun was starting its descent but we had a hard time saying goodbye. If we didn’t have to get dinner before catching our flight, it would have been otherwise impossible to peel ourselves away from this remarkable gem in Bonaire.