Exploring the North West Half of Bonaire
26.02.2015 - 26.02.2015 30 °C
THE CACTUS TRAIL
We rent a 4 passenger jeep from next door and take off exploring the northwest half of Bonaire. Taking the scenic coast road, we stop off at two dive sites along the way that are also supposed to be good snorkel sites. The first is 1000 Steps, named cause it feels like that many steps to get back up carrying diving tanks. It is really only 64 steps and no problem with snorkel gear. Don and I spend a half hour drifting the area but it is not that interesting. Nice view though.
VIEW FROM 1000 STEPS
We are spoiled after yesterday. 5 minutes later we arrive at Karpata, and putting on our gear jump in again. This is a really nice site with some shallow coral formations and a really nice deeper section. More turtles but the sea is really rough and it is hard getting in and out. We then continue up into the edge of Slagbaai National Park, and check out the pink flamingos on Gotomeer Lake.
We then ascend up into the high hills. Bonaire is basically a desert Island and the high hills, like all the rest of the IIsland are covered in all kinds of cactus and desert plants.
We check out cactus fencing used to contain goats and wild donkeys.
Cactus Lined Backroads
Modern Technology Peaks Through
We end up at Rincon, a small historic village located in a valley far from the sea. Story is that it was located far inland to keep it hidden from maurading pirates and colonial ships wanting to exert dominion over the area. We had to drive every street to find a place to eat, but finally were successful and had a great lunch of wahoo steaks. Back home for dinner, and another evening under the stars. Tomorrow we head south to the salt flats and the mangrove swamps.