25th Jan - 3rd Feb, 2022
We arrived in Bonaire after a three day passage from Trinidad. We flew the spinnacker more or less the whole time. Glad to be here and meet with fellow cruisers.
Dolphins were accompanying us a couple of times. Always cheers you up
Preparing for the long distances in the Pacific... We've now successfully added a tiller autopilot to our Hydrovane rudder. So if we lose the main autopilot (or the main rudder), the Hydrovane can now steer via wind or tiller-pilot.
Just look at that beautifully constructed stainless steel arm that my genius husband designed. I love you, my nerd
Approaching Bonaire under a pretty spectacular stormy sky, flying the spinnaker
Sitting at the waterfront restaurant having dinner and watching Horizon at this beautiful mooring.
Our mooring right in the city next to the waterfront restaurant. We took the dinghy over and tied it up at the restaurant.. Crystal clear water, snorkeling is excellent right of your boat. Mooring is only $10 per day.
I tied up to this mooring. Still sitting here waiting for that something special
Bonaire National Marine Park encompassing the entire coast of Bonaire including Klein Bonaire. Anchorage is not allowed anywhere in the Bonaire waters. But they have lots of buoys to pick up. We took Horizon out and around Klein Bonaire, and enjoyed several stops at some beautiful snorkeling places tied up to a buoy.
One of the many snorkeling spots around Klein Bonaire
Crystal clear water, and great snorkeling
Taking with the GoPro, snorkeling. Anette is on the beach
Beautiful healthy corals
And another beautiful coral
Anders at the restaurant. You can spot Horizon on the mooring in front of the big cruise ship
Very Happy after an epic day
Driving in Washington Slagbaai National Park, North west part of Bonaire
An old Lighthouse that was built here but was never operationell
This is the functional lighthouse on the north coast
Dramatic weather rolling in from the north
Such a cute and colorful gecko
On the west coast in the National Park. Wonderful snorkeling
A selfie at the Boca Slagbaii, in the National Park. This used to be the main harbor in Bonaire. Now it's a great place to snorkel, bird watching and cliff jumping
This is where you do cliff jumping
At the top of Brandaris, it was really windy
We hiked Brandaris, the highest mountain in Bonaire, 241m. Spectacular views
Anette having a blast
Anders in action
We had a blast doing Blow Cart
Of course we want to support the Donkey Sanctuary
We brought apple pieces to hand out to the donkeys
I had to surrender back to the car after like 50 donkeys came up and wanted to have an apple.
This guy didn't give up. He galloped next to our car when we drove away. Who is the ass here
A lonely Flamingo
We visited the local cactus distillery, where they make a lot of different liquors
This is their distillery. They make all of heir liquor and spirit here
Driving south on the island passing the salt ponds, so pink
We did a wonderful two hour kayak and snorkel tour in the mangrove field
So many Flamingos passed our kayak spot
The snorkel experience here was totally different to snorkeling out in the reefs. Just stunning
Jelly fish in the mangrove