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More Exploring in Bonaire

February 27

First thing this morning, Don went down to the water and bought some fish from a fisherman who had just come back. He got some nice tuna, enough for two suppers for us for $15.00. He had the fisherman fillet the fish so all he had to do was de-bone it before we ate it.

Fisherman cleaning his catch

Fisherman cleaning his catch


We set off in the car to see the south end of the island. We stopped at one of the dive sites along the coast and they started snorkeling. I drove the car down the road a bit to another site and waited for them there. That way they didn't have to swim back to their starting point. It was a little painful for me to shift the car, but not too bad. My wrist is still not very strong and I'm being very careful with it.

We continued down the coast road to the salt flats. Here they have big fields of salt water, that they harvest salt from. And there are mountains of salt waiting to be shipped out! We saw the tiny slave huts that they used in the past to house the slaves that worked in the salt fields. Awful places - people can be so terrible to other people!

Foreground is salt water pond, background is large piles of salt

Foreground is salt water pond, background is large piles of salt

Inside slave hut

Inside slave hut

Slave hut showing how small

Slave hut showing how small

As we drove the coast road we saw people kite surfing, and later on wind surfing. It was a very windy day and the ocean on the east side of the island was pretty wild. The guys had thought they might want to snorkel around the mangroves that grow on that side, but once they saw it, said "No way!"

Wild donkeys

Wild donkeys

Flamingos by the mangroves

Flamingos by the mangroves


We saw some wild donkeys and wild goats, as well as some more flamingos. When we got to the end of the road at the east side of the bay, we found a fisherman village(?) with some little houses, boats, docks, etc. The most notable thing there was the huge piles of conch shells piled up by the shore. They must have been catching them for years and piling up the shells! Conch soup is quite popular in Latin American, I think.

Wild ocean

Wild ocean

One of the many piles of shells

One of the many piles of shells


In the later afternoon, I dropped them off to snorkel up the west coast from our place and then waited at the Spice Beach Club for them to arrive. Of course, this meant I had to have a beer while waiting for them. Can't just sit in the shade and not drink!! Then it was time to come home and clean up and have a delicious tuna supper. Yum, Yum!

Posted by katdill 17:26 Archived in Caribbean Netherlands

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