BONAIRE is the second largest of the five Dutch Antillean Islands.

This is the place for water sports with plenty of diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and water-skiing. The capital of Bonaire is Kralendijk.  We had a feeling that some of the paint stores had plenty of left over pastel paints and decided to distribute the left over to the locals.  The streets are lined with delightful pastel stucco houses, in pinks, oranges and lime greens.

We decided on the Trimaran, Aquaspace with some snorkeling thrown in.  Robert and I are certified divers however I admit the waters were difficult and strenuous.  The Aquaspace is a unique, glass gondola semi submarine trimaran.  Designed by the famous French naval architect, Jacques Rougerie the vessel affords guests a glass-enclosed viewing area underneath the ‘boat’. So you’re actually underwater but in a sort of glass submarine.  The waters were clear and turquoise and just beautiful.

Our young Dutch captain, who really looked more like a Viking than a relaxed sailor told us that the currency on the Island is in dollars.  Why, because dollars encourage American tourists to stop by and enjoy the amenities.  Smart move.