Friday 11th January 2013
Bonaire lies 50 miles off the Venezuelan coast and is known for having more flamingos than people, the whole island being surrounded by crystal clear waters that form a natural sanctuary.
The tiny capital of Kralendijk, meaning coral reef or coral dike, is in the central crook of Bonaire’s western curve that forms a natural harbour. It is a narrow island 24 miles long and is said to be the driest in the Caribbean – tell that to the guests that were caught in a sudden tropical downpour as they left the ship at 9am to go on their tours – and is strewn with cactus and prickly pear. The cactus are so numerous that the locals use them to make criss-cross fencing around their properties.
After a brilliant nights sleep…at last…and a lazy open air breakfast at the back of The Colonnade, when the rain stopped and the sun came out we decided not to do a tour but instead to just walk around the quaint little town and yes we definitely saw some flamingos as they were everywhere – made of cobbles set in the pavements. decorating shop fronts, on t-shirts and even shops full of fluffy toy ones. A few of our friends did take a taxi to the salty lagoons to see the real thing and they said it was fabulous sight.
Back on board we had a quick swim to cool off then it was a British Lunch at The Colonnade – shepherd pie, steak & ale pie, fish & chips & mushy peas and loads of other choices.
At 6pm we left Bonaire as we had arrived…in the rain.
Dinner tonight at the Grill in the now balmy evening was followed by a trip to the Grand Salon to see the guitarist Bryon Johnston. He was really brilliant playing a series of rock legend hits. We didn’t realise how good listening to a solo guitarist could be…bring him back soon please Seabourn!!.
Techie bits: On the 11th of January at 8am we were:
12° north and 068° west
Travelling on a compass course : 340°
Speed = 0 knots
Wind speed = 12 knots From East
Air temperature = 24°c (75°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 1313
Depth = 12 metres
Sunrise = 6:57am Sunset = 6:25pm