Bonaire, Caribbean – Captain Don’s Habitat

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Captain Don’s Habitat

Bonaire

 

Travel tips to Bonaire

 

Founded in 1976, by renowned underwater environmentalist Captain Don Stewart, Captain Don’s Habitat has been in the forefront of environmentally sound developments on the island of Bonaire.  His vision is also reflected in the design of the resort. From the low impact construction methods to the use of solar water heaters and energy-saving devices. Every detail has been designed to have the least possible impact on the local environment. The rooms and facilities are nestled in lush landscaping carefully designed to eliminate harmful runoff into the fragile marine Ecosystem thriving right in front of Captain Don’s Habitat. Walking through the resort, one can truly appreciate a broad spectrum of the flora and fauna of Bonaire. Iguanas, lizards, over 50 species of birds, and a wide variety of indigenous and imported species of plants and trees, create the perfect balance between world-class accommodations and nature. The lush landscaping takes care of the remaining nutrients. At Captain Don’s Habitat, we’re very proud of our environmental legacy and we continue to play a very active role by assisting environmental groups and the local government in ensuring sound conservation policies and maintaining the natural resources.

Total Diving Freedom has always been the concept at Captain Don’s Habitat. Over 50 world-class dives are within a 15-minute boat ride. Diving Freedom means 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no rush or anxiety. Take a giant stride off our divers-only pier “baby dock” and you’re already looking at clusters of starlet coral, surrounded by colorful wrasse and gobies, and the drop-off starts in 30 feet, only a few kicks away. Shore diving is a must at Captain Don’s Habitat and around the island of Bonaire rated as the top shore diving destination in the world! Following accepted safe diving practices, you can grab a tank and go….whenever you want!

Captain Don’s Habitat Dive Operation offers training from the following training agencies…PADI, TDI and SDI and accepts all Universal Referrals for final completion of training …and is equipped to handle all of your certification needs including Rebreathers and Tri-Mix. Choose from over 20 specialty courses! Technical Diving Services is conveniently based out of our dive operation with its own technical diving dedicated classroom.

 

 

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Caribbean – Bonaire

Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean known for its pioneering role in the preservation of the marine environment. Known for excellent shore diving, snorkeling, and world class windsurfing.

Many descriptions and slogans have been written about Bonaire: Best Kept Secret, Unhurried, Unspoiled, Unforgettable; Diver's Paradise; and the list go on... The fact is all these statements are true, and then some. Truth is over 30% of visitors on Bonaire are repeat customers!

There are a number of reasons people visit our island. First timers generally have heard about the climate, the water, the sun and diving. When asked, repeat visitors generally say that they did not have enough time to do all they wanted to on their first visit. If it is the third or fourth trip, the answer is basically the same but with this addition "It is the warmth and friendliness of the people" that keeps visitors returning year after year.

Bonaire has the reputation of being laid back, slower paced and very tranquil. The good news is that while this is all quite true, the island also offers a lively nightlife, fun places to visit and world-class restaurants. When you first come to the island, you are a visitor, but when you leave, you are a friend.

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in Bonaire. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

DONKEY SANCTUARY:
A trip to Bonaire cannot be considered complete without stopping by and meeting the wonderful donkeys living in the island’s sanctuary. The ancestors of these animals were originally brought to the island as beasts of burden and to work in the great salt pans that form almost one quarter of Bonaire land mass. When machinery replaced the donkeys, they were set free to fend for themselves. The result was large herds of animals that far outnumbered the population. Today, there are a number of wild donkeys that still inhabit the Kunuku but the majority now enjoy life at the Donkey Sanctuary, where their needs are attended. Bring some fruit or bread along, and you will be making friends fast!

MANGROVE KAYAKING:

This guided tour through the beginning of the ecosystem, the mangroves is both relaxing and beautiful. You will learn about the sanctuary while gliding through the bird habitats and fish spawning areas. The trip is guided by an experienced ecologist who will briefly interrupt the gentleness with explanations of the interrelationships that exist here between plants and animals. You may see any of the hundreds of species of fish and wildlife which inhabit the reefs of the island and have made Bonaire one of the top snorkeling and scuba diving destinations in the world.

MOUNTAIN BIKE TREKKING:

Mountain bike through miles of unspoiled beauty and breathtaking vistas. Select a tour with an experienced ecologists who will acquaint you with more the 100 species of unique birds and an array of cacti while sharing with you the island’s best trails.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH:

Discover the rustic Northern Coastline including the famous 1000 Steps, then disappear into the hills and enjoy the beauty of Goto Lake, a favorite place for flamingos, Para Mira and Rincon, the oldest settlement on the island. Alternatively, you can explore the south which is flat and home to both Salt Flats and flamingos. The color contrasts are spectacular between the Caribbean Sea, pink colored Salt Pans, snow white salt mounds and crystal clear skies.

WASHINGTON PARK:

Experience a nature lover's paradise in Washington / Slagbaai National Park, the first National Park in the Netherlands Antilles. Enjoy the incredible beauty of Bonaire's flora and fauna. Visit the historical museum and then discover the park's hidden coves and beaches.


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