Flora and Fauna: Bonaire is best known for her Caribbean Flamingo. Spread out over the Island, one will easily find large numbers of these orange-red flamingos. Flamingos demand distinct conditions to their nesting grounds. For them to build volcano- type nests, the clay may not be too hard nor too soft. Another requirement is water, ample food, which land-locked lakes lives high in saline. But what mostly is needed is a peaceful and quiet environment. Bonaire takes good care of its flamingo nesting grounds and everything is done to allow these birds to breed undisturbed. Also unique to the island is the yellow winged amazon parrot, also known locally as the "Lora".
Ocean : The reefs around Bonaire are some of the most beautiful ones in the world. The reefs are of splendid beauty and the abundance of fish is spectacular. Bonaire's ocean life has clearly profited from the 1979 Government decision to declare the waters a protected sanctuary. Nowhere in the Caribbean are fish so abundant and tame - some allow handfeeding! - than those around the island.
Climate: The average temperature is 28°C (82F). Summer temperatures "dip" to 30°C (86F) while winter temperatures "peak" around 26°C (79F). The North East Trade Wind is a year-round constant. Tropical storms are rare and the Island is spared from tornado- and hurricane activity. All in all you can expect dry and sunny weather. The sea temperature averages 26°C (79F).
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