The closer ties to the Netherlands have brought a lot of positive change to the island. It would appear that the motherland is providing much needed infrastructure money, which had been lacking in past years. In the past, the potholes in the roads grew from year to year, building renovations were halted and never restarted and many vehicles were on the verge of falling apart due to the rust caused by the salty air environment. But now potholes are being fixed, new roads are being built to Netherland standards and even the rental companies have a fleet of shiny new trucks to haul your dive gear around. Even day to day shopping has improved, with many more modern looking options for groceries and other needs. But in my opinion, the most dramatic change has been to the eastern coast line. The east coast is on the windward side of the island and therefore collects all the junk that people throw into the ocean. This in the past has been a very sad sight. Piles of garbage littered the coast as the waves deposit everything from pop bottles to flip flops to toilet seats on the rocky shoreline. The garbage still keeps coming as we still have not learned not to use the ocean as a garbage dump. The people of Bonaire however have made a huge effort to clean up this coast. The eastern coast line has been transformed from a place which you couldn’t help but feel sad, to a place where you can really appreciate the raw power and beauty of the ocean with just enough of reminder of the work that must continue to clean up our environment.
First, for snorkel & photo tours, check out H2O Visions. Brenda is the owner operator and a fellow Canadian. She will be sure to find you the best that Bonaire has to offer. For an eventful day out on the island ask about a "snack tour"
Second, check out Phish Phaktory for a truly unique gift or just to get some sewing done. Eunan & Suus run Phish Phaktory out of their home to repurpose and repair items that would otherwise end up in some landfill or worse, in the ocean. The results are both unique and artful and have the quality that you rarely find in our disposable world. Eunan & Suus are a great example of how people can adapt and endure and make the best out of the path that life puts out in front of us all.