Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Greetings from Bonaire!
We arrived here this morning, tired from the passage from Isla las
Roques, but rushing into marina life here, since we just found out that
many of the marina facilities, e.g. ship’s chandlery (that includes
internet), laundry, etc. close by 3:00 PM this afternoon and are not
open on Sunday. Supermarkets will be open, however, so we will provision
here tomorrow, then it is off for a 3 ˝ day sail to Cartagena, Colombia
where we hope to post another message before our voyage through the
remote San Blas Islands.
We have had a fantastic adventure so far with our friends, Phyllis
and Richard. They joined us in St. Lucia and sailed with us down
the Grenadines to Grenada and on to Islas las Roques, a Venezuelan National
Park. The islands in this park are nature’s wonderland, with lots
of wildlife--especially seabirds-and great snorkeling with numerous
kinds of fishes and coral. These islands are pristine, untouched,
a virtual Paradise!
The town of Puerto El Grande was charming, with posadas (guesthouses)
decorated in bright colors and Venezuelan pangas (fishing vessels) painted
bright as well. Eco tourists are flown from the Venezuelan coast
less than 90 miles away. They then stay in the posadas, eat all
their meals there, and are taken diving or snorkeling in Cats moored
there for the season. There were very few cruisers. We shared
most anchorages with less than 5 yachts. We truly have been voyaging
through “the seas less traveled” and loving it. Pacific Bliss has been
We have great adventure stories and photos, which I will hopefully
have time to complete during our sail to Cartagena and e-mail from there.