Sometimes, just sometimes, especially when we have guests that have not learned about Bonaire and its climate yet, we get asked whether there is also something to do if it rains all day…
Naturally, sometimes it rains on our tropical island, but that is really only in the rainy season (let’s say the last quarter of the year) and then mostly at night or early in the morning. But nonetheless, every now and then it can be cloudy and then the divers and snorkellers among our guests wonder what to do. Because, when it comes to their favorite pastime, the colors on the reefs are simply a lot less attractive on overcast days.
And then what?
Well, you can say a lot about Bonaire, but not that it is a vibrant island with aqua parks, golf courses and go-kart tracks. Yet there is plenty to do on such a cloudy day at the B of the ABC Islands!
An activity for which you really do not need the sun, in fact you will not even see daylight during most of the activity, is caving!
Caves on Bonaire?? Yes, the island has about 400 caves, some of which are open to the public.
The caves on Bonaire are due to the fragile ecosystem, under strict supervision of STINAPA, which means that the caves that are open to the public, can only be visited with a guide certified by STINAPA.
Flow Bonaire has such certification and they offer tours of the caves.
According to us, an absolute must-do! Our experience with Leo Hoogenboom of Flow Bonaire was truly unique.
Leo had advised us to wear light clothes – despite the activity takes place underground, the temperatures are still relatively high compared to outdoors and on Bonaire and that says something! – And wear sturdy shoes – the soil in the cave can be slippery. And even to bring mask and snorkel! Why? We found out soon enough …
First we to the Sabadeco area, via a goat trail, we went into a dry cave. You can leave “dry” out because the enormous humidity, water flows along your body. After some very light climbing and the sight of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, we went more and more into the cave. In some rooms there where hundreds of bats hanging at the ceiling. Leo really has an incredible amount of knowledge about everything that is happening in and around the caves, about the origins and about the flora and fauna. Very interesting to listen to!
After visiting this dry cave, we drove a bit further north to explore a wet cave over there. Here we found out the reason for the request to take mask and snorkel!
The first scrambling was fairly similar to that in the first cave, but down the ladder we saw the big difference: water!
In this cave we followed the corridors swimming, the diving lamps that were made available by Flow, ready. It is striking that if you are so accustomed to thousands of fish to be continuously around during diving and snorkeling, it’s weird if there really is nothing in the water.
We came through different rooms and Leo told us that far down in the deep there were several hallways and rooms as well. Normal mortals will not end up down there, but our guide Leo (also a freedive instructor) went down a few minutes, to show us the various vaults and spaces in the deep, with his lamp. All in all a great experience and if our guests ask us if there is something to do on Bonaire if it rains all day…
Go with the FLOW!