Yes I am back from the shoot, but that is not to say that I prefer the grey ugly winter weather we now have to the lovely Caribbean temps on the island, in other words it was hard to leave.
Bonaire is a small island in the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Together with Aruba and Curaçao, it forms the group known as the ABC islands, located off the north coast of South America near the western part of Venezuela. Bonaire is now what is called a special municipality of the Netherlands. The capital is Kralendijk and there is certainly a Euro influence mixed into a classic Caribbean vibe. English is spoken most everywhere and the US dollar is the accepted currency.
The big business on the island is diving. There are many diving beaches and reefs and plenty of dive and snorkelling outfitters and tours. It is an arid environment...my client called it Arizona with an ocean, which is about right. You will not find the long sandy beaches and tropical rain forests of Hawaii, but you will steady trade winds for wind surfing and warm, clear water for the best diving in the world.
Bonaire is also associated with it's Flamingo population as well as donkeys, and sanctuaries for both have been created on the island.
If you are looking for a very low key getaway, with a chance to dive, hike, and enjoy the ocean I'd recommend checking it out.