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The ABCs
The three islands of (from E to W) Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba make up the Dutch islands known as the ABCs.  Bonaire was superb; here we saw our first wild flamingos, got used to decent supermarkets and good food ashore, made new friends and Gerard did dozens of dives in this world-class diving area.  Our 10 days or so in Bonaire went way too fast but we enjoyed a cracking sail to Curacao.

Curacao was OK, the anchorage in Spanish Water was very protected and a great place to leave the boat for 3 weeks whilst we took time out to fly home and see our respective families.  After a cruise up and down the west coast of Curacao with our now long-time friends on Iceni it was time to make the fearsome journey to Cartagena.  But before that sad goodbyes to the Icenis who have gone north.

Aruba was rubbish; expensive, windy and unfriendly so we were pleased only to be passing through!
Date(s): September 2006 - November 2006. Album by Gerard Coulson. Photos by Gerard Coulson. 1 - 68 of 68 Total. 4256 Visits.
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Goodbye to our friends on Orion

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Arriving in Bonaire

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Arriving Bonaire

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Those small pinks dots are flamingos!

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Jonty is 6

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Monica has made a Lego brick cake!

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Peaceful flamingos

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On the northern end of Bonaire

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Blowholes

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Monica and Pieter

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The kids in the back of our rental pickup

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These were everywhere

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as were these!

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This iguana came over and bit Beecy's shorts!

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Pieter and friend

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More flamnigos

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Slave huts on the south end of Bonaire

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Salt harvested from the salt pans

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Tom is 8 today!

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Curacao. We go for a last cruise with Iceni

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The 2 boats at anchor.  Good spot for diving

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The kids enjoying a burger!

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Turtle head

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Tom strokes a nurse shark at the Curacao aquarium

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Jonty feeds one...

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and gets a bit scared!

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My go!

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and M's go!

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Tom gets a kiss from a sealion!

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Performing dolphins

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We visit an emu farm

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Jonty, going for the cool look!

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I'm tired mummy!

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Aruba, oil refinery

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In company with 5 other boats, we help a friend get a broken sail down.  The chap who sails this boat is 73.

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Friends on Wild Orchid

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Jan and Murray on Decourcy Spirit

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Apprioaching the Venezuelan owned Monjes del Sur

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Our friendly soldiers, on board to check papers.

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All 6 boats in our mini flotilla, secured along a line across the tiny harbour.  Later a 6 foot swell came in and we moved around a bit!

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This tiny military harbour is in the middle of nowhere

 
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