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. 168 Visits.
Goodbye to our friends on Orion
The ABCs 02
The ABCs 03
Arriving in Bonaire
Those small pinks dots are flamingos!
Jonty is 6
Monica has made a Lego brick cake!
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On the northern end of Bonaire
Monica and Pieter
The kids in the back of our rental pickup
These were everywhere
as were these!
This iguana came over and bit Beecy's shorts!
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Pieter and friend
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Slave huts on the south end of Bonaire
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Salt harvested from the salt pans
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!
Tom strokes a nurse shark at the Curacao aquarium
Jonty feeds one...
and gets a bit scared!
and M's go!
Tom gets a kiss from a sealion!
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We visit an emu farm
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Jonty, going for the cool look!
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.
Friends on Wild Orchid
Jan and Murray on Decourcy Spirit
Apprioaching the Venezuelan owned Monjes del Sur
Our friendly soldiers, on board to check papers.
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!
This tiny military harbour is in the middle of nowhere