all the ABC
islands, Dutch is the official language, mostly used among the Dutch
for official business. Papiamento a mixture of
Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch,
is mostly used
among the local people, and English seems to star to dominate because
is one of the biggest economies on all three islands.
islands have in particular that the North-East side of each island
directly to the winds coming from the Caribbean (good for windsurfing)
and the South-West is protected, making calm
waters all year around, these being good for diving. Another good point
the ABC islands are out of the Caribbean hurricane path.
the ABC islands are culturally and geographically closely related, each
has its unique characteristics:
Diving in Aruba
is an autonomous, self-governing member
state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Of the ABC
islands, Aruba offers more of a party atmosphere. They have a
American influence, big hotels, fine beaches, shopping, casinos,
a vivid night life. Aruba attracts millions of visitors and cruise
most from North America and nearby Venezuela, and it ranks as one of
Caribbean's most popular vacation spots.
Aruba is known more for its beaches than it's diving, it does have some
exciting dives sites along the Northwestern coast of the island
including a few
shipwrecks and other spots between Manchebo Beach and Baby
Don't miss the wreck of the Antilla near Eagle Beach. The Antilla is a 400’ cargo ship that sunk in the 40's and so far is declared as the largest wreck in the Caribbean.
paradise. Almost all
visitors to Bonaire are drawn by scuba diving. Bonaire is a quiet
with an exciting underwater world and nature. Perfect for relaxing and
away from noise and stress. Good choice if you want to avoid high-rise
resorts and crowded beaches.
islands Bonaire is considered every year as one of the world's top 10
destinations. One reason for this is that Bonaire is surrounded by
and has an enormous
variety of fish, sea turtles, rays and other marine life. All these
a few feet from the shore. Between
"1000 Steps Beach" and "Pink Beach" there are more than 80 dive sites
that also go around the "Klein
you go in the water, every diver must attend a mandatory dive
obtain a marine park tag. The marine park tag cost around $25 USD, and
for one year. The orientation and the fee are required for safety and
prevent damage to the reefs and the marine life.
fees also help locals to maintain,
manage, and protect the marine park in Bonaire. No
wonder why they have one of the healthiest coral reefs in the area.