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At the Divi Divi Bar

Why Bonaire?  We are often asked that.  Lots of people, excluding divers, don't really even know where it is located. It is considered one of the top diving spots in the world.  We chose Bonaire because of our love for flamingos.  Still, people wondered why Bonaire and not Hawaii or Cancun.

My wife and I were married on Saturday May 16, 1998 at 2pm in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Treasure Island Hotel.  After the wedding and reception, we left for McCarran International Airport to catch our red eye flight to Fort Lauderdale.  We were flying nonrevenue standby for our honeymoon and most people thought that was crazy.  We had many back up plans though, so no worries!

At around 11pm, we were on an America West Airbus 320 and seated in first class, drinking some sparkling wine!  It was a routine flight to Fort Lauderdale and we arrived at sunrise.

Divi Flamingo beach
  We were very tired.  We rode the Tri-Rail to Miami airport where we were taking American Airlines to Curacao.  It is difficult to get to Bonaire but we had to go because we both love flamingos and there are lots of them on Bonaire!

Around 10am, we were on an American 727 to Curacao.  It was a nice flight and soon we were there to catch our final flight to paradise.  We connected to an ALM DHC-8 for the 20 minute flight to Bonaire.  This flight was delayed about 30 minutes due to a broken aircraft in Aruba.  We were anxious to get to our destination, naturally.  We arrived into Bonaire int he early evening on the 17th.  It was quick and easy to clear customs and we had a 10 minute taxi ride to our hotel, which was the Divi Flamingo.

My Bride at Pink Beach
  We checked in and they upgraded us to an oceanview which was awesome!  We went to the bar and had some rum punch, while enjoying our first Bonaire sunset.   We had dinner at the hotel because we were tired and then it was off to bed!

May 18, 1998--We hired a car and toured the island this day.  It is very desolate and is a desert island.  We saw the Willemstoren Lighthouse, the slave huts, and the salt mounds.  We also did some snorkeling at Pink Beach.  That evening, we went to dinner in town at the Admirals Tavern and had an excellent meal.  We walked into the casino at our hotel but since we were from Vegas, it was not too exciting for us.

May 19, 1998--We stayed around the hotel this day and did some snorkeling.  The area around the pier had lots of exotic fish and urchins.

Divi Flamingo dive operation
I even saw a lionfish.  We ate dinner in town at Rendez-Vouz.

May 20, 1998--We took a cruise on a sailboat to Klein Bonaire, which is a small uninhabited island off the coast of Bonaire.  The meaning is "Little" Bonaire.  It was a lot of fun and they fed us lunch and we had some rum punch also.  The snorkeling was fantastic on Klein Bonaire!  For dinner, we ate in town at Zeezicht and it was great!  We also walked around town and had some ice cream and did some dancing at a little festival that was happening at the town pier.

May 21, 1998--We went into town this day.  The town is Kralendijk and since it was Asencion Day, the place was dead.  We ate lunch at Subway because that was all we could find open.  There were absolutely no shops open and it looked like a ghost town.

Bonaire sunset
  In the evening, they had a little get together at our hotel with dinner and dancing.

May 22, 1998--We had one last breakfast on the beach and then headed over to Flamingo Airport for our flight to Curacao.  It was another ALM DHC-8.  We stayed for one night in Curacao at the Holiday Beach Hotel.  We really did not get to see much and only briefly saw Willemstad.  We'll have to go back someday!

May 23, 1998--We flew from Curacao to Miami on an American 727 and arrived in the early evening.  After clearing customs, we decided to spend the night.  We flew on what is my shortest flight ever flown, a USAir Express EMB-120 from Miami to Fort Lauderdale.  Yup, it was a 21 mile flight!  It was us and another person on that flight and we were free, so they obviously did not make money on that one!  We got a hotel in Fort Lauderdale for the night.

Divi Flamingo pier

May 24, 1998--We flew back to Las Vegas this day.  It was an America West Airbus 320.  There was one open seat in first class but we chose to sit together in coach.  No breaking up this newlywed couple!!  We were back home by noon and we had to begin preparing for our move to Seattle.  Yes, we were relocating for our new life together!

The Divi Flamingo Hotel was awesome!  We'd definitely stay there again when we return.  It was a great beachfront location and has two great restaurants.  It has been totally fixed up since we were there so I am sure it will be evne better than before.

All the photos are obviously pre-digital so the quality is lacking. 

 

Almost 12 years later, here we are!   It has been so wonderful, it seems like only a day.

Kralendijk
  Oh, there have been bumps in the road but we get through them together.  As for Bonaire, we have yet to return.  We wanted to for our 10th anniversary but life got in the way.  Delta has Bonaire flights but they are just one day a week so it is difficult to go.  We really do want to go back though so we'll see what we can do in 2010!

arianna88 says:
Yes, nice memories and great experience in Bonaire..
Posted on: Nov 24, 2011
Caliber-A says:
nice memories! so you must be super tired the whole night of May 17 then, hahaha!
Posted on: Nov 24, 2011
gimpel says:
Bonaire, my favorite part of the netherlands...Hope to go back next year for a short break.
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011
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At the Divi Divi Bar
At the Divi Divi Bar
Divi Flamingo beach
Divi Flamingo beach
My Bride at Pink Beach
My Bride at Pink Beach
Divi Flamingo dive operation
Divi Flamingo dive operation
Bonaire sunset
Bonaire sunset
Divi Flamingo pier
Divi Flamingo pier
Kralendijk
Kralendijk
Desert Island
Desert Island
Flamingos!!
Flamingos!!
Pink Beach
Pink Beach
Pink Beach
Pink Beach
Pink Beach
Pink Beach
North side of Bonaire
North side of Bonaire
Willemstoren Lighthouse
Willemstoren Lighthouse
Bonaire
Bonaire
Slave huts
Slave huts
Pink Beach
Pink Beach
Salt mounds
Salt mounds
A divi divi tree
A divi divi tree
Divi Flamingo Hotel
Divi Flamingo Hotel
Divi Flamingo Hotel
Divi Flamingo Hotel
Divi Flamingo Hotel
Divi Flamingo Hotel
KLM 747 at Bonaire airport
KLM 747 at Bonaire airport
Bonaire sunset
Bonaire sunset
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Playa Chachacha
Playa Chachacha
My Bride
My Bride
Kralendijk
Kralendijk
To the airport
To the airport
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Snorkeling
Bonaire Flamingo Airport
Bonaire Flamingo Airport
ALM DHC-8 to Bonaire to Curacao
ALM DHC-8 to Bonaire to Curacao
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