The National Office for the Caribbean Netherlands acts on behalf of the Government of the Netherlands; The Representative for the public bodies of Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba represents the Government of the Netherlands on Saba
Head of state:
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, represented locally by Governor Frits Goedgedrag since 2002.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage since 2006.
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Bonaire is the second-largest island in the former Dutch Antilles, and has desert-like terrain offset by inviting turquoise waters. Beneath the water's surface, rainbow-hued fish drift in between coral, and many believe argue that the diving and snorkelling here is the best in the Caribbean; Bonaire's relative lack of tourism means much of its coral has gone undisturbed. For those seeking sailing or windsurfing, the characteristic windswept postures of the divi divi trees show that Bonaire's warm, dry and breezy climate is ideal for these sorts of activities.
Bonaire is highly eco-friendly and keen not to impair the fragile infrastructure of the coral, nor unsettle the island's serenity with heavy development and glitzy nightlife. Consequently, Bonaire's beautiful beaches and safe waters have remained intact. Flamingos wander the landscape of multi-hued salt plains, and multitudes of birds enjoy this paradisiacal sanctuary.
Bonaire was part of the Netherland Antilles until its dissolution in 2010. It is now a special municipality of The Netherlands.