leeward side of Bonaire
This is the normally calmer, protected side of Bonaire. The reef and its inhabitants is the main attraction. Here divers are being shuttled to a remote location.
An abandoned house along Kralendijk's residential waterfront.
Lights on the Cruise ship that’s about to leave and view on Town pier, the Plaza and Customs building...
A view of the downtown waterfront in Kralendijk, Bonaire's largest town.
An abandoned house along Kralendijk's downtown waterfront.
Yacht stranded during a storm at Kaya Playa Lechi Bonaire. For more Bonaire views go to www.bonairepa...
It's me underwater at the Bonaire dive site "Bari Reef" with a large group of Glassy Sweepers, a coup...
Diving with the Tiger Pa catamaran at dive site "No Name" (Playita) Klein Bonaire.For more Bonaire vi...
Bonaire is located in the Southern Caribbean about 50 miles off the northern coast of Venezuela. The...
With as many as 60 officially listed dive sites on Bonaire and another 20 dive sites on Klein Bonaire...
South America makes up the southern half of the Americas and a large part of Latin America. It's home to the world's longest mountain range, biggest waterfall and largest river -- even these mammoths pale in comparison to the stunning variety of life forms thriving in the rainforest.
To the northwest, off the coast of Ecuador, lie the Galapagos Islands, which are unique for hosting species not found anywhere else on earth. These were the subject of study for Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution, which he himself said will require proof in every single case.
The main languages in South America are Spanish and Portugese, which basically tells you which European countries colonized the place. The South American wars of independence took place over two decades in the early 19th century, led by Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Jose san Martin of Argentina.
Following liberation from Portugal and Spain, South America took off into its own development, capitalizing on the rich deposits of oil, gold, copper, silver and tango musicians.
Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to one of the world's best parties, Carnaval. Have you heard of samba music? How about bossa nova? Maybe dancing for three days straight?
I can't say enough good things about South America. All the world's continents have amazing secrets and treasures laying in wait for your discovery, but in South America... just have a look at our pictures while you're waiting for online confirmation of your plane tickets to hit your inbox.
Text by Steve Smith.