Klein Bonaire is the roundish islet in the center of the picture, nestled in the crescent of Bonaire.
All of Klein Bonaire is visible from hills on the leeward side of Bonaire.
Klein Bonaire (Dutch for "Little Bonaire") is a small uninhabited islet off the west coast of the Caribbean island of Bonaire, and is part of the Dutchspecial municipality of Bonaire. The islet, which sits within the rough crescent formed by the main island, is 6 square kilometres (1,500 acres) and extremely flat, rising no more than two meters above the sea. The only structures on the island are some ruins of slave huts (small, single-room structures dating to the region's period of slavery), and a small open shelter on the beach facing Bonaire. The island has no running water or sanitation facilities.
The distance from the shore of Bonaire to the shore of Klein Bonaire is about 800 metres (0.5 mi) at the nearest point. This span is frequently traversed by private and commercial boats and can be done by kayak with some difficulty. The primary attraction for visitors is scuba diving and snorkeling the pristine coral reef surrounding the islet. Numbered yellow painted rocks near the open shelter show where divers can cross low points on the reef, which is very close to the beach. When facing the water at the rocks the current runs from right to left.
In 1868, Klein Bonaire was sold to Angel Jeserun and remained in private hands until 1999. During this period the native trees were removed, resulting in a scrub growth across the island. Then it was purchased for 9 million Netherlands Antillean guilder (US$5 million) by the government of Bonaire, the World Nature Fund, and the Foundation to Preserve Klein Bonaire. It is now part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. Long-term plans include reintroduction of the native vegetation.