A morning tour to the southern part of the island
includes information on Bonaire’s salt production. I have seen many things in my years of travel including the salt flats in Thailand but nothing compared to the salt production on Bonaire. The sea water is pumped into shallow holding basins by fragile looking windmills. The wind and sun make it more salty and then it goes into other salt pans where evaporation continues and it turns a sea green. In the last phase it turns a beautiful rose color. When the wind blows – which is usually does – the rosy salt pans become rimmed with white salt crystals. Eventually the water evaporates completely until only the salt remains. It is harvested and piled into huge white, Pyramid-shaped mountains of salt awaiting the arrival of ships to take it to all corners of the earth to be used in chemical production, water softening, pool treatment, deicing and as table salt.