WOW!

Dutch Caribbean Islands
as you have never
seen them before

A film about the nature of the Caribbean Islands of the 
Kingdom of the Netherlands from the makers of The New Wilderness

A film about the nature of the Caribbean Islands of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from the makers of The New Wilderness

The islands

Aruba

has a tropical steppe climate. 24,3% of Aruba is classified as a protected nature area and it is home to many species of flora and fauna. In the National Park, the beautiful Caribbean white sand beaches give way to rugged desert land, towering green cacti and limestone cliffs, pounded smooth by waves and trade winds. Aruba is home to four species of sea turtles. The Shoco is a subspecies of the burrowing owl and the cascabel (rattlesnake) is an endemic species unique to Aruba.

108.166 (2020) inhabitants

180 km2

Bonaire

consists of rocks of sedimentary and volcanic origin. The salt lakes have been formed as a result of sea level changes, they have an important function because they provide for the collection and filtration of (rain) water. Bonaire has four internationally recognized wetland areas and Bonaire’s coral reef consists of approximately 60 species of coral. Bonaire is surrounded by one of the world’s most beautiful fringing coral reefs. Bonaire has one of the largest breeding populations of American flamingos (also referred to as Caribbean flamingos)

26.300 (January 2021)

288 km2

Curacao

has a volcanic core, with a hilly and semi-arid landscape and is surrounded by fossil coral reefs . The size and variety of habitats give Curaçao the greatest diversity of wildlife of all the Dutch islands. The native vegetation consists of over 450 species, with evergreen species found on the limestone formation, large trees in the seasonal gullies and rare species on the higher hills. The Kibrahacha (Handroanthus billbergii) is one of the most famous trees, coloring the island yellow after first rain. The near-pristine coral reefs at Oostpunt and Klein Curaçao are unique for the Caribbean region. About 350 species of fish live in the sea around the island.

149,679 (2011) inhabitants

444 km2

Saba

consists of a dormant volcano with four lava domes. The slopes drop steeply to the sea and the coast is rocky. With its 887 meters, the volcano Mount Scenery is the highest point in the Netherlands and in the entire Kingdom of the Netherlands. The climate is humid tropical; the island is covered with secondary rainforest. Mount Scenery National Park covers 25% of the total island area. It contains all six vegetation zones found on Saba.

1800 (2010) inhabitants

13 km2

St. Maarten​

is known for the fact that the island is divided in two into a French and a Dutch part. Physically, the western end is an atoll of low land surrounding a lagoon, while the eastern end is a series of conical hills. The island has white sand beaches and numerous coves and lagoons. Due to the dry climate on Sint Maarten, the variety of flora is limited and falls just on the border of a tropical monsoon climate or the drier tropical savanna climate. The island has more than five hundred different plant species.

43,847 (2020) inhabitants on the Dutch side of the island

34 km2

St. Eustatius​

consists of a dormant volcano in the southeast of the island with a height of 601 meters. Sint Eustatius has a tropical monsoon climate and is prone to hurricanes. The Statia Morning Glory plant, a plant species from the bindweed family, is endemic to the island and very rare and the island’s national flower. Sint Eustatius is located on the migration route of humpback whales. The beach “Zeelandia” is a protected area for sea turtles.

3193 (2016) inhabitants

27.5 km2