Klein Bonaire ('Little Bonaire' in Dutch) is yet another example of Bonaire's commitment to preserving nature and keeping development as minimally invasive as possible. This little island one kilometre west of the main island is home to the best beach in all of Bonaire (sand beaches are extremely rare here) and, up until 1999, was privately owned but still undeveloped. When the owners presented plans for developing the island into a huge resort with hotels, yacht clubs, malls, theatres and whatnot, the Bonairians stood up and said "No!". The ecological disaster was forever prevented when the island was bought back by the government. Today, the only structure on the island is a small open shelter on the beach (with one rubbish bin). Great diving sites are all around the island while drift snorkelling (sea turtles included most of the time) can be done along the main beach, which is also a favourite among kitesurfers. Water taxis run from Kralendijk to the beach and back several times a day.