Daaibooi was used in the past as a harbor for small ships, which came to collect salt from the surrounding “salt plantations” of Jan Kok, Rif St.Marie and Portomarie. The small vessels were loaded by the hands of slaves, and sailed back to the inner harbor of St. Anna in Willemstad to load the salt on larger ships going to Europe. Because of its economical importance the bay was protected by a group of Dutch soldiers, who also constructed several artifacts like a fortress wall and a communication pole, of which small parts can still be found.
There are also some remains of buildings constructed by American soldiers in the
Second World War, to patrol and protect Daaibooi and the island in total from possible
The Saliña has an interesting geological story to tell. A couple of hundred years ago this area was still an inner bay. Closed up by coral colonies growing in the entrance/exit of the bay and debris assembled in the bay by erosion of the hills laying at the back of the bay, the salty seawater still inside evaporated, leaving the salt behind in ground material that was very fine.
Now only in a good rainy season will the Saliña fill (partially) with water providing a rich environment for birds like flamingo’s and several species of ducks and herons, crabs, and much more.
The salinity of the water in the Saliña is often much higher than that of the seawater a couple of meters away, making its name all the more logical (Salt is ‘salu’ in Papiamentu, the local language).
Mr. Kees van Dongen, is not only the Restaurant/Snack owner but also the Manager of Daaibooi beach and the surrounding area.
Kees has been running the restaurant and managing the beach for over 10 years now. People describe him as a very kind and generous person with a sense of humor (very entertaining!). His visitors are welcomed in a hospitable manner and he is always ready to serve and give you tips on how to make the best of your visit here on the island.
Other team members are Robert, xxxx
Steven, Stevedie & Retty have been part of the team since the beginning. xxx