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Monday, January 29, 2007

Sand Dollar Resort Condominiums Opens New Restaurant, Sunrise Bonaire

Sand Dollar has just announced the opening of their newly renovated restaurant and pool bar, Sunrise Bonaire.  The dining area is located just next to the swimming and pool, and offers traditional bar menu for lunch and dinner. The restaurant hopes to offer pool-side fitness classes soon.

Diners will be able to enjoy sandwiches, burgers, salads, and sates for either meal, and half-price Happy Hour drinks are available each night from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Plans are in the works for both traditional aerobics classes, as well as water aerobics classes and yoga, to be conducted in the area surrounding the pool beginning February 5, 2007.  Class schedule is Mondays and Fridays:  8:00 AM to 8:50 AM:  Body Balance; 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM:  Aqua Fitness.  Wednesdays:  8:00 AM to 8:50 AM, Body Shape; 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM:  Aqua Fitness.

Body Balance is a combination of yoga, pilates, and tai chi.  This is a great workout where you will train your strength, flexibility, and balance to the beat of great music.

Body Shape is 60-minute low-impact workout class where all muscles will be trained. 

Aqua Fitness is a very intensive way to exercise without difficult techniques. 

Cost per class:  $8.00 per person ($5.00 for those staying at Sand Dollar).  FL 8.00 per person for local residents (please bring your sedula as proof of residency).

(Source:  Sunrise Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 29, 2007 at 1:37pm AST
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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Papaya Moon Cantina Launches New Web Site

Papaya Moon Cantina, which opened its doors for business this past November, 2006, has just launched a new web site.  This new restaurant offers Bonaire its first taste of true Tex-Mex cuisine with such menu items as lobster quesadillas, gazpacho shooters, or fish tacos with avocado dressing.

The site offers their full menu (available in PDF format), provides images of the various dining areas the Cantina offers, and lists contact information to make a reservation.  An on-line reservation form is also available.

For additional information, click here(Source:  Papaya Moon Cantina Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 28, 2007 at 9:16am AST
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Buddy Dive Resort Announces Marine Life Education Program for September, 2007

Over the past three years, noted naturalists Ned and Anna DeLoach have come to Buddy Dive Resort here on Bonaire to spend the month of September educating and diving with guests and combining those guests’ dive vacations with education, fun, and entertainment.  For 2007, Buddy Dive Resort has just announced an expansion on this popular event, the Marine Life Education Program, which will be held throughout the month of September.

This year, the program will include presentations by the Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) and two weekly field trips with their staff.  These presentations will augment those by Ned and Anna, which are already popular events for Buddy Dive’s guests.

As co-writer of the Reef Coral-ID, Reef Fish-ID and Reef Creatures-ID books (see www.fishid.com), Ned is well known and respected within the marine sciences establishment, dive world, and far beyond. Anna joined forces with her husband to study and document marine life species around the world. As a very talented photographer and videographer, she produced several educational DVDs that examine the relationship of marine animals and their environment.

Mabel Nava de Simal, manager of the Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, was appointed to her position in January, 2005 and has a background in veterinarian medicines as well as an extensive training in the field of turtle research. Together with STCB’s field specialist Gielmon “Funchi” Egbreghts, Mabel will guide weekly field trips and conduct a slide show presentation about this intriguing species that fascinates so many divers and snorkelers (see www.bonairenature.com/turtles/

September is also an active period in the coral spawning season and Ned & Anna will give special presentations that will let you understand, discover and enjoy the spawning wonders (see image taken during 2006 program).

For additional details and a complete schedule of each week’s events, view the Buddy Dive Resort press release (in PDF format).  (Source:  Buddy Dive Resort Press Release)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 27, 2007 at 3:02pm AST
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Friday, January 26, 2007

New Bonaire “Ambassadors” are Honored

In a program administered by the Tourist Corporation Bonaire (TCB), repeat guests who have visited Bonaire a minimum of ten consecutive years may apply for the Bonaire Ambassador Program. 

This past week, five new ambassadors were named, Steve and Lajos Magocs in the Bronze Category (10-15 years of consecutive visits), Phillip Kingry in the Silver Category (16-20 years), and Carol and Bob Schmidt in the Gold Category (21 years or more of consecutive visits).  To read their stories, click on the links in their names.

(Source:  TCB Release)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 26, 2007 at 3:32pm AST
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Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant Opens for Lunch Service

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant, which opened its doors this past December, has just announced they are now open for lunch service Tuesday through Friday.

Offering a variety of lunches in either their air-conditioned dining room or the al fresco seaside area, diners can choose from hot sandwiches served with french fries, salads, or pasta and grilled menu items.  Prices are reasonable spanning from FL 15.00 (USD $ 8.57) for a sausage (choripan) sandwich to FL 25.00 (USD $ 14.04) for fish, chicken, or filet mignon served with french fries and creamed spinach.  5% sales tax is additional.

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant is the new eatery of the Palacios Family, well known for popular Bonaire restaurants.  (Source:  Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 26, 2007 at 1:06pm AST
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Thursday, January 25, 2007

2007 Artist Agenda Featuring Bonaire Artists is Now Available

Each year, several persons in Bonaire’s artist community contribute images of their work for the publication of an Artists’ Agenda featuring artists from the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.  The Dutch Caribbean Art Diary 2007 has just arrived on Bonaire, and the artists were honored to receive their copies from Lt. Governor Herbert Domacasse.

This is the fifth edition of the diary and this year 77 different artists participated.  Bonaire was well represented with ten local artists showcasing their work.  They are:  Linda Richter, Jake Richter, Ady Figaroa, Nochi Coffie, Poco Poco, Jackie Bernabela, Marjolein Fonseca Verhoef, Renate van der Bijl, Henk Roozendaal i Ronald Verhoeven.

The agenda is well crafted with a hard cover lined with felt and is the color of Bonaire’s flamingos.  The project was made possible by the Bernard Cultuurfonds, Fondo di Artistanan, i Kas di Arte.  (Source:  Bonaire Government Release)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 25, 2007 at 2:31pm AST
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Registration is Now Open for Bonaire’s Fifth MCB International Tennis Tournament, April 5-9, 2007

Each year for the past four years, the MCB International Tennis Tournament has grown in popularity and size.  This year, the fifth annual event, promises to be even better.  The tournament will be played April 5 through 9, 2007, and registration is now open for all participants.

This tournament, sponsored by Maduro & Curiel’s Bank (Bonaire), is the largest tennis tournament on Bonaire, with participants from not only Bonaire, but Curacao, Aruba, the USA, Holland, Germany, and Venezuela, among others.

Further information is available by clicking here (PDF format).  A registration form is available online by clicking here (PDF format).  Please note that registration closes March 29th, 2007, so be sure to register now. For additional information, email the tournament organizer(Source:  Tournament Organizers)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 25, 2007 at 2:05pm AST
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Antillean Wine Company Holds Special Wine Tasting to Welcome the New Beaujolais Nouveau

On Saturday, January 27, 2007, Antillean Wine Company will hold a special wine tasting event to celebrate the arrival of their new 2006 vintage Beaujolais Nouveau from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at their store on Kaya Industria 23.

Marcel Lapierre from Chateau Cambon has done it again, providing a fine wine of pure fermented grapejuice from the gamay-noir-a-juice-blanc grape.  No pesticides, artificial fertilizers, or harvesting machines are used, and no SO2 is added.

Wine tasting for this special event will be by the bottle only, so be sure to bring a friend to share this rare opportunity to enjoy a totally natural wine. Snacks will be provided.  Entry fee is NAFL 19.75 (USD $11.29).  (Source:  Antillean Wine Company Release)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 24, 2007 at 5:51pm AST
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First Quarterly Bonaire Clean Up Dive of 2007 Yields Unusual Trash

On Saturday, January 13, 2007, the skies were uncharacteristically cloudy over Bonaire, but that didn’t put a damper on the spirits of the group of approximately forty divers and snorkelers who gathered to help clean up a portion of Kralendijk’s shoreline and underwater terrain. 

After a comprehensive briefing by Susan Davis of NetTech, the divers geared up, and, divided into two groups, headed north and south of Dive Friend’s Yellow Submarine dive facility on the waterfront promenade.

Shore duty was handled by Bonaire’s own Dee Scarr, assisted by Christine Trosztmer, who inspected all materials and trash as they were brought up to ensure the least disturbance to any marine animals who may already have been inhabiting the trash.

The result of the cleanup consisted of the usual materials lost in the water: drinking bottles, cans, fishing line, plastic cups and plates, PVC pipes, pieces of iron, copper and stainless steel.  However, this cleanup did yield some unusual trash: a full bottle of ketchup, an unused diaper, and nearly sufficient parts to reconstruct a jet ski.

After the dive, all participants were welcomed back for a Pot Luck BBQ—Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, the sponsors of the quarterly Bonaire cleanups, provided drinks and main courses.  Participants supplied side dishes such as salads, onion quiche, and home-made (warm) cookies!

The next cleanup dive organized by Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2007.  All those on Bonaire at that time are welcome to join in.  Meet at Dive Friend’s Yellow Submarine facility at 1:00 PM.

Dive Friends Bonaire is one of Bonaire’s most well known diving facilities with convenient locations in Kralendijk, at Hamlet Bonaire, and at Port Bonaire.  For additional information on the quarterly cleanups, visit http://www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/clean_up_dives.html.

NetTech is Bonaire’s largest Internet marketing company, providing the popular web sites InfoBonaire (http://www.infobonaire.com) and The Bonaire Insider (http://www.bonaireinsider.com).  For additional information, visit http://www.nettech.an.

(Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire/NetTech Release)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 24, 2007 at 4:18pm AST
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Monday, January 22, 2007

BONHATA’s 10th Anniversary Awards Event to be Held on February 4, 2007

The Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association (BONHATA) is holding its 10th Anniversary Awards Event on Sunday, February 4th, 2007 at the Sunrise Restaurant at Sand Dollar Resort Condominiums.  These awards are in recognition for a company’s or individual’s contribution to the tourism industry of Bonaire, and everyone is welcome to enjoy the evening.

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary, Mr. Peter Odle (Mango Bay Beach Hotel, Barbados and President of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) will be the guest speaker at the event, along with the President & CEO of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association (AHATA), Mr. Jorge Pesquera.

Tickets are available at the BONHATA office for NAFl 50.00 (USD $28.09) each and includes a welcome drink, hearty snacks and happy hour prices all night.  Time: 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM; Dress code: Vibrant Tropical with a touch of yellow! This year, raffle proceeds will go towards support for the Bonaire Culinary Team so that they may participate in the CHA Culinary Competition in Miami later this year.  The Bonaire Culinary Team will also be your chefs for the evening!

For more information or to request tickets, phone +(599) 717-5134, FAX +(599) 717-8534, or email marion@bonhata.org(Source:  BONHATA Release)

Posted by Susan Davis on January 22, 2007 at 12:25pm AST
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