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Monday, April 30, 2007

Bonaire’s Culinary Team Holding Fundraiser Dinners

The Bonaire Culinary Team will be competing again this June in Miami at the Taste of the Caribbean competition. In advance of the competition, they will be cooking up a number of fine feasts to refine their skills - feasts at which everyone can participate.

Fund raising dinners are planned for the following evenings (all of these are Sundays): May 6, May 13, May 27, June 3, and June 10. All fund raising dinners will be held at the Chez Nous teaching restaurant which is part of the SGB (high school). Seating is limited to 30 people at each event, and the price is Naf 50 (US$29) for a three-course meal including wine. Dinner starts at 7pm each of the nights.

The Bonaire Culinary Team has won a number of medals in the past, and critiques from diners at previous fund raising dinners have helped them hone their skills, so consider attending if you want both an excellent meal as well as a chance to help the Bonaire Culinary Team win gold in Miami in June.

Tickets for the dinners are available through Margreth Kloos - phone 717-2897 or e-mail at margreth@bonaireyellowsubmarine.com. (Source: Bonaire Culinary Team)

Posted by Jake Richter on April 30, 2007 at 11:59am AST
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Regatta Residence Bonaire Launches new Web Site

The Regatta Residence Bonaire has announced the launching of a new web site highlighting the development of affordable single-family vacation bungalows geared to the frequent dive traveler or windsurfer to the island.

The Regatta Residence offers detached, two- , three-, or four-bedroom homes in a new, gated community just outside Kralendijk, which is conveniently located to both dive or windsurf operators.  The development also offers apartments/condos for sale for those who do not need the larger space of their own home.  Any of these units are ideal for the frequent dive or windsurf traveler who wishes to enjoy their own home when they visit the island, but can be assured of the safety of their possessions when not on Bonaire.

The new web site, located at http://www.regattaresidence.com, offers detailed information about the planned community including general information and maps, information about common grounds (i.e., the two pools), floor-plans, in-depth descriptions of the various models along with the included amenities, and a photo gallery of the construction.

Those interested in additional information may email, or they may utilize the online form at http://www.regattaresidence.com/contact_information.html.  Prices for units begin at USD $165,000. 

Regatta Residence may be contacted by phone at +(599) 9-560-2457, via FAX at +(599) 9-737-0921, via email at:  info@regattaresidence.com, or visit their new web site at:  http://www.regattaresidence.com

Posted by Susan Davis on April 24, 2007 at 5:18pm AST
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Monday, April 23, 2007

Bonaire Will Take Part in the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival

Beginning with Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 and continuing on through May 22nd, 2007 (International Migratory Bird Day), Bonaire will participate with 12 other Caribbean islands in the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival. 

During the month, there are several planned events focusing on Bonaire’s birds, and in particular, its Lora (parrot) and the Yellow Oriole.  To assist with with the island-wide census of the lora’s breeding activity, ten biologists will visit Bonaire during the festival. 

The activity schedule is as follows:

April 25th, Talk:  The Caribbean Parrot Crisis, by Sam Williams, at Captain Don’s Habitat at 7:00 PM

May 2nd, Talk:  Bonaire’s Birds, by Jerry Ligon, at Captain Don’s Habitat at 7:00 PM

May 5th, Lora Nest Finding:  Meet at the Washington-Slagbaai National Park entrance at 5:45 AM

May 7th, Talk:  Lora di Boneiru by Odette Doest (in Papiamentu), at Captain Don’s Habitat at 7:00 PM

May 9th, Talk:  The Sex Lives of Parrots, by Rowan Martin, at Captain Don’s Habitat at 7:00 PM

May 13th, Oriole Count:  This is an island-wide initiative. 

(Source:  Extra)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 23, 2007 at 8:04am AST
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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Windsurfing “Week of Fun” Begins July 23, 2007 for Families

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, ABK Boardsports, and Jibe City have teamed up to bring a “Week of Fun” for families from July 23 through July 27th, 2007. 

There are planned activities for any member of the family including a kids-only windsurf camp, non-sailing activities for kids, and an adult ABK Clinic.  The activities will be planned for each morning of the week, Monday through Friday, leaving plenty of free time to explore the island. 

View the release by clicking here (PDF format). (Source:  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 22, 2007 at 11:01am AST
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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Sonrisa Rooms and Apartments is Complete and Open for Reservations; Offers Opening Special

Bonaire’s newest mini-resort, Sonrisa Rooms & Apartments, is now open and accepting reservations, and the property is offering an Opening Special to celebrate during the summer months of July and August.

The building is architectural designed with the traditional Colonial Dutch style, but yet with still a flavor of the Caribbean.  The rooms are decorated with high-end, modern European furnishings, and the complex offers eight non-smoking hotel rooms and two non-smoking one-bedroom apartments, with either garden or pool views, or one two-bedroom apartment.  Groups can be accommodated up to 26 persons.

Each hotel room comes with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, room safe, hot water, mini-fridge, facilities for coffee or tea, hair dryers, and cable television.  Guests will enjoy daily maid service, complimentary breakfast sandwich and coffee, a private balcony or patio, and free wireless Internet.

The one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments also offer the same amenities as the hotel rooms, but in addition, the kitchen is equipped with a microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, and refrigerator.

To celebrate its opening, Sonrisa Rooms & Apartments is offering a special discount during the summer months of July and August, 2007.  Those making reservations for this period may deduct 20% from the room rates, excluding taxes or service charge.  For discounted rates on dive or windsurf packages, contact the resort.

The property is ideally suited for either divers or windsurfers, being centrally located close to the sea, Lac Bay, or dive centers.  Restaurants and shopping are also very close.  Reservations are now being accepted for accommodations only, or, dive and windsurf packages are available which offer discounts from the daily rates.  A twice-daily shuttle will be available to Bonaire Windsurf Place, home of the Bonaire Windsurf Cam (www.bonairewindsurfplace.com/webcam.html) for those not wishing to rent a vehicle.  Sonrisa Rooms & Apartments can also assist with vehicle or activity reservations.

A photo gallery is available on the web site at www.sonrisabonaire.com/gallery.html which depicts the exterior of the property, as well as either the hotel rooms or the apartments.  Panoramic 360-degree images are also available at the same web site.

For additional information, contact Sonrisa Rooms & Apartments at email:  info@sonrisabonaire.com, or visit their web site at www.sonrisabonaire.com.

Posted by Susan Davis on April 21, 2007 at 12:18pm AST
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Bonaire Wellness Connexions Announces the 4th BWC Mountain Bike Tour

On May 13th, 2007, Bonaire Wellness Connexions will hold another popular mountain bike tour, and anyone is welcome to join in.

The program will begin with registration at 3:45 PM; at 4:10 PM, a briefing to discuss the route will be held, and then at 4:15 the tour begins.  Anyone interested in joining in should meet at the Activities Center of Eden Beach Resort by 3:45 PM on May 13th.

The entry fee is FL 15.00 per person (USD $8.43 per person) and includes a drink and fruits.  Participants may pre-register anytime before hand by signing up at the Activities Center (Eden Beach Resort) Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM.  Please note that helmets are compulsory and can be rented at Bonaire Wellness Connexions.

Fore additional information, email info@bonairewellness.com(Source:  Bonaire Wellness Connexions)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 21, 2007 at 11:16am AST
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Friday, April 20, 2007

Second Annual Cavalcade of the Bonaire Bikers Club during Rincon Day

The Bonaire Bikers Club has announced it will organize another cavalcade during the festivities in Rincon on April 30th, Dia di Rincon (Rincon Day).

Those interested in participating should meet in the parking lot of Captain Don’s Habitat at 9:00 AM, at which time they may also register (FL 15.00 per person, or USD 8.43 per person) and pick up the event t-shirt.  Participants may use any type of motorcycle or scooter.  A breakfast will then be served sponsored by Jack Chalk, General Manager of the hotel. 

At 10:00 AM, the cavalcade will begin with a route passing by neighborhoods of Bonaire, as well as passing by the offices of the event’s sponsor, UTS, on its way to Rincon, where they will pass by the Pasadia Cocari, the foundation which is the beneficiary of this cavalcade and a FL 1500.00 donation (USD 842.70) by the Bonaire Bikers MC.  Pasadia Cocari assists the elderly in Rincon.  (Source: BBMC release)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 20, 2007 at 8:39am AST
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Harbour Village Beach Club Inducted Into Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Harbour Village Beach Club has just announced it has been accepted as a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the only resort on Bonaire to receive such a distinction. 

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) applies rigorous quality control standards to its members, so they maintain the hallmark of excellence for which SLH has become recognized.  Small Luxury Hotels of the World has also embraced environmental responsibility as a pre-requisite for acceptance, and has committed to embracing the principles of responsible tourism.

Harbour Village Beach Club was selected due to its local recognition as the most luxurious resort on Bonaire, its personal service, its accommodations and décor, and such amenities as its private beach, restaurants, on-site dive and watersports facility, spa and salon, and tennis center.  (Source:  Harbour Village Beach Club)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 20, 2007 at 8:15am AST
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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Riding Academy Club Bonaire Launches New Web Site

The Riding Academy Club Bonaire operating out of Kunuku Warahama has announced the launching of a new web site for the company.

The new site offers much more information about the services they can provide, and also gives a photo gallery where visitors to the site can view enlarged images of the horses and how the trail rides are organized.

The site is located at www.horsebackridingbonaire.com, and offers detailed pages of information and images covering such topics as getting to know the horses, information about Kunuku Warahama, the trail ride experience on the photo gallery page, and one of the most popular activities, swimming with the horses in Lac Bay. 

The Riding Academy Club offers a different activity to divers and windsurfers who are visiting Bonaire, and can show these visitors a different side of the island, as they traverse the back country lanes of Bonaire’s kunuku from the top of a gentle horse.  Groups are always kept small, not only for the maximum enjoyment of the riders, but also for the good of the animals themselves.

The Riding Academy Club Bonaire is the only company located on Bonaire that can offer visitors the chance to ride while on the island.  They may be contacted by phone at +599 560-7949 or +599 786-2094, via email at:  info@horsebackridingbonaire.com, or visit their new web site at:  http://www.horsebackridingbonaire.com

Posted by Susan Davis on April 19, 2007 at 5:00pm AST
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Second Quarterly Bonaire Clean Up Dive of 2007 Scours the Underwater Terrain by Port Bonaire

On Saturday, April 14, 2007, a group of divers and snorkelers consisting mainly of tourists with some Bonaire residents met at the Dive Friends Bonaire location at Port Bonaire to clean this area underwater, which had never been cleaned before. 

The group of 29 was made up of 23 divers, two snorkelers, and four persons who were available for shore support and “critter control.” Dive Friends Bonaire also added four staff in the water to assist the divers and snorkelers, as well as one for shore support.

After a comprehensive briefing by Susan Davis of NetTech, the divers geared up in their buddy teams, entered the water, and headed out of the area in a southward direction.

Shore duty and Critter Control was ably handled by Bonaire’s own REEF expert, Linda Ridley, who demonstrated to the others how to responsibly check the trash once it had been brought up:  The trash had to be immediately checked to be sure no marine animals had been inadvertently included, and in which case when animals were found, they were immediately returned to the ocean.

Another important factor of shore duty is to sort the trash, count it, and then dispose of it all in a safe manner.  In this cleanup, the following trash was retrieved:  6 plastic 2-liter beverage bottles, 64 glass beverage bottles, 11 caps or lids, 18 pieces of clothing or shoes, 1 packaging container, 7 crates, 32 pieces of fishing line, 30 cups, plates, forks, knives, or spoons, 8 food wrappers, 1 pull tab, 1 child’s toy, 3 light bulbs, 6 plastic shopping bags, 18 pieces of rope, 1 strapping band, 18 pieces of building materials, and 5 car parts.  A large floor rug was found on the bottom (unrolled), and a portion was brought to the surface for Ms. Ridley to inspect.  However, because animals had already begun to colonize the rug, the decision was made to leave it in place.

After the dive, all participants and their families 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, while participants supplied side dishes.

Images from this cleanup are available on-line at the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

The next cleanup dive organized by Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech will take place on Saturday, July 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 premier diving facilities with convenient locations in Kralendijk, at Hamlet Bonaire, and at Port Bonaire.  For additional information on the quarterly cleanups, click here.

NetTech is Bonaire’s largest Internet marketing company, providing the popular web sites InfoBonaire and The Bonaire Insider.  For additional information, click here(Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech joint release)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 19, 2007 at 1:44pm AST
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