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Monday, June 30, 2008

Bonaire’s Yachtclub Restaurant to Re-Open on July 2nd Under New Ownership

On July 2nd, 2008, the Yachtclub Restaurant will re-open with new ownership and management.  The restaurant will now be open daily for breakfast and will serve dinner Tuesdays through Sundays.

Kim van Dijk and Rick van den Broek will open the intimate restaurant serving three types of breakfast styles--English, French, or Continental.  Each breakfast is $10.00 per person.

For dinner service, there will be an á la carte menu from which to choose with five appetizers, five main courses, and five desserts.  Additionally, there will be a changing four-course menu, called the Menu Delight.

Kim and Rick both come to Bonaire from Holland and have degrees in international hospitality management.  Dining patrons will meet Kim as their server, while Rick will be in the kitchen whipping up delectable meals.  With their combined history of cuisine, they state they will have a French-Italian kitchen with a Caribbean twist!  Food is their passion, and they wish to create a night out for their guests by giving them the best possible quality of food and personal service.  (Source:  Yachtclub Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 30, 2008 at 4:05pm AST
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Friday, June 27, 2008

BonaireMart Opens at the District Shopping Mall

Starting this week, there’s a new option for visitors to purchase souvenirs and other items in a new, convenient location at the north end of “hotel row”, called BonaireMart.

Located just north of the traffic circle in Hato, the new store offers all sorts of souvenirs, beachwear (Roxy, QuickSilver, O’Neill, Rip Curl, Uzi), sandals (Oakley), sunglasses (Oakley and Maui Jim), t-shirts, and the largest selection of wines and liquors on the island.  Offering ample parking, friendly service, and a convenient location, visitors (especially those staying north of town) will find it very convenient to do their shopping at BonaireMart.  The new store is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM non-stop.

Future plans for the not-too-distant-future call for wine and liquor tasting sessions to be held right at the store. (Source:  BonaireMart)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 27, 2008 at 4:53pm AST
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

16th Annual Dia di Arte is Sunday, July 6, 2008

As it has since 1993, the Foundation for Art and Culture on Bonaire will host their Dia di Arte, Day of Art, on Sunday July 6, 2008.

Beginning at 10:00 AM and running through the evening, everyone is welcome to wonder through the stalls in Wilhelmina Park.  It’s a fun opportunity to mingle with Bonaire’s artist and crafts community, and enjoy the music, food, and beverages.  The foundation promotes the art day each year in order that locals can share their abilities with the Bonaire community and its visitors. (Source:  Fundashon pa Arte i Kultura di Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 25, 2008 at 12:33pm AST
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Hyperbaric Chamber Arrives on Bonaire

Last week, Bonaire’s new hyperbaric chamber arrived and was delivered to its new location in a building on Kaya John Nicolaas. The location is right behind the offices of Centro Medico Central, the offices of Dr. Richard van der Vaart, one of Bonaire’s hyperbaric physicians, and across the street from the island’s hospital.

The Stichting Recompressietank (Recompression Chamber Foundation) purchased the land and completed the new building.  The total investment amounts to 1.6 million guilders (USD $899,000). The first million has been received and has allowed the development to date.  The Foundation is looking for additional sponsors for the remaining FL 600,000 to complete the building’s interior and install the chamber.

Plans call for an area which is used as an emergency clinic with the necessary monitors and equipment, where a wounded diver can receive first aid and is prepared to enter the chamber.  The complex will also offer room for the stay of divers who are too sick to be transported and where the diver may remain under observation in this intensive care unit until there’s improvement.  A guest room, with all facilities, is available for family members of the patient. The foundation will run the new hyperbaric chamber with the help of about forty volunteers.

The image shows the arrival of the new chamber, which was manufactured in The Netherlands and which just arrived from Venezuela.  (Source:  Amigoe)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 24, 2008 at 1:48pm AST
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American Airlines Offers Net SAAver Fares from Bonaire to San Juan

American Airlines just announced that they are running a special from Bonaire to San Juan (round-trip) for $225.00 via their Net SAAver Fares. 

Fare rules allow for departures anytime between Tuesday, July 1, 2008, and Friday, July 4, 2008.  Returns may be anytime between Monday, July 7, 2008, and Wednesday, July 9, 2008.  Tickets must be purchased by this Sunday, June 29, 2008, 11:59 p.m. (CT).  Fare of $225.00 is for round-trip coach class travel.  Other taxes, fees and conditions apply.

For additional information, visit www.aa.com. (Source:  American Airlines)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 24, 2008 at 8:36am AST
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Monday, June 23, 2008

Female Loggerhead Turtle, “Wiske”, is the First to be Tracked During Bonaire’s 2008 Nesting Season

Sea turtles have started to breed on Bonaire again, which means that the big adult turtles are back on the reefs of Klein Bonaire and along Bonaire’s southwest coast. Adult turtles come to Klein Bonaire for only a few months every two to three years, migrating from their feeding grounds far away. 

To adequately protect sea turtles in all their habitats, we must learn more about their migratory patterns, their behavior at sea, and where their marine habitats are located. This is where the technology of satellite telemetry becomes useful and important in protecting sea turtles.

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) plans to place two transmitters on turtles in 2008. On June 19, the first of these transmitters was attached on a large adult female loggerhead turtle. This animal was found resting just off the dive site “Knife” at Klein Bonaire, then caught by STCB staff and volunteers and lifted on board the research boat “Nancy Too” for transmitter attachment.

The female loggerhead has a shell length of 96 cm and is estimated to weigh about 120 kg. Adult loggerhead turtles come to Bonaire to breed from May through July. The turtle is expected to remain in the area and lay two or more nests before departing to her home feeding grounds.

Tracking of this loggerhead turtle is being made possible by a full sponsorship provided by the Rotterdam Zoo. The Zoo has decided to call her “Wiske.”

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire exists to ensure the protection and recovery of Bonaire’s sea turtle populations throughout their range. Founded in 1992, the STCB is a Bonaire-based, non-governmental and non-profit organization, part of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network.  (Source:  STCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 23, 2008 at 1:30pm AST
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bonaire Wins About.com’s Favorite Caribbean Dive Destination Poll; Is Now in the Final Round

In a recent story, we informed our readers about the about.com Favorite Dive Destination Poll, which included Caribbean destinations in round five.  We’re proud to announce that Bonaire won this category with a resounding 51% of total votes, and the island now is in the finals for Worldwide Favorite Dive Destination.

Those who visit and enjoy Bonaire can now vote for the island as their favorite dive destination in the world.  Everyone can vote a maximum of one time per day, so place your vote and keep voting.  Those interested in doing so may click here to participate.

About.com is a part of the prestigious New York Times news service and is a top ten web site used by one of every five viewers on the Internet. (Source:  About.com Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 22, 2008 at 2:12pm AST
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Friday, June 20, 2008

Jibe City to Hold First Fashion and Dance Show on Friday, June 27, 2008

Jibe City will hold its first Fashion and Dance Show on Friday, June 27, 2008 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Jibe City location at Lac Bay.

The show will highlight the season’s newest beach fashions, including designs from manufacturers Reef, Toes on the Nose, Dakine, O’Neill, Body Glove, Rip Curl, and others, and a surprise drink and snacks will be available.  Following the show, the Jibe City store will be open for late night shopping until 10:00 PM for those who wish to purchase any of the fashions highlighted in the show. (Source:  Jibe City)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 20, 2008 at 9:24am AST
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bonaire’s Patagonia Restaurant Augments its Wine Cellar

There’s lots of exciting news emanating from Bonaire’s restaurant world these days, but here’s the first:  Patagonia Restaurant recently augmented its wine cellar with new offerings from the Rutini Vineyards of Argentina.

Argentinean wines have become very popular in recent years, as the area offers a great environment for growing the grapes, which originate from Italy and the Loire Valley in France.  Ines Palacios, one of the owner/operators of Patagonia Restaurant, recently visited Rutini Vineyards and their Wine Museum, to pick out new wines for their restaurant on Bonaire.  Rutini offers some of the best Argentinean wines, as they keep yields low, prune and harvest by hand, and allow grapes to achieve their optimum maturity before being harvested.

Now, patrons of Patagonia Restaurant may enjoy these great wines on Bonaire.  Here are some of the new wines available:  San Felipe Roble Chardonnay 2006, San Felipe Roble Merlot 2005, San Felipe Roble Malbec 2005, San Felipe Roble Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, San Felipe Roble Sangiovesse 2005, Trumpeter Chardonnay 2006, Trumpeter Malbec 2005, Trumpeter Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, and the Trumpeter Reserve 2004.  (Source:  Patagonia Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 19, 2008 at 10:06am AST
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Coco Palm Garden/Casa Oleander Add New Property

Recently, Coco Palm Garden and Casa Oleander added a new property to their existing variety of properties in Bonaire’s upscale Belnem neighborhood.

This new property is a three-bedroom home with a private swimming pool.  It’s situated just across the street from Casa Oleander in Belnem.  The covered porch has table and chairs, hammock, lounge chairs, and a BBQ.  The kitchen is fully equipped, and there’s a spacious living room and dining area.  This vacation home has three bedrooms, with a king-sized bed in the master bedroom, a queen-sized bed in the second bedroom, and two twin-sized beds in the third bedroom.  All bedrooms have air-conditioning.

For additional information and rates, click here(Source:  Coco Palm Garden/Casa Oleander)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 17, 2008 at 10:45am AST
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