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Friday, February 27, 2009

Edwin “Din” Domacasse Completes 15 Years of Service at the Bonaire National Marine Park

Din Domacasse, Chief Ranger of the Bonaire National Marine Park, has recently completed his fifteenth year of employment and service with STINAPA Bonaire.  Back in February, 1993, Din began his career with the marine park, and he has been working for the betterment of Bonaire’s reefs every since.

Long-time visitors will remember when Din began his diving career as a popular divemaster at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino.  After several years within the island’s dive industry, Din moved to the marine park in order to assist with conservation and preservation efforts.

Recently, with his family, colleagues, and board members of STINAPA, he celebrated this milestone at Washington-Slagbaai National Park.  Representing STINAPA, Evo Cicilia presented Din with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of his colleagues.  It’s hoped that Din continues with many more years of service.  (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 27, 2009 at 10:07am AST
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Divi Divi Air Adds Additional Aircraft

Divi Divi Air has been a favorite of Bonaire inter-island commuters for many years due to their friendly, customer-oriented service and on-time performance.  The airline has just announced they have added a fifth aircraft to their fleet of planes.

The new aircraft is a Dornier 228, which landed on Bonaire recently.  The plane originated its journey to Bonaire in New Zealand, and arrived on the island after more than fifty hours of flying time and with an intermediate stop in Ecuador.

The plane has a capacity for 19 passengers for the Bonaire-Curacao-Bonaire flights which run each day, as well as for the airline’s other destinations.  (Source:  Amigoe)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 26, 2009 at 4:40pm AST
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

American Airlines/American Eagle Announces Termination of San Juan-Bonaire Flights Effective May 1,

In a continuing effort to streamline operations and contain costs, American Airlines/American Eagle today announced that effective May 1, 2009, they will cease flights from their San Juan hub to Bonaire.

Passengers holding reservations for American Eagle flights between San Juan and Bonaire for travel after April 30, 2009 should contact American Airlines or their travel provider as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements.

There are still a variety of easy, non-stop flights available to passengers originating in North America with flights from Newark, New Jersey, New York, New York (JFK), Houston, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia.  Connecting flights to these gateways are available with good schedules.

Delta offers their weekly non-stop flight each Saturday from Atlanta to Bonaire and return.  Additionally, Delta operates a second weekly non-stop flight from New York’s JFK to Bonaire, also on Saturdays, during periods of peak demand.  For more information about Deltaís service to Bonaire, visit their web site at www.delta.com.

Continental Airlines offers two to three non-stop weekly flights. The first is a round-trip flight between Newark and Bonaire departing each Saturday evening.  Continental Airlines also flies a weekly non-stop rotation, departing Friday evenings from its Houston hub, and, during the eight busiest months of the year, Continental also operates a second rotation from Houston each Saturday evening, arriving on Bonaire on Sunday morning. For more information about when the second rotation operates, visit the Continental web site at www.continental.com

Those wishing to make connections in Miami can take advantage of the new service offered by Insel Air to Curacao.  Insel Air flies from Miami to Curacao four times each week with a schedule that provides ample connection time for continuing service to Bonaire or for a flight from Bonaire on a return itinerary.  Insel air also connects to Bonaire from Aruba via Curacao.  Additional information is available at the Insel Air web site at www.fly-inselair.com(Source:  TCB-NY and Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 25, 2009 at 9:18am AST
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Bonaire Rotarally is Sunday, March 15, 2009

The annual Bonaire Rotarally, sponsored by Bonaire’s Rotary Club, has become a fun-filled, much-anticipated event in which locals and tourists alike can participate for an extraordinary day.  This year’s Rotarally will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2009.

Those interested in participating should meet no later than 9:00 AM on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Sport Hall on Kaya Amsterdam.  Tickets are available now, and are FL 50.00 (about USD $ 28.09) per car, and includes two free BBQs for the end of the rally.

All revenues go to support the Rotary Bonaire’s Breakfast-in-School project, in its fifth year of serving over 230 breakfasts each day to needy school children, who might otherwise go without breakfast.  For more information, email info@rotarybonaire.org(Source:  Rotary Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 20, 2009 at 11:13am AST
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Den Laman Condominiums Announce May Sale

Den Laman Condominiums is pleased to announce their May Sale: Pay for 5 nights and get 2 nights free.* This Bonaire ocean-front property features 16 fully air-conditioned apartments with modern kitchens, dining, and living areas.

May Sale Drive & Dive Packages start at only $591.00 per double diver, ($468 per double vacationer) for seven nights studio accommodation, six days of unlimited tanks for shore diving, free Nitrox upgrades, seven days truck rental, and government room tax. Boat dive packages as well as packages for May Sale one- and two-bedroom apartments are also available. This special is valid for travel May 2 - 29, 2009.  (* Government room tax must be paid on free nights.)

For additional information, call toll-free from the U.S. 1-800-382-1094, email denlaman@diveres.com, or visit their web site by clicking here. (Source:  Den Laman Condominiums)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 19, 2009 at 7:45am AST
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Joint Effort Removes Over 60 Automotive Tires from Bonaire’s Reefs

Recently, a joint effort between sailboat cruisers and the Bonaire National Marine Park resulted in the removal of over 60 automotive tires from the shallows along the shoreline of Kralendijk.

Chief Ranger of the Marine Park, Din Domacasse, attended a meeting in which it was agreed that three park staff members--Juan, Apo, and Polina-- and a park boat would work together with the cruisers to pick up only those tires that had no coral or sponge growth on them.

A survey of the boaters resulted in 100 percent participation among them, as over forty people were organized into teams made up of divers, swimmers, and boat workers. Toucan Diving kindly provided free air fills for the divers. At the close of January, the group worked tirelessly (pun intended!) for three hours to retrieve over sixty tires, which eventually filled a garbage bin, provided by Bonaire’s waste management company, Selibon.

This event was so successful that the cruisers have agreed to complete the cleanup of tires from the remainder of the mooring area and adjacent reef.  STINAPA Bonaire thanks all the participants who made this special cleanup a big success.  (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 18, 2009 at 11:53am AST
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bonaire Strives Toward Becoming First Caribbean Island Powered by Total Sustainable Energy

In its continued efforts to become powered by 100 percent sustainable energy, Bonaire announced today that the Phase One Wind Farm should be completed this year and that full conversion is planned for 2012.

In 2007, the island government, which takes pride in the islandís beauty and nature preservation, agreed to a multi-faceted project to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel energy by developing an energy system comprised of an 11MW wind farm, 14MW biodiesel plant, and a 3MW backup battery.  Ecopower Bonaire BV, a consortium consisting of Evelop, Enercon, and MAN, is spearheading this project that is expected to complete its first phase by the end of 2009.

The project developers have already completed the installation of a pilot 330KW wind turbine, whose current energy production exceeds any initial expectations. Accordingly, 12 additional 990 KW wind turbines are being installed on the north coast of the island, where wind and surf conditions are most ideal. By the end of 2009, these wind turbines should produce 44% of the islandís energy.  The remaining 56% will be produced by the planned 14MW biodiesel generators, utilizing fuel derived from algae, which will enable the island to shift to 100% sustainable energy supply within five years.

All electricity generated will be delivered to WEB (Water and Energy Bonaire).  After completion of the entire project, Ecopower Bonaire BV will remain owner of the wind-biodiesel system.  (Source:  TCB-NY)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 17, 2009 at 1:34pm AST
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Monday, February 16, 2009

CIEE (Bonaire) Announces Next Lecture Open to the Public

CIEE Bonaire will host its next public talk at their new offices on Wednesday, February, 18, 2009, entitled The Potential of Green: Becoming New By Becoming Whole.

Those interested in attending should meet no later at 7:00 PM at the CIEE Building at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26.  The talk will be presented by J. Tedrowe Bonner, who has focused his lecture on investigating whether rapid technological innovation, which has allowed the development of “green” products, is positive. While often it is, technology in and of itself will not bring us to the point of sustainability. This talk explores the concept of “whole systems thinking” and how it is employed to regenerate the social and ecological health of regions. Ideas for Bonaire will be explored in light of a whole systems approach.

For those who can attend a bit earlier, at 6:30 PM there will be a wine-tasting session (courtesy of Mr. Bonner).  The wines offered will be:

Red: Terre Allegre sangiovese from Puglia, Italy

White: Botter Bardolino chiaretto from the lake district, Italy

Rose: Terre Allegre trebbiano from Veneto, Italy

Everyone is welcome, and entry is free.  (Source: CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 16, 2009 at 3:26pm AST
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations Unveils New Blog, Bonaire Bliss

Written by owner/operator, Ann Phelan, Bonaire Bliss is a potpourri of news and information about Bonaire reflecting her experiences as a travel specialist for the island.

The new blog will feature travel deals, hotels, and tourism news, while spotlighting a restaurant twice each month.

Readers can view windsurf video clips that have been submitted to the blog, and diving customers of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations are able to submit their underwater images as well.

Ann, a free lance writer, has written for Windsport, Caribbean Travel & Life, All at Sea, and Bonaire Nights. She brings her enthusiasm for sharing information and her love of Bonaire to the new blog.  For further information, click here.  You may sign up for a feed as well to keep updated on weekly posts.  (Source:  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 13, 2009 at 11:29am AST
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cactus Blue Bar and Restaurant Celebrates Third Anniversary, Adds Lunch Service

Cactus Blue Bar and Restaurant opened three short years ago, and, in that time, it has become a popular eatery for many return visitors to Bonaire.  Recently, they celebrated their third anniversary with their customers, and they now begin their fourth year in business by augmenting their service to include a lunch menu.

The anniversary celebration began with the restaurant being festooned with balloons and paper streamers.  Both Corinna and Hagen, together with their sons, Sebastian, Florian, and Christian, and members of the staff, enjoyed a frenetic, but enjoyable evening, as the restaurant was fully booked. Island musical legend, Moogie, played his familiar sounds of Caribbean jazz and entertained the diners right up to closing hours. During the evening, both Corinna and Chef Hagen found time to mingle with all the diners, as well as hand out some presents.

The long awaited “Book of Recipes” was also made available and a copy was donated to the Rotary Club of Bonaire as an auction item to help raise money for the “Breakfast in Schools” project enabling more than one hundred local children to enjoy a nutritious and healthy breakfast every day while at school.

The restaurant begins its fourth year by augmenting their service to include lunch, served Monday through Friday, from 12:00 PM through 2:00 PM.  For more information, visit the Cactus Blue web site by clicking here(Source:  Cactus Blue Bar & Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 10, 2009 at 3:27pm AST
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