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Friday, October 30, 2009

BonairePros Launches New Travel Web Site

BonairePros has recently announced the launching of a new, user-friendly version of their web site. The updated site offers visitors new travel planning content and tools for searching, pricing, and booking accommodations and package deals for trips to Bonaire. 

Vacation packages and specials are aimed at the active Bonaire traveler, with options for scuba divers, windsurfers, and snorkelers which can be found along with detailed information on the latest flight options and airfares.

The newly renovated web site provides planning for the first time visitor, as well as a Bonaire regular.  There’s a search tool to find current specials that allows a person to find the best available deals based on his or her choice of planning parameters, such as the month they want to travel, the property in which they have an interest, or their favorite Bonaire activity, be it diving, windsurfing, snorkeling, or just relaxing.  Visitors can request custom price quotes as well as make reservations and payments in a totally secure environment, utilizing SSL encryption and monitored daily by industry leading McAfee Secure (formerly Hacker Safe), assuring visitors complete confidence that their identities will not be compromised or privacy intruded upon.

BonairePros exclusively offers travel to Bonaire, and they have been doing so since 1986, and as such they are experts in arranging travel to the island.  For additional information, visit their web site by clicking here(Source:  BonairePros)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 30, 2009 at 11:35am AST
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sea Turtles of Bonaire is the Subject of the Next CIEE Public Lecture

The next public lecture in the current series offered by Bonaire’s CIEE Research Station will be conducted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009.

Bonaire’s own Bruce Brabec will present this lecture, focusing upon information about Bonaire’s sea turtle population.  Bruce is the current president of STCB (Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire), and so he is well versed in all aspects of the island’s turtles.

The lecture will be given at the CIEE headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 26.  All are welcome, and, as usual, admission is free.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Note update Friday, October 30th, 2009: Our apologies for not including important information!  This lecture will begin at 7:00 PM.

Posted by Susan Davis on October 29, 2009 at 2:50pm AST
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It’s Official--The Lionfish Has Arrived in Bonaire’s Waters

Yesterday, two recreational divers found a juvenile lionfish at the northern dive site, Nukove.  As requested by STINAPA, they mapped the location and shot confirming video, and then reported the sighting to the Bonaire National Marine Park.

The rangers moved into action and immediately went to the site to remove the fish.  The divers’ map was excellent, and rangers were able to immediately locate the fish for capture.

The spread of the lionfish through the Caribbean has been viewed as a scourge, but there is hope for Bonaire, as the average Bonaire diving visitor is better informed than in nearly any other dive destination in the Caribbean or Atlantic.  This has been proved by REEF statistics which state that Bonaire supplies over 16,000 of the 100,000+ dive surveys in this region, which includes the Atlantic, and which is just over 16% of the total.  This statistic is remarkable and may prove to be to Bonaire’s benefit if the island’s visiting divers can keep sighting lionfish so that Marine Park rangers may capture them and remove them from the local habitat. (Source:  Bonaire Talk, Jerry Ligon)

Note Update October 28, 2009: The Bonaire National Marine Park received a second call with a lionfish sighting on Tuesday, October 27th.  This one was a larger individual and was located just south of the dive site, Something Special.  By 3:00 PM the same day, Din and Joi of the marine park rangers were able to locate and capture this second individual.  All divers are asked to keep their eyes open and immediately alert STINAPA/Bonaire National Marine Park if they see any lionfish.  Divers should do their best to map the site and note the depth, and images and/or video are also helpful.  (Source:  Bonaire National Marine Park)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 27, 2009 at 2:06pm AST
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Clear Skies Over Bonaire Are Perfect for Viewing Meteor Showers

The Orionid meteor shower is the second of two showers that occur each year as a result of Earth passing through dust released by Halley’s Comet, with the first being the Eta Aquarids. The point from where the Orionid meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Orion.

The Orionid generally begin on October 15 and end on October 29, with maximum generally occurring during the morning hours of October 20-22. The Orionid are barely detectable on the beginning and ending dates, but observers in the Northern Hemisphere will see around 20 meteors per hour at maximum, while observers in the Southern Hemisphere will see around 40 meteors per hour. The maximum can last two or three nights, although there is evidence of some fluctuation from year to year.

There are other, weaker meteor showers going on around the same time as the Orionid. The Orionid generally appear to move fast. When you see a meteor, mentally trace it backward. If you end up at Orion then you have probably seen an Orionid meteor!

Best viewing on Bonaire will be away from Kralendijk, or other residential areas, in locations which do not have any light pollution.  For additional information, click here(Source:  Meteor Showers Online)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 21, 2009 at 9:43am AST
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Next CIEE Presentation is Monday, October 26, 2009 on Trends and Management of Bonaire’s Coral Reefs

The next CIEE (Bonaire) public lecture will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009.  The topic of this presentation will be monitoring trends and managing the future of Bonaire’s coral reefs:  Causes for concern and time for action.

This presentation will be provided by Mr. Bob Steneck of Maine University.  The lecture will begin promptly at 7:00 PM and will be presented at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire, Kaya Gobernador N Debrot 21.  Everyone is invited, and admission is free. (Source: CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 20, 2009 at 5:02pm AST
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Next BWC Mountain Bike Challenge Race is Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Bonaire Wellness Connexions will hold their next mountain bike race of the season on Bonaire on November 1, 2009. For the first time, they are organizing a challenging race with a lot of single-tracks and climbing, plus a technical downhill section. 

The race will start at the entrance to Sabadeco Terrace and continues through the hills of Seru Largu and Santa Barbara.  The following categories will be available:

Adults: Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 7:00 AM
--Sport Men/Women 2 Laps (16 km)
--Junior 15/16 years old 3 Laps (24 km)
--Junior 17/18 years old 4 Laps (32km)
--Sub Master Men/Women 36-48 years old: 4 Laps (32km)
--Master Men/Women 49+: 3 Laps (24 km)
--Elite Women 4 Laps (32 km)
--Elite Men: 5 Laps (40 km)

Kids: Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 4:00 PM (Note that the kids’ race will take place on a different race location.)
--89 years old 1 Lap (4.4 km)
--1012 years old 2 Laps (8.8 km)
--1314 years old 2 Laps (8.8 km)

Entry Fees:  For men and women, FL 25.00 (USD $15.00), kids under 18, FL 10.00 (USD $6.00).  Those wishing to participate must pre-register prior to the race day at the Bonaire Wellness Connexions headquarters. No registrations will be accepted the day of the race.  (Source:  Bonaire Wellness Connexions)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 16, 2009 at 11:21am AST
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

New Species of Trapania Nudibranch Discovered in Bonaire

In August 2007, the Bonaire Insider published an article about a new nudibranch species discovered in Bonaire by Ellen Muller and we are happy to announce that this creature is now officially a new and described species. 

The paper on the new Trapania species found in 2007 was published this month in the Caribbean Journal of Science. The name of this new nudibranch is Trapania bonellenae, a combination of Bonaire and Ellen.  To view a copy of this paper, click here (in PDF format).  To date, these nudibranchs haven’t been reported anywhere other than Bonaire.  For more images of the Trapania nudibranch, visit Ellen’s Trapania bonellenae webpage by clicking here. (Source:  Ellen Muller)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 15, 2009 at 12:48pm AST
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mangasina, The Storehouse Opens October 19, 2009 on Bonaire

Bonaire has another “first!” Mangasina, The Storehouse is Bonaire’s first personal self-storage facility, located in Hato, and it is opening its doors to the public on October 19, 2009.

The facility is offering five different sizes of units from 5 x 5 feet to 10 x 20 feet, from closet size to garage size. There is a size to accommodate everyone’s needs, be it returning tourists who want to store diving, kiting, or windsurfing gear, off-island homeowners storing personal items and vehicles while renting out their homes, businesses needing inventory and file storage, those needing storage space while their homes are being built, or for people who just have too much stuff.

Mangasina: The Storehouse is unique on Bonaire as a personal self storage facility as no commercial activity is permitted in the units. The facility has monitored access through controlled entrance and exit gates for privacy and authorized use; only occupants of the units are permitted on premises.

Only 57 units of varying sizes are available in the first building. Two more buildings are planned for February, 2010, and the completed project will ultimately consist of five buildings.  Units are available on a monthly, yearly, or long-term basis at affordable rates.  (Source:  Mangasina: The Storehouse)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 14, 2009 at 11:32am AST


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

KLM to Amend Flights to Bonaire During Winter Season

KLM has just announced that beginning January 15, 2010, they will offer two flights to Bonaire each Friday, as the end of the week is the most popular time for European visitors to travel to the island.

This will be accomplished by moving the current Thursday flight (Flight KL 0763, Amsterdam-Sint Maarten-Bonaire) to a Friday departure, bringing the number of weekly flights which KLM operates to Bonaire to six.  This change has already been made to their reservations system, so those passengers who were previously booked on a Thursday flight to Bonaire should check their reservation status. (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 13, 2009 at 3:17pm AST
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Monday, October 12, 2009

A Klein Bonaire Beach Clean-up Will be Held on October 25, 2009

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) and STINAPA are once again joining forces to organize a beach clean-up at Klein Bonaire on October 25, 2009 and volunteers are needed.  It’s important to keep the beaches at Klein Bonaire clean and free from trash, which can harm or be ingested by Bonaire’s sea turtle population.

Anyone who is interested is invited to join in.  Participants should meet at 7:00 AM on October 25, 2009 at the Harbour Village Marina.  Be sure to bring a hat, water, and sunscreen.  For additional information, call either STCB at 717-2225 or STINAPA at 717-8444.  (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 12, 2009 at 10:50am AST
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