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Monday, May 31, 2010

Coral Spawning on Bonaire Will Take Place in September and October, 2010

Each year the coral spawning season on Bonaire brings an avid group of divers down to personally witness this phenomenon.  Although some species may spawn as early as August, this year it is predicted that the majority of species will spawn in either September or October, or both months.

Thanks to the Bonaire National Marine Park and Carmabi (Curacao), we have a fairly accurate forecast for when individual species will spawn.  Spawning is always tied to the full moon, usually occurring three to nine days after the full moon in each of these two months.  Times are approximate, and it should be realized that even though divers may be in the water at the exact predicted times, these corals sometimes have a schedule of their own, so a fair amount of time in the water is necessary to witness this spectacular event.  The full prediction schedule for 2010 is available by visiting the marine park’s web site, or by clicking here (in PDF format).  (Source:  STINAPA Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 31, 2010 at 4:04pm AST
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Karol Meyer and Patrick Musimu Set New World Record in Freediving

As previously reported, Karol and Patrick returned this year to Bonaire to attempt another world record, and this was achieved yesterday, May 26, 2010. 

Karol and Patrick together set this new world record in the No Limits Tamden category when they reached 121 meters/397 feet.

These two champion freedivers are giving press conferences, seminars, and clinics during their time on Bonaire, as well as shooting documentary video footage with the U.S. History Channel.  Sky Sport Channel has also been following the event live.

Congratulations!  (Source:  Karol Meyer, image courtesy of Mariska Hooijmans)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 27, 2010 at 4:04pm AST
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bonaire WebCams Launch Two New Cams

Bonaire WebCams, the company who brought web cam viewing to Bonaire over ten years ago, has just completed the launch of two new cams, both located in the neighborhood of Belnem, atop the Richter Art Gallery.

The Airport Cam’s image is refreshed every four minutes, and is aimed perfectly for monitoring planes landing or taking off from Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport.  View the Airport Cam by clicking here.

The new Rooftop Cam’s image is also refreshed every four minutes, and from its perch atop the third floor, provides an excellent view of Bonaire looking northward from Belnem.  This cam also provides a striking image of the sky above Bonaire, indicating if skies are sunny and blue or overcast.  View the Rooftop Cam by clicking here.

Also, the Pier ReefCam, located at Eden Beach, has been recently renovated and repaired, after cabling damage occurred during a storm.  The Reef Pier Cam has always been a very popular cam for those who could only wish to be under the water on Bonaire!  View the Reef Pier Cam by clicking here.

These two new cams bring the total count of web cams from Bonaire Web Cams to eleven, providing intimate glimpses into various facets of life on Bonaire, including the world’s first underwater cam.  Over the years, many visitors have enjoyed visiting the archives of the web site to view their own personal moments on Bonaire.  To view all the cams, click here(Source:  Bonaire WebCams)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 25, 2010 at 4:15pm AST
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Classical Music Board Hosts Musical Duo Saturday, May 22, 2010

This Saturday evening, May 22, 2010, the Classical Music Board will present a special musical duo at Cacique Hall when Henk van Twillert, a baritone saxophonist, joins Tjako van Shie on piano.

The duo will play a classical repertoire with cello suites of Bach, songs by Faure and Schuman, along with compositions of Hector Villa Lobos and Samuel Barber, all performed with virtuosity, warmth, and precision on the the baritone saxophone (the largest of the saxophone family) accompanied by piano.  The second part of the concert will consist of “world music”: tangos by Piazzola, Fados , and the Antillean classical music of Maduro and Statius Muller, along with some jewels from the jazz repertoire of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

Those interested in attending may procure advance tickets at Addo’ s Bookstore, Plaza Resort, or Flamingo Bookstore for FL 35.00 (about USD $20.00) per person.  Tickets at the performance hall are FL 40.00 per person (about USD $22.50).  Students and children pay FL 10.00 at the door (about USD $5.50) with an ID.  Cacique Hall is located at the Plaza Resort Bonaire.

To view biographies of the artists, or to pre-order your tickets (with payment at the door), click here. (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 20, 2010 at 1:08pm AST
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bonaire’s Sea Turtle Club Hosts Underwater Cleanup at Lac Cai

As previously reported, this Saturday, May 22, 2010, will be a day of activities at Lac Cai in celebration of the world Day of Biodiversity.  Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) will also host an underwater cleanup of Lac Cai to help Bonaire’s turtle population.

In the past four months, STCB has received reports of four dead turtles in Bonaire’s waters.  With two of these turtles, it was easily seen that the cause of death was drowning, due to entanglement in fishing lines and nets.  Another live turtle was found with a fishing hook embedded in its mouth; the hook was removed, and the turtle was tagged and released, as otherwise it was healthy.

These high numbers of turtles found alive or dead with entanglements in nets, lines, or with hooks creates a valid concern.  Since the Lac habitat is feeding ground for some of Bonaire’s turtles, it’s an area which needs to be kept clean of these dangers and this will be the focus on Saturday’s cleanup efforts. Those interested should meet at the first pile of conch shells at Lac Cai at 9:00 AM this Saturday for the briefing.  The cleanup can be conducted by either diving or by snorkeling, but it is recommended that divers be experienced, as the channel can have difficult currents.  Those participating will be asked to concentrate on removing fishing lines or nets, or other obstructions underwater.  There will be complimentary tanks for the first fifteen divers who check in, courtesy of Dive Friends Bonaire.

All are welcome to come and clean this area for the betterment of Bonaire’s turtles! (Source:  STCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 19, 2010 at 10:54am AST
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Bonaire Celebrates the Day of Biodiversity This Saturday, May 22, 2010

The United Nations designated 2010 as the international year of biodiversity and May 22nd, 2010 is the Day of Biodiversity.  Bonaire will celebrate this international day of biodiversity with family activities and events at the island’s Lac Cai location. 

This location was chosen as it is considered to be the area with the highest biodiversity on the island. The area is a protected area of the Bonaire National Marine Park and home to two threatened species, the green turtle and the queen conch. Furthermore, it is an area where fish and other animals build their nests and where juvenile animals can live protected by the roots of Bonaire’s mangroves, hiding from predators until they can mature. Lac is home to oysters, crabs, sea-stars, insects, and many other animals that together make up the immense biodiversity of Lac.

The ecosystem of an island is more vulnerable than that of a continent, and the species are more limited, thus making it obligatory for them to adapt to their environment.  In doing so, they actually become endemic and separate species. Because many of Bonaire’s fauna are endemic, there is even a greater degree of importance to protect them, as well as to create an awareness among everyone to help protect these plants and animals. It is this reason that STINAPA and Tourism Corporation Bonaire have joined together to host this Day of Biodiversity.  May 22nd, 2010 will be a day of activities and celebration from as early as 9 AM through to 4 PM. Family events will be the main focus, including guided tours, kayaking, boat tours, snorkeling tours, a kids’ painting area, a kids’ play area, and more.  There will be booths selling local foods, beverages, and local music will accompany the day’s festivities.

CIEE also will be on hand starting at 11:00 AM to launch their “Adopt a Rock” program. Since Bonaire’s mangroves do face several threats--coastal development. the input of pollutants, the impact of invasive species, damage from changes in environmental conditions, as well as increased vehicular and foot traffic--CIEE and STINAPA wish to diminish the threat of anthropogenic disturbance in the protected area of the mangrove forests of Lac Cai by coordinating volunteers to place yellow stones, symbolic of the Bonaire National Marine Park, which would advise visitors to stay clear.  Accordingly, this Saturday, everyone is invited to adopt a rock (these rocks have already been washed and painted with 2 coats of yellow paint by CIEE volunteers).  Then write “NO ENTRY” on the rock in Papiamentu, Dutch, or English, along with your name, initials, or a positive message on the back of the rock (if desired).  Then place the rock in the designated area, with the NO ENTRY facing the road.  Tables with the rocks will be set up, paints and brushes will be provided as well as refreshments.

(Source:  TCB-NY and CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 17, 2010 at 4:05pm AST
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Delta to Discontinue JFK-Bonaire Routing for 2010-2011 Season

The Bonaire Insider has learned today that Delta will not resume the JFK-Bon routing for the winter of 2010-2011 as originally planned.

Delta informed the Tourist Board that the Caribbean region has not done as well as expected this past year for Delta, and thus they have had to make a strategic re-alignment and they will be reducing flights throughout the region.  Delta did confirm that the Atlanta flight remains on the schedule and all traffic normally using the JFK flight will have connections in Atlanta.

Continental Airlines has confirmed that both the Newark and Houston flights will continue pursuant to the current schedule and Insel Air has reported that they are in the final stages of completing their through fare agreement with US Airways.  (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 15, 2010 at 8:07am AST
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Karol Meyer and Patrick Musimu, Champion Freedivers, Return to Bonaire

Having set new records during a Bonaire visit in 2009, Karol Meyer has returned to Bonaire and her trainer, and fellow freediver, Patrick Musimu, has also returned for a visit.

Over the coming weeks, both freedivers will be giving presentations and courses in between their own training dives in preparation for their new record attempts, the absolute world record in the No Limits Tandem category.  The Bonaire Insider will be providing updates throughout the Buddy Dive 2010 Freediving Event.  (Source:  Karol Meyer)

Note Update May 17th: Here’s a preliminary schedule of events just received in from Buddy Dive:

May 19th - Educational Presentation at the Poolbar @ 6:15 PM
May 28th - Official Press Conference & Recognition Happy Hour at the Poolbar @ 6:00 PM
May 30th - Educational Presentation at the Poolbar @ 6:15 PM
May 30th - June 1st - Free diving Clinic

(Source:  Buddy Dive Resort)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 14, 2010 at 3:42pm AST
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jong Bonaire Hosts the Seventh Annual Mini-Fun Triathlon on June 6, 2010

The events which Jong Bonaire hosts get more popular each and every year, with more participants enjoying the activities.  This year, the Mini Fun Triathlon, now in its seventh year, will be held on Sunday, June 6th, 2010.

The race will start at 7:00 AM, and includes both a “fun” category, as well as a “pro” category with swimming, cycling, and running events.  The fun category will feature an 850 meter swim, a 11.6 kilometer bike ride, and a 5 kilometer run.  The pro category will feature a 1500 meter swim, a 23.2 kilometer bike ride, finishing up with a 10 kilometer run.

The triathlon can be entered as individuals or in relay teams of three.  The entry fee is FL 25.00 per person (about USD $14.00), or FL 55.00 per relay team (about (USD $31.00) and includes food, a t-shirt, water, and fruit along the way, and an information package.  To participate in the under 18 category, all relay team members must be under the age of 18.  If any team does not have enough members to make up the relay, simply ask for additional team members upon registration.

Those interested in participating can register on Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at 5:30 PM at City Cafe.  All are invited! (Source:  Jong Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 11, 2010 at 4:32pm AST
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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Enter to Win a Trip for Two to Bonaire During Celebrate Our Planet Week

Celebrate Our Planet Week, part of Bonaire’s fourth annual Bonaire Dive Into Summer program, is a week-long event taking place August 22-28 which will recognize the importance of preserving the environment and, in particular, that of Bonaire. 

The on-line contest is valid from today, May 5th, through August 1st, 2010. Those interested in participating can click here to fill out the form to win a vacation for two persons this August.  The trip will include an eight day/seven night hotel stay at Captain Don’s Habitat, along with six days of unlimited shore diving, and complimentary airfare on Continental Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the summer’s program.

Bonaire Dive Into Summer, a four-month program (June 1 – September 30, 2010) features an array of activities for divers, adventurers and sun seekers. The program for Bonaire Dive Into Summer offers visitors the flexibility to enjoy their planned vacation on-island, and, as an added bonus, the option to take part in special dives and clean-ups, eco-oriented activities and festivals, all of which practically guarantees a fun and educational experience in Bonaire.  (Source:  TCB-NY)

Posted by Susan Davis on May 05, 2010 at 6:35pm AST
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