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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CIEE Bonaire Announces Next Public Lecture

CIEE Bonaire will hold its next public presentation on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 when Dr. Aileen N. C. Morse discusses, “Larval ‘Flypapers’:  Universal Tools for Coral Recruitment Projects First Developed on Bonaire.”

Dr. Morse is from the Marine Biotechnology Center at the University of California Santa Barbara.  The presentation will take place at 7:00 PM at the CIEE Research Station located at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26.  Everyone is invited and admission is free.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 31, 2010 at 4:31pm AST
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Dive Friends Bonaire Announces Next Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Dive Friends Bonaire is pleased to announce their next Instructor Development Course (IDC) will begin on November 25th and continue through December 2nd, 2010. The Instructor Exam conducted by PADI will immediately follow on December 4th and 5th.

Dive Friends will be offering the new E-Learning option for this IDC, which allows candidates to save time and travel expenses by taking advantage of home-study methods.  They then may report to the IDC on the third day (November 24th, 2010), for completion of the program with Dive Friend’s course director.

E-Learning is easy; all candidates must do is login to PADI’s web site at www.padi.com and click on E-Learning.  Enter the dive center’s number, and follow instructions. PADI’s cost for E-Learning is $320.00 per candidate.

Once all candidates are on Bonaire and in sessions together, the new IDC format will focus upon workshops and interaction, while utilizing the new PADI Guide to Teaching.

Concurrent with the IDC course, Dive Friends Bonaire will also offer Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor, Staff Instructor, and an option for Staff Instructor with an internship at the dive facility.  Costs for these courses are:

· Full IDC (no E-Learning), $1,115.00
· E-Learning IDC, $999.00
· Emergency First Response Instructor, $250.00
· Staff Instructor, $599.00 (five specialties)

All candidates are also eligible for two days of free unlimited tanks for shore diving after the IDC.

Additionally, for those who would like to attain the professional rating of Instructor, but do not yet have a Divemaster rating, Dive Friends Bonaire offers a Divemaster Internship for $799.00, which can be done prior to the IDC.

All rates are in U.S. Dollars; books and PADI’s fees are additional.

Dive Friends Bonaire can assist with on-island arrangements, including special IDC rates for accommodations and/or vehicle rentals.  Those interested in participating in the IDC may visit http://www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/idc.html for additional information, or contact Dive Friends Bonaire directly by email at info@dive-friends-bonaire.com for pricing and eligibility requirements and discounted rates for accommodations.

Dive Friends Bonaire is one of Bonaire’s premier diving facilities offering full diving and snorkeling services while still providing personal attention.  Two retail stores are available in Kralendijk, in addition to four diving facilities.  For additional information about all their services, visit their web site at www.dive-friends-bonaire.com, or e-mail: info@dive-friends-bonaire.com. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 27, 2010 at 1:17pm AST
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Enjoy a Taste of Bonaire on Friday, August 27, 2010

To officially close the end of Celebrate Our Planet week, the island will be hosting a food festival, Taste of Bonaire, on Friday, August 27, 2010.

The event will take place in Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  This is a popular cultural event focusing on food, music, handicrafts, and a lot of fun.  All are invited to attend the evening’s event, when everyone can enjoy small plates of signature dishes from some of Bonaire’s eateries.  For visitors, it’s a time to rub elbows with the locals, as people mix and mingle enjoying their food and looking at the various items available for sale.  (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 25, 2010 at 1:25pm AST
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Patagonia Restaurant Opens for Lunch

Patagonia Restaurant has just announced that effective immediately, they are adding in a new lunch menu which is available Monday through Friday.  Also, they are launching lunch (or dinner) in a new air-conditioned room, so either cool comfort or al fresco dining is now available.

Patagonia, located at the Harbour Village Marina (under the lighthouse) has been a favorite for several years for their Argentinean steaks, chops, grilled meats, pasta or fish dishes.  Starting today, they will open for lunch during weekdays, when they will be serving an assortment of burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and salads.  Prices are moderate.

Their other news is that Patagonia Restaurant is opening a room where lunch or dinner dining can be enjoyed in air-conditioned comfort, so now patrons have the choice of choosing this option, which is certainly welcome during Bonaire’s hottest summer days in August and September. or dining al fresco next to the sea!  For reservations for lunch or dinner, call 717-7725. (Source:  Patagonia Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 24, 2010 at 4:15pm AST
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Bonaire Welcomes Dr. Eugenie Clark during Celebrate Our Planet Week

Dr. Eugenie Clark will be on Bonaire next week for events during Celebrate Our Planet Week.  She’ll be kept busy with a book-signing and also two presentations, but will, in addition, be the second recipient of the North American Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to her from the island of Bonaire.

There are several events throughout the week, where those on island can meet Dr. Clark:

Monday, August 23rd, at Captain Don’s Habitat, 5:30 PM:  Dr. Clark will be doing a book-signing featuring the latest edition of her book, “The Lady with the Sharks.”

On Tuesday, August 24th, at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, 6:00 PM, she will give a presentation entitled “Sea Monsters I Have Known” combined with “Shark Lady.” This presentation will be repeated on Thursday, August 26th at Buddy Dive Resort at 6:00 PM.

All are invited to get to know Dr. Clark during these events.

To end the week with a sweet taste, enjoy another Taste of Bonaire, organized by the Bonaire Restaurant Association.  Enjoy great dishes, local music, and handicrafts during this popular event on Friday, August 27th at Wilhelmina Park from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Enjoy the week’s festivities!  (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 20, 2010 at 11:18am AST
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) Saves the Day, Again

It was early this morning when the emergency call came into the offices of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire.............there were hawksbill turtle hatchlings roaming around the airport’s parking lot!

STCB staff member, “Funchi” along with volunteer “Red” Berger, headed off immediately to investigate.  Together they found that a hawksbill nest located at Windsock (Donkey Beach) had hatched overnight, and some of the hatchlings were confused by the lights of the airport.  Instead of immediately heading out to sea, the hatchlings instead crossed the road and made it to the airport’s parking lot where they quickly became disoriented.

Funchi and Red immediately went to their aid, finding a total of ten hatchlings which had gone astray.  They were able to successfully return nine to the water, but unfortunately there was one fatality.  After being sure all hatchlings were safely in the water, they investigated the nest, and found about 120 eggs, so there are at least 119 new hawksbill turtles finding their way in Bonaire’s waters.

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire does much more than just rescue, but rescue is an important function.  To learn more about how the organization rescues turtles in Bonaire’s waters, click here(Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 19, 2010 at 4:28pm AST
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Insel Air Introduces On-line Check-in

This week, Insel Air announced that on-line check-in is now available via their web site, www.fly-inselair.com, making this carrier the first company in the region to offer this service.

On-line check-in can be done from any computer within 24 hours before the reserved flight departs.  During check-in, one can choose their own seat, and print out their boarding pass in advance.  If a return is within 24 hours, one can also print out a boarding pass for the return flight at the same time.

This new service is available for all Insel Air destinations (Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Paramaribo, Kingston, Miami, Valencia and San Juan) with the exception of Port-au-Prince, Sta. Domingo, and Las Piedras.  Once one possesses a boarding pass, one can head directly for the counter to pay the airport tax (if needed), and move on to the security check.  Passengers carrying only hand luggage need to arrive only 60 minutes before departure. Passengers with baggage could check their bags in at the drop-off counter up to 120 minutes before departure and do not have to stand in the check-in line.  The check-in counters for all Insel Air destinations close one hour before departure, after which check-in is not possible. (Source:  Amigoe)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 19, 2010 at 8:37am AST
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tiara Air Opens New Customer Service Center on Bonaire

In recent months, Tiara Air has expanded its non-stop service between Aruba and Bonaire and is continuing to add flight rotations so as to make getting to Bonaire via Aruba easier all the time.  Additionally, they have just also opened a new Customer Service Center in Kralendijk to assist passengers.

The new Service Center is located at Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar z/n Complex B. The center is open and ready for any passengers to come by to either make reservations, purchase tickets, or make other inquiries into Tiara Air’s service.  The center is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM nonstop, and offers spacious public parking.  For more information, call Tiara Air at 717-7447 or 717-3008. (Source:  TCB-NYC)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 18, 2010 at 9:47am AST
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Tom Ingram, DEMA, Gives Presentation to Bonaire’s Tourism Industry

Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA (Diving Equipment and Marketing Association) was recently on Bonaire.  While on-island, he gave a presentation to members of the island’s tourism and diving industries providing profile data of the type of person who comes to Bonaire for diving.

Tom explained that the profiles have been generated from a database of nearly 30,000 Bonaire visitors who responded to a survey.  This survey revealed the behaviors and characteristics of the type of American who visits Bonaire.  This data is important to those in Bonaire tourism as it provides a better understanding of the island’s current visitors, and services can be more closely targeted to meet the needs of this diving consumer.  Most importantly, the survey helped identify geo-demographic segmentation, clearly identifying the potential “Bonaire visitor” by geography and demography, including factors such as income, education, mode of travel, employment, geographic mobility, place of work, occupation, age, race, ethnicity, as well as other variables.  The database is updated yearly, so data is kept current.

Tom has been working within the diving industry for over thirty years, and coupled with that he has a strong background in business.  Tom managed a small business development center for the Small Business Administration in Florida, and he taught both a business program and a diving program for over fifteen years at Barry University, also in Florida, and with the Florida Institute of Technology, now located in Melbourne, Florida.

DEMA continues to provide this type of information to the island as a benefit of Bonaire’s destination sponsorship of the DEMA/Be a Diver Pool, which is a 20 x 30 foot, 15,000 gallon mobile pool which traverses the United States stopping at two- and three-day, large-scale venues. It is complete with a portable setup that includes dressing rooms, towels, all the newest diving equipment including wetsuits and fins, an air compressor, and a pavilion for registration and consumer interaction.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 16, 2010 at 11:27am AST
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Bonaire Bids Farewell to the Wounded Warriors

Yesterday, Bonaire bid a fond farewell to the 2010 participants of the 5th Be A Diver-Wounded Warrior Scuba Certification trip.  The men and their families have had a very busy week, but all have certainly enjoyed the island and all it has to offer.

When we last checked in with the Warriors, they had just completed their dive certifications.  They have spent much of their rest of their days diving, both by shore and by boat.  On Tuesday afternoon, they enjoyed lunch in Kralendijk, compliments of the Bonaire Talk Community, as well as a private shopping spree with gift certificates provided by Jewel of Bonaire.  Tuesday night they dined at Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant, compliments of the Palacios Family.

Wednesday evening was certainly special as the men and their families were guests of honor at a reception held at the home of Lt. Governor Glenn Thode and sponsored by Caradonna Caribbean Tours.  Everyone enjoyed their motorcycle escort provided by the Bikers Bonaire.  During the evening, the men were named Bonaire Ambassadors by the Tourism Corporation Bonaire.  After, a dance group from Rincon performed traditional dances for the group.  View images from Wednesday evening by clicking here.

Thursday brought more diving and then in the evening, everyone gathered at the Deco Stop Bar at Captain Don’s Habitat to watch the Week in Review with dinner following courtesy of Dive Training Magazine (images available by clicking here)

It was a little rainy (well, very rainy) on Friday morning during their Bonaire Tours island tour, but everyone ended at a complimentary lunch at KFC.  In the afternoon, more touring, this time provided by Bonaire Quad Tours, with finally a Texas-styled BBQ sponsored by Jack Chalk and his family and Adams Unlimited.

Saturday morning, it was an early morning transfer to the airport for their check-in, but, even then, these heros were given paid departure tax tickets, once again sponsored by the Bonaire Talk Community.  For five years now, the island has always come together for these annual events to show these men and their families who have given so much exactly what it means to be grateful for their sacrifices.  This week could not have been possible without the sponsors and those donating funds and/or services.  We’d like to thank everyone:  9Line LLC, Adams Unlimited Public Relations & Marketing, AERIS, Bikers Bonaire, Bonaire KFC, BonaireTalk.com, Bonaire Quad Tours, Bonaire Guided Motorcycle Tours, Bonaire Tours & Vacations, Budget Rent A Car, Captain Don’s Habitat, Caradonna Dive Adventures, Inc., Care Coalition, Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine, Chat & Browse Bonaire, DEMA/Be a Diver, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, Dive Training Magazine, Henderson, H.S.A. International Training Center of New Jersey, Islands Magazine, Jack Chalk & Family, Jewel Of Bonaire, Net, N.V., OCEANIC, PADI, Paradise Moon Bar & Restaurant, Patagonia Restaurant, Princeton Tec, Rum Runners, Sport Diver Magazine, Tourism Corporation Bonaire, and Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project, as well as the anonymous donors.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2011!  Te aworo (until next time)! (Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 15, 2010 at 3:09pm AST
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