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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Classical Music Board Presents Johnny Kleinmoedig and Conhunto in Concert Saturday, September 18

The next in the series of classical music concerts will feature Johnny Kleinmoedig & Conhunto in a special evening of classical and salon music from the Antilles and the Caribbean in a special promenade concert.

On Saturday, September 18, 2010, at 8:00 PM, traditional Curacao waltzes, danzas, mazurkas, and tumbas will be presented from a central stage area, and there will be space for patrons to enjoy the music and dance.  This will be a traditional Antilles Salon evening where festive and or formal dress will be appreciated. To purchase tickets in advance, visit Books & Toys, Flamingo Bookstore, or Plaza Resort Bonaire.  The concert will be held in the Caribbean Hall & Terrace at Plaza Resort Bonaire.

Note:  Upcoming concerts include:  October 23, Hans Odin Faassen, Piano; November 19, La Cuedra Venezolano; December 18: Christmas Concert. (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 15, 2010 at 8:17am AST
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BWC Hosts Two Mountain Bike Events In September and October, 2010

Bonaire Wellness Connexions will hold two mountain bike events in September and October, including a ride through Washington National Park and the first Bonaire Xtreme Duo mountain bike race. 

On Sunday September 19, everyone is welcome to join a mountain bike ride through Washington National Park. This is an excellent opportunity to test out some of the route for the Xtreme Duo ride in October or just enjoy a ride through the park.The route gives you the option of doing a 30km or 45km ride. The longer route will leave from Caribbean Club at 7:00 AM and those who want the shorter route will leave from Dos Pos at 8:00 AM. The price is FL 25.00 or $15 per person. This is considered an intermediate- to advanced-ride. Juice, coffee and sandwiches will be available.

The Extreme Duo mountain bike race will be held on Sunday October 24, 2010 at 7:00 AM. These type of races have become popular on Aruba and Curacao and will now be offered on Bonaire. Single tracks and safe dirt roads will cover 90% of the 75km race course. The course will include some paved roads, which will have traffic volunteers in place to ensure the safety of the riders.  The course is diverse, and includes single tracks in Washington National Park, windy and rough trails along the east coast, coral stone trails through Lagoen and Bolivia and the demanding ride up Seru Largu at the end.  Entrants must have a team of two riders (Duo), which can be male, female, or mixed. Both entrants must finish the race and the time of the rider who finishes second is the time that counts for the team. Prizes will be given to the top five finishing teams and trophies and cash prizes will be given in some categories.

There are five categories for entrants including women with a combined age between 50 and 100 years, men with a combined age between 50 and 100 years, mixed with a combined age between 50 and 100 years, juniors with a combined age of 50 or under, and seniors with a combined age of 100 or over. Prizes for the women are $400.00, men are $600.00 and mixed are $200.00.  Participants must register in advance as the are no registrations on race day. You may register by emailing your team name, country of origin, rider names and category to info@bonairewellness.com. Participants coming from outside Bonaire will be picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The entry fee is FL 50.00 or USD $30.00 per duo.  The race will start on the main street of Sabadeco. Drinks will be available at the start, finish and along the route. Officers will be available in case of emergency.

The Divi Flamingo Hotel will host the check-in on Friday October 22 and Saturday October 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, where participants may register, pick up their numbers and tee shirt. Sunday check-in is at the start, with the race judges, between 6:00 and 6:45 AM, followed by the 7:00 AM start. At 12:00 PM a lunch will be held for the participants at the Divi Flamingo Hotel, followed by the awards ceremony at 1:00 PM.

Please note that all participants from overseas flying to Bonaire with a bicycle for the Xtreme race will have to be on a list that will be kept by Customs at the airport. All leaders of bike groups must provide a list of participants, including name, country of origin, flight number, arrival and departure time, bicycle year, model and cost. Contact Bonaire Wellness Connexions for more information.(Source: Bonaire Wellness Connexions)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 14, 2010 at 1:40pm AST
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy, Sixth Edition, is Now Available

Susan Porter’s very popular book, Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy, is now available in its sixth edition.  The guide gives helpful hints on how to best take advantage of Bonaire’s shore diving and snorkeling.

In addition to having all texts updated to reflect current conditions, the sixth edition of Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy features a two-page spread with a map of the Bonaire National Marine Park, including all marked dive sites, as well as the park’s rules and regulations.  There’s a great chart entitled “Dive and Snorkel Sites At-A-Glance” which provides an alphabetical listing of all the sites and their various ratings.  Finally, there are color aerial photographs of the unmarked northern and southerns sites to help readers find these locations.

Pictured above is Lisa Pawley, on behalf of Susan Porter, giving the first copy of the new edition to Mama Lu and Monica at Buddy Dive Resort.

The sixth edition is now available at many stores and dive shops on Bonaire, as well as at several on-line sources.  For additional information, visit Susan’s web site by clicking here(Source:  Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 10, 2010 at 1:02pm AST
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The Bonaire Insider Welcomes Ann Johnson as Guest Editor

The Bonaire Insider is pleased to welcome Ann Johnson as a guest editor.  Ann will assist the current editors, Susan Davis and Jake Richter, with covering Bonaire tourism news for our readers. 

Ann first came to Bonaire in 1996 to vacation as a windsurfer and diver. She loved the island and returned several years on vacation before deciding to leave a challenging banking career to start a massage business on Bonaire.

She worked for many years at a major U.S. bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the Foreign Exchange Department responsible for helping companies hedge their foreign currency risk while also functioning as a regional sales manager, managing several offices across the U.S. She decided that the high stress of this job was not something she wanted to do for the rest of her life, and so she decided to study massage, which fit in well with her active lifestyle and pursuit of mind and body balance. After completing her massage program and becoming a certified massage therapist, she partnered with Bonaire Windsurf Place to open the Massage Hut at Lac Bay in 2004.

She continues to operate The Massage Hut offering massages, sea salt body scrubs and Bonaire Salt Products for retail sale at The Hut. She served on the board of the King of the Caribbean Windsurfing Competition and is an active windsurfer and biker.

Ann will be a welcome addition to the Bonaire Insider’s editorial crew, as she has significant writing experience from her time in the banking industry.  We hope you will enjoy her stories!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 10, 2010 at 9:56am AST
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Thursday, September 09, 2010

American Airlines Announces Fall Caribbean Fare Sale

For those Bonaire visitors who travel and connect through Curacao, now might be the time to plan a trip to Bonaire, as American Airlines has just announced their fall Caribbean fare sale.

Tickets must be purchased via their web site by September 16, 2010, with travel allowed through November 17, 2010.  Fares listed below are one-way, but are based on a round-trip purchase.

The Bonaire Insider pulled some sample fares that were available this morning from various U.S. gateway cities to Curacao, and found one-way fares of $345.00 from Chicago OíHare, $201.00 from New York/LaGuardia, $125.00 from Miami, $336.00 from Dallas, $366.00 from Los Angeles, $303.00 from Boston, $383.00 from Seattle, and $363.00 from St. Louis.  Fares do not include (a) a federal excise tax of $3.70 per U.S. domestic flight segment, defined as one takeoff and landing, of a passenger’s itinerary; (b) up to $18 per round trip in local airport charges; and (c) September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. For international destinations, government taxes and fees of up to $180 varying by destination, are not included.  All fares are subject to availability.  Other restrictions may apply; please click here for more details.

Bonaire-bound visitors can easily connect in Curacao to Bonaire using Insel Air, Dutch Antilles Express, Divi Divi Air, or EZ Air.  For additional information on how to contact these airlines for flight information from Curacao to Bonaire, click here(Source:  American Airlines)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 09, 2010 at 10:19am AST
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Dr. Eugenie Clark--A Recap of Her Week on Bonaire

Dr. Eugenie Clark spent a week on Bonaire in August, charming everyone who met her.  This dynamic lady, 88 years young this past May, has spent her life studying the denizens of the deep, as her specialty is sharks. 

Dr. Clark first became fascinated with the underwater world when she visited an aquarium when quite young.  Her fascination continued and she studied ichthyology (the study of fish) at school.  She was diving before it was fashionable, in fact, before the advent of SCUBA, as she was hard-hat diving as early as the 1940s.

Her true calling became apparent in the 1950s, when she began specializing in the study and research of sharks.  In fact, her research in Florida came to the attention of the U.S. Navy, which then provided grants for her to conduct further research.  Her studies on sharks were groundbreaking, and her future was ensured, as Dr. Clark became one of the leading ichthyologists in the world, and she achieved the highest level in her specialty, so much so that she became affectionately known as “The Shark Lady.”

In fact, she recently completed a 23-day around-the-(southern hemisphere)-world trip, where she attended the Sharks International Symposium in Cairns, Queensland, Australia before jetting over to South Africa to dive with and monitor sevengill sharks--the first time in her life she actually got to see them alive in their own environment.  She dove in the 53-degree-F water (11.5 Celsius) with just a wet suit--definitely a hardier woman than I!

While on Bonaire, Dr. Clark gave a number of presentations to visitors and islanders alike, graciously signed copies of her books, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award (see prior story by clicking here) given to her by the island of Bonaire in recognition and thanks for all her work on behalf of the world’s oceans and its inhabitants.  Images from her week on Bonaire are available on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

So what’s in store for the future?  This plucky lady is currently working on five new manuscripts, four of which she wishes to complete in the near future.  Shortly, she will be winging her way across the skies once again, but this time to Japan.  Although the purpose of her trip is personal, she will be sure to visit her friends (both human and finned) at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, where in the past she swam with the whale sharks who make their home there.

In conclusion, it was certainly an honor to get to know Dr. Clark, and everyone on Bonaire wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.  We hope to see her back on the island again soon.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 08, 2010 at 4:31pm AST
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All Are Welcome to Join the Underwater Cleanup on World Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 18, 2010

The next underwater cleanup will take place at Karel’s Beach Bar on Saturday, September 18, 2010, which just happens to be World Cleanup Day.  All interested participants should meet at Dive Friends @ Yellow Submarine at 1:00 PM. 

Everyone is welcome, and those not diving can also help, since shore support is always needed.  All participants are welcome to return at 5:00 PM for the eventís customary BBQ (location of BBQ will be announced at the cleanup); drinks and main courses will be provided by Dive Friends and NetTech, but participants are asked to bring a side dish to share.

Those planning on attending should advise Dive Friends Bonaire by sending an email to cleanup@dive-friends-bonaire.com or calling 717-2929 to make a reservation.

For additional information about the cleanups, click here. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, N.V.)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 08, 2010 at 1:32pm AST
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Tenth Annual Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein Bonaire Will Be Held on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

2010 will mark the tenth year that Jong Bonaire has hosted this popular fund-raising activity, the Swim to Klein Bonaire.  It seems each and every year, the crowd gets larger and larger, as swimmers make their way across the channel between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.

This year’s event will once again kick off the week of the Bonaire International Sailing Regatta, when it occurs on Sunday, October 3rd.  The swim will begin from the beach at Eden Beach Resort, and swimmers should arrive no later than 7:00 AM.  The entry fee is FL 25.00 per person (about $14.00), while kids’ tickets are FL 15.00 (about $8.40).  Tickets can be purchased in advance at Jong Bonaire, Bon Fysiotherapie, or Freewieler.  The entry fee includes an event t-shirt, lunch, and a drink.

The swim can be done with or without snorkel equipment, and hardy souls even make the swim back.  Plenty of boats are on hand to help with those who tire or need assistance, or those who want to ride in comfort back to the beach.

For those visiting Bonaire, it’s a great opportunity to mingle with the locals, who all turn out at what has become an island social event.  See you on the beach! (Source:  Jong Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 07, 2010 at 4:07pm AST
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Dutch Actress Carice van Houten On Bonaire to Film Documentary

It was recently announced by her agent that Dutch actress Carice van Houten will travel to Bonaire next week in her capacity as an ambassador for the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF, previously World Wildlife Fund) to assist with the filming of a documentary about the island.

While on Bonaire, Ms. van Houten and the film crew will be shooting images for National Geographic focusing upon the reefs, Bonaire’s turtles, and its mangroves.  She hopes to show how these special flora and fauna can be threatened by growing tourism to the island.

One of her primary reasons for making this documentary at this time is due to the new planned status change of Bonaire effective October 10, 2010 and the film will air on October 11 on Dutch television.

Ms. van Houten traveled to Rwanda last year to make a documentary about their mountain gorillas for the WWF. (Source: de Telegraaf)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 07, 2010 at 8:24am AST
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Golden Reef Inn Launches New Web Site

Golden Reef Inn has just announced that they have launched a new, renovated web site with the goal of having it be more user-friendly for their guests.

The website is full of new pictures of the Golden Reef Inn property and their accommodations.  Visitors can also view room rates, packages, as well as specials that the property is currently offering.  Via an on-line translator, the site can be viewed in many different languages, such as Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, or more.

Using the new highlighted menu bar, visitors will be able to make direct inquiries or book on-line.  The new Links page provides information that will help visitors to Bonaire learn more about the island or find other activities to plan during their vacation.

To view the new web site, click here(Source:  Golden Reef Inn)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 01, 2010 at 4:01pm AST
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