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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Long-term Visitors to Bonaire Can Enjoy a New Activity--Learn to Dance Salsa While Visiting

For those snowbirds who come and spend several months of the winter on Bonaire, there’s a new activity which is sure to be enjoyed--salsa lessons!  Starting in January, popular salsa instructors Marjorie and Roy will be conducting both beginning and advanced lessons in salsa.

Starting on January 10 and 11, beginners classes will be held on both Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, while an advanced class will be taught on Monday evenings at 8:00 PM.  Each class lasts about an hour for each of eight weeks.  It’s not necessary to have a partner, but of course, it’s always great to share the fun with someone you know!

Marjorie and Roy have been teaching salsa on the island for some time now, and they have become adept at getting anyone in their classes to enjoy dancing salsa.  The course costs $80.00 per person for all eight lessons and will be conducted in the group classroom at Bon Bida Spa & Gym, across from the Sand Dollar resort.  For additional information, call the instructors at 717-5135, or cellular 785-0783 or 786-0378.  (Source:  Bon Fysio & Bon Bida Spa & Gym)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 30, 2010 at 4:00pm AST
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Enjoy On-Site Massages from the Massage Hut Bonaire

What better way to thoroughly enjoy a relaxing massage than to have it at your own vacation property?  That’s why, effective immediately, the Massage Hut at Bonaire Windsurf Place is offering on-site massage services.

To take advantage of this luxury, simply contact the Massage Hut and request a message.  Let them know you would like your massage to be at your vacation condo, apartment, or home, and let them know where you are staying.  The massage therapist will be there at the designated time, and you won’t have to worry about driving to Lac Bay and back again.

A variety of massages are available, and there is a $20.00 surcharge for the visit to your property.  If there are multiple visitors in your family or group who would like massages, the surcharge can be defrayed over multiple persons. 

For more information or to make an appointment, call 780-0393, visit the Massage Hut’s web site by clicking here, or email info@massagehutbonaire.com(Source: Massage Hut Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 29, 2010 at 11:59am AST
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bon Fysio and Bon Bida Spa and Gym to Hold Open House This Sunday, November 29th, 2010

As reported earlier in the Bonaire Insider, two of the most popular exercise facilities on Bonaire have teamed up to provide an impressive facility offering the finest care in physical or manual therapy, as well as a state-of-the-art workout gym and full massage therapies.  Bon Fysio (now at its new location across from the Sand Dollar Resort at Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #74) and Bon Bida Spa and Gym will host an open house on Sunday, November 28th, so that anyone with an interest may preview the facilities. 

Continuing with the philosophy of providing professional but friendly service, the new merged facility will be open to the public this Sunday from 2:00 PM through 5:00 PM, so that anyone with an interest can see the fully air-conditioned training room, which always has a trained fitness instructor to assist or supervise.  During this time, the group classroom will host several demonstrations, shows, and free trial salsa lessons will be available.  The clean and spacious changing rooms, with toilets and showers, as well as the therapy rooms, will be open for inspection.

This is a great opportunity to meet the therapists and instructors to discuss your personal therapy or training needs.  The entire facility is wheelchair accessible.  Snacks and drinks (including healthy smoothies from Go Green) will be available and a large bouncy castle will keep the kids entranced.  Those who wish to sign up can enjoy discounts on this day only.

For additional information, call 717-7030. (Source:  Bon Fysio and Bon Bida Spa & Gym)

Note Update November 24, 2010:  Please accept our apologies, the date for the open house is Sunday, November 28th, 2010.

Posted by Susan Davis on November 24, 2010 at 10:12am AST
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Monday, November 22, 2010

CIEE Bonaire Announces Next Public Lectures

CIEE students will present their independent research projects on Tuesday November 23 and Wednesday November 24, 2010.

Presentations will be given by 16 different students and will cover a wide variety of topics. Many of the presentations will center around Lac Bay and will examine topics ranging from various fish interactions, mangrove fitness, sea grass and wave energy, to issues surrounding Queen Conch. Other topics study coral issues, reef fish and upside-down jellyfish.

The presentations will take place at 7:00 PM both evenings at the CIEE Research Station located at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26. Everyone is invited and admission is free. (Source: CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on November 22, 2010 at 11:31pm AST
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Dining

Next Thursday, November 25, 2010 is the day the US celebrates Thanksgiving. For those of you searching for Thanksgiving fare on Bonaire, Cactus Blue will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu.

Cactus Blue’s menu combines traditional Thanksgiving favorites of turkey, pumpkin and sweet potatoes with a flavorful Caribbean twist. Choose from pumpkin and plantain fritters served with a guava dipping sauce, lobster and pumpkin bisque, jerk roasted turkey served with corn bread stuffing, sweet potato and fresh crispy vegetables, char gilled pork tenderloin basted in honey and rum and served with sweet potato and fresh crispy vegetables and finish with Caribbean pumpkin pie. The menu for the day includes some additional delicious seafood and dessert treats. To view the full menu, click here.

The price is $35 or FL 62.65 and reservations are recommended. Cactus Blue is open from 5:30 PM until 10 PM. Happy Thanksgiving! (Source: Cactus Blue)

Posted by Ann Johnson on November 18, 2010 at 10:28am AST
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lionfish Update From CIEE

CIEE is leading the effort to conduct research on lionfish captured in the waters of Bonaire. They have now received 596 lionfish, which were brought for study and research, and have released a summary of results of the data analyzed to date.

It appears that the lionfish diet changes with growth. Younger lionfish eat more shrimp and crustaceans and as they grow they eat less of these and begin eating more fish. CIEE needs more large lionfish for their studies to better understand the effect of large lionfish on the reef fish of Bonaire. The fish brought in to date range from 2.1 cm (0.8 inches) to 58.8 cm (23.1 inches). While the majority of fish brought to CIEE fall in the small to medium size, fish of all sizes will continue to be accepted.

Divers are encouraged to continue helping in the lionfish research effort. The research team needs corks and glass jars of any size with lids. Drop offs may be done at the CIEE Research Station between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM to the person in the lab. The lab is also open most evenings between 8 and 10 PM. To drop off a fish, stop by during these times or call 786-7394 to arrange a drop off. (Source: CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on November 16, 2010 at 9:32am AST
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Follow The Bonaire Insider on Facebook and Twitter

Starting now, the Bonaire Insider can be followed on both Facebook and Twitter. Facebook is an excellent way to view your favorite stories and participate and/or follow discussions about tourism topics about Bonaire, while Twitter delivers a quick synopsis of Bonaire Insider news with a link to the full story. 

To begin following Bonaire Insider on Facebook, simply click on the “Follow Us” button on the left of your screen when you are on the main page of the web site at www.bonaireinsider.com. When you click this link, you will be taken to the Facebook fan page for Bonaire Insider. To become a fan, simply click on the “like” button on the Facebook page or become a fan directly from Bonaire Insider, by scrolling down to the section on the right that says “Find us on Facebook” and click on the “like” button. Once a fan, any postings from Bonaire Insider will appear in your Newsfeed. To visit Bonaire Insider’s fan page, click here.

To begin following Bonaire Insider on Twitter, again, simply click on the “Follow Us” button on the left of your screen from the main page of The Bonaire Insider. When you click this link, you will be taken to the Twitter page for Bonaire Insider, which is called BonaireNews. Choose the option from this page to “follow” Bonaire Insider on Twitter on either your phone or your computer. To go to the BonaireNews page on Twitter, click here.

Furthermore, each Bonaire Insider post has social media tagging buttons at the bottom, providing options to do things like share stories, add to your favorites, print, email, Tweet, share to other social media, and indicate to Facebook that you “like” a story. Be sure to check out all these options so that you can take full advantage of the Insider’s social media and be kept up to date on what’s happening on Bonaire!

Posted by Susan Davis on November 12, 2010 at 1:15pm AST
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dixie Greenwood, Frequent Bonaire Diver, Shoots Winning Image for 2011 PADI Diving Society Cards

Dixie Greenwood, a frequent Bonaire diver and a PADI Master Instructor, recently had an image of hers, taken in Bonaire, chosen for the 2011 PADI Diving Society cards.  More than 3300 PADI instructors, divers, and Facebook fans voted for her winning image of a white-spotted eagle ray.

The winning image was taken at the southern leeward dive site called Invisibles, in about 15 feet/5 meters of water in May of this year.  Dixie used a Nikon D70s digital SLR camera, a Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens, SUBAL housing, and Sea&Sea YS-110 strobe.  Eagle rays can be sighted at the southern dive sites, but usually very early in the morning, and this dive was no exception.  Dixie entered the water about 7:00 AM, specifically trying to catch sight of one, and was still getting accustomed to her new fisheye lens. 

When she entered the water, she was ecstatic that two eagle rays were already hunting in the shallows, but the rays circled away from Dixie and her dive buddy.  So they immediately stopped and positioned themselves in the sand to observe the rays, when the larger ray suddenly turned and headed directly toward them, hunting in the sand as he swam.  Moving slowly, Dixie was able to shoot her winning image, along with a few more, from about three feet/one meter in front of the ray, before he turned and swam away.

Dixie is soon on her way back to Bonaire for two more weeks of diving and underwater photography, and we hope that she is just as successful with getting new images as she was in May.  Congratulations, Dixie!

To learn more about Dixie, click here(Source:  PADI, image courtesy of Dixie Greenwood)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 11, 2010 at 2:07pm AST
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Woodwind Bonaire Launches New Web Site

Woodwind Bonaire, always a favorite provider of snorkel/sailing excursions, has just launched a newly renovated web site.  This new site provides detailed information about the excursions they offer to both stay-over visitors, as well as those arriving on cruise ships. 

Woodwind offers a variety of snorkel and sailing excursions throughout the week, including four- or five-hour day snorkel excursions, night snorkels, or sunset snorkels.  Dee Pedersen is a noted guide and naturalist, who is well known for her turtle sightings.  Seeing 20+ turtles in a day during nesting season is sometimes commonplace!  Even divers benefit from partaking in one of the Woodwind’s snorkel excursions, as Dee can spot many marine animals which might otherwise be overlooked.

To learn more about the Woodwind or the type of excursions it offers, click here to view their new web site.  You may also follow Woodwind on Facebook by clicking here(Source:  Woodwind Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 10, 2010 at 11:58am AST
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Kaminda di Arte (Bonaire Art Tour) To Begin Soon

November 21, 2010 will mark the beginning of the Kaminda de Arte. Artists participating in the tour have committed to open their studios, galleries or homes to the public every third Sunday of the month from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

An opening ceremony to announce the tour will be held Sunday November 14, 2010 with Lieutenant Governor Glenn Thode. Each of the participating artists will display a small exhibit of their work and music, snacks and drinks will be provided. The ceremony will be held at Mangazina di Rei in Rincon from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

Nineteen artists from Bonaire will be participating in the tour, which will be held on November 21 and December 19 in 2010, and January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15 and June 19 in 2011. A map featuring the location of each artist is currently being produced and will be available by clicking here. The tour provides visitors and locals alike with a great opportunity to view the works of Bonaire’s local talented artists. (Source: BonaireArt)

Posted by Ann Johnson on November 09, 2010 at 10:48am AST
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