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Monday, February 28, 2011

Spinning and Body Balance Come to Bonaire’s Bon Bida Spa and Gym

What better way to burn off the excesses of this weekend’s Karnival celebrations than to begin Monday morning with an energizing spinning class?  Bon Bida Spa and Gym is adding new dimensions to their already impressive line of fitness classes.

At 6:00 AM on Monday morning, March 7th, Bonaire’s cycling guru, Miguel Angel Brito, will kick-off the first spinning class at Bon Bida Spa & Gym.  Afterward, a full schedule of spinning classes will be available by Miguel and other instructors.  Spinning is a group class conducted on a stationary spinning bike and set to music which simulates the various challenges of bike riding, and it is a vigorous aerobic workout which burns calories and keeps your muscles in shape.  The instructor will guide participants through a series of phases, from warm-up to more challenging phases, to a period of peak effort followed by a cool down. The intensity of the workout is influenced by your pedal rate, the resistance of the bike’s flywheel, and by the rider’s body position, as you either pedal from a seated position or rise from the saddle.  Each Monday, Miguel will have a class from 6:00 to 7:00 AM and Tina Woodley will guide a class from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Tuesday’s class will be taught by Tina from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. On Wednesdays, Annemieke will lead class from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. On Fridays, there are two more choices with Tina from 9:00 to 10:00 AM or with Miguel from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Weekend classes are also offered on Saturdays with Tina and Sundays with Annemieke, both from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

And Miguel will also introduce a new class called Balance Your Body each Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.  This class is a combination of yoga, pilates, and tai chi. Participants of all levels are welcome and may choose their level of challenge from beginning to advanced.

For those who would like to participate, the classes are included in the gym’s membership price at no additional charge. For those who would just like to attend one or two classes each week without having access to the full gym facilities, that can also be arranged.  Bon Bida offers several levels of membership, including a day pass for those visitors who would like to attend.  For additional information, phone 717-7224 or email by clicking here. (Source: Bon Bida Spa & Gym)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 28, 2011 at 2:32pm AST
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Den Laman Condominiums Introduce a Grocery-Stocking Service for Their Guests

Den Laman Condominiums are now offering a grocery stocking service: breakfast foods, snack items, and beverages can be pre-ordered from a limited grocery menu.  These items will be delivered directly to the guests’ condo unit prior to their arrival. Guests can also pre-order meals for in-room delivery from the property’s restaurant, The Sunset Bar & Grill. 

To take advantage of this opportunity, be sure to inquire when confirming your reservation and to request the grocery list.  Den Laman features sixteen modern fully air-conditioned apartments in five categories including: Studio, One-Bedroom, Two-Bedroom Ocean-View, Two-Bedroom Ocean-Front, and Two-Bedroom Ocean-Front Deluxe. A full-service dive facility and photo/video store are on property.

Seven night packages with studio accommodation are $764.00 per person double occupancy including four-door, air-conditioned pick-up truck, six days of unlimited tanks for shore diving, free nitrox upgrades, and room tax. Boat dive packages are also available. Price is valid through April 15, 2011.  For additional information, to make a reservation, or request the grocery-stocking service on an already confirmed reservation, visit the Den Laman web site by clicking here, or email by clicking here.  Those calling from the U.S.A. may do so toll-free at 1-800-382-1094. (Source:  Den Laman Condominiums)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 23, 2011 at 11:01am AST
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bonaire Bids a Fond “Ayo” to The Lion’s Den Restaurant

After ten years of memorable meals, The Lion’s Den Restaurant will close; their final day of operation will be on March 31, 2011.

Kirk Gosden, owner/manager of The Lion’s Den, as well as the Sunset Bar & Grill, wishes to thank the many dining patrons who have visited over the years, making The Lion’s Den one of Bonaire’s most popular eateries.

Kirk has informed the Bonaire Insider that he will be continuing the Sunset Bar & Grill, located seaside on the premises of the Den Laman Condominiums, which is now open daily for lunch or dinner.  Many of the favorites from The Lion’s Den can now be found at Sunset Bar & Grill, as well as the familiar friendly service.  Kirk looks forward to greeting old friends and making new ones at the Sunset Bar & Grill. (Source:  The Lions Den Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 22, 2011 at 12:42pm AST
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Go Green’s Next Farmer’s Market Will Take Place This Saturday, February 26, 2011

In December, 2010, the Go Green Natural and Organic Shop began organizing monthly Farmers’ Markets, bringing together at one location all vendors who sell home-grown or home-made products from Bonaire.  This month’s Farmers’ Market will take place on Saturday, February 26, 2011.

The market will be held just behind the Go Green shop, and in front of the Catholic church in Kralendijk.  It will open at 8:00 AM and run through 2:00 PM, but it’s recommended to get there early for the best selection.  The market in January was much larger than than the initial market in December, and this market is promising to be just as fun.

Those visiting will find locally grown produce and food items, as well as plants and herbs and spices.  It’s a great way to rub elbows with the locals and spend an hour browsing the stalls.  (Source:  Go Green Natural & Organic Shop)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 21, 2011 at 10:20am AST
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

European Summer Flight Schedule Announced

For those considering summer travel plans to Bonaire from Europe, here is a summary of flight options to Bonaire for this summer.

KLM will offer the following service from March 28 through October 28, 2011. KL753 will fly from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bonaire on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The flight will depart Amsterdam at 11:25 PM and arrive in Bonaire at 4:30 AM the next morning. KL754 will fly the same days and depart Bonaire at 3:05 PM and arrive in Amsterdam at 5:05 AM the next morning. Both of these flights are operated in conjunction with KLM’s service to Ecuador.

KLM will also be operating a service to Bonaire via Sint Maarten from April 1 to August 26, 2011. KL763 will operate on Fridays and depart at 11:00 AM from Amsterdam to Sint Maarten, with continuing service to Bonaire, before returning to Amsterdam. The flight will arrive in Bonaire at 4:35 PM and depart Bonaire at 5:45 PM, arriving in Amsterdam at 9:00 AM the next morning.

All of the KLM flights operating on this summer schedule will be MD11 aircraft, which accommodate up to 285 passengers.

Arkefly has also announced a summer flight schedule to Bonaire via Curacao from March 31 until October 27, 2011, operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The routing on Tuesdays will be Amsterdam, Curacao, Bonaire, Amsterdam and Thursdays will be Amsterdam, Bonaire, Curacao, Amsterdam. There are some changes in schedule times, so those with travel plans should check with Arkefly for specifications on flights. The aircraft operating on these routes accommodate approximately 280 passengers.

Flight schedules for both airlines are subject to change, so visitors should check with their carrier for current flight schedules. (Source: Bonaire International Airport)

Posted by Ann Johnson on February 19, 2011 at 10:32am AST
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Ninth Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon to Be Held Sunday April 3, 2011

The always popular Walk-a-Thon will be held this year on Sunday April 3, 2011. It is a 30 kilometer event (18.6 miles) and follows the historical route from the slave huts to Rincon. Proceeds from the event go to the local chapter of Special Olympics.

The event starts at 5:00 AM with stops for water and snacks scheduled every five kilometers (3 miles). The final stop is at Karpata, which is being sponsored by the Bonaire Bikers Club. Food and drinks will be available at the finish line for all participants and a lunch will be served at Pasdia Karino Rincon from 9:00 AM through 12:30 PM. Participants may walk, run, bicycle or roller blade the route, and they may choose to do the entire route or just a portion. EHBO will provide a van for bikes of any participants who are unable to complete the ride.

The entry fee is $15 per person which includes an event t-shirt along with water and snacks along the route. Registration cards are available in advance at TCB, Chat ‘n Browse, Lovers Ice Cream or a Board Member of the Special Olympics.

Participants may pick up their t-shirt at City Cafe on Friday April 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 PM or Saturday April 2nd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

All are invited to join the event. More information is available by calling Arlene Engelhart at 525-8496. (Source: Special Olympics Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on February 17, 2011 at 5:10pm AST
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Bonaire Banded Box Jelly Named to the Journal for Zoolological Taxonomists (ZooTaxa)

The Bonaire banded box jelly, now named Tamoya ohboya, has been officially listed this January 2011 by ZooTaxa, a mega-journal for zoological taxonomy in the world. Scientific studies of this new species of Cubozoan jellyfish began in 2001 after additional sightings were reported on Bonaire.

The first sighting of the jelly was captured on video and showed a single, strong-swimming cuboid shaped jellyfish that had four banded tentacles, and was identified as a box jellyfish of the class Cubozoa. It was covered in nematocyst warts and had a deep stomach. The tentacle binding pattern was distinct with dark brown to reddish-orange banded tentacles, which is unusual in the class Cubozoa, indicating that a new species may have been discovered.

Since that time, 50 sightings have been recorded in the Caribbean Basin, with most sightings occurring in Bonaire, and additional sightings in St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Cozumel, Mexico and Utila, Honduras. Three specimens have been collected, with the first one being on the surface of the water off Klein Bonaire, and are currently being stored at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Furthermore, there are three recorded contacts with humans and evidence indicates that the sting is serious. The species is related to two other species; one found in Brazil and the other in the southeastern part of the United States. (Source: ZooTaxa)

Posted by Ann Johnson on February 16, 2011 at 9:27am AST
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Den Laman Condominiums Announce a 25% Off Spring Travel Sale

Den Laman Condominiums have just announced a Spring Travel Sale--travel between April 30th and June 3rd, 2011 and receive 25% off the nightly condominium rate.

Seven night packages for four divers sharing a two-bedroom/two-bathroom ocean-view apartment are now only $551.00 per person (quad occupancy) and include a four-door, air-conditioned pick-up truck, six days of unlimited tanks for shore diving, free nitrox upgrades, and room tax. Boat dive packages are also available.

Den Laman features sixteen modern fully air-conditioned apartments in five categories, including studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom ocean-view, two-bedroom ocean-front, and two-bedroom ocean-front deluxe.  Full-service dive shop and photo facility are on the property.

For additional information, to check availability, or make a reservation, visit the Den Laman web site by clicking here, email denlaman@diveres.com, or phone toll-free 1-800-382-1094.  (Source:  Den Laman Condominiums)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 15, 2011 at 2:27pm AST
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Classical Music Board Announces a Concert with Three Famous Baritones

Wednesday February 16, 2011 the Classical Music Board will present three famous Dutch baritones in concert on the beach at the Coconut Crash Beach Bar at Plaza Resort starting at 7:30 PM. 

Marco Bakker is known from his role in the musical “Cats”, Ernst Daniel Smid from his performance in “Un Voce Particolare” and Henk Poort is known for the lead role in “Phantom of the Opera.”

The baritones will be performing a variety of music including opera and operette from Italy and Austria, piecees from well known musicals, ballads from American composers, Negro spirituals accompanied on the piano by Hans Faassen, Antillean songs and jazz music including pieces from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. The Tutti Frutti choir and dance group from Bonaire will start off the program with some surprise numbers.

Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance at Addo’s Books and Toys, the Flamingo Bookstore in Kaya Grandi, the reception desk at Plaza Resort Bonaire and the Blue Mekong Restaurant for $20, and at the gate for $25. (Source: Classical Music Board)

Posted by Ann Johnson on February 14, 2011 at 9:20am AST
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bonaire International Airport Announces Extended Schedule (through July) for Planned Closures

As reported in an earlier story last week, Bonaire International Airport (Flamingo Airport) has announced that beginning today, February 13, 2011, there will be times when the airport is closed due to runway renovations.  The airport has just announced the extended schedule from March 28, 2011 through July, 2011.

To view the entire schedule of closings that have been announced to date, click here (in PDF format).  The first page provides the schedule for now through March 27, while the second page provides the schedule from March 28 through July.  For the most parts, it’s regional flights from Curacao or Aruba that are impacted, and those with flights coming in with connections from those islands should check with their airline to be sure their flights are still operating as scheduled.  Please note “LT” stands for “local time on Bonaire” while “UCT” stands for Universal Coordinated Time, the same as GMT, Greenwich Mean Time. (Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 13, 2011 at 10:19am AST
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