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Friday, April 29, 2011

Dia di Rincon (Rincon Day) to be Celebrated Tomorrow

April 30, 2011 will be the 22nd celebration of the Dia di Rincon, a day of Bonairean culture, music and food. April 30 is a legal holiday in the Dutch Kingdom as the celebration of the Queen’s Birthday and is also the celebration in Bonaire of Rincon Day.

The event starts around 11:00 AM and usually goes until around midnight, providing residents and visitors a chance to take in the various types of Bonairean music and dancing on variouse stages, foods, crafts and fun. The Simadon parade, a celebration of the harvest, will begin in the later afternoon, around 5:00 PM.

This year’s celebration will also include the one year anniversary of Posada Para Mira, which is just above Rincon overlooking the city. The celebration will start today at 11:00 AM with local food and drinks and featuring music by Grupo Eso and DJ Fe at 8:00 PM. and continue on Saturday starting at 5:00 PM, providing a cool and refreshing view of Rincon and music by Grupo Pachanga and Takla from Aruba. (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 29, 2011 at 11:37am AST
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Insel Air Announces Introductory Special for Flights between Curacao and Charlotte, North Carolina

Starting June 22, 2011, Insel Air will fly twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays between Curacao and Charlotte, North Carolina, offering connection opportunities to approximately 650 flights per day with their partner US Airways. Insel Air will offer a special introduction price of $337 on the flight, which will apply to all flights booked by June 22, 2011. The special introductory price of $337 is a round trip fare, but does not include Curacao airport tax. 

As discussed in a previous story, the flight will depart Charlotte every Wednesday and Saturday at 2:25 PM, arriving in Curacao at 6:40 PM and depart Curacao every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:10 AM, arriving in Charlotte at 1:25 PM. The interline agreement with US Airways also includes a ticketing agreement which means US Airways travelers can get ticketed through on Insel Air and Insel Air travelers can get ticketed through on US Airways, to connect to 58 US Airway destinations without extra check-in, within 2.5 hours after arriving in Charlotte. The new route will also have good connections from Curacao to Bonaire and Valencia, Venezuela.

In addition to the introductory special price, Insel Air will start a Facebook competition, giving away free tickets for the Curacao-Charlotte flight to its fans. To visit their Facebook page, click here. The special fare is available at all Insel Air sales offices and through travel agents and tour operators. Stay tuned to the Insel Air web site where you will soon be able to book online. (Source: Insel Air)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 28, 2011 at 4:45pm AST
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Health & Fitness Center Bonaires Attains ISO 9001Certification

Health & Fitness Center Bonaire, also known as HFC Bonaire has officially received ISO 9001 certification. ISO 9001 is the highest level of certification in the field of fitness and health in the US and Europe, and HFC Bonaire is the first in the Caribbean to attain this status.

To receive ISO 9001 certification, a center is tested on procedures, organization and policy, staff, customer friendliness, fitness, group exercise classes and total services offered.

HFC Bonaire offers classes for both visitors and locals alike in Stability Ball, Yoga, Spinning, Kickboxing for adults and children, Boxing, Step Advanced, Step Basic, Mixed Martial Arts, and the Les Mills classes of BodyShape, BodyPump, BodyCombat and BodyBalance. HFC is also the official Nike distributor on Bonaire. (Source: HFC Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 27, 2011 at 7:19am AST
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Monday, April 25, 2011

Insel Air to Operate New Jet Service Between Curacao and Charlotte (North Carolina, USA)

Insel Air will be operating a twice weekly new nonstop jet service, effective June 22, 2011, between Curacao and Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with further connection options to Bonaire. The new service will be in cooperation with US Airways, offering connections to other US cities, and additional travel options to Bonaire, especially from the East Coast of the US. 

Insel Air has acquired a fifth McDonnell Douglas MD 80 enabling them to provide this new service. Insel Air flight 914 flies southbound from Charlotte on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:25 PM and arrives in Curacao at 6:40 PM and flight 913 flies northbound from Curacao also on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:10 AM, arriving in Charlotte at 1:25 PM.

The Curacao-Charlotte flights are not yet listed on the Insel Air web site, but can be found on Travelocity and Expedia or by contacting Insel Air directly. Travelers should check with Insel Air for connecting options to Bonaire, taking into consideration the current runway renovation project, which is scheduled through July 2011, as mentioned in a previous story. Travelers may check with US Airways by clicking here for connecting options within the US.

Stay tuned to the Insel Air web site as more information becomes available. Visit Insel Air’s web site by clicking here. (Source: Insel Air)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 25, 2011 at 11:04am AST
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bonaire Mega FM Radio Station Announces Grammy Winning Artist Natalia Jimenez To Perform on Bonaire

Natalia Jimenez, the winner of multiple Grammy Awards, will be performing at Plaza Resort Bonaire with her popular Spanish pop band La Quinta Estacion on Friday June 10, 2011 for a one time performance.

Natalia Jimenez is the lead singer of the rock band La Quinta Estacion, which in the last few years has had several major hits, making it to the top 10 of the Latin Billboard Top 40 eight times. The band received Grammy Awards for the best Latin pop album of the year for their most recent album Sin Frenos in 2010 and for their most popular album El Mundo Se Equivoca, released in 2007.

Ms. Jimenez has recorded two songs which have become number one hits on the Latin billboard, including Recuerdame performed with Marc Anthony and Lo Mejor de Mi Vida, performed with Ricky Martin. Furthermore, she is working on her first solo CD, which is scheduled to be released this summer, which includes a mix of both English and Spanish songs. The first single from the CD which is called Por Ser Tu Mujer was released this week and is already receiving play on the radio. Both Gloria and Emilio Estefan are involved in the making of the new CD.

The concert will be held at the tennis courts at Plaza Resort Bonaire. Major sponsors include Telbo/MiTV, Sun Rentals, Galanz Air Conditioners and the Pastechi House. Local television stations BoTV and TV11 will run specials in the next weeks featuring Natalia Jimenez and La Quinta Estacion. For information on ticket sales or VIP tables, which go on sale next week, click here, or call 701-7594. (Source: Bonaire Mega Hit FM)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 21, 2011 at 9:17am AST
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Over 100 Volunteers Contribute to the Third Consecutive Record-Setting Underwater Cleanup of Bonaire

Over 100 volunteers, made up of visitors and island residents alike, combined their efforts on Saturday, April 9, 2011 in the third consecutive record-setting underwater cleanup of Kralendijk Bay in the area of It Rains Fishes Restaurant.  Their efforts proved that one individual can make a difference, when working together with others for a common good.  Images from this cleanup are available on-line at the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech N.V. are the event sponsors for these quarterly underwater cleanups, as they have been since 1998, but many others assisted to make the event a success.  After registration was complete, a complete briefing was given, providing an explanation of how to recover the trash, as well as what should be recovered and what should be left behind, as it is always of utmost importance that all participants refrain from harming any marine organisms. 

With volunteers on shore ready to check, sort, and count the trash, the divers and snorkelers entered the water and began their search for debris and trash.  With their bags bursting at the seams, those in the water reported back to the shore team, where the trash was processed and then disposed of properly in a large bin which Bonaire’s waste management company, Selibon, had donated for the day. 

The dock area that was scoured in this cleanup is popular with visiting yachts and others using the shallow water area for transport to shore, and, due to this, it can accumulate more trash than other areas of the reef, as trash can be easily blown over the side of vessels.  The following was removed during this cleanup of Kralendijk Bay:

491 Beverage Bottles (glass)
172 Cups, Plates Forks, Knives, Spoons
112 Building Materials
88 Beverage Cans
24 Fishing Lines
17 Beverage Bottles (plastic)
16 Food Wrappers/Containers
15 Ropes
11 Appliances
9 Clothing, Shoes
9 Strapping Bands
8 Fishing Nets
8 Plastic Sheeting/Tarps
7 Straws, Stirrers
6 Bleach/Cleaner Bottles
5 Plastic bags
3 Caps or Lids
3 Bait Containers/packaging
3 Oil/Lube Bottles
3 Tires
2 Fishing Lures/Lights Sticks
2 Cars/Car Parts
1 Paper bags
1 Pull Tabs
1 6-pack Holders
1 Toys
1 Crates
1 Light Bulbs/Tubes
1 Batteries
1 Floor mat for a car

In the later afternoon, all participants and their families and friends were welcomed back for a Pot Luck BBQ, with food and beverages hosted by Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech and where quite a party ensued.  Before enjoying a great dinner, all participants were eligible for a variety of raffle prizes, consisting of t-shirts and caps and dive accessories. Volunteers were also given special dive log pages for their personal logs.

Live video of the event can be viewed by clicking here.  Thanks go to the day sponsors:  Bonaire National Marine Park, Deep Blue, Dive Shades, It Rains Fishes Restaurant, Mondrian, Obersi Group, Ouray Sportswear, Reef, Selibon, and the Water Taxi Kontika di Amor.

The next quarterly underwater cleanup is scheduled for Sunday, July 10th, 2011.  Registration begins at 9:30 AM at Dive Friends @ Yellow Submarine, with the cleanup at the Town Pier beginning at 10:00 AM.  Those interested in participating should make a reservation by e-mailing cleanups@dive-friends-bonaire.com.  Additional information about the cleanups is available by clicking here.  All are welcome to join in.  (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire and NetTech, N.V.)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 20, 2011 at 11:01am AST
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Next Farmer’s Market and Simadan Festival to Be Held this Saturday April 23, 2011

This Saturday will be the April Farmer’s Market hosted by LVV, SKAL, Go Green and Kriabon, in conjunction with the annual harvest festival Simadan. It’s a great chance for visitors and locals to try local produce and enjoy the local culture of the Simadan celebration. It will be held in a new location at Kriabon, on Kaminda Jatu Bako #55 to provide more space.

The Farmer’s Market will be held from 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Produce for sale includes watermelon, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and other fruits and vegetables. Plants will also be available for sale, along with local food, home remedies and sweets.

The highlight of the day will be the Simadan celebration, which is the traditional harvest festival, held from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The Simadan parade will start at 4:00 PM in the Sentro Bario of Nikiboko and will proceed along a route to Kaya Pos di Amor, Kaya Nikiboko Nort, to Kaminda Jatu Bako, ending at Kriabon, where entertainment will be provided by the musical group Eso.

All are invited to attend. Call 717-4587 for any questions. (Source: Go Green Natural and Organic Shop)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 19, 2011 at 10:32am AST
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Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunset Bar and Grill Announces Special Easter Menu

Easter will be celebrated this coming Sunday April 24, 2011. Sunset Bar and Grill will be open and has announced a special menu for the day, in addition to their regular menu, which will also be available that day.

The special menu offers a variety of different selections, with many choices on offer. Traditional English fish and chips will be served with tartar and malt vinegar. Fresh Spanish Sardines are available sauteed in olive oil and lemon with a tasty green salad. Classic baked ham will be served glazed with Bourbon, orange and brown sugar, accompanied by pecan rice and wok veggies. Deviled eggs filled with Dutch shrimp and black caviar are also available. Diners may also choose the braised New Zealand lamb shank with whipped potatoes and fine green beans. Finish a delightful meal with Easter bunny carrot cupcakes topped with a lemon vanilla bean fresh cream.

Sunset Bar and Grill will be open from 11:30 AM until 10:00 PM on Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. To make a reservation call 788-2698. (Source: Sunset Bar and Grill)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 18, 2011 at 10:30am AST
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

CIEE Announces the Next Public Presentation on April 23rd, 2011

"Chemical Ecology of Caribbean Sponges” is the title of a public presentation to be held Saturday April 23, at CIEE. The topic will be presented by Joseph R. Pawlik, a marine biologist at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

The presentation will focus on a testing of the hypothesis that reefs that are well protected from fishing will have greater populations of sponge-eating fishes, and higher populations of chemically defended sponge species in the sponge community, than reefs that are overfished. The endeavor is being conducted by Mr. Pawlik and three others, who are testing the hypothesis by doing surveys of sponge, coral and fish diversity and abundance on overfished and protected reefs in the Caribbean. To read more about the work, click here.

The presentation will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the CIEE Research Station at Kaya Gobernador. N. Debrot #26. All are invited to attend and admission is free. (Source: CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 14, 2011 at 11:26am AST
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Continental Airlines Announces Revised Schedule to Bonaire from Houston (Texas, USA)

Continental Airlines has announced the latest flight schedule for second and third quarters of 2011, between Houston Texas and Bonaire, to reflect seasonal demands. 

Currently, the service operates southbound to Bonaire twice a week on Fridays and Saturdays, returning northbound to Houston on Saturdays and Sundays. This service will continue through April 2011.

For the month of May, the service will drop to once a week, flying southbound to Bonaire on Fridays, and northbound to Houston on Saturdays.

During the months of June and July, the service will be offered again twice a week, flying southbound to Bonaire on Fridays and Saturdays and returning northbound to Houston on Saturdays and Sundays.

In August and September, the flight will on be operated once a week, flying southbound to Bonaire on Fridays and returning northbound to Houston on Saturdays. (Source: TCB-NY)

Posted by Ann Johnson on April 10, 2011 at 12:02pm AST
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