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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Carl Roessler to Receive Bonaire’s Lifetime Achievement Award

A panel of distinguished media chose Carl Roessler to become the third North American to win Bonaire’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. He will travel to Bonaire during the island’s Bonaire Lifetime Achievement Award Week, from August 20-27, 2011, a highlight week of the Bonaire Dive Into Summer Program. 

During his stay in Bonaire, Mr. Roessler will lead various seminars available to visitors and residents on oceanography and photography and will share his knowledge and experience through a variety of activities. He will be accompanied by his family and will be hosted by Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire.

Mr. Roessler is an internationally recognized and acclaimed pioneer of the dive-travel industry. He has had a long standing commitment to protect and promote Bonaire. He opened numerous international dive locations to western dive tourists. His services to dive tourism, underwater photography, and his ethical standards of developing environmentally sensitive diving, have been recognized by induction into The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, and the NOGI Award from the Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences.

With his long time friend Captain Don Stewart, Mr. Roessler was one of the earliest voices promoting sustainable diving on Bonaire. His history with Bonaire dates back to early 1969 when Mr. Roessler brought regularly scheduled group of divers, who were oriented to photography, on diving excursions to Bonaire. During those early years, he and Captain Don Stewart actively encouraged the Bonaire government to institute sustainable tourism practices. To ensure that Bonaire’s marine life remained both healthy and accessible to divers, Mr. Roessler was active in trying to get areas which had particularly good fish populations set aside for diving rather than a hunting area for fisherman.

In addition to orchestrating early dive tourism and environmentalism in Bonaire, Mr. Roessler actively promoted the beauty of Bonaire’s reefs through a variety of photo articles in Skin Diver Magazine, and brought top dive manufacturing companies to Bonaire, to make a promotional film on the wreck of the Windjammer. During his time in Bonaire, he’s logged over 100 dives on the wreck.

Mr. Roessler is now retired from the diving industry and volunteers his time to the Historical Diving Society, The International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame and The Journal of Diving History.

The Bonaire Lifetime Achievement Award honors long serving, high performance professionals whose careers have truly made a difference. It is for achievement over a period of several years rather than a single contribution and it is awarded for achievement that distinguishes the individual’s work and provides a legacy for future generations. Past recipients of the award include Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Eugenie Clark. (Source: TCB-NY)

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 30, 2011 at 10:37am AST
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Insel Air Extends Introductory Fare Between Charlotte and Curacao to Include Bonaire

Insel Air commenced flying between Curacao and Charlotte, North Carolina on June 22, 2011, with connecting service to Bonaire. To kick off this new service, Insel announced a special low introductory fare, which they have now extended to those travelers going to Bonaire. The round trip fare is $361, including all taxes and the Bonaire airport departure tax. Travel for this special fare must be booked by August 13, 2011 and travel must be completed by December 14, 2011.

The new service operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and starting Thursday July 29, 2011, there will be two connections between Bonaire and Charlotte on both Wednesdays and Saturdays. The current flight schedule has flight 7I 914 departing Charlotte at 2:55 PM, arriving in Curacao at 7:10 PM. The connecting flight to Bonaire, which is 7I 301, departs Curacao at 9:30 PM, arriving in Bonaire at 9:55 PM. From Bonaire to Charlotte, flight 7I 302 departs Bonaire at 7:55 AM, arriving in Curacao at 8:20 AM. The connecting flight to Charlotte, which is 7I 913, departs Curacao at 9:10 AM and arrives in Charlotte at 1:25 PM.

Insel Air has an interline agreement with US Airways, which means that those connecting to US Airway flights in Charlotte can get ticketed through to connect to 58 US Airway destinations without extra check-in. The special fare is available at all Insel Air sales offices, travel agents, tour operators and the Insel Air web site. (Source: TCB-NY)

Note Update June 30, 2011: We’ve just been informed that the pricing in the story above was incorrect.  The base fare for Curacao-Charlotte and Bonaire-Charlotte are common-rated.  However, there is a price difference because the airport tax from Bonaire is included if you travel from Bonaire and there is a fuel charge on the route between Bonaire and Curacao.  Therefore, the price including all taxes between Bonaire and Charlotte is $366.70.

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 28, 2011 at 2:40pm AST
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Animal Shelter Book and Flea Market Scheduled for July 2, 2011

The Animal Shelter’s book and flea market is always a popular event and a great place to pick up some books to read on the beach or browse through a variety of items, while contributing to a good cause.

This month’s market will be held on Saturday July 2, 2011 from 11 AM until 5:00 PM. Attendees will be able to purchase secondhand books for only $1.25 and also household goods, clothes, and other items at excellent prices. Drinks and snacks are available, so it’s always a great chance to browse through the books and items for sale, visit the animals and socialize.

All proceeds from the market are used to help keep the shelter open for homeless and unwanted dogs and cats. (Source: Bonaire Animal Shelter)

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 27, 2011 at 5:47pm AST
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

CIEE Announces Next Public Lecture On June 27, 2011

"Jellyfish Are Everywhere” is the title of this Monday’s CIEE lecture. Dr. Allen Collins from the Smithsonian Institute and Dr. Angel Yanagihara from the University of Hawaii, both considered top jellyfish experts in the world, will discuss why jellies have “gone wild” worldwide. 

Dr. Collins will discuss dangerous box jelly taxonomy, morphology, genetics and biodiversity. Dr. Yanagihara is an expert in the area of box jelly toxicology and envenomation, which is the process by which venom is injected by a bite or sting. She recently appeared on both the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel.

The scientists are both on Bonaire as part of the 7th Annual Jellyfish Jamboree to continue research on the swarming cubozoan Alatina, as well as study Tamoya ohboya, the newly named species, known also as the Bonaire Banded Box Jelly.

The lecture will be held at the CIEE Research Station at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26 starting at 7:00 PM and all are invited to attend. (Source: CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 25, 2011 at 9:47am AST
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Friday, June 24, 2011

American Airlines Announces Airline Sale

Those considering summer or fall travel to Bonaire may want to check out the current American Airlines sale. American Airlines flies daily between Miami and Curacao, where travelers can make connecting flights to Bonaire.

Summer airfares between select US cities are starting at $74 one way and this fare is good for travel between July 12 and November 9, 2011. Fall airfares are starting at $40 one way and travel must occur between August 23 and November 16, 2011. Tickets for both these specials must be purchased by June 23, 2011.

On the international side, airfares between the US and international destinations are starting at $161 one way. Travel for these specials must occur between September 6 and December 5, 2011 and tickets must be purchased by June 30, 2011.

To check out actual fares, visit American Airlines. (Source: American Airlines)

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 24, 2011 at 8:36am AST
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Taste of Bonaire Fundraiser To Be Held Friday June 24, 2011

The Bonaire Red Cross and a number of other businesses and non-profits are teaming up to sponsor a Taste of Bonaire and Dia di San Juan fundraiser to be held this Friday. Proceeds from the bar and donations from food vendors will be contributed to construct a new building to house Bonaire’s two new ambulances.

Taste of Bonaire is a wonderful way for visitors and locals alike to sample the foods of local restaurants and chefs, while enjoying the ambiance and culture of Bonaire. Those attending will have to opportunity to choose from local food, Surinamese, Indonesian, Chinese and continental. Taste of Bonaire is always well attended, so be sure to arrive early to try some different foods and mingle and meet with friends. The event will be held in Wilhelmina Park from 7:00 PM until late. (Source: Bonaire Red Cross)

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 22, 2011 at 11:17pm AST
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ProKids Competition Completes a Week of Exciting International Windsurfing

The ProKids windsurfiing competition finished Sunday June 19, 2011, following the PWA tournament and showcasing Bonaire’s up and coming young talent. The event ran for three days and included 14 freestyle participants and 17 slalom sailors ranging from age 6 to 20. 

The final day on Sunday saw some excellent freestyle moves from the younger windsurfers, with second elimination and finals for the kids 11 and under. The middle of the day featured a freestyle and downwind sailing race for the participants between ages 3 through 6, providing a chance to view potential future talents.

The freestyle under 11 was won by Mikki de Man, with the freestyle under 15 won by Stepherd Gustowski. In slalom under 11, Sil Frans Romeijn took first with Jurgen Saragoza winning the slalom under 15. Freestyle men was won by Dylon Robles, while women’s slalom was won by Silvienne St. Jago and slalom men won by Jaeger St. Jago.

It was an excellent opportunity to view Bonaire’s young and future talents on display, promising a continuation of Bonaire’s rich and successful windsurfing tradition. (Source: ProKids Web Site)

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 21, 2011 at 8:47am AST
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Captain Don’s Habitat Announces the Arrive of a New Boat

The “Lucky Lobster” is a new addition to the fleet of vessels which Captain Don’s Habitat operates.This new boat is a 48 foot New England lobster-style vessel, and will be introduced into service on July 1st, 2011.

The Lucky Lobster is well equipped with two air-conditioned berth compartments, and a microwave and refrigerator. The boat will be available for many activities such as sunset cruises, romantic dinner cruises, party cruises, snorkel trips all over the island and to Klein Bonaire, fishing charters, lionfish hunting trips and more.

The Lucky Lobster will also be available as a reserve dive vessel. It has a large covered aft deck area and can accommodate up to 20 divers with cameras, as the boat is being outfitted with a custom camera table enabling divers to gear up easily with cameras.

Try out the new vessel for yourself by joining the party on the evening of July 4th for a waterside seat for the fireworks! (Source: Dive News Wire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 20, 2011 at 9:44am AST
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Yacht Club Apartments Announces the Opening of a New Restaurant

Saturday June 18, 2011 will see the launching of a new bar and restaurant at Yacht Club Apartments, as was recently announced by the property.

The new bar and restaurant will be open each Tuesday through Saturday for dinner with Thursday evenings featuring authentic Indonesian fare, and with Friday evenings offering a chef’s special. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. As the restaurant is open to the public and not just those staying on the property, everyone is welcome. (Source: Yacht Club Apartments)

Posted by Ann Johnson on June 18, 2011 at 9:22am AST
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Flamingo Services Bonaire Launches New Web Site

Flamingo Services Bonaire, which offers complete wedding planning services, has recently launched a new web site.  View their new web site by clicking here.

Those who are planning to marry on Bonaire will find an excellent resource on this new web site, as Flamingo Services can offer assistance with the planning of the complete wedding package, including official paperwork, ceremonies, parties, cakes, flowers, wedding dress rentals, a variety of different accommodations, or complete packages which can be customized to the wedding party’s needs.  Lisette de Groot, owner and manager of Flamingo Services, is an experienced wedding coordinator. She’s worked within a variety of tourism sectors all over the world and is now dedicated to making every day an unforgettable day here on Bonaire!

Additionally, the company also can assist with accommodations, dive packages, or sightseeing, for the every-day visitor to Bonaire.  Having an on-island consultant to assist with vacation planning can be a great asset to those who have never been to Bonaire before.  The company also provides offer a variety of spa services, including massage or facials, and these services can be booked online by clicking here(Source:  Flamingo Services Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 17, 2011 at 2:59pm AST
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