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Monday, June 25, 2012

Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9 Offers 25% Discount for Stays September 3 through November 10, 2012

Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9 is pleased to announce that those making a new reservation for travel September 3rd through November 10th, 2012 will receive a 25% discount off the already low rates the villa offers. 

Since the villa can accommodate up to ten persons, the 25% discount makes for an economical stay while still enjoying oceanfront vacationing on Bonaire.  Costs are as low as $43.75 per person per night (plus tourist tax and cleaning fees) for a group of six staying for a week, while a group or family of ten will enjoy a per person per night rate of only $32.25 (plus tourist tax and cleaning fees) for a weekly stay.  Oceanfront living has never been easier or more economical than during such a special.

The property completed major renovations in recent years, and those vacationing at Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9 will have the use of up to five bedrooms and five bathrooms, a large and fully equipped kitchen, a third-floor roof-top terrace, facilities for washing clothing, and a cable TV/DVD player and WIFI access. 

Located at Hamlet #9, Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9 offers the ease of diving from your own property, as the famous “Cliff” dive site is only 100 feet from the property’s beach.  Two diving facilities are within a short walk of the villa: the newly renovated Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet to the north, and Captain Don’s Habitat to the south.

Those contemplating a Bonaire vacation during this special can enjoy all watersports with comfort as normally the water temperature is at or about 83-84 degrees F.  Winds and seas are calm, so shore entries are easy, and of course, there’s always the Bonaire International Sailing Regatta to enjoy in October.  When making a reservation, please reference “September-November Savings” to receive your 25% discount from the normal rates.  All reservations must be booked and deposited no later than August 31st, 2012; new reservations are subject to availability.

Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9 is one of Bonaire’s premier oceanfront properties offering villa-style vacationing.  It offers affordable accommodations for any Bonaire visitor, but especially caters to those coming to the island to dive.  For additional information or to check availability, visit their web site at www.bonaireoceanfrontvilla.com, or e-mail: info@bonairecoeanfrontvilla.com. (Source:  Bonaire Oceanfront Villa)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 25, 2012 at 10:27am AST
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bonaire’s 20th Annual Dia di Arte (Art Day) Will Take Place on Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Join in the fun from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Sunday, July 8th, for the island’s 20th annual Dia di Arte in Wilhelmina Park. 

This popular annual event provides a great opportunity to meet and get to know many of Bonaire’s local artists, musicians, and writers, along with even some international stars.  After the official opening, there will be an exhibition of local dancing and also painting activities for the children.

Live bands will be playing all day long, and if you hear your favorites, CDs are available for purchase.  There’s paintings and handicrafts by many of the island’s local artists as well. 

And one can’t live on art alone, so plan to enjoy the delicious krioyo dishes featuring seafood, home-made lemon and tamarind juices, fruit punch, chocolate, candy, and cakes.  A well stocked bar will keep you cool and refreshed all day.  So come and mingle with the locals for the day--become an honorary “Bonairean!” (Source:  Fundashon pa Arte i Kultura Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 21, 2012 at 11:28am AST
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wings of Support Dinner Concert to Assist Jong Bonaire This Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

As a fund-raising event to assist Bonaire’s youth association, Jong Bonaire, there will be a dinner concert this Saturday, June 23rd, 2012.  Pianist Michiel Borstlap with perform, along with vocalist Maruja Bogaard, while all attendees enjoy a gourmet dinner at its best.  Michiel and Maruja will be accompanied by Antillean musicians, and they will be playing a mix of ballads, jazz, and Latin music.

Michiel Borstlap is an internationally known jazz pianist. He has played with the greatest musicians within the jazz scene. His love for children and aviation made him an ideal candidate as Ambassador for Wings of Support. He regularly travels with crew to visit projects where he actively participates in musical work shops with the children and gives concerts for Wings of Support so they can help even more children!

The Antillean musicians are from Curacao and Bonaire. Maruja Bogaard has a fantastic voice and has performed before with Michiel. She will be singing while Gabriel Mercera from Bonaire will be keeping the beats on drums. Hershel Rosario who is going to perform at the Curacao North Sea Jazz this year is the bassist of this quartet. A wide selection of music will be played.

Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the evening will start at 6:30 PM and the event will be held at the Tipsy Seagull at Plaza Resort Bonaire.  Tickets are $95.00 per person, which includes an exquisite four-course dinner, beverages including wine and beer, and a $25 donation to Wings of Support for Jong Bonaire.  To make a reservation, contact Mr. Aart Dil at telephone 796-4931. (Source:  Jong Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 20, 2012 at 11:12am AST
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Dive Friends Bonaire and RBC Blue Water Project Clean Above and Below the Water at Te Amo Beach

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, volunteers gathered at Dive Friends Bonaire’s Port Bonaire location to participate in a special Blue Water Project clean up dive and beach cleanup.  The RBC Blue Water Project is an innovative, wide-ranging, 10-year, global commitment to help protect the world’s most precious natural resource--water.  RBC Royal Bank has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability and has chosen to focus on water because they believe that access to water will be one of the most significant environmental and economic issues facing the world in the coming decades.

Asko Zuidam of Dive Friends Bonaire addressed the group of 62 divers and explained what trash should be recovered and what should be left behind, as well as how to keep from damaging any marine life. Shortly afterward, the divers entered the water and began to fill their bags with trash. While waiting for the divers to return, volunteers patrolled the beach to remove rubbish such as plastic, cigarette butts, and bottles.  After the divers returned to the beach with their collected items, Dive Friends crew and volunteers checked once again to be sure no marine creatures had been inadvertently included.  Then they counted and tallied the trash for Project AWARE Dive Against Debris statistics, and then they disposed of everything responsibly.

Te Amo beach is a very popular location, enjoyed by tourists and locals alike.  It was chosen for the cleanup because the pier and jetty at the mouth of the marina collect a large amount of fishing line.  Discarded fishing line is a deadly hazard to marine life, particularly turtles.  This clean up netted 170 pieces of fishing line, which is more than any Dive Friends Bonaire clean up dive this year.  Other items collected include:  76 glass bottles, 67 plastic utensils, 34 caps and lids, various electronics, building materials, unidentifiable pieces of plastic, and much more.

After the dive, all volunteers and their families were welcomed back for a Pot Luck BBQ—Dive Friends Bonaire and RBC Royal Bank, the sponsors of the Blue Water cleanup, provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side dishes.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2012. Additional information about the cleanup is available at: http://www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/clean_up_dives.html.  All are welcome to join in.  (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 18, 2012 at 4:09pm AST
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Join in for Bonaire’s Next Underwater Cleanup This Saturday, June 16th, 2012

Dive Friends Bonaire and RBC Royal Bank’s Blue Water Project are hosting a beach and underwater cleanup dive at Te Amo Beach on Saturday, June 16th , 2012.  The underwater cleanups have become very popular activities, with over 100 participants joining in together on each event to keep Bonaire beautiful.

Everyone is welcome to participate--divers, snorkelers, beach cleaners, and those who wish to lend a hand with shore support. Anyone interested in participating should check in at Dive Friends @ Port Bonaire at 10:00 AM. All participants are welcome to return at 6:00 PM for the event’s customary BBQ at Dive Friends @ Yellow Submarine; drinks and main courses will be provided by Dive Friends and RBC Royal Bank, but participants are asked to bring a side dish to share. Those planning on attending should advise Dive Friends Bonaire by calling 717-2929 to make a reservation. For additional information about the cleanups, click here. (Source: Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 13, 2012 at 2:10pm AST
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations Offers ABK Bonaire Summer Windsurf Camp

Andy Brandt, the windsurf guru, will return to Bonaire this summer to conduct a one-week camp between August 20th and 24th, 2012, which will also focus upon freestyle.  Andy’s team of instructors will help all participants reach the next level and beyond.

The five-day camp commences Monday morning and will end Friday in the later afternoon. There is land and on-the-water instruction, as well as video formats and viewing.  For more information or to book this windsurf camp and vacation, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com. Nanny services also are available for clients of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation.  A special kids’ camp runs the same dates, so it’s easy to make this a family week of sailing fun. Special discounted package prices apply for this week.  (Source:  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 12, 2012 at 1:52pm AST
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Posada Para Mira Presents a San Juan Creole Buffet and Traditional Fire Jumping

On Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 from 7:00 until 10:00 PM, Posada Para Mira will present a San Juan Day’s Creole Buffet, local music, and the traditional San Juan fire jumping.

The menu will consist of stewed goat, fish fillet with creole sauce, or chicken, with rice/tutu, fried plantain, fried funchi, pumpkin, fresh salad, and repa maishi chiki (a local bread).  Music will be supplied by Pika Krioyo and there will be the traditional San Juan Fire Jumping.  The price for the dinner and events is $22.00 per person.  This will be a great opportunity for visitors on the island to get images of the culturally traditional fire jumping!  (Source:  Posada Para Mira)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 11, 2012 at 1:21pm AST
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Friday, June 08, 2012

8th Annual Bonaire Jellyfish Jamboree Will Run from June 9 to July 9, 2012

Once again this summer, scientists and “citizen” scientists are welcome to participate in the research about the jellies of Bonaire. Science is at its best when folks’ curiosity gets the best of them. Finding interesting things in nature, particularly nature underwater, is high on the to-do list for those on Bonaire. So join in the fun and science. 

You can do so by keeping your eyes peeled for gelatinous lifeforms during the Jelly Jam and report them to the hosts, Johan van Blerk and Bud Gillan. Make careful observations, take photos, videos, graphics, and take good notes for the record. Several species of jellies, particularly box jellies (cubozoans) are being studied this month.

Between June 12-14, the jelly Alatina swarms in sometimes large numbers offshore after a reproductive event and they head for shore. We will watch the amazing Alatina jellies that are doing this worldwide at the same time. Similar to other cnidarians, their coral cousins, that also do this “speed-dating” that is tied to lunar cycles. These jellies may be observed from the shore or docks or join us (June 12) at Karel’s for dinner and drinks with the jellies. We will host an informal science cafe to discuss the event. Alatina’s more famous relative, Tamoya ohboya, or its common name, Bonaire Banded Box Jelly, voted 2012 Top Ten New Species two weeks ago by the IISE, also will be one of the key species being researched.

The Jellyfish Jamboree is an informal science study to educate, research, and communicate findings about jellies. Worldwide jellies are becoming increasingly more important to understand as they have “gone wild” in huge populations. It is important to remember that Bonaire is blessed with some the safest and clearest waters, and great bio-diversity to go with it. Collection without the proper government approved permits is prohibited. Over the years absolutely wonderful information, photos, videos, graphics, and data collected by all sorts of people, and have contributed in a significant way to this scientific endeavor.  This is a great opportunity for visitors lucky enough to be on Bonaire during the next month to turn keen observations into science and add your name to the list of jelly researchers. Jellyfish Jamboree is free and completely voluntary.  (Source:  Bud Gillan)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 08, 2012 at 5:05pm AST
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Antillean Wine Company Launches Next Season of Monthly Wine-Tasting Events

After a short hiatus, Antillean Wine Company has announced they are scheduling their popular monthly wine-tasting events, and the first event will be tomorrow night, Saturday, June 9th, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

This will be a particularly fun event, as the evening will be filled with the tasting of a variety of sparkling wines.  Snacks will be served, as well.  Come and enjoy an evening out, bring a friend, meet up with old friends, or make some new friends!  The tasting event will be held at their retail location at Kaya Industria #23.  Entry fee is $10.00 per person.

Keep up with Antillean Wine Company’s events by following them on Facebook(Source:  Antillean Wine Company)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 08, 2012 at 11:59am AST
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Thursday, June 07, 2012

CIEE Presents Next Public Lecture on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Rene van de Zande, from the University of Utrecht in Holland (Department of Environmental Biology/Biomarine Sciences) will present the next CIEE public lecture on “Coral-algae Phase Shifts: Insights in the Mechanisms Leading to Coral Decline and Algal Domination.”

Over the last 25 years, coral reefs worldwide have been declining with remarkable speed. Simultaneous with coral reef degradation, a rapid increase in benthic algae is often observed. This is known as the coral-algae phase shift. Despite the fact that the Bonaire Marine Park is the oldest marine park in the Caribbean and often used as an example of thorough reef management, the reefs around Bonaire have been experiencing a similar phase shift in recent years.

This has raised the question of what processes are responsible for the changes we observe on Bonaire and other parts of the world, and on what scale do these processes work. It is only recently that people are beginning to understand the functioning of coral reefs as an ecosystem, and the complex interactions within this ecosystem. The aim of this presentation is to discuss the factors that drive coral reef decline towards a state of algal domination.

The lecture will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the CIEE Research Station located at Kaya Gobernador #26.  Entry is free, and everyone is invited.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 07, 2012 at 3:52pm AST
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