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Friday, August 31, 2012

12th Annual Jong Bonaire Swim To Klein Bonaire Scheduled for October 7, 2012

Once again, Jong Bonaire is organizing the ever growing, ever popular, Swim to Klein Bonaire, which this year will be held on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 to once again kick-off Regatta Week.

This sport and social event brings together families and individuals of all ages, with tourists swimming next to local residents, all to support the children of Jong Bonaire.  Last year, more than 350 people swam to Klein Bonaire and most of them swam back as well.  It’s hoped that the 2012 event will once again break the record for participants.

The Swim to Klein Bonaire is not a race, but a fun swim. For those who do not wish to swim back, there are many boats available to pick up people and return them back to the shoreline. Participants can use fins, masks, or even flotation devices.

Tickets can be obtained beginning September 10th, 2012 at several locations around Bonaire, including Jong Bonaire, Bon Fysio/Bon Bida Spa & Gym, and De Freewieler, or simply purchase a ticket on the day of the swim.  Those who wish to save time in the early morning of the swim should purchase their ticket in advance, but all participants must be on the beach by 7:00 AM.  Pre-registration is also available on October 6th at Jong Bonaire from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.  Cost is $15.00 per adult, and $10.00 per child, and includes an event t-shirt, lunch, and a drink.

For additional information, telephone Jong Bonaire at 717-4304).  (Source:  Jong Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 31, 2012 at 12:10pm AST
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Rincon Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour Booklet Now Available, Guided Tours As Well

Rincon has always been an important factor in Bonaire’s history, and now it’s easier than ever to get to know this historical region of Bonaire with the assistance of a new, self-guided tour booklet.

The “Historical Walking Tour Around the Village of Rincon” publication is the perfect companion for those who wish to wander through the rich, cultural past of this town.  The booklets are available for $5.00 each, and can be purchased at several of Bonaire’s resorts, or at the Cadushy Distillery in Rincon.  All proceeds from the sale of this booklet go to the Bonaire Heritage Foundation, which is committed to maintaining the island’s cultural heritage through research, the keeping of historical records, protection and preservation, accessibility, and development.

For those who prefer a guided tour, these are available each week on Friday afternoons at 3:00 PM.  The fee is $5.00 as well, and it’s a great opportunity to meet the town’s charming local residents.  The tour is available in either English or Dutch, and it begins at the Bonaire Heritage Center at the Cadushy Distillery on Plasa Cadushy. Reservations are required for the guided tour, so for those wishing to make a reservation, telephone 796-8769.  (Source:  Bonaire Heritage Foundation)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 30, 2012 at 4:36pm AST
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bonaire Day, September 6th, 2012, Is Celebrated This Year in Tera Cora

Bonaire’s flag day is September 6th, a legal holiday, and each year the day is celebrated in a different barrio (or neighborhood).  This year’s event will be held in the neighborhood of Tera Cora.

After the official opening at 9:00 AM, the day’s events will be focused on cultural and festive Bonairean activities.  A special treat this year will be the appearance of the Maskarada, those masked characters who interact with you, but do not speak.

The day’s events can be viewed by clicking here (available in Papiamentu in PDF).  Note that the special Maskarada will take place at 11:25 AM and at 4:40 PM.

For those on Bonaire, the day is a great way to join in with the people who live here, celebrating all the ways that make Bonaire unique.  The festivities will center around Kaya Valdivia and Kaya Monseigneur Nieuwindt. (Source:  Island Government)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 29, 2012 at 10:26am AST
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Enjoy a Blue Moon Taste of Bonaire on Friday, August 31, 2012

This Friday will be the second full moon in the month of August, creating a “Blue Moon” for the evening’s Taste of Bonaire.  This popular food festival highlights samples of many of the island’s restaurants, eateries, and snacks. 

The event will take place in Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM, and the well attended cultural event focuses on food, music, dancing, handicrafts, and a lot of fun.  All are invited to attend the evening’s event, when everyone can enjoy small plates of signature Bonaire dishes.  For visitors, it’s a time to rub elbows with the locals, as people mix and mingle enjoying their food, the music, dancing, and looking at the various items available for sale.  (Source:  Extra)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 28, 2012 at 12:39pm AST
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Ninth Annual Jong Bonaire Mini Fun Triathlon Will Take Place Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

If you are on Bonaire this weekend, join in the fun and get some exercise in at the same time, all while helping Jong Bonaire with their fund-raising efforts.  Their ninth annual Mini Fun Triathlon will take place this Sunday, September 2nd, 2012, beginning at 6:30 AM at City Cafe.

The triathlon consists of three different sports activities: swimming, cycling, and running.  The distances have been adapted so that everyone can participate--professionals as well as any other adults, teen, or child.

In the “fun” category, participants must swim 750 meters, cycle 18.2 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers.  Those in the “pro” category must swim 1500 meters, cycle 36.4 kilometers, and run 10 kilometers.

Register to participate on September 1st, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at City Cafe, and you’ll receive your information package and event t-shirt.  Teams also may be registered whereby each member of a team of three participates in one single activity; team registrations cost $30.00.  Individuals must participate in all three events and individual registration costs $14.00.  Participants need to be at City Café on Sunday 6:30 AM with their own bikes. At 7:00 AM sharp, the triathlon will start. After the triathlon, every participant can enjoy a meal and a drink from the event’s main sponsor, City Café.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jong Bonaire or Freewieler.

For more information, call Jong Bonaire at 717-4303.  (Source:  Jong Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 27, 2012 at 10:12am AST
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Third Annual Duo Xtreme Bonaire Mountain Bike Race To Be Held October 21st, 2012

Bonaire will once again host this very popular mountain bike race event, when over 100 participants from Aruba, Curacao, Venezuela, Colombia, The Netherlands, the U.S.A., and Bonaire will compete for a prize of over $3500.00.  This year, riders may choose between two different routes and the race will take place on October 21st, 2012.

The riders compete in pairs, and the pro route will cover 51 kilometers, while the xtreme route covers 83 kilometers.  Both routes are extreme and challenging, taking the cyclists through a large region of Bonaire’s most beautiful natural areas.  Start and finish will be at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, and many spectators are expected.

Team registration will take place on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at Divi Flamingo Beach from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Cost is $50.00 per team.

The race day will begin at 5:30 AM in the lobby of the resort, where snacks and beverages are provided.  The race will begin at 6:30 AM.  The award lunch will take place at noon, with a hot buffet served until 2:00 PM.

For additional information, phone the Xtreme Sports Bonaire Foundation at 780-5021. (Source:  Xtreme Sports Bonaire Foundation)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 24, 2012 at 11:22am AST
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Wounded Warriors are Honored by Lt. Governor Emerencia

Last evening, at a reception hosted by Bonaire’s Lt. Governor, the Honorable Lydia Emerencia, nine U.S. military men, who were seriously injured in service to their country, were honored as Bonaire Ambassadors.  View images of this event on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

After transport from their resort with a motorcycle escort by the Iron Order Motorcyle Club, the men, their families, and those escorting them, arrived at the island’s seat of government, the Bestuurscollege.  There, everyone met Mrs. Emerencia along with representatives of Bonaire’s tourism board, then relaxed to enjoy a wonderful evening.

First, the men were called up to the podium, one by one, and given certificates of recognition by Mrs. Emerencia.  Then, they were bestowed with medals signaling their membership in the elite Bonaire Ambassadors, those visitors who have shown an overwhelming loyalty to Bonaire.

The reception ended with a typical Bonairean cultural show presented by one of the island’s local dance troupes, before the Wounded Warriors were once again swept away to their evening’s dinner.

The group’s fast-paced week will be ending soon.  It is with great fondness that the island will have to say ayo on Saturday, as the Warriors return to their every-day lives back in the United States.  But this week will never be forgotten.  It has been a great time to learn a new skill, forging ahead with activities that they can continue for the rest of their lives, in the company of their loved ones.  We wish them all well, and say, “Come back soon.” (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 23, 2012 at 10:06am AST
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Renovations Are Complete on Spelonk Lighthouse, Dutch State Secretary Joop Atsma Will Officiate

As part of the ongoing process to renovate five of Bonaire’s historic and working lighthouses or light beacons (see previous stories by clicking here and also here), the lighthouse at Spelonk is now wearing a new coat of paint and is back at work, keeping mariners aware of Bonaire’s eastern coastline.


Dutch State Secretary (Infrastructure and Environment), Joop Atsma, is currently on a visit to the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius.  While visiting Bonaire, he will officially re-open the renovated lighthouse at Boca Spelonk by handing the key to the local government of Bonaire, symbolically returning the responsibility for the managment and maintenance of the lighthouse to the local governmental level.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter, Amigoe)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 22, 2012 at 9:10am AST
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The 2012 Wounded Warriors are Certified, Continue to Dive Daily

As in past years, The Bonaire Insider is closely following the exploits of this year’s contingent of Wounded Warriors, nine men who have been seriously injured during their service in the U.S. military.  The men, along with their significant others or family, arrived on Saturday and have been actively diving since then.  View images of the group as they prepare for diving on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

The group arrived tired, but happy.  The immediately jumped into the water and completed their certification dives on Saturday and Sunday.  Since then, they are diving daily, both from the dock at Captain Don’s Habitat, their host hotel, as well as from boats at many of Bonaire’s well known “Klein” dive sites.  Even with life-changing injuries, these men have wonderful water skills, excellent buoyancy, and are completely at home in the water.


Today, while the men head off for more boat dives, some of the ladies are trying out their skills with windsurfing at Bonaire’s Lac Bay.  Tonight, they will head to Spice Beach Club for a beach BBQ.


Tomorrow evening, the men, their families, and traveling companions will be honored at a reception by Bonaire’s Lt. Governor, The Honorable Lydia Emerencia.  We’ll touch bases again with the Wounded Warriors to see how they are enjoying their whirlwind week of diving, sightseeing, and dining on Bonaire.  See you underwater!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 21, 2012 at 1:16pm AST
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hr.Ms. Tromp Readies her Gangway for an Open House on Bonaire

Since June, the Hr.Ms. Tromp has been acting as the station ship in the Dutch Caribbean for the Navy and Coast Guard.  This advanced naval ship, an air defense and command frigate, will be lowering her gangway on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 in Kralendijk’s port, to allow the people and visitors of Bonaire to come and view the ship.

From 2:00 to 5:00 PM that day, everyone can take advantage of the unique opportunity to visit the ship.  In addition to providing maritime support, the main task of the station ship is also to provide drug interdiction.  Due to this dual duty, the Hr.Ms. Tromp is used by both the Royal Navy and the Coast Guard Caribbean. The Tromp also sails part of the western term for the Coast Guard, and, during that period, the ship performs tasks such as customs, environmental and fisheries monitoring, and handling of maritime distress alerts. Finally, the ship and its crew are deployed to provide assistance in the event of humanitarian disasters.

The total of four air defense and command frigates (LCF) are very advanced ships of the Royal Navy. The frigates have a command function, that is they have the technical capabilities on board to help guide comprehensive maritime operations. The frigates are also equipped for air defense, forming a squadron of ships to provide defense to those in the Dutch realm. The most striking feature of the LCFs is the use of stealth techniques, giving them a tight and angular appearance. Thanks to the advanced automation, the ship sails with a crew of 202, including the staff.

Hr.Ms. Tromp will be docked at Bonaire’s main pier in Kralendijk on August 23rd, 2012, and Naval Captain Rene Tas, commander of the ship, and his crew welcome everyone aboard. (Source:  RCN)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 15, 2012 at 9:02am AST
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