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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cactus Blue is Back--On the Beach

Many repeat visitors to Bonaire were dismayed to learn, earlier this year, that the popular eatery by Chef Hagen, Cactus Blue Bar & Restaurant, was closing.  Chef Hagen wanted to have more time for his favorite activities--spending time with his sons, kiting, and hunting lionfish.  Now, Cactus Blue aficionados will be happy to learn that Chef Hagen is back!  But this time, he has managed to meld his love of cooking with some of his favorite pastimes!

Chef Hagen recently visited Miami where he purchased a mobile catering truck.  He’s now ensconced (most days) at Kite Beach (Atlantis site) on the southern leeward beach on Bonaire.  Here he can pursue a favorite activity, kiteboarding, and still have fun cooking.  On days when the wind is good, those hankering after his food can visit him at Kite Beach.  Other days, he might be closed and off after the pesky lionfish.  Of course, that means, the next day, the lionfish might be on Chef Hagen’s menu!

Besides serving up lionfish, Chef Hagen also creates scrumptious burgers and other beach fare.  Be sure to head south on your next trip, and join him for some great food.  Because conditions don’t always warrant good kiting, call ahead to be sure he is open.  Telephone: 786-0816 (cellular).  Fans can also follow him on Facebook(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 27, 2012 at 1:30pm AST
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lend a Hand with a Beach Cleanup in Washington Slagbaai Park, Sunday, September 30th, 2012

In conjunction with Ocean Conservancy International, STCB, STINAPA, and Selibon will host a beach cleanup of Playa Chikitu in Bonaire’s Washington Slagbaai National Park.  Nesting green turtles return to this location year after year to lay their eggs, but trade winds bring in trash to this windward location, posing threats to both the nesting female as well as the hatchlings.

Those wishing to help out should meet at the park’s entrance gates at 8:00 AM.  The cleanup should last until approximately 1:00 PM.  Bring a container for water, wear a hat, and be sure to use sunblock.  Those who require transportation to the park should contact STCB at 717-2225 or 701-0433 or STINAPA at 717-8444.

Bonaire’s turtles give so much enjoyment to divers and snorkelers, let’s give them something in return--a clean beach on which to nest!  (Source:  STCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 25, 2012 at 10:51am AST
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bonaire’s Marine Park to Receive Official Status as Dutch National Park

In the coming week, Mrs. Annemie Burger, Director General of Nature and Region of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture, and Innovation, will visit Bonaire, as well as sister islands Saba and St. Eustatius, for discussions on nature, environment, and sustainability issues.  Additionally, there will also be discussions regarding energy, sustainable growth, tourism, and agricultural potential.

While on each island, Mrs. Burger will also bestow official national park status to those parks which are eligible.  For Bonaire, this status will be honored on September 27, 2012, with the presentation of a plaque to STINAPA, officially acknowledging “national park status” for the island’s Bonaire Marine Park.

While visiting Bonaire, Mrs. Burger will meet with representatives of the island’s nature organizations, such as Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB), and, of course, STINAPA. She has further plans to review the projects Bonaire Green Island Economy (in collaboration with WNF) and the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (in collaboration with VU, WUR Imares).  A final visit will be to Magasina di Rei, where a small business-to-business exhibition on sustainability will be held.

(Source:  Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 20, 2012 at 4:36pm AST
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Dive Friends Bonaire to Host Another Underwater Cleanup this Saturday, September 22, 2012

This Saturday, September 22nd, Dive Friends Bonaire will be hosting another underwater clean-up dive.  Everyone is invited to attend and help keep Bonaire blue and beautiful.

Check-in for volunteers will begin at 9:30 AM at their Yellow Submarine location located on the oceanfront promenade.  Those wishing to dive during the cleanup must bring proof of certification, unless it is already on file with Dive Friends Bonaire.

For this event, the group will be cleaning underneath Town Pier.  Registered lionfish hunters may bring their ELFs.  It’s also a mission on this cleanup to remove as much fishing line as possible, so participants should also bring along their dive knife or shears. Those not wishing to dive are always welcome to assist with logging the removed items for PADI Project AWARE statistics.  It’s always a fun event for the entire family.

At 6:00 PM, the clean-up potluck BBQ will be held at the Dive Friends @ Hamlet Oasis location for all participants.  Since it’s potluck, please bring a snack, side-dish, or dessert to share.  Dive Friends Bonaire is providing the main course and two beverages for everyone.

For more information, call 717-2929.  (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 19, 2012 at 1:24pm AST
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Monday, September 17, 2012

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

Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9 is pleased to announce that those making a new reservation for travel now 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 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 by clicking here(Source:  Bonaire Oceanfront Villa)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 17, 2012 at 10:01am AST
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yoga Bonaire Relocates and Announces New Classes

Yoga Bonaire has just announced that effective October 1st, 2012, they will be operating at a new studio.  Additionally, they have added some innovative classes to their roster.

Desiree and Don Seaver have offered yoga practice on Bonaire for over ten years now, and they have continually updated their own practice with additional training throughout the years, most recently doing extensive study at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

Effective October 1st, Yoga Bonaire will be relocating to their new studio at Bonaire Basics, on Kaya Korona 47.  Until then, classes will continue at their current location behind Bon Bida Spa & Gym. 

Because of the demand, Yoga Bonaire has added additional classes to their roster, but also they have added in new classes specializing in kids’ yoga as well as prenatal yoga for expecting mothers.

To view the entire class schedule, visit their web site by clicking here, or like them on Facebook by clicking here(Source:  Yoga Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 13, 2012 at 1:05pm AST
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Insel Air Adjusts Schedule for Saturday Bonaire-Miami Flight Effective Saturday, October 6, 2012

Starting Saturday, October 6, 2012, Insel Air will adjust their flight for the Bonaire-Miami portion of their service.  The flight from Miami to Bonaire will remain, unchanged, but from Bonaire to Miami a stop in Curacao is now scheduled.

Effective Saturday, October 6, Flight #907 from Bonaire to Miami will no longer be non-stop to Miami, but will stop in Curacao first, and then continue on to Miami with the following schedule:

Depart Bonaire at 7:00 AM, and arrive in Curacao at 7:30 AM, then depart Curacao at 10:00 AM, arriving in Miami at 1:15 PM.

(Source:  TCB-NY)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 11, 2012 at 4:42pm AST
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Monday, September 10, 2012

The Lighthouse at Seru Bentana is Renovated, All Work on Bonaire’s Lighthouses Now Complete

For many people, lighthouses always evoke an alluring, almost romantic emotion, sitting as they do at the edge of the land, offering dramatic water views, built to withstand the continual wear and tear of the ocean.  Although Bonaire’s historical lighthouses do not necessarily need to withstand stormy seas and treacherous water, they have, over the years, succumbed to the salt and wind.

Nearly a year ago, it was announced that three of Bonaire’s historic lighthouses and two light beacons would be renovated, and The Bonaire Insider has been following the progress.

The first to be completed was Willemstoren Lighthouse, and, more recently the Lighthouse at Spelonk.


The final lighthouse, that located at Seru Bentana in Washington Slagbaai National Park, is now complete.  This renovation included the replacement, with historically accurate parts, of the old lamp at the top of this lighthouse.  The old lamp is being delivered to Museu Bonaire where it will be on exhibit.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 10, 2012 at 1:50pm AST
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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bon Bida Spa and Gym Announces New Class Roster, Including Les Mills Classes

Bon Bida Spa and Gym has just announced their new class schedule for the coming months, and there are some exciting new options for members as well as those visitors who want to keep up their fitness routine while on Bonaire.

Showcasing some of the most popular Les Mills classes, participants can now enjoy Body Balance, Body Combat, or RPM (spinning).  Other new classes are Let’s Jam and Zumba, both of which are dance-based.  These join the schedule in addition to the continued Ab-Class by Eva, Tai Chi by Ron, Power Class by Eva, and Aerobic Workout by Tina.

All classes are free to spa members, but visitors are always welcome and can pay for a ten-visit card or a daily entrance fee, whichever is more appropriate, which also provides access to the cardio-fitness and weight machines.

To view the entire roster of available classes, as well as detailed descriptions of what each class entails, visit Bon Bida Spa & Gym’s web site by clicking here(Source:  Bon Bida Spa & Gym)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 05, 2012 at 12:52pm AST
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