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Friday, October 26, 2012

Bon Bida Spa and Gym to Hold Open House on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Bon Bida Spa and Gym will hold another open house on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 from 9:30 AM through 4:00 PM.  This event will be a wonderful opportunity for those who have an interest to find out more about the new Les Mills classes that the gym recently announced.

For those visitors who are here for the winter season, and wish to take part in only some of the classes, Bon Bida can arrange for a month “class” card for one or two classes per week.  Or, for those who want to try out all the latest moves and grooves, a full membership provides access to the cardio-fitness machines, weight machines, as well as all classes as scheduled on the Bon Bida class agenda.  Membership can be arranged for a month or several months, to complement a seasonal visit to Bonaire.

Demonstrations will be conducted on the outdoor podium, as well as in the air-conditioned interior classroom in Body Pump, Body Balance, Body Combat, RPM/Spinning, TRX, Zumba, and Stepping.  To make it a fun family affair, a children’s bouncing toy will be outside for the kids, including adult supervision, so moms and dads can focus upon their own fitness and health needs.  Bon Bida has modern, effective, and fun lessons by experienced fitness instructors or physical therapists, and Bon Bida is the only sports center on the island with the official Les Mills license. These lessons are designed by doctors, physiotherapists, and master instructors and guarantee quality, effectiveness, and fun!

During the open house, there will be special prizes and gifts for new members. The friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist visitors with personal and knowledgeable attention.  For those visitors who forgot to bring their workout clothes, a 25% discount will be available on Nike and Jaco sportwear during the open house.

For more information, phone 717-7224, visit their web site by clicking here, or email info@bonbida.com. (Source:  Bon Bida Spa & Gym)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 26, 2012 at 12:23pm AST
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CIEE Offers Next Public Presentation on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 About Parrot Population Surveys

The next in the continuing series of lectures by CIEE will discuss, “Population Surveys of Psittacids on Bonaire.” The family Psittacidae consists of the subfamilies, the African parrots (Psittacinae) and the Neotropical parrots (Arinae).

The speakers will be Frank F. Rivera-Milán of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service together with Fernando Simal of STINAPA Bonaire.  Dr. Frank F. Rivera-Milán is a population ecologist working with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Bird Management, where he specializes on bird population and habitat assessments. Dr. Rivera-Milán has over 25 years conducting research, monitoring, and management of bird populations in the Caribbean.  Geographical isolation and small population size increase the risk of extinction of island psittacids. Therefore, the integration of research and monitoring should be a priority for the management and conservation of these birds and their habitats. As part of ongoing monitoring efforts, a systematic sampling scheme and a combination of count methods were utilized to survey psittacids on Bonaire in March, 2010 and 2012 (prior to parrot reproduction) and again in October, 2010 and 2011 (after parrot reproduction).

The talk will begin promptly at 7:00 PM and run for one hour.  Everyone is invited to attend and entry is free.  The lecture will take place at CIEE’s headquarters on Bonaire, located at Kaya Gobernador Debrot 26.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 24, 2012 at 11:39am AST
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Dive Friends Bonaire Celebrates Opening of Dive Friends at Sand Dollar

On Friday, October 12th, Dive Friends at Sand Dollar opened its doors for the first time to provide quality services to guests of the Sand Dollar Condominiums. That afternoon, Dive Friends Bonaire hosted a party to celebrate the grand opening. Dive Friends crew mingled with Sand Dollar owners and staff and admired the attractive, custom-built structure. In keeping with Dive Friends Bonaire’s commitment to environmental conservation, the building was constructed from a combination of wood and recycled plastic “lumber.” This new Dive Friends branch is located next door to Sand Dollar’s reception building and includes a small retail store, gear storage lockers, gear rental, rinse tanks, and a tank pick-up and drop-off area for air and nitrox.

Sand Dollar guests with Dive Friends tanks can easily dive Bari Reef--the Sand Dollar house reef--via a sandy entry area at the south end of the property. Sand Dollar guests diving with Dive Friends have the benefit of being able to participate in their first day orientation briefing at any time, at any location, during normal business hours. With Yellow Submarine, Hamlet Oasis, Port Bonaire and Dive Inn, Dive Friends Bonaire provides Sand Dollar guests with four additional dive locations to make their shore diving as easy as possible.

Sand Dollar and Dive Friends Bonaire offer a seven-night Winter Season Ride to the Reef Package beginning as low as $793.00 per diver based upon four people sharing a two-bedroom/two-bathroom condominium, and it includes 6 days of unlimited tanks for shore diving, free Nitrox upgrades, truck rental, and government room tax. A variety of packages are available that include boat dives and a choice of other accommodation types, such as studio, one- and three-bedrooms. Prices are valid from December 22, 2012 to April 12, 2013.

Sand Dollar Condominiums offer some of the most spacious and comfortable ocean front accommodations on the island. All units have air-conditioned bedrooms, full kitchens, dining and living areas, and roomy porches or balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea. These reasonably priced condominiums have an abundance of amenities. Sand Dollar’s quality and flexibility make it an especially popular destination for couples, families, and groups seeking value and relaxation. For more information please call 800-288-4773, the Sand Dollar Florida Office at 954-453-5025, email Res@SandDollarBonaire.com or visit www.SandDollarBonaire.com.

Dive Friends Bonaire is one of Bonaire’s premier diving facilities with convenient locations in Kralendijk, at Hamlet Bonaire, Dive Inn, Port Bonaire, and Sand Dollar and has three retail stores in Kralendijk. For additional information, visit www.dive-friends-bonaire.com. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 22, 2012 at 9:46am AST
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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Participants in Today’s Duo Xtreme Bike Race Are True Road Warriors

Today marked the third annual Bonaire Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Event with two routes covering Bonaire’s north and northeastern trails.  Those who do the Xtreme are hardy souls on any given day, but today’s conditions tried the abilities of the best of them.


Mother Nature “prepped” the trails with three days of heavy rain that began last Wednesday, and she laid the final preparations beginning at 5:30 AM with another hour-long shower of rain, just before the starting gun at 6:30, that ensured the routes were slick, filled with puddles, so everyone would have mud facials by the end of the race!


But she wasn’t through yet.  To keep the riders on their toes, Mother Nature provided “special effects” with thunder and lightning following the riders.  Even with adverse conditions, the riders barely saw any loss of speed over last year’s times, with the first participants from the Pro route (51 kilometers) arriving back at the finish line in about 3-1/2 hours, and the first riders from the Xtreme route (83 kilometers) arriving about one hour later.


The finish line was at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, where results were tallied while the participants enjoyed a well deserved lunch.  Then, the winners were declared in each category (view the results by clicking here).  A champagne shower in the gardens of the resort followed, with a weary but happy crew of riders.  Congratulations to all!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 21, 2012 at 3:29pm AST
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Enjoy Bonaire’s Washington Slagbaai National Park During Full Moon

It’s highly unusual for Washington Park to be accessible in the evening hours, so the upcoming Full Moon Walk offered by STINAPA is an excellent opportunity to see the park in (literally) another light!

Those interested in attending, should meet at the entrance of the park by 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 27th, 2012.  The walk will take participants through one of the most beautiful areas of of this nature reserve, all lit by the light of the full moon.

Participation is free, but those wishing to attend need to wear sturdy, closed shoes, and bring water and a flashlight.  (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 19, 2012 at 1:31pm AST
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

If Bonaire Skies are Clear, Enjoy Another Meteor Shower this Weekend!

The 2012 Orionid meteor shower will peak this weekend! Look for the greatest numbers of meteors to streak the sky in the dark hours before dawn on Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, with forecasters giving the nod to Sunday. Fortunately, the waxing crescent moon will set way before the prime time hours for watching the Orionids, setting the stage for a darkened sky. The radiant point for the meteor shower is in the northern part of the constellation Orion the Hunter.

Many see Orion, the Hunter, as a large rectangle. You’ll surely notice its distinctive row of three medium-bright stars in the middle: those stars represent Orion’s Belt. The brightest star in the sky, Sirius, is to the southwest of Orion on the sky’s dome, and the Belt stars always point to Sirius. This constellation is well up in the southeast after midnight now, and it’s high in the south before dawn. Once you have found an observation spot, face half-way up toward the southeastern portion of the sky. Looking in this direction, you will have the constellation of Orion, within your field of view. Not coincidentally, the Orionid meteor shower is named after Orion for the reason that they appear to originate from the club of the famous “Hunter” constellation. Looking directly up at the sky or into the radiant is not recommended since this is just the point in which they appear to come from. You are more likely to see a trail when looking slightly away from this point. Looking half-way up into the sky will lead to the best show in the house.  The best time for viewing these fast-streaking Orionid meteors will be between midnight and dawn on the mornings of October 20, 21 and 22, 2012. It is predicted that those watching might see about 25 meteors per hour, or one meteor every few minutes, but even one bright meteor can be memorable. The key is to enjoy the show and have fun!

Do you need to know Orion to see the meteors? No! The meteors will appear in all parts of the sky. But if you trace the paths of the meteors backward, you’ll see they all seem to come from single point within Orion. Just go to a dark sky and look up.

Other items of interest you may see while watching the Orionids:

In the hours before dawn, the dazzling planet Venus comes into view in the eastern sky

The planet Jupiter beams to the northeast of Orion

How can you identify Jupiter and Venus? By their brightness! They are brighter than Sirius, the sky’s brightest star. Venus is brighter than Jupiter.

So find a place on Bonaire that’s far from the lights of either Kralendijk or Rincon, have a seat, and look up.  Enjoy one of nature’s best shows! (Source: Spacedex and EarthSky)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 18, 2012 at 9:58am AST
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bonaire’s Cooking School, Chez Nous, Reopens for Wednesday Dinners

With a new school year well in progress now, Bonaire’s cooking school, Chez Nous, has re-opened for its popular Wednesday dinner meals, a time to test the mettle of the island’s fledgling chefs. 

For the months of October, November, and through December 12th, the cooking school will open its doors each Wednesday evening when the students invite anyone who loves food to come and sample their offerings.  The three-course meal will be served between 6:00 and 7:30 PM, and costs $20.00 per person, excluding beverages.

Groups of up to twenty can be accommodated, and reservations are required for either individuals or groups.  To reserve a table at one of these dinners, call 717-8120.  (Source:  Extra)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 17, 2012 at 5:51pm AST
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pink Zumba 2012 and Zouk and Kizomba Splash Offer Opportunities to Learn Regional Dances

There are two dance events scheduled in the coming weeks that will get anyone who participates moving to the local rhythms.  Visitors are welcome to join in on this Saturday’s Pink Zumba, as well as the Zouk and Kizomba Splash Bonaire Dance Festival on November 2nd and 3rd, 2012.

The Pink Zumba is Saturday, October 20th at 7:00 PM at El Mundo Restaurant, presented by DFF (Dance for Fun and Fitness).  The free class is for a good cause, to raise awareness for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The dress code has only one requirement:  Wear Pink!  Those who purchase a natural fruit shake at El Mundo are helping to raise funds as well for the Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds.

The Zouk and Kizomba Splash Bonaire Dance Festival will provide wonderful opportunities to study these two lesser known dances. The festival will be conducted at City Cafe, with workshops and Latin dance parties and performances on both Friday and Saturday evenings.  Register for the event on Friday at 5:00 PM, and then the dancing begins both nights at 10:00 PM.  Special guest teacher, Chandrika Floridas, will be here on Bonaire for the event.  The dance festival is presented by DFF and Club Fiera.  (Source:  DFF)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 16, 2012 at 1:24pm AST
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Anneke, the Green Turtle, Speedily Heads for Home

It has been less than one week since the Bonaire Insider reported on Anneke, the green turtle, being outfitted with her new transmitter and departing Bonaire’s nesting beach at Playa Chikitu for her home waters...........somewhere unknown.  Anneke has, however, made a beeline for the coastline of the Dominican Republic, but we don’t know yet if she’s home or just resting for a while.

Anneke has set the bar one notch higher, attaining monumental speeds for crossing the entire Caribbean in less than one week after laying her fourth nest on Bonaire.  Averaging over 120 km (75 miles) per day, our “full power” female green sea turtle traveled a total of 750 km (465 miles) to reach the coastal waters of the Dominican Republic in six days.  It was just one year ago that STCB was tracking Jklynn, who also headed “home” to the Dominican Republic, to the coastal waters of Jaragua National Park, her home foraging grounds.  Jklynn took 13 days to cross the Caribbean, and then spent the next 352 days in an area not much bigger than 20 square kilometers. Despite traveling hundreds and even thousands of kilometers, it is normal for adult sea turtles to have very precise home areas: their breeding/nesting grounds and their home foraging grounds (the exception is the Leatherback turtle, which feeds on open ocean prey such as jellyfish and thus must travel with its food). (View Anneke’s migration in the image above in green, compared to Jklynn’s migration one year ago in orange.)

Anneke is just off the coast of the Dominican Republic, but it’s too early to confirm if this is Anneke’s home foraging grounds.  After arriving in Dominican Republic waters just southwest of Santo Domingo on the 13th October (Saturday evening), Anneke, has slowed down her movements.  This does not necessarily mean that she is home as sea turtles often stop to rest and eat, refueling for continued migration.  The most recent signals from Anneke show her moving even closer to the coast, near the mouth of Bahia de Las Calderas.  This semi-enclosed bay appears to be deep and covered with seagrass. STCB will continue to monitor her movements closely. (Source:  STCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 15, 2012 at 9:22am AST
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

CIEE Research Station Bonaire to Host Next Public Presentation on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Each year, the CIEE Research Stations hosts a variety of public lectures for the community on Bonaire--those visiting are always welcome to attend when they are on Bonaire.  The first lecture of the 2012/2013 season will be held on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012.

This presentation is entitled, “The Status of Bonaire’s Coral Reefs--Findings From a Three-Year Survey” and it will be conducted by Graham Epstein, MSc, Lab Analyst of the Bonaire research station.

Coral reef degradation has been well documented worldwide, especially in the Caribbean where hard coral cover across the region has decreased by 80%. The long-term reef monitoring project at CIEE aims to identify detailed changes in the composition of the coral reefs of Bonaire. In this talk, the trends found from 2009-2011 will be discussed.

The presentation will begin promptly at 7:00 PM and last one hour. Entry is free, and all are invited to the CIEE headquarters at Kaya Gobernador Debrot 26.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 11, 2012 at 9:39am AST
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