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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The First Bonaire Kite Week to Take Place June 11 through 16, 2013

Kiting has become a popular sport on Bonaire, with enthusiasts visiting the island to improve their skills, training next to the locals who get to train every day.  However, there will be a full week of tips and training when Bonaire hosts its first Kite Week next June 11 through 16, 2013.

The week will be filled with clinics and free-style demonstrations, but the focus will be upon course racing.  It was hoped the course racing would be named as an Olympic event for the 2016 games, but that won’t happen quite yet.  However, that doesn’t mean that international competitions won’t continue at a fast pace around the world, as the sport grows with more participants.

If you’re new to kiting, or an old hand, be sure to mark the dates on your calendar to participate or be a spectator during the 2013 event.  (Souce:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 18, 2012 at 1:23pm AST
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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Debris Free Bonaire---A New Environmental Clean Up Project Targeting Bonaire’s East Coast Plastic

On December 14th, 2012, Dive Friends Bonaire launched Debris Free Bonaire, a new environmental program. Designed to encourage visitors to Bonaire to volunteer a small amount of their vacation time to collect plastic marine debris from Bonaire’s east coast, Debris Free Bonaire empowers volunteers by providing a visual demonstration of the amount of debris collectively removed from the environment. It also rewards their efforts by giving them the opportunity to win exciting raffle prizes.

Bonaire is famous for its pristine marine park and award-winning diving. When Dive Friends Bonaire hosts quarterly Clean-Up Dives, efforts are focused upon Bonaire’s various piers in order to have enough trash for volunteers to pick up. On most dive sites, there is no marine debris to be found. However, the eastern, windward coastline is accumulating an enormous volume of plastic debris that drifts over on an ocean current from South America.

Bonaire attracts visitors who are interested in maintaining Bonaire’s immaculate ecology, but not everyone can time their visit to coincide with a clean-up dive. With Debris Free Bonaire, they will all be able to donate a small amount of time to help the environment of Bonaire in a way that is easy, fun, and rewarding.

Anyone who wants to participate can just visit any one of Dive Friends Bonaire’s five dive centers to collect a large mesh bag. They will be shown on a map where the main areas of plastic marine debris are located and make the scenic drive over to the east coast at their convenience. It won’t take long to fill up the bag with plastic debris, but it’s worthwhile to take some time to explore the rugged, uninhabited coastline.

When they return the bag to Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis, the plastic will be added to the 10 cubic meter container. It’s made from transparent mesh so that everyone may witness how much debris has been collectively removed from the marine environment. Volunteers can be photographed in front of the container. The photos will be uploaded onto the Debris Free Bonaire website so that everyone can watch while the debris is collected.

Each time the container is completely filled, the plastic will be sorted for recycling or proper disposal. All of the volunteers’ names who filled that container will be entered into a raffle for prizes such as free accommodation or diving.

The project has been overwhelmingly supported by both the local and international business community. Sponsoring businesses include: Addo’s Bookstore, Beachcomber Villas, Bon Photo, BON Travel, Bonaire Automation, Bonaire Scuba Services, Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy, Bonaire Travel, Boto Blanku Marine Services, Coco Palm Garden, East Coast Boat Diving, Green Planet Maps, Kryioyo Paint, InfoBonaire.com, Suunto, Rocargo, Bonaire Seaside Apartments, Sign Sudio, and Van Epps Kunneman Van Doorne. Premier Sponsors include: Bocar, Body Glove, Brandaris, Budget Car Rental, Cressi, Deep Blue Gear, Djambo, Hamlet Oasis, Harbortown Real Estate, Mares, Van Dijk Soliana Bonapart & Aardenburg III, Playa Trading, Scubapro, and Sherwood Scuba.

Additional information about the project is available by clicking here.  Dive Friends Bonaire is one of Bonaire’s premier diving facilities with convenient locations in Kralendijk, at Yellow Submarine, Hamlet Bonaire, Dive Inn, Sand Dollar, and Port Bonaire and three retail stores in Kralendijk. For additional information, visit www.dive-friends-bonaire.com. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 15, 2012 at 1:07pm AST
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Friday, December 14, 2012

Beverly Bio Aesthetics Launches New Web Site

Beverly Bio Aesthetics, owned and operated by Judith Tjin, has just launched a new web site, detailing the variety of services that the day spa offers, including facials, massage, and special body treatments.

As a licensed massage therapist and skin care expert, Judith brings a wealth of experience to Beverly Bio Aesthetics.  She’s been residing on Bonaire since 1991, and the spa was opened back in 1997.

The web site is concise with all information easily found about the services offered by Beverly Bio Aesthetics.  Rates for various services are available right on the main page, and then subsequent pages provide in-depth details as to the types of facials, massages, or body treatments that can be booked.

As the spa is always busy, it’s recommended to book in advance.  Visit the web site by clicking here, or email bba@bonairelive.com(Source:  Beverly Bio Aesthetics)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 14, 2012 at 12:37pm AST
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Calling All Lionfish Chefs--Eat Them to Beat Them

One of the hottest topics on Bonaire in the past year or so is the removal of as many invasive Pacific Lionfish as possible. Bonaire has a core group of about 30 very active hunters, removing hundreds of fish each and every week.  Because the fish are very tasty, they are becoming very popular to either cook or to dine upon in Bonaire’s restaurants.

Even as fillets, the flaky texture cooks quickly, and one of the easiest ways to enjoy lionfish is to quickly saute each side of the fillet in a little olive oil or butter, with your favorite seasonings, or with optional garlic.  But there are so many other ways to enjoy this fish, and creativity will only lead to greater consumption and, therefore, a greater demand for Bonaire’s lionfish hunters to stay in the water making a dent in the resident lionfish population.

InfoBonaire.com wants your original and creative lionfish recipes to post on their Eat Them to Beat Them page. If you have a great (original) recipe, send it to lionfish@infobonaire.com. The test kitchens of InfoBonaire will happily try out your recipe, and the best ones will be published on the site for all to enjoy.  (Source:  InfoBonaire.com)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 13, 2012 at 3:09pm AST
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Reserve Saturday, December 29th, for Rotary Club Bonaire’s Third Auction Dinner

This amazing and fast-paced event is always well attended, and it also provides fund-raising opportunities for Bonaire’s Rotary Club to continue to do their charity work for the people of Bonaire.

On Saturday, December 29th, the party will be held at Spice Beach Club where many valuable items will be auctioned off to the highest bidder!  There are always some last-minute surprises, but dinners, trips, art, and jewelry are always popular items.

The evening will include music as well, and Spice Beach Club in combination with It Rains Fishes Restaurant will prepare a delicious and varied buffet dinner.  Tickets are available from Rotary members for $95.00 per person, including dinner and drinks. 

Proceeds from ticket sales, as well as the auction items, will be completely donated to Bonaire’s youth and elderly projects, which Rotary Bonaire supports.  One of their best-known projects is their Breakfast in Schools project, initiated years ago and continued each school year.  This project now provides healthy and nutritious breakfasts for over 300 school children throughout the island’s school system, on a daily basis Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit the Rotary Bonaire’s web site by clicking here(Source: Rotary Club Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 12, 2012 at 2:59pm AST
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Coming Soon--The InfoBonaire.com “So, You Think You Know Bonaire?” 2013 Challenge

So, you think you know Bonaire?  If so, then Infobonaire.com, The Bonaire Information Site, is throwing down the gauntlet, and saying, “Prove it!” Coming this January is the commencement of a series of challenges throughout 2013 that will test the mettle and tease and tantalize the brains of even the most knowledgeable of Bonaire travelers.

Each challenge throughout the year will showcase a little-known area or facet of Bonaire’s history, culture, flora or fauna.  Anyone may enter the challenges, but the puzzle question must be completely and accurately answered to be eligible to win the challenge’s prize.  Prizes can be used toward services provided by Bonaire’s tourism companies on the winner’s next Bonaire vacation.

So, put on your thinking caps, pull out your Bonaire reference books, and begin studying up on your Bonaire lore, as there are only four weeks left until the first challenge is announced.  Stay tuned for more details.  (Source:  InfoBonaire.com)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 11, 2012 at 9:18pm AST
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Yoga Bonaire To Participate in the “Master Shift” on 12-12-12 for a Global Unity Moment

To further the efforts for a global moment of unity on December 12, 2012, Yoga Bonaire will offer a 30-minute meditation at 12:00 Noon.

This effort, called The Master Shift, will take place concurrently around the world on this date and time, which won’t happen again for another thousand years!  What a wonderful thing if the entire world can be part of a global meditation where everyone everywhere can focus upon positive thoughts for our planet, ourselves, and every one else, at the exact same moment.

There are two meditations, one for each hemisphere (west and east).  These times are as follows:

Western Hemisphere:
Buenos Aires 11:30 pm ART
Montreal 9:30 pm EST
Mexico City 8:30 pm CST
New York 9:30 pm EST
Los Angeles 6:30 pm PT
Anchorage 5:30 pm

Eastern Hemisphere:
Sydney 11:30 pm EDT
Algiers 1:30 pm CET
Beijing 8:30 pm CST
Cairo 2:30 pm EET
Paris 1:30 pm CET
Athens 2:30 pm EET
Hong Kong 8:30 pm HKT
Moscow 4:30 pm MSK
Tehran 4:00 pm IRST
New Delhi 6:00 pm IST
Jerusalem 2:30 pm IST
Rome 1:30 pm CET

(Source:  Yoga Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 10, 2012 at 12:08pm AST
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Friday, December 07, 2012

Bonaire Oceanfront Villa Offers 2013 Value-Added Incentives for Guests

Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9 is pleased to announce the continuance of its popular value-added incentives, which will enhance the vacation experience of those electing to stay at the villa.  Since the villa can accommodate up to ten persons, a family or group of friends can enjoy economical oceanfront living while enjoying all that Bonaire has to offer, including vouchers for three different activities.

For new bookings for travel between February 2 and November 2, 2013, each person staying in the villa will receive a voucher, worth $25.00, toward one of four activities, guaranteed to enhance their stay.  Guests may elect to take a free one-hour kayak tour with The Mangrove Info & Activity Center, or use the voucher to upgrade to a longer tour, including a snorkel, in the mangroves.

Or, enjoy a day at Bonaire Butterfly Garden, where a voucher worth $25.00 can be used toward entry into the Butterfly Garden, and/or lunch at KishiKishi, the peaceful oasis cafe on the grounds of the garden.

If diving is your main reason to visit Bonaire, take your voucher to Dive Friends Bonaire, which operates one of its five diving facilities right at Hamlet, on-site at the villa.  A voucher worth $25.00 can be used toward any of their diving services, including shore or boat diving, equipment rental, or instructional courses. 

The fourth choice is a voucher worth $25.00 which can be used at Bistro de Paris/Zazu Bar toward cocktails, lunch, or dinner.

Vouchers are per person, and can be mixed and matched within a group or family to help defray costs of additional activities on Bonaire. 

Upon confirmation of a new reservation for the effective travel period, guests may make the choice of which voucher each person would like, and the vouchers will be delivered to the villa upon arrival.  When making a reservation, please reference “Value-Added Incentives” to receive your voucher invitation.  All reservations must be booked online through Paradise Rentals, at http://www.rentalsbonaire.com/bonaire-rentals/oceanfront/hamletvilla9.html, confirm online payment policy, and new reservations are subject to availability.

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: Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet to the north, and Captain Don’s Habitat to the south.

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@bonaireoceanfrontvilla.com(Source:  Bonaire Oceanfront Villa)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 07, 2012 at 1:37pm AST
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Thursday, December 06, 2012

The 25th Bonaire International and Local Fishing Tournament Is January 17-19, 2013

2013 will mark the 25th year that Bonaire has hosted the International & Local Fishing Tournament.  It will be held once again from January 17 through 19, 2013 and boasts of over $15,000 in prizes, besides being a lot of fun!

The international competitors will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in their packages, and the buffets are also open to the public, so those desiring a chat with these anglers and to cheer them on are always welcome to attend as well.

Registration will be held on the first day--Thursday, January 17th.  Those competing in the International Category will fish on Friday and Saturday, January 18th and 19th, and the locals will have a go at it on Sunday, January 19th.  There’s no restrictions in the size of boats for either category, so the more, the merrier.  The International Category is Bill-Fish Catch and Release, while the Local Tournament is planned for fish for consumption and will be divided between large and small boats. 

On Saturday, January 19th, there will be a Ship-to-Shore Boat Party for those who want to party or just relax after a great day of fishing.

For more information, including rules and prizes, planning and forms, and a great photo album of the 2012 competition, visit the tournament’s new web site by clicking here(Source:  Bonaire International and Local Fishing Tournament)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 06, 2012 at 2:54pm AST
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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Miss Bonaire Dazzles at the Miss Intercontinental 2012 Pageant

This past June, Saphira Elouise Janga, born on Bonaire on August 19, 1990, became the ambassador of Bonaire, when she was named Miss Bonaire 2012/2013.  Since that time, she has been kept very busy with personal appearances around the island, and most recently, she represented Bonaire at the Miss Intercontinental 2012 Pageant in Aachen, Germany, where she dazzled the world with her grace and charm.

Although a nurse by education, Saphira has always had an interest in modeling.  As Miss Bonaire, she will travel to the Miss World 2013 Competition in September, 2013, to represent the island in the pageant in Bali, Indonesia.

Her recent travels to the competition in Germany also created her first visit to Holland as well.  She spent an intensive week of training before heading off for an exciting, two-week tour through various cities in Germany.  She enjoyed the overwhelming welcome and hospitality of the Germans, as she traveled through Berlin, Nuremberg, Dusseldorf, Cologne, and other cities.  Then, on November 19th, the day came when the Miss Intercontinental Competition began.  It started with a press conference for media, and many, many rehearsals.  Friday was the big day when, after additional training and rehearsals, the show began with an explosion of color as the 53 contestants performed on stage in their national costumes, swimsuits, and evening gowns.  Italian star tenor, Christian Lanza, as well as soul legend, Keith Tynes (The Platters) joined on stage before the official coronation.  Although Saphira was up against very difficult competition, she managed to charm all that she met on the whirlwind tour.  The winner of the competition was Miss Venezuela, with first runner-up, Miss Puerto Rico, second runner-up, Miss England, third runner-up, Miss South Africa, and fourth runner up, Miss Thailand.

Miss Bonaire will continue now to make appearances back on Bonaire, as she prepares for the very important Miss World Competition.  Saphira, Bonaire is proud of you!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on December 05, 2012 at 1:44pm AST
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