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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bonaire’s Weekend Events Focus on Food and Fitness

This weekend there are two events scheduled that will help to complete the end of the week.  On Friday evening, enjoy Taste of Bonaire, and then on Saturday, walk off those extra calories during Bon Bida Spa and Gym’s Walk and Talk event.

The “Taste” will begin on Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 6:00 PM and run through 10:00 PM in Wilhelmina Park.  There will be food, local music, handicrafts, and lots of fun.  Dishes start at only $3.00 each.  The folkloric band, Rincon Krioyo, and the dance group, Dance Sensation, will be performing.

And then, for those who might overindulge on Friday, and want to burn some extra calories, join in Bon Bida Spa and Gym’s Walk and Talk event, taking place from 6:00 to 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 27th, 2013.  The route will start at Bon Bida, and follow Kaya Amsterdam, Kaya Kornoa, Kaya L. D. Gerharts, Kaya Korsou, Kaya J. N. E. Craane, and then Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot, finishing up at Bon Bida.  Cost is only $10.00 per participant and includes a towel.  Tickets are available at Bon Bida Spa and Gym.  The event is also sponsored by Boto Blanku Marine Services and Magero Laundry.

(Source:  Extra, Bon Bida Spa and Gym)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 25, 2013 at 10:01am AST
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Dive Friends Bonaire Clean Up Yields Large Amount of Marine Debris From Bonaire’s Town Pier

On Saturday, July 13, 2013, volunteer divers gathered at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Yellow Submarine for the third quarterly clean up dive of the year.  It was a beautiful sunny morning with perfect dive conditions, as usual for Bonaire.  All of the participants collected their free tanks from the dive center and then assembled for the safety briefing.

The one hundred and twenty-two volunteers that signed in were a mix of local residents and visiting tourists who all wanted to help the environment of Bonaire.  Asko Zuidam of Dive Friends Bonaire provided a safety briefing to address what items should be collected and explained that anything with coral growing on it or creatures living inside of it should be left behind.  He also gave an explanation of how to carefully remove fishing line so as not to damage delicate sponges or corals.

After the briefing, the divers entered the water at the waterfront boulevard and swam a short distance over to Kralendijk’s Town Pier.  It was quite a mixed group and they spread out around the entire pier in buddy teams, filling the water with bubbles.  When their bags were filled with marine debris, they brought the bags to the surface and handed them over to the Dive Friends crew who were working as shore support.  Volunteers checked once again to be sure that no marine creatures had been inadvertently included.  Then, everything was counted, tallied for statistics, and disposed of responsibly. 

Over 2,171 items of marine debris were removed.  The most significant items removed were 252 pieces of fishing line.  Other items included: 796 bottles, 139 beverage cans, 134 plastic fragments, 8 tubes of toothpaste, 65 plastic cups, 63 cloth fragments, 111 cardboard boxes, 26 ropes, 4 batteries, 39 shoes, 1 Speedo, and much more.

That evening, all participants and their families were welcomed back for a Pot Luck BBQ and raffle at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis.  Dive Friends Bonaire (with help from our sponsors) provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied side dishes.  Hamlet Oasis is also the location of the Debris Free Bonaire plastic collection container, so volunteers learned more about the new coastal clean-up initiative targeting floating marine plastic that washes ashore on Bonaire’s east coast.

Sponsors for the event include:  Ouray Sportswear, Bonaire East Coast Diving, Deep Blue Gear, Bonaire Marine Park, Selibon, Bonaire Food Group, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Reef Safe Suncare, Your Scuba Store, Body Glove, Native Outfitters and Reef Footwear.

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, October 12th, 2013. Additional information about the cleanups is available by clicking here.  All are welcome to join in. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 19, 2013 at 2:00pm AST
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bonaire’s AB CarRental Announces the Arrival of New Vehicles for Their Fleet

AB CarRental, with over 200 vehicles, offers visiting tourists one of the largest fleet of vehicles on Bonaire.  And, a new shipment of brand new vehicles has just arrived on the island and are now available for rent.

For divers visiting Bonaire, AB Car’s “Group Two” category pickups are ideal for shore diving, and vehicles in this category are guaranteed to be no older than 18 months.  The Group Two vehicles are double-cabin pickup trucks deluxe, with 4 doors/5 seats, air-conditioning, radio/CD player, power-steering, fabric seats, separated front-seats, with manual transmission.

AB Car’s current special allows an upgrade to these vehicles:  Those booking the Group One rate receive the upgrade to the Group Two vehicles for travel now through September 30, 2013, subject to availability, and this special cannot be combined with any other special or discount.

Their new, dedicated facility on Kaya Industria is just minutes from the airport, and it’s also convenient to Kralendijk or major resorts for those who might wish to pick up a vehicle for just a few days, instead of their entire visit.  The facility includes an air-conditioned reception area for check-in and check-out and free taxi and luggage service to and from the airport, making arrivals and departures less stressful.

But AB Car’s “no stress” policy goes one step further.  For those who purchase the full insurance with their vehicle, one of the new benefits includes a Zero Deductible.  This means that no matter what might happen to the car in the way of theft, accident, or vandalism, there is no responsibility to the renter.  This makes diving and snorkeling at some of Bonaire’s more remote dive sites truly worry-free.  And, their 24/7 free road assistance, with the purchase of full insurance coverage, means that if there is a problem with the vehicle, AB Car will be there to assist.  The “no stress” policy also includes additional drivers at no extra charge.

For more information or to check with AB Car on availability, visit their web site at http://www.abcarrental.com.  Any Bonaire visitors traveling to Bonaire without a group may save 10% on their own vehicle rental by downloading and printing the coupon at Paradise Rebates at http://www.paradiserebates.com/bonaire_abcarrental.html. The coupon is valid toward the rental of any vehicle when AB Car’s full insurance plan is purchased.  Be sure to “like” ABCar’s Facebook page, available at https://www.facebook.com/ABCarrentalBonaire.

Posted by Susan Davis on July 18, 2013 at 11:01am AST


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The 2013 Edition of the Heineken Bonaire Jazz Festival Will Take Place August 2nd through 4th, 2013

In a popular, annual musical event, the ninth edition of the Heineken Bonaire Jazz Festival promises to be even bigger and better!  The Bonaire Jazz Foundation has been working diligently to create an exciting event filled with fantastic artists.

The Friday evening opener will stay at Fort Oranje and, as in past years, the theme will be jazz and poetry. Performer Levie Silvanie (born in Curaçao and living in the Netherlands) will bring the world pop jazz in both English and Papiamentu in the highest quality category. Also starring will be Venezuelan born, but long-time Bonaire resident, Andreina Marcano Gonzales with her jazz ensemble.

Saturday evening will be the event’s main concert, taking place on the beach of Plaza Resort Bonaire. This concert will feature three fantastic artists, starting with the Slovenian jazz singer, Nina Strnad, who returns for a repeat performance at this venue. She will be followed by one of the Netherlands best singers, Trijntje Oosterhuis. Trijntje has performed in the past with world stars such as Lionel Richie, Burt Bacharach, and Marco Borsato.  For latin music lovers, this year’s festival has been enriched by the addition of the Venezuelan salsa band, Porfi Baloa i Sus Adolecentes, who will close out Saturday’s performance.

The Sunday evening performance will be back at the festival area of Plaza Resort Bonaire.  There will be some space for jamming, as in the past years, but this year brings a full concert, when Dutch singer/songwriter Miss Montreal performs. Well known for her renditions of Just a Flirt, Wish I Could, and Being Alone with Christmas.

This year’s festival is one event not to miss when on Bonaire during the beginning of August!  (Source:  Bonaire Jazz Foundation Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 17, 2013 at 2:07pm AST
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Friday, July 12, 2013

United Airlines Augments Flights During Year-End Holiday Season

United Airlines will augment their Houston-Bonaire-Houston service for the year-end holiday travel period, providing three weekly flights from their Houston hub.

From December 19, 2013 to January 6, 2014, United will operate service from Houston to Bonaire on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Returning flights from Bonaire to Houston will depart the following day.

Be sure to check the United Airlines web sites for further information, availability, and fares. (Source:  TCB-North America)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 12, 2013 at 4:37pm AST
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Susan Porter, author of Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy, Offers Guided Dives

Susan Porter, well known for authoring Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy, has just announced augmented services with guided dives.  As the original “in-the-know” person regarding Bonaire’s famous shore diving, she is an excellent resource for those who think they have seen and done it all on Bonaire during their diving vacations.

Susan is a shore dive specialist with a passion for ALF (annoying little fish), fish behavior, as well as reef and environmental education. As a shore dive specialist, she has learned to take into account weather and sea conditions to ensure the easiest entry for all shore dives. There are many sites from which to choose, and dives will be tailored to the appropriate level of expertise, as well as what sea conditions and weather allow. There is always somewhere Susan can find to shore dive in Bonaire!

She is now offering the following guided dives:

Guided Shore Dive: This is a one- or two-tank morning trip. Dive sites are chosen based on the participants’ interests and the current conditions. Susan always tries to include at least one unmarked site.

Fish Identification: This is the same as a guided dive, but with a focus on helping to identify the many fish species found in Bonaire’s waters.

Lionfish Spotter/Hunter: Help Bonaire limit the population of this invasive species. On this one- or two-tank dive, participants will act as Susan’s spotter as lionfish are hunted. As a hunter, the focus is on how to use the ELF (lionfish elimination tool), lionfish behavior, and buoyancy. Participants must act as a spotter at least once before being taught hunting techniques.

For more information, visit the Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy web site by clicking here.  Also, check out and “Like” Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy on Facebook.

Posted by Susan Davis on July 11, 2013 at 4:33pm AST
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Announcing Challenge #6 in InfoBonaire.com’s “So, You Think You Know Bonaire” Contest

InfoBonaire.com, The Bonaire Information Site, has just opened its sixth Challenge in the 2013 series, so anyone over the age of 18 and not residing on Bonaire is welcome to try their luck at answering the puzzle.  The new challenge can be viewed at http://bonaire.me/Z526

Before revealing the sixth Challenge, the winner of the fifth Challenge should be congratulated!  We’re happy to report that Kathy F. from Illinois, USA was the winner submitting the first correct and complete response, and she will receive a $50.00 gift certificate with The Mangrove Info Center, good on her next visit to Bonaire against any of their touring services.  Click here to view the answer to Challenge #5.

The latest Challenge is featuring some of Bonaire’s history.  Here’s the Challenge:

Challenge #6: Where can a snorkeler discover this piece of recent Bonaire history? Be specific in naming the area in which to enter the water, along with snorkeling directions to the artifact.

Challenge #6 Prize is a $50.00 credit for Bonaire travel services as provided by Fox Rent-A-Car. Credit is valid against the rental of a vehicle booked through their services through December 31, 2014. Entry for Challenge #6 will close on July 25, 2013. Also, see their downloadable coupon on Paradise Rebates!

The first person to submit an entry that is correct and complete will win the prize, so don’t delay!  Click here to submit your response and be sure to check the hint provided.  Good luck to all.  (Source:  InfoBonaire.com)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 10, 2013 at 4:23pm AST
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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Dive Friends Bonaire Hosts Next Quarterly Underwater Cleanup on Saturday, July 13th, 2013

On Saturday, July 13th, 2013, Dive Friends Bonaire will host another of their very popular underwater cleanup dives.  Everyone is invited to join in and help keep Bonaire blue and beautiful. 

Check in for volunteers will begin at 9:30 AM at their Yellow Submarine location, with a briefing for all volunteers at 10:00 AM.  Please don’t forget to bring certification cards (if not already on file at Dive Friends).  The targeted area is under and around Town Pier.  Lionfish hunters should be sure to bring their ELFs!  In addition to the normal trash that is collected, there will be a concerted effort to remove as much fishing line from this location as is possible, so be sure to bring a dive knife or shears.  Those who aren’t divers are always welcome to help with logging the removed items removed for PADI Project AWARE.  It’s to be a fun time the whole family.

At 6:00 PM, Dive Friends will host the after-dive potluck BBQ for all those who participated at their Hamlet Oasis location.  Those attending the dinner should bring a snack, side-dish, or dessert to share.  Dive Friends will provide the main course and one beverage.  For more information, phone 717-2929. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 09, 2013 at 3:24pm AST
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

21st Annual Dia di Arte (Art Day) Will Take Place on Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Running for the 21st consecutive year, this year’s event promises to be the best yet!  This Sunday, anyone who is lucky enough to be visiting Bonaire should be sure to wander into Wilhelmina Park to enjoy Bonaire’s annual Dia di Arte, or Art Day, from 11:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

This is wonderful opportunity to get to personally know Bonairean artists, musicians, and writers, as well enjoy various exhibitions.  Throughout the day, there will be local dance exhibitions, painting activities for the little ones, live bands, and delicious creole dishes, seafood, home-made lemon and tamarind juice, and of course, chocolates, candies, and cakes.

Booths will be set up where one can purchase CDs from the local musicians, and, of course, art and handicrafts.  Come visit and enjoy the ambiance, the music, food, and--don’t forget-- the art of dushi Boneiru! (Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 03, 2013 at 3:21pm AST
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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Tenth Annual Jellyfish Jamboree is Happening Now!

Bonaire has become ground zero for box jellyfish research, as many now may recognize the scientific names Tamoya, Alatina, and Carybdea.  The Bonaire Banded Box Jelly, or Tamoya ohboya, was declared a new species last year and highlighted in three new books.

This rare animal has been seen again on Bonaire this year. A team of researchers from the Smithsonian Institute, University of Hawaii, and CIEE Bonaire have continued to follow how sea wasps, or Alatina alata, swarm in reproductive parties 8 to 10 days after full moons.  So today or tomorrow, July 2 or 3, join the researchers at Karel’s Beach Bar in the evening to kick off the 10th Annual Jellyfish Jamboree, which will continue throughout the month.  There will be events all month long, including guided night snorkels and hands-on labs available to study these amazing animals.

A new video which was shot on Bonaire and in Hawaii, featuring Dr. Angel Yanagihara, a venom and toxicology expert, will be previewed.  The event is hosted by researchers and biologists, Bud Gillan and Johan van Blerk. For more information, contact Bud Gillan at email bud13@earthlink.net(Source:  Bud Gillan, image by Leanne Pinkerton)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 02, 2013 at 2:38pm AST
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