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Monday, September 30, 2013

InfoBonaire.com Announces 2014 Calendar of Events

InfoBonaire.com has just published its 2014 Calendar of Events for all events for which dates are known for the coming year.  Readers can view the calendar by visiting http://bonaire.me/Z3d9.

The calendar is updated constantly throughout the year, anytime a new event is announced, so readers are encouraged to check back often to see what events might be coinciding with their travel plans. 

Some highlights of 2014 events include:

June 8-15: Pro Kids Windsurfng Event
June 17-22: Kite Ride Bonaire Event
August 1-3: Tenth Annual Heineken Bonaire Jazz Festival

The calendar also indicates legal holidays when banks, businesses, supermarkets, and many non-resort restaurants are closed.  By knowing in advance if a legal holiday falls during a vacation, visitors can plan to dine at resort facilities, which are always open 365 days a year.  (Source:  InfoBonaire.com)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 30, 2013 at 3:19pm AST
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Friday, September 27, 2013

Bonaire Celebrates World Tourism Day with a Focus on Water

Today is World Tourism Day and Bonaire wants to celebrate and thank all its tourists for coming and visiting.  So, tonight, there will be a festival in the newly renovated Wilhelmina Park starting at 6:00 PM.

The focus of this celebration is WATER!  After all, Bonaire’s famous waters is the key draw for the majority of the island’s visitors, whether it be for diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, or kiteboarding.  There will be many activities throughout the night, music, and healthy foods.  There’s a free Kids Corner to keep the little ones occupied, and a Zumbathon for those wanting a little exercise!  Dress code is blue or white sports attire. 

Posted by Susan Davis on September 27, 2013 at 12:49pm AST
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bonaire’s 46th Annual Regatta to be Held October 6th through 12th, 2013

They say that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and that is going to be good news for this year’s Regatta Festival, held on the water and in Kralendijk’s streets from October 6th through 12th, 2013.

There was some uncertainty as to whether the Regatta would occur this year, for the 46th consecutive year, but we’re happy to report that a smaller-scaled version of the event will take place.  This year Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) and Sekshon Kultura Arte i Literatura (SKAL) will be more involved together with Bonaire Sailing Foundation (BSaF), in the realization of this popular event. TCB and SKAL are joining forces to organize the famous night-time activities well known as the “Regatta Festival,’’ while BSaF will be in charge of the Regatta competition from the centrally located “Kas di Regata” on the waterfront.

The Regatta event web site has been updated with all the latest information for the 2013 celebration.  The week will kick-off as it always does with the Jong Bonaire Annual Swim to Klein when hundreds of residents and visiting tourists join forces to create a human wall on their way to Klein Bonaire (and back, if desired).

For those interested in sailing, the web site gives information on the Notice of Races, Sailing Instructions, and an Attachment B of the Courses.  Click on the general info page, and the full schedule for the week is displayed, day by day, with the sailing events and the festival events.

Visit the regatta’s web site by clicking here.  And be sure to come and enjoy the party!  (Source:  Bonaire Regatta Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 26, 2013 at 4:23pm AST
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Friday, September 20, 2013

See the Coral Spawn in Bonaire with Divi Flamingo Bonaire Resort

During just a few months each year, corals reproduce in a spectacular and synchronized event known as coral spawning. For divers and snorkelers, witnessing this wonder of nature is a must-do activity, and next week promises to be prime time for witnessing this sex in the sea!

On Monday, September 23rd, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, noted Bonaire marine biologist, Caren Eckrich will present a lecture on coral spawning.  The lecture will take place in the Peter Hughes meeting room at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort (the meeting room is above the dive shop).  Entrance is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  The presentation will be given in English, and it will feature information about how corals spawn and what to expect when viewing coral spawning.  Those who prefer to snorkel are also welcome to attend, as many times coral spawning can be seen in the shallows as well.

Bonaire has a variety of spawning corals including the biggest players of the spawn, the mountainous star corals. Star corals, brain corals, flower corals and more spend most of the year preparing for the spawn and are often joined by sponges, worms and brittle stars in their annual reproductive event. This month’s spawning events are predicted to occur during September 24-27, so the lecture is perfect timing to learn what to look for when trying to see this magnificent event.

Posted by Susan Davis on September 20, 2013 at 11:42am AST
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Announcing Challenge #8 in InfoBonaire.com’s “So, You Think You Know Bonaire” Contest

InfoBonaire.com, The Bonaire Information Site, has just opened its eighth 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 eighth Challenge, the winner of the seventh Challenge should be congratulated!  We’re happy to report that Pat M. from Ohio, USA was the winner submitting the first correct and complete response.  Pat will receive a $50.00 gift certificate from Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations good for use against their travel services.  Click here to view the answer to Challenge #7.

The latest Challenge is once again featuring some of Bonaire’s architecture.  Here’s the Challenge:

Challenge #8: In what specifically named area of Bonaire can one find this historical landhuis (landhouse or plantation house)?

Challenge #8 Prize is a $50.00 credit for Bonaire travel services as provided by AB Car Rental. Credit is valid against the rental of a vehicle booked through their services through December 31, 2014. Entry for Challenge #8 will close on October 9, 2013.  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.  Good luck to all.  (Source:  InfoBonaire.com)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 18, 2013 at 3:34pm AST
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bonaire Insider Review--Sebastian’s Restaurant By The Sea

There’s an exciting new option for those visitors who enjoy fine dining when on Bonaire, as Sebastian’s Restaurant By The Sea has just recently opened.  Located where Richard’s Restaurant resided for many years, Sebastian’s truly promises to continue the iconic legend of fine dining in a magical setting.

The restaurant has been totally renovated in shades of white and ivory, and with the muted and subtle lighting, it provides a soft ambiance in which to dine.  For those who wish to pass by for a drink, the large and comfortable bar is still in place, with a smiling bartender just waiting to pour a cold one for you or mix your special drink.  There’s romantic nooks in which to cuddle, and plump-padded lounge chairs which are so comfortable, one will wish the sun slows its dive into the sea at sunset.  What a great vantage point to watch for Bonaire’s elusive green flash!

For those who have visited Bonaire over the years, diners will recognize some familiar faces in the wait-staff, which is quite welcome.  Service was impeccable throughout the dinner and the wait staff was extremely knowledgeable about all the different selections.

But the dining experience itself was fabulous.  Sebastian is hard at work in the kitchen, as every starter, entree, and dessert is created by him directly.  He creates all his sauces from scratch, and they are made fresh each day, as is the bread he serves with dinner.  The menu changes every few days, so as to ensure that it properly highlights whatever is fresh and in season on Bonaire.  Even with a changing menu, the choices from which we could choose were so varied, we had a difficult time selecting our dinners.

My dining companion and I decided that we would order different items and then share them so as to get a taste of more items.  Each and every plate put in front of us was delicious.  The meal started with a complimentary l’amuse, or whimsical bite to whet the appetite.  We were served a glass with watermelon and feta cheese, topped with micro-greens. 

Our starters were a caprese salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, dressed in extra virgin olive oil and a tomato and papaya soup.  The home-made grain bread was a delight, and our waitress informed us that Sebastian is experimenting with different flours to make a unique bread.

For our main course, we thoroughly enjoyed some fresh tuna, prepared to our liking, over a bed of tender baby bok choi and basmati rice, as well as a thick beef tenderloin, served with a tomato hollandaise with potatoes au gratin and fresh vegetables.

Although I’m not normally a dessert person, it was too temping to pass up the opportunity and so we asked for a tiramisu and a creme brulee, both served with fresh seasonal fruits.  What was particularly enjoyable was that both desserts were light and not too sweet, making it the perfect ending to a perfect dinner!

For those who were pining over the loss of the Table-On-The-Pier for their special occasions, I’m happy to report that it’s back!  Reservations for this tranquil and private table must be made one day in advance, but I recommend that those visitors coming in the high season make reservations much before that, as I predict that Sebastian’s will become a popular eatery and there will be much demand for this singular dining experience sitting over Bonaire’s placid waters.

Appetizers for the evening we dined ranged from $7.00 to $19.00, main courses ranged from $15.00 to $32.00, and desserts were about $10.00 each.  There’s a nice selection of wines from which to choose, with the majority being available by the glass, as well as by the bottle. 

Sebastian’s Restaurant By The Sea is open for dinner Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM.  It’s located at J. A. Abraham Boulevard #60.  Reservations can be made by phoning 717-1697 or via cellular 701-1697, or sending an email by clicking here (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 17, 2013 at 10:24am AST
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Bonaire’s Donkeys are Smiling--New Rescue Plan Signed

Last week, a new rescue plan for Bonaire’s feral donkeys was signed between The Donkey Sanctuary and Bonaire’s Island Government, which will provide a structural and donkey-friendly approach to working out the solution of donkeys on the streets of Bonaire.

In the upcoming months, the sanctuary will capture all donkeys that are now still wandering freely around Bonaire.  All mares and foals that are rescued from the streets will be given shelter at the sanctuary.  It is expected that about an additional 150 mares and foals will join the 400 donkeys residing in the sanctuary.  Many mares will already be pregnant, and thus another 100 new foals will be expected over the next year.

Any male foals having permanent shelter in the sanctuary will be neutered.  Stallions that remain free will be captured and neutered to stop the fighting among males which is now common during the breeding season.  After neutering, they will be released at places away from neighborhoods and towns, and they will be also “chipped” and wear reflective ear tags, making them much more visible to drivers should they happen to stray into neighborhoods once again.

The hope is that once the donkeys can no longer reproduce, the population will dwindle and thus the problems now experienced with the animals causing traffic accidents, or the damage to Bonaire’s natural habitats, will cease.  (Source:  Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 16, 2013 at 5:20pm AST


Friday, September 13, 2013

Upcoming Events--Wine, Music, and Nature

There’s a wide variety of events coming up over the next week, including a winetasting, classical music performance, and a nature lecture.

On Saturday, September 14th, Antillean Wine Company will hold their monthly winetasting event at their store on Kaya Industria from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  A small entry fee allows everyone to sample a variety of new wines chosen by queen connoisseur Marjolein.

On Thursday, September 19th, CIEE will offer another free public presentation regarding lionfish entitled, “Does removal work? A one year comparison of lionfish removal efforts at Klein Bonaire” by Fadilah Ali, PhD Student at the University of Southampton.  The presentation will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the CIEE headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26.

On Friday September 20th at 8:00 PM, the Classical Music Board Bonaire will present their next concert entitled, “Bach Stress” at Plaza Resort (Cacique Hall) with Carla Hardy (theater) and Jeroen de Groot (violin).  This duo will conduct a form of music theatre which combines, for lovers of Bach’s work, a beautiful rendition of violin solos with letters of his personal estate.  Please note the theatre portion will be performed in the Dutch language.  Carla Hardy has written lyrics to the letters Bach wrote to his son Carl Philipp Emanuels, monarchs, church and town officials. Bach’s music is played by violinist Jeroen de Groot.  Ticket price US$ 20.00, student tickets with ID, US$ 10.00 and tickets are available Chat ‘n’ Browse, Addos Books and Toys, or Flamingo Bookstore or at the concert hall. 

(Source:  Antillean Wine, CIEE, Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 13, 2013 at 11:47am AST
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fourth Annual Duo Extreme Bonaire Mountain Bike Event to be Held October 27, 2011

It will be an early start once again for the racers, but it’s just as much fun to watch when these Xtreme cyclists vie for prizes in the Fourth Annual Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race on Sunday, October 27th, 2013.

The contestants will race an extreme and challenging mountain-bike trail of 79 kilometers throughout a large part of Bonaire and they will compete in pairs, hence “duo extreme.” Participants are to meet on Sunday morning at 5:30 AM at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, and the start of the race will begin at 6:30 AM.  The finish is also at Divi Flamingo Resort, where many spectators are expected, and a buffet lunch will be served to the participants until 1:00 PM when winners are announced.

For more information, visit the event web site by clicking here(Source:  Duo Extreme)

Please note correction dated September 13, 2013: Our apologies for the error in the headline, the date is October 27, 2013. 

Posted by Susan Davis on September 12, 2013 at 11:32am AST
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Save the Date--Sunday, October 20th is for the Bonaire Culinary Team

This past June, the Bonaire Culinary Team competed at the Taste of the Caribbean Festival in Miami.  They came home with eight awards and special recognitions for the team and the island of Bonaire.  This year, they are already planning their strategy for 2014, and so their first kick-off fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013.

The event will be held at the Calabas Restaurant at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino at 6:00 PM.  Tickets are $50.00 per person and include a three-course winner’s menu, cocktails by our own Bonaire bartender winner, and wines with the meal.  Cash bar is also available as well.  The evening will end with a special raffle.

For tickets, contact Sara Matera at telephone 786-9299.  See you there!  (Source:  Bonaire Culinary Team)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 11, 2013 at 3:29pm AST
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