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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chill Out at the Chill Party at Sebastian’s Restaurant on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Sebastian’s Restaurant on the waterfront hosts a monthly “Chill” Party on the first Saturday of each month, so this Saturday evening, Sebastian’s is the place to be if you’re on Bonaire!

From 6:00 to 11:00 PM, enjoy the music of DJ Miss Liv, with sweet lounge music.  Relax with mojitos, rum punch, and other libations, and if you dress in white, you’ll receive a free cocktail!

For more information, call 717-1697 or 701-1697 and enjoy another perfect evening on Bonaire!  (Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 30, 2014 at 3:06pm AST
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Upcoming Bonaire Events Feature Nature, Culture, and Food

There’s a busy schedule of upcoming events in the next few days, so there’s surely something for everyone’s tastes, even literally!  Enjoy nature presentations, Dia di Rincon, and the Taste of Bonaire.

First of all, this evening, April 29th, CIEE will host a talk by Charlie Dryden, a PhD student from Newcastle University.  The title of his talk is, “Caribbean reef structure and the role it plays for reef fish communities” and it will be held from 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  All are invited to the CIEE headquarters on Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot, and entrance is free.

And then tomorrow, Wednesday, April 30th, it’s the 26th annual edition of Dia di Rincon (Rincon Day), so it’s time to party all day in Bonaire’s quaint village of Rincon.  The folks in Rincon have been preparing for weeks to host Bonaire’s largest annual event celebrating Bonaire’s history and culture.  Enjoy music, folkloric dancing, and traditional music.  It’s time for everyone on Bonaire to unite in one place and enjoy all that Bonaire holds dear.  View the day’s schedule of events (available in Papiamentu in PDF format) by clicking here.

Finally, on Sunday, May 4th, enjoy a very special Taste of Bonaire with the Bartender Edition, in Wilhelmina Park from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  Come and support the Bonaire Culinary Team 2014 with the local bartender competition, with the winning bartender joining the Bonaire team traveling to Miami for the Taste of the Caribbean competition.  At this weekend’s Taste of Bonaire, there will be local music, handcrafts, and creative cocktails.  It’s a sure-fire way to finish off a week of festivities.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 29, 2014 at 11:57am AST
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Enjoy Two Sunset Hikes to the Top of Bonaire

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Washington Slagbaai National Park, STINAPA is offering a unique opportunity to hike the Brandaris at sunset.  Hikes are planned for Saturday, May 3rd as well as Sunday, May 25th.

There is space for 20 participants on each day. Secure your spot and register by calling STINAPA at 786-5229 or send an email to washingtonpark@stinapa.org. Registration is required for participation. Participants must arrange their own transport to and within the park. Admission is free for everyone who has registered for this hike.

Participants must be present at the entrance of the park no later than 4 PM on the day of their reserved hike. A good physical condition is important and children 10 years and up may participate if accompanied by their parents or an adult. Put on hiking shoes and bring your own water bottle and a snack and also a flashlight.  On the second part of the hike, there will be some climbing to get to the top.  Part of the descent will be after sunset in the dark. Everyone will be back at the entrance of the park around 8 PM.

If you love adventure and want to participate, register now, as space is limited.  (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 28, 2014 at 11:02am AST
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dive Friends Bonaire Volunteers “Spring Clean” Under Bonaire’s South Pier

On Saturday, April 19, 2014, seventy-seven volunteer divers gathered at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Dive Inn for the latest quarterly clean up dive.  The dive site being targeted for a “spring clean” was the South Pier.  South Pier was definitely in need of a clean because it is a popular destination for fishermen as well as the main pier used for cargo deliveries and cruise ships.

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 in front of Dive Inn and swam the short distance over to the South Pier. 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 Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris program, and disposed of responsibly. 

Volunteers collected 352 glass beverage bottles, 33 cans, 136 pieces of dangerous fishing line, 2 hats, 1 cruise ship pass, 124 plastic fragments, 153 cardboard fragments, 9 shoes, 43 pieces of rope, 26 items of clothing and much more.  A total of 1,494 items were removed from the marine environment.  Luckily the only entangled bit of marine life was something that is unwelcome in the waters surrounding Bonaire. One of the fishing lines collected had a hook with a small lionfish caught on it.  This invasive species is actively being culled from the Bonaire Marine Park.

All participants and their families were welcomed back for a sunset BBQ and raffle at Dive Friends Bonaire @ Hamlet Oasis.  Dive Friends Bonaire and sponsors provided drinks and main courses, while participants supplied the pot luck side dishes.  In keeping with the spirit of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” Dive Friends Bonaire does not use disposable plates and cutlery, so the instructors and dive masters also spent a lot of extra time cleaning up after the clean-up.

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

The next quarterly Dive Friends Bonaire underwater cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th, 2014. Additional information about the cleanups is available at: http://www.dive-friends-bonaire.com/activities.html#cleanups.  All are welcome to join in.  (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 26, 2014 at 3:55pm AST
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Mangazina di Rei’s Next Cultural Market is Saturday, April 26th, 2014

After a successful first event in March, Mangazina di Rei will host another cultural market tomorrow, Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at their premises on the outskirts of Rincon.  Admission is free, and there are a variety of activities to enjoy from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

The cultural market is made up of different types of booths to peruse and enjoy.  There is local art, plants and vegetables and fruits for sale, even some Zumba dancing, all joined together under one roof offering a pleasant and educational ambiance.  Businesses and famers or ranchers will present their services and sell locally grown produce.  It’s a wonderful time for visitors to Bonaire to rub elbows with the locals and enjoy a unique opportunity to experience Bonaire’s culture.

For those who like to move, there will be a Zumba class at 9:00 AM under the guidance of Emily Kocks.  After this, enjoy healthy breakfast snacks not available elsewhere.  At 10:00 AM, FuHiKuBo will give a presentation about the historic village of Rincon as it relates to the upcoming Dia di Rincon.  At 11:00 AM, Rhythmical Interface Digital Orchestra will delight those attending with their music.

There will be souvenirs, jams made with local fruit, hot-sauces, plants, eggs, and other items from Bonaire’s kunukeros (farmers or ranchers).  From Noon to 1:00 PM, one can enjoy traditional Bonairean foods available for purchase.  (Source:  Mangazina di Rei)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 25, 2014 at 3:10pm AST
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Washington Slagbaai National Park Turns 45 Years Old!

This year is a monumental year for Bonaire’s Washington Slagbaai National Park, as it commemorates the Park’s 45th anniversary.  STINAPA welcomes everyone, visitors and residents alike, to come and celebrate with them during their annual open house on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.

It’s an annual tradition that STINAPA holds an open house each year for the Bonaire community, but this year will be special because of the anniversary.  There will be a variety of activities, and admission is free to everyone.

Events will begin as early as 8:00 AM and continue throughout the day until 6:00 PM, when the park will close.  There will be stands selling a variety of snacks and beverages.  There are activities planned for every age--kids will enjoy a special children’s corner, and a new children’s trail will be launched that day as well.  There will be guided tours for adults, a mountain bike race, and DJs and live bands throughout the day for those who wish to dance, dance, dance.

Mark your calendars now for a great party on Sunday, June 1st celebrating Washington Park’s 45th birthday!  The park was established in 1969 and covers an area of ​​5643 hectares. (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 24, 2014 at 1:17pm AST
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Buddy Dive’s Course Director, Jose “Pepe” Mastropaolo, Achieves Highest PADI Professional Rating

Buddy Dive resort is proud to announce that Pepe Mastropaolo, Buddy Dive’s long-time Course Director, has recently been awarded the prestigious Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) Gold Course Director status for 2014. One of only 44 PADI Course Directors worldwide to achieve Gold status, Pepe has reached the pinnacle of PADI’s professional dive instructor certification.

Originally from Venezuela, Pepe began his dive career in 1989 and has been actively teaching ever since. With over 25 years of professional dive instructor experience, Pepe has taught more than 18 Instructor Development Courses ("IDC") since 2010 and certified 108 students from around the world as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. He is also a certified PADI Tec Deep Instructor Trainer, allowing him to teach and certify new technical diving instructors.

Buddy Dive’s 100% pass rate for IDCs is a testament to Pepe’s tireless commitment to every student. Pepe’s teaching approach ensures that each IDC candidate receives the individualized attention needed to successfully complete the course. When Pepe’s IDC candidates graduate, they are ready to immediately begin their careers as confident and prepared dive instructors. Pepe’s motto is “do what you love, love what you do” and this is personified in everything he does as Buddy Dive’s Course Director.

Buddy Dive’s next IDC begins April 30, 2014, and already boasts a roster of 10 students from around the world, including Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, Holland, and the United States. Pepe is looking forward to another successful IDC, and is already busy planning the graduation ceremony scheduled for May 13, 2014.

Congratulations, Pepe!  (Source:  Buddy Dive Resort)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 23, 2014 at 12:05pm AST
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dive Friends Bonaire Hosts Quarterly Underwater Cleanup on Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Those who would like to help keep Bonaire clean and beautiful will have another opportunity to pitch in this Saturday when Dive Friends Bonaire hosts another quarterly underwater cleanup.

Check in for volunteers will begin at 9:45 AM at their Dive Inn location, with a briefing for all volunteers at 10:00 AM.  Please don’t forget your certification cards (if it’s not already on file at Dive Friends).  This cleanup will be conducted around Kralendijk’s South Pier.  Please make sure to have your BMP tags along with you, as is required.  Lionfish hunters may bring their ELFs!  It’s also planned to be collecting as much fishing line as possible, so please bring along your dive knife or shears.  Those not diving are welcome as well, as help is always needed for a beach cleanup and to log the items removed from the water for PADI Project AWARE.  It’s always fun for the whole family.

At 6:00 PM, Dive Friends will host a potluck BBQ for the volunteers at their Hamlet Oasis location.  It’s a potluck, so plan on bringing a snack, side-dish, or dessert to share and Dive Friends will provide the main course and one beverage.  For additional information, contact Dive Friends Bonaire at telephone 717-2929. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 16, 2014 at 2:11pm AST
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Monday, April 07, 2014

The Classical Music Board Bonaire Hosts Concerto Di Passion on Saturday, April 12th, 2014

This Saturday evening, aficionados of classical music can gather at the Chapel Fundashon Mariadal at 8:00 PM to enjoy German Marcano, an internationally acclaimed Venezuelan cellist in concert with Bonaire’s own Hans Faassen, a pianist and composer.

The concert will begin promptly at 8:00 PM.  The musicians will perform Sonate nr 3., A. Vivaldi (for cello and piano), the Cello suite by J. S. Bach, and Kol Nidrei , op.47 Max Bruch (for cello and piano).  Tickets for the concert are available at: Addo’€™s Bookstore, Flamingo Bookstore, and Valerie’™s Airport Shop.  Entry is $20.00 in advance, or $25.00 at the door.  Tickets for students with proper identification are $10.00 each.  For more information or to reserve tickets, phone 786-09455.  The chapel is located at Kaya L. D. Gerharts in Kralendijk.  (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 07, 2014 at 2:15pm AST
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Friday, April 04, 2014

The 36th Annual Kite Flying Contest Will Take Place Sunday, April 6th, 2014

It’s an annual springtime tradition on Bonaire, and 2014 will mark the 36th annual event of the Kontest di Fli (Kite Flying Contest).  This fun event will take place this Sunday, April 6th, 2014.

For those on Bonaire, this is a fantastic opportunity for taking pictures of Bonaire’s kids and their imaginative creations for their kites.  There are various categories and the kids will be vying to win with the largest, smallest, and most creative kites from both Bonaire and Curacao. 

The competition will begin at 8:00 AM in the field behind Kooyman’s and it will run throughout the day.  It’s a fun event for the entire family with snacks, drinks, and music available for purchase.  Enjoy!  (Source:  Extra)

Posted by Susan Davis on April 04, 2014 at 11:56am AST
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