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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Delta and United Airlines To Operate Additional Flights Over Year-End Holidays and Winter Season

Just in time for the peak holiday season, both United Airlines and Delta have recently announced that they will each operate additional flights over the year-end holidays as well as the winter season to assist travelers with getting to Bonaire during busy times.

Delta will add two more non-stop flights to Bonaire from Atlanta beginning December 19, 2015. The southbound Delta flight DL665 will depart Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) at 9:45am and arrive at Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 2:45pm every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. The northbound return flight DL482 will depart Bonaire at 3:42pm and arrive at Atlanta at 7:05pm every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday. The Tuesday flight will be removed for the winter lull (January 5 - February 9, 2016); then back to 3 times a week on February 13, 2016. The three weekly non-stop flights are slated to run through March 2016. 

For United, their Newark non-stop flight to Bonaire will return early from hiatus on Saturday, September 26, 2015. During the holiday season, United will be adding extra flights to their Houston and Newark schedules. From November 20 - December 1, 2015, the southbound United flight UA1402 will depart George Bush International Airport (IAH) every Friday and Saturday at 1:00pm and arrive at Bonaire at 7:45pm. The northbound return flight UA1401 will depart Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30am and arrive at Houston at 10:25am. From December 11, 2015 - January 4, 2016, the southbound United flight UA 1422 will depart EWR every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00am and arrive at Bonaire at 2:37pm. The northbound United flight UA 1420 will depart Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday at 3:32pm and arrive at Newark at 7:27pm. 

Those that have experienced full flights when attempting to book their travel to Bonaire can now check availability again.  (Source: TCB-NA)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 21, 2015 at 3:32pm AST
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Bonaire Has a New Cinema, Empire Cinema Offers Open-Air Viewing of First Run Movies

Bonaire has a new cinema that recently opened, called Empire Cinema.  The cinema is now open utilizing their open-air viewing area, and plans are in place for a soon-to-come air-conditioned theater.

Empire Cinema is using state-of-the-art projection equipment, and already their open-air theater has become quite popular.  The current summer schedule is offering daily movies at 7:30 PM, with an additional viewing at 10:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

There are exciting plans for the future, which call for a 100-seat, air-conditioned theater, and the addition of a small and intimate Thai restaurant.  Further, once the restaurant opens, authentic Thai snacks will be available for purchase during the movies.

Empire is showing current, first-run movies, and there is a great lineup of future movies coming over the next few months.  This week SPY and Jurassic World are showing along with the Dutch version of Minions.  To view what is currently playing, click here.

Empire Cinema is located at Kaya Katwijk 6 in Hato.  When traveling on Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot, turn east on the dirt road between Bon Bida Gym and Maduro & Curiel’s Bank’s administration office.  Travel about a quarter mile, and you will see the cinema’s screen on the right.  (Source:  Empire Cinema)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 10, 2015 at 3:37pm AST
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Monday, July 06, 2015

Explore the Countryside of Bara di Karta With Newly Opened Drive, Hike, and Bike Trails

Visitors to Bonaire habitually are always eager to find new areas of the island to explore, and now that is even easier with the newly opened driving, hiking, and cycling trails of the Bara di Karta area.

Covering a large swath of the eastern coast in the middle of the island, the marked trails offer highlights of nature, culture, and just some fun exploration.  The area is named after a hill named Bara di Karta.

The driving trail is about 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) long and, if driven non-stop with a slow speed (and a slow speed is mandatory), it will take approximately 1.5 hours.  Along the way, signs will point out many of the area’s attributes, as well as some of the attractions which are available (although advance reservations are suggested for visiting some of the local attractions).

After beginning the driving trail, one of the first locations one will encounter is Plantation Washikemba, one of the larger plantations on Bonaire and which was primarily used for the growing and production of aloe vera.  Rumors still persist today that the grand old home is haunted, but the ghost only appears to women.


Another interesting item to view is the longest tree on Bonaire which has a horizontal length of 28 meters (92 feet).  Along the trail, one will see Boka Washikemba (the bay of Washikemba), as well as boulders which were transported inland during past tsunamis, local kunukus, and, of course, lots of cactus!  The trail wends its way along Bonaire’s eastern coastline, offering great photo opportunities of the waves crashing in on the island’s wet ‘n’ wild coast.


To find the beginning of the trails, follow the signs from Kaya Korona and turn east on Kaminda Lagun.  Before you reach the eastern coast, watch for a turn-off on the right side onto a dirt road.  There is a large sign there outlining the trails, and then simply follow the signs for your desired trail:  Yellow for the driving trail, blue for the bike trail, and pinkish red for the hiking trails.

On the next Bonaire vacation, get out and see a new part of the island!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 06, 2015 at 2:49pm AST
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Friday, July 03, 2015

Woodwind Snorkel and Sailing Excursions Launches New Web Site

Spending hours snorkeling and sailing on Woodwind is a popular pastime, both for visitors who are visiting for a week or more, as well as day visitors coming in cruise ships.  Woodwind has just recently launched a new web site, which provides easy navigation to any needed information about Woodwind, her crew, or available snorkel sailing trips.  View the new site at http://www.woodwindbonaire.com.

The new site is responsive, so it will display well on any device, whether it be it a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone.  The web site provides a section dedicated to those arriving by cruise ship, with a calendar of availability through May, 2016.

The section dedicated to those staying on Bonaire for a longer term highlights the various snorkels and cruises which are available throughout the week.  It’s easy to see what’s available by the day of the week, or by your chosen activity.

There is an entire section which tells one all they must know about Woodwind, including glowing testimonials, Frequently Asked Questions, and a Photo Gallery.  There is even an area where you can review your experience on Woodwind for Trip Advisor, after you are back home.

Take a few moments and view the new web site by clicking here, and be sure to add it to your Bonaire bucket list for your next visit.(Source:  Woodwind)

Posted by Susan Davis on July 03, 2015 at 4:07pm AST
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