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A yellow version of Bonaire

If you have ever been in Bonaire, you probably know its famous yellow-painted rocks. For decades, they have been employed to mark dive sites and recently they have been also used to mark areas of no-access to keep vulnerable habitats secure.

This October 24th, CIEE will be painting and placing “Do Not Enter” rocks at Gotomeer to help keep this important natural resource pristine.

Do you like flamingos? Gotomeer is a saltwater lagoon near the island’s northern end and it’s a flamingo hangout.

If you are on Bonaire, join CIEE and spend a few hours helping out for a good cause, either meet at Gotomeer at 10:00 AM, or arrive at CIEE’s headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot by 9:15 AM for carpooling. Water and snacks will be provided.

Healthy and fun activities for you and your family are always available in this lovely Dutch Caribbean island, come to Bonaire!

Diving effect on Caribbean coral reef

As October began, CIEE Bonaire staff published a research paper titled: “The effect of recreational SCUBA divers on the structural complexity and benthic assemblage of a Caribbean coral reef” in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.

In this paper, they express how over the past few decades, a number of local, regional, and global stressors have led to declines in the abundance and diversity of coral reefs, also this paper shows some interesting points:

  • Ecotourism, including SCUBA diving, is on the rise worldwide including the Caribbean, where almost US$16 billion and close to 4% of total employment was accounted for by ecotourism in 2012.
  • Bonaire is attractive to tourist SCUBA divers because it is fringed with corals of relatively high abundance compared to the rest of the Caribbean region.
  • SCUBA divers in Bonaire have increased more than doubled from 17,000 in 1991 to 36,444 divers in 2014.
  • Benthic organisms such as branching stony corals and gorgonians that once benefited from the disturbance caused by divers (possibly due to reduced competition with stony corals), may now be negatively affected by the greater amounts of diver traffic.

Come to Bonaire, you’ll find amazing activities to do during your holidays and we can help you to find a house or an apartment to stay.  The Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

Bonaire dances for breast cancer awareness

According to World Health Organization, October is marked in countries across the world to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of breast cancer. Bonaire joins the rest of the world in raising awareness for this terrible disease, which can affect 1 in 8 women in the western world

Enjoy for free, Pink Zumba on October 24th, 2015. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this free Zumba class. The dress code is pink, and the fun will begin at 7:00 PM at El Mundo Restaurant.

Bonaire’s Pink Zumba is offered by Dance, Fun, Fitness in cooperation with Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds Bonaire and Cancer Funds Bonaire. No need to pre-register, just show up in pink. For more information, check out the event on Facebook.

Come to Bonaire, the Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

View the Supermoon from Bonaire

Coming to Bonaire this weekend? There will be a total lunar eclipse on September 27th and 28th.  This eclipse will be visible in totality from Bonaire and the surrounding region.

According to NASA, on the night of September 27th, 2015, a supermoon lunar eclipse will be viewable in the night sky for those living in North and South America. The partial phase of the eclipse will begin on September 27th at 9:07 PM and will end at 00:27 AM on the 28th. Totality will occur on Bonaire at 10:11 PM and will end at 11:23 PM, with the greatest eclipse occurring at 10:48 PM.

If you have come to Bonaire before, you probably know that we normally enjoy clear skies, which will provide a great opportunity to view this infrequent lunar event.  It also provides a unique opportunity for those who enjoy photography to capture something unusual.  A total lunar eclipse occurs when the entire moon passes through the Earth’s umbral shadow. During the total phase (totality), the moon turns a vibrant red color. These are easy to see as well, with the unaided eye and shows just why these special moons are called Blood Moons.

Come to Bonaire, we’ll help you to find unique places to stay during your holidays. The Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

Swim to Klein Bonaire

Jong Bonaire annual fundraising activity has added new activities to the event. Jong Bonaire organizes this big event each year as a major fundraiser for the island’s youth development program.  This year’s event will include several swim competitions for those who want to test their skills in a race.

Sponsored by Jong Bonaire in conjunction with the Barracuda Swim Club, the competition races will begin at 9 am on Sunday, October-4th.  All participants must be pre-registered before the swim starts.  Registration will be at Jong Bonaire on Saturday, October-3rd from 17:00 to 19:00 at Kaya Libertador Simón Bolívar 16.  Tel: 717-4303.  There will be a last chance to register on the beach from 7 to 8 am on Sunday before the event.

The swim competitions will be held one hour before the start of the large public swim.  There will be official timekeepers and spotters at Eden Beach and on Klein Bonaire.

For the competitive swim, the cost will be $25.  Cost of the Public Swim to Klein is $15 for adults; children under 12 are $10. Safety boats and the Korpa Mariniers (Coast Guard) will accompany the swimmers in both directions.

The swim competition races include separate categories for men and women and within each category there will be separate races for ages 14 to 20, 21 to 30 and 31+.  It is expected that the races will take about 30 minutes.

In addition to the new competitive events, the Jong Bonaire Swim will also feature a Caribbean Beach BBQ after the swim, starting at 11:30 am, along with a steel band to add to the festivities. The BBQ will cost $10 for swim participants and $15 for non-swimmers.  Children under 12 will pay $7.50.

If you come to Bonaire, you’ll find a lot of healthy activities to enjoy in your free time. Looking for a house for rent in this lovely island? Come to Bonaire, the Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

Duo Xtreme Bonaire Mountain Bike Race is coming

Do you like sports? Are you an extreme athlete? You have the chance to compete on this race!  You can also find a partner and a bike, anyone can join us.

For this event there are two routes; a “pro” route of 51 kilometers and an “xtreme” route of 76 kilometers.

This event will be held next October, 18th. The race will begin at 6:30 AM and the winners will start crossing the finish line just a few hours later.  At 1:00 PM, lunch will be served to participants and awards and prizes will be handed out.

Coming to Bonaire that weekend? This is a great opportunity to know the island in a different way! We can also help you to find a place to stay during your holidays. Come to Bonaire, the Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

World Clean Up Day at Bonaire

World Clean Up Day at Bonaire

Plans for September-19th? It’s Saturday! And Selibon N.V. will organize an event called “World Clean Up” for the 3rd time this year. This event will start at 8:00 am and it will last till 12:00 pm.

The focus is collecting as much litter as possible all over Bonaire, in one day, also, the mission with this event is to increase awareness of the population living on Bonaire regarding the problem of litter and rubbish over the Island.

It’s important to let people know that the cleanliness of Bonaire is often a top reason visitors say they prefer Bonaire over other Caribbean vacation destinations.

Would you like to participate? Fill in this registration form and send it by e-mail at c.cranston@selibon.com or hand it in at Selibon at Kaya Industria #20.

On Bonaire,  Dutch Caribbean you’ll always enjoy healthy activities for you and your family. Looking for a place to stay during your holidays? We can help you!

The Cadushy Bonaire International Dance Festival

Do you like dancing? Don’t miss the annual dance festival that will be celebrated on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean this year. You can also learn or practice salsa, bachata, and kizomba. This year the event will be in September from 10th until 13rd.

The show will include some spectacular shows by well-known performers and instructors, the dance workshops, of course, and festival parties throughout the four-day event. Events will take place at either Tropical Rancho or Plaza Resort Bonaire.

Check out the program:

Pre Festival Beginners Bootcamps

Monday, September 7th, 2015

19:30 h Bootcamp Introduction Salsa Latin Mix Style by Bailamores at Tropical Rancho

22:30 h End

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

10:30 h Trip to Klein Bonaire

15:00 h Workshop Axe at the Beach by Janice & Oslin

17:00 h Back to the Main Island

19:30 h Bootcamp Kizomba Beginners by Taiti & Cristel at Tropical Rancho

22:30 h End

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

19:30 h Bootcamp Bachata Beginners by Club Fiera at Tropical Rancho

22:30 h End

1 Bootcamp $25. All Bootcamps $50

Bonaire Dance Festival 2015

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

19:00 h Happy Hour Meet & Greet + Registration by Club Fiera at Plaza Beach Resort “Banana Tree”

20:00 h Workshop Salsa Lady Styling by Janice & Oslin at Plaza Beach Resort “Banana Tree”

21:15 h Workshop Kizomba Lady Styling by Janice & Oslin at Plaza Beach Resort “Banana Tree”

22:30 h till 03:00 Latin Party and Shows with DJ Incognito at Tropical Rancho

Friday, September 11th, 2015

20:00 h Workshop Bachata by Taiti & Cristel at Plaza Beach Resort “Banana Tree”

21:15 h Workshop Kizomba Taiti & Cristel at Plaza Beach Resort “Banana Tree”

22:30 h till 03:00 Latin Party and Shows with DJ Incognito and DJ Chris at Tera Cora Ranch

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

13:00 h Trip to Rincon; The Cadushy Distillery

14:00 h Workshop Salsa Intermediate by Janice & Oslin at The Cadushy Distillery

15:15 h Workshop Bachata by Taiti & Cristel at The Cadushy Distillery

16:30 h Back to town

20:00 h Workshop Salsa on 2 (Mambo) by Taiti & Cristel at Plaza Beach Resort “Banana Tree”

21:15 h Workshop Kizomba Advanced by Taiti & Cristel at Plaza Beach Resort “Banana Tree”

22:30 h till 03:00 Latin Party and shows with DJ Incognito at Tera Cora Ranch

Full Pass $ 120

Parties $ 5

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

13:00 h till 17:00 h Bootcamp Kizomba by Taiti & Cristel at Plaza Beach Resort “Banana Tree”

17:00 h BBQ at Plaza Resort “Banana Tree”

$ 70 Inclusive BBQ

Come to Bonaire and spend your holidays dancing! We can help you to arrange a place to stay. The Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

Shark Week in Bonaire

In case you didn’t know Bonaire has its own Shark Week, but it’s different and environmentally oriented to the other ones that you have heard about. Currently, STINAPA is launching this week filled with information and many other activities centered on shark awareness and conservation.

This project is an initiative of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance. Sharks are in trouble around the world, that’s the reason, all six Dutch Caribbean islands and the Netherlands will be launching awareness and conservation campaigns focusing on the importance of sharks in Dutch waters and worldwide.

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Bonaire Fall Festival 2015

As in previous years, Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) has launched their second annual Bonaire Fall Festival, which is a Dive-Dine-Discover program for fall travel. If you’re planning to visit Bonaire, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the countless savings and added value exclusive to the fall season.

From mid-August through October, visitors can witness Mother Nature’s phenomena of the coral spawning; also you can participate in the festivities surrounding the 48th International Sailing Regatta in October and for those who just want to kick back and relax, and explore the island’s award winning culinary scene.

Many tourism partners are participating in the Bonaire Fall Festival, check out accommodation packages, excursions, underwater and many other activities. The travel window for the fall program is from August 22nd to December 19th, 2015.

To stay current on the latest activities for Bonaire Fall Festival 2015, follow #BonaireValues. Come to Bonaire, the Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

Reasons to visit Bonaire

Maybe you have been wondering: Why visiting Bonaire? Besides all the amazing details that we have shared with you in previous posts, there are even more reasons to visit this lovely island located in the Dutch Caribbean.

  1. Outside of the hurricane belt: Summer is low season in the Caribbean for one good reason: hurricanes. June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November, it means that Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire (ABC Islands) are outside of the hurricane belt, making them the perfect places to enjoy the low season without a great risk of inclement weather. The temperatures are almost the same from winter to summer.
  2. Direct flights: You can come directly to Bonaire from: Newark and Houston in the USA, also from Amsterdam in Europe, or from Caracas, Aruba o Curacao.
  3. History and culture: Bonaire is the result of a mix of cultures. In the beginning, Bonaire was inhabited by the Caquetios later; the Spaniards came to island and brought people from Africa. After that Spaniard period Bonaire was inhabited by Dutch companies. As a result, today, Bonaire’s people live an island life with pieces or South American, African and European life.

If you come to Bonaire we can help you to find an amazing place to stay during your holidays. The Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

General Electric will install a desalination plant at Bonaire

General Electric (GE) is to supply its Procera water filtration equipment package for a seawater desalination plant expansion project in Hato on the Caribbean island of Bonaire.

The plant provides drinking water for the entire island. GE will provide a complete seawater desalination facility including six multimedia filters, two SeaPRO-84 seawater reverse osmosis (RO) units, two modified PRO-150-NA brackish water RO units and a control system.

The project is an expansion of Water and Energy Company Bonaire’s (WEB’s) current desalination plant, which GE operates for the utility under a build, own, operate contract. The new, permanent facility will supply desalinated water at 1,600 m³/d to meet the growing demand for clean water from the island’s residents and businesses.

GE will provide system training to WEB staff. They expect to commission the expanded desalination facility in August 2015.

Looking for a house to stay during the summer? We can help you, come to Bonaire!

Explore Bonaire through Bara di Karta

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

Bara di Karta is the area between Kaminda Lagun and Kaminda Sorobon. This area is now accessible to tourists and recreationists. Yellow signs indicate the autoroute to pink three walks and blue signs the two mountain bike trails.

It covers 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 trail 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 (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).

If you come to Bonaire you’ll enjoy a lot of activities for you and your family, also we can help you to find homes for sale or for rental close to amazing places. Have you prepared your plans for this summer? Come to Bonaire, the Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

Summer in Bonaire!

Summer is here, do you have plans for this awesome time of the year?

In previous posts we shared with you awesome places where you can practice diving or snorkeling, here are some tips about different things that you can do in Bonaire:

  • Horseback: Do you like horses? You can ride at Kunuku Waramaha or Rancho Washikemba.
  • Visit Boka Onima: At Boka Onima you can check Indian inscriptions that are over 500 years old! If you like history, you should visit this place.
  • Picnic: Do you know Klein Bonaire? It’s a uninhabited island located 750 m. away from Bonaire’s western coast.

At Cuanto, we can help you to find great houses for sale in this lovely island. Coming to Bonaire soon? The Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

Third Bonaire Underwater Clean Up 2015

Every year, Dive Friends Bonaire organizes a quarterly Bonaire Underwater Clean Up Dive, this month they’ll have the 3rd in 2015. On each Clean Up Dive, a different area of Bonaire’s coastal reefs or beaches is selected and any trash which has not become part of the reef is collected.

Any participants are welcome, especially for those who want to combine vacation with doing the right thing for coral reefs!

Quarterly cleanups give us the opportunity to focus on the removal of new trash rather than disturbing the flora and fauna that have taken up residence in older trash.

If you’re planning to come to Bonaire, we can help you to find a nice place to stay with your family and friends.

Come to Bonaire, the Dutch Caribbean is waiting for you!

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