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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!

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!