Bonaire’s Sharks are Subjects of a New Research Study

STINAPA, IMARES, and DCNA are commencing with new shark research in Bonaire this week.

These three organizations, with funding from the Nationale Postcode Loterij, are collaborating to learn more about the species of sharks frequenting the waters and reefs of Bonaire.

Sharks will be studied using Baited Remote Underwater Video.

Underwater video cameras to help with shark research on Bonaire.Nijs Ruijs, an intern from Hogeschool Zeeland, will be working on the new study side-by-side with STINAPA staff to investigate the sharks of Bonaire over the coming months using his BRUV units (Baited Remote Underwater Video). These stainless steel units are equipped with bait and a video camera and are left on the bottom of the sea for an hour and a half and then retrieved. The video is then analyzed for images of sharks–which species, size, or other information that can be gleaned by the videos.

STINAPA is fully supporting research to learn more about Bonaire’s top predators. Sharks and rays are over-fished throughout the world’s oceans and are currently protected by law in Bonaire. If you happen upon one of the BRUV units while SCUBA diving or boating, STINAPA kindly requests that you do not tamper with it.

Learn about Bonaire’s Yarari Shark & Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

(Source:  STINAPA via

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The Latest & Greatest Upgrades at The Carib Inn

Upgrades at The Carib Inn.

Late August and September are always great times to take stock of what needs sprucing up, and getting the jobs done, so those arriving in the winter months can enjoy the upgrades. In this news post, we would like to show all the latest and greatest happenings at The Carib Inn.

New Pool Lounge Chairs at The Carib InnNew Pool Lounge Chairs

As one can see from the beautiful ladies working on their tans, the new pool lounge chairs have arrived! With comfortable cushions, our guests’ time at the pool will be enhanced.



The wooden porches have been replaced with beautiful poured concrete versions.New Concrete Back Porch on the Seaside Bungalow

The Carib Inn’s maintenance crew has been busy pouring concrete! The wooden deck on the back porch of the seaside bungalow has been replaced with a beautiful concrete porch. There is now just another reason to spend some quality time there, enjoying life on Bonaire, when a day of diving is done.


The finished back porch.


New Entrance to Bonaire’s Best Equipment Deals, at Carib Inn’s Retail Store

The Carib Inn's Retail Stores sports a new entry door.The retail store at The Carib Inn has not been forgotten either, and it is sporting a new glass entry door, that will bring in lots of light into the store.  Remember, it’s the portal to the best prices for dive gear on Bonaire!






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Upcoming Events Focusing Upon Bonaire’s Nature

Bird-watching, Hiking Bonaire’s Dry Forests, and a Full Moon Hike in Washington Slagbaai National Park!

Bird-Watching with STINAPA

This Saturday afternoon, September 10th, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, STINAPA will host another bird-watching tour at Gotomeer, near the entrance to BOPEC.

The Autumn Bird Migration

Bird migration has begun and many birds are escaping the coming winter months by migrating south to warmer regions. Many birds will be stopping-over in Bonaire en route to South America.


Gotomeer is a large saliña with an abundance of bird species. Common birds seen here include egrets, herons, terns, pelicans, plovers and sandpipers. The group will meet at the western/seaside end of Gotomeer (approximately 150 meters before the BOPEC entrance.

What to Bring

Bring binoculars (if you don’t have any, STINAPA can provide you with a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes. Please call 717-8444  to make your reservation. There are no costs involved but donations are always welcome.

Explore Bonaire’s Hidden Dry Forests with Echo Foundation

Bonaire’s Hidden Dry Forests

Echo Foundation will host a walk exploring Bonaire's dry forests.Echo Foundation has just announced it will host a very special walk on Saturday, September 17th at 8:00 AM.  The theme of this walk will be “Hidden Wonders of the Dry Forest.”

What to Bring

The walk will take place at Echo’s Conservation Centre on Dos Pos and will last for 1-1.5 hours.  It is an easy walk, but people should wear closed shoes or good hiking sandals, bring water, insect repellent, and sunblock. If visitors own binoculars, these are also recommended.  The Echo tour guides will have at least two pairs for sharing.  The guides will be looking to see how many different animals and birds they can find, and they will also be imparting information about Bonaire’s loras (parrots) and what Echo Foundation is doing to protect them.


Meet at the entrance to their Dos Pos kunuku location.  Parking is available at the Dos Pos windmill.  This guided walk is donation-based, please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Walking Under the Full Moon at the Washington Slagbaai National Park

Hike Under the Full Moon

Hike the Lagadishi Trail under the full moon.STINAPA will host another full moon walk in Washington Slagbaai National Park on Friday, September 16th, 2016 from 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM.  It’s the perfect opportunity to take part in a healthy walk and enjoy the park at night under the full moon. The route will be the Lagadishi Trail alongside the coast and back.

What to Bring

Don’t forget to put on some walking shoes that are comfortable. Bring a flashlight along because even if it is full moon you do want to see what’s on the ground right in front of you, as you won’t want to hit your toes against rocks or even cacti. Don’t forget to bring your own bottle of water and snacks if necessary. For participation please call 717-8444. There is space for 25 persons. The entrance fee is $10 per person.

(Source:  Echo Foundation, STINAPA via Bonaire Insider on

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Ellen Muller’s 2017 Underwater Photography Calendar is Available

Ellen Muller’s 2017 Underwater Photography Calendar is now available at Carib Inn.

2017 Underwater Photography Calendar by Bonaire's Ellen Muller

Carib Inn once again is selling Ellen Muller’s Underwater Photography Calendar. The new 2017 edition highlights some of Ellen’s most spectacular images from 2016, and is sure to be collector’s item for Bonaire divers.

This wall calendar is printed on heavy card-stock. Each image is approximate 8.5 x 11 inches in size (21.5 x 28 cm), so when fully opened, the calendar measures 17 x 11 inches (43 x 28 cm).

Advance copies available now.

Carib Inn has availability of advance copies available for sale in the retail store, with more on the way. The cost is $20.00 per calendar (cash only please).

Feel free to stop by at the retail store to take a look at Ellen’s fine work in her 2017 calendar.

(Source:  Ellen Muller)


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Add the Swim to Klein Bonaire to Your “Bonaire Bucket List”

Take Part in the 16th Annual “Swim to Klein Bonaire”

Jong Bonaire's Swim to Klein BonaireFor the 16th time, Bonaire’s youth development center, Jong Bonaire, is hosting its annual fundraising event, Swim to Klein Bonaire, on Sunday, October 9th, 2016.  As usual, this fun and well attended events kicks off the festivities of the Bonaire Sailing Regatta.  This sport and social event brings together families and individuals, locals and visitors, all in the support of the children of Jong Bonaire.

Event Venue and Entry Fee

The event will be held at Spice Beach Club, which is the starting point. The entry fee is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12 years of age.  Included is a free lunch meal, a drink, a piece of fruit, and the best part of all:  The event t-shirt, which are proudly worn and become collector’s items.

What to Expect if You Participate

Last year, almost 500 people swam to Klein Bonaire and most of them swam back as well. This time, Jong Bonaire hopes to see a record-breaking number of participants are again.

For those who do not wish to swim back, there are many boats available to pick up people and return them to jSpice Beach Club. Participants can use fins, masks, or even flotation devices. Organizations such as Red Cross and Coast Guard also will be involved to manage the safety of all participants.

Everyone, young and old, is invited to participate in order to turn the 16th Swim to Klein Bonaire into a huge success!

(Source:  Jong Bonaire Via Bonaire Insider on

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It’s Time for Another Taste of Bonaire on August 28th, 2016

Bonaire Day Edition of Taste of Bonaire.

The fourth edition of Taste of Bonaire 2016 will take place this coming Sunday, August 28th, 2016 in Wilhelmina Park from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.

Taste of Bonaire--Bonaire Day EditionGreat Food, Music, & Fun!

This edition’s program looks to be filled with fun events, good music, and great food.  There will be stands selling arts and crafts as well.  The Ginies will be dancing, and live music will be performed by Tutti Frutti and Projekto 2000.

Special Bonaire Day Edition.

In keeping with this event’s theme, Bonaire Day (coming up on September 6th, 2016), the winners of Ban Kanta Nos Boneiru (singing competition) will be presented.  Additionally, special tribute will be given to the winners of Special Olympics, as well as Miss and Mister International 2016.

The entire program promises to be an enjoyable evening.  Don’t miss it!

(Source:  TCB)

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Terramar Museum Opens on Bonaire

Bonaire Has A New Museum.

Several years in the making, the new Terramar Historical and Archaeological Museum just opened this month.

Located in Kralendijk, the new museum offers a glimpse into the Caribbean’s rich past, with a special focus on how Bonaire was affected through the ages.

A Caribbean Timeline


Caribbean Historical TimelineThe main exhibit gives an extensive timeline, going back centuries.  It’s an excellent way to get an informative snapshot of events in the Caribbean, prior to looking into the exhibits highlighting Bonaire’s past.  This museum utilizes a variety of the latest technology to present their exhibits, and an animated floor exhibit in the timeline room keeps one mesmerized.

Terramar's Upstairs Gallery ExhiibitVisitors can exit out of the timeline exhibit through several doors, and then step back into a world long gone in the side exhibits, many of which are relevant to Bonaire, but also cover life in the Caribbean through the ages.

Museum director Ruud Stelten, who has been involved with the project from its concept to full realization, says this about the new museum:

“Terramar Museum will guide the visitor through 7,000 years of Caribbean history, informing both tourists and locals about many aspects of the region’s fascinating past.”


Terramar Museum Combines New with the Old

Exhibit indicating life in the Caribbean in centuries past.There is a wonderful fusion of old and new at the museum.  As one steps into the historical building, one is immediately immersed in the creative exhibits, utilizing the latest technology. Yet, traditional exhibits are interspersed.  The result keeps one’s interest high as the exhibit areas are walked.

A visit to Bonaire’s new Terramar Historical and Archaeological Museum should be on everyone’s list of “have-to-do” when next visiting the island.  More information is available, including open hours and entrance fees, by clicking here.

Bonaire has a wealth of other museums as well, information about these options are available on InfoBonaire’s history page.

(Source:, used with permission)

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Underwater Photography Tips & Resources from Carib Inn’s JC Blanco

Underwater Photography on Bonaire


Taking images underwater on BonaireToday we are sharing with you lots of tips, resources, and amazing sites about underwater photography. As you know, diving on Bonaire is much about self-exploration, experiencing habitats, and mastering skills, always taking into consideration that the solution for a single situation can change for each individual.  In other words, each individual may have different ways to overcome, succeed, or achieve in different circumstances.

Diver Safety When Photographing Underwater

For those who wish to excel in underwater photography, we recommend  that you read, read, and read about photography, filming, biographies, or even about incidents regarding diving and carrying photography or filming gear.  You might be surprised that people often make the big mistake of putting their images over their own safety.

The Divers Alert Network website will provide you with very important information about how to stay safe while enjoying your diving adventures.

Some great resources, which can be also purchased on Amazon, including:

  • Scuba Diving Safety by Dan Orr and Eric Douglas
  • Diver Down by Michael Ange

The First Steps in Underwater Photography

Jellies are underter denizonsAfter perusing this information, you will know the risk and understand that probably it is better to hire a professional to guide you through the first steps, or at least the first adventures. You need to know more about diving equipment and gear, underwater light refraction and composition, skills, and animal behavior. All of these components are important to getting fabulous underwater images, but diver safety always comes first before any of these components.

Equipment and Gear for Underwater Photography

Regarding gear only, one could spend a whole week or more reading on specifications of cameras, cases, lights, strobes, lenses, etc, and so my advice is to sit down, relax, and grab some snacks with your iPad or computer in a quiet place with a good WiFi connection. Start navigating and do some research BEFORE you enter a retail store, so you have more knowledge about what you will be looking at.

Here are some useful links:

Once you have figured out your initial gear (and notice I mention “initial” because based on my experience, I bet you will try different set ups until you find the appropriate one for you and the end product you want to obtain), I have to say, that for this specific reason, you should learn proper technique to maintain your photography gear if you want to get top dollar when you are ready to sell it.

Learning the Basics of Underwater Photography

Next, you will have to understand certain principles that affect or differ the way you take images underwater versus above water.  Two of these factors are composition and refraction.

Composition is an art, not a science. These rules and ideas for composition are meant to give assist you to creatively compose your shots; they shouldn’t lock you into rigid rules. The best composition for a subject will depend on your personal preferences. As your underwater photography progresses, good composition will become more natural and intuitive. However, even experienced photographers can benefit from trying new ideas in composition.

Understanding how light changes underwater is key to good photographyOther factors of taking images underwater include loss of color underwater, the color compensation that your brain does, understanding color temperature, and reflected light. Water absorbs different wavelengths of light to different degrees. The longest wavelengths, with the lowest energy, are absorbed first. Red is the first to be absorbed, followed by orange and yellow. The colors disappear underwater in the same order as they appear in the color spectrum. Even in water at a depth of 5 feet (1.5 meters), there will be a noticeable loss of red. For this reason, strobes are usually used to add color back to subjects underwater.

Carrying a Camera System Underwater

There is another consideration when you begin your underwater photoraphy:  You will quickly realize that you camera set up adds certain weight and drag on you buoyancy, as well as, of course, added distraction.  With a camera system in your hands, it is not just about being neutrally buoyant, spotting marine life, monitoring your air, and checking you bottom time and your buddy, now you need to check battery life, strobe lights set up, memory space, lenses, white balance, etc!  It is for these reasons that my recommendation is that you have as close-to-perfect buoyancy control by the time you start your endeavors in underwater photography, even if you elect to use a simple system, such as a Go Pro. I personally advise my divers to reach their advanced level and include on their adventure dives the peak performance buoyancy dive (or take the specialty for additional skills).

Another excellent adventure dive can be the Fish ID, so you can learn the best way to avoid harming delicate aquatic life, or damaging your gear or your own safety.  Once you know more about the animals you wish to photograph, and their specific behaviors, your images will become better!  Carib Inn offers many PADI continuing education dive courses.

Know Your Subject for Fantastic Underwater Images

Knowing the normal behavior of turtles helps get the right shot.And last, but not least, the animal behavior is simply knowing what are you looking at and how the animal will behave.  It is rather difficult to get a nice shot of marine life if you are not ready, or at least have an idea of what the animal will do, where you can find it, its feeding habits, or even if their represent any risk to you or you for them. After all, you wouldn’t like someone with blinding flashes taking pictures of you while you sleep, mate, eat, or give birth, right? It’s always important to understand that we are entering their world and, as good guest, we need to know the rules and customs of the underwater realm to avoid being known as an idiot abroad.

The best way to get this knowledge is to take the PADI Fish ID specialty course.  There are also numerous books as well as many downloadable apps for use with a smart phone.  The first step is to learn more about our under friends.

I hope you enjoy and learn from this tutorial.  If you have questions, or if there I can guide you further in your underwater photography, feel free to email me at

See you underwater!




Jean Carlos Blanco, from Panama, joined the Carib Inn staff in August 2015. He has been a PADI Open Water instructor since 2012. His favorite courses to teach are Deep, Night, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Dive Master and Rescue. His special interests are ship wrecks, exploration dives and night diving.



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Carib Inn Announces Dates for 2017 Low Season Specials

Those who plan their Bonaire vacations well in advance can take advantage of the low-season specials at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn.  Dates have just been announced for the summer season of 2017.

Low Season Specials

Between May 6th and July 1st, 2017, those who book now can take $20.00 off per night on any non-seaside room or both houses.

The same special is still in effect for this year, for reservations from August 27th through November 5th, 2016.

Group Special

Families and friends who travel together can take advantage of the group special.  Simply reserve Carib Inn’s 3 or 4 Bedroom House for 6 or more people and get a reserved dive boat for your group for the entire week!
Make this trip extra special by having a Carib Inn boat and divemaster all to yourselves! Your group of 6 or more can choose your own destination, divemaster, and departure time for your daily 2-tank dives. Also includes unlimited air fills for shore diving.

Both the 3- and 4- bedroom houses are adjacent to Carib Inn with full use of all facilities which include pool, seaside gazebo, BBQ, dock, and dive shop. Each has a large, private, fenced yard and parking. Full kitchens, air conditioned bedrooms, daily maid service, cable TV and free WiFi.


  • Based on 6 people – $659.50 pp
  • Based on 7 people – $636.50 pp
  • Based on 8 people – $619 pp

Prices include 7 nights accommodation, room tax, 6 days of 2-tank reserved boat diving and unlimited air fills.

Last Minute Openings

For those who decide to travel on short notice, Carib Inn usually has some availability with great rates for Last Minute Openings.  These select dates offer great savings, but are open only for the specified dates and room types.  Currently Last Minute Openings provides dates for stays now through the end of the year.

Check Availability Online

It’s always easy to check availability online.  Simply click here and fill in the online form. Remember that it is only an availability check and does not automatically make a reservation.  If your desired dates are available, we will be back to you with information to confirm the booking.


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Bonaire’s Wastewater Treatment System Reaches a Milestone

Bonaire's Wastewater Treatment System Reaches a MilestoneWith the ongoing use of Bonaire’s recently installed sewer system for properties near to or adjoining the coastal areas of Kralendijk, the Waste Water Treatment Plant reached a milestone last week when they processed the 1000th batch of wastewater on August 1st, 2016. This equates to more than 276,050 cubic meters of treated wastewater since its launch in early 2015. The treated water is distributed daily for use in irrigation.

A total of 16 farmers (kunukeros in Papiamentu) now receive the water for use on their farms. The quality of the irrigation water meets the standards set by the Public Entity Bonaire, and, even more impressive, the quality is higher than the requirements imposed by the Netherlands for purified wastewater that gets placed as surface water. Bonaire has access to safe and high-quality irrigation water for agriculture and landscaping.

The Public Entity Bonaire and WEB (Water & Electricity Bonaire) are currently preparing for the 10th EDF (European Development Fund) of the sewerage project Kloaka, in which parts of Hato and Belnem will be connected, providing even more treated water that can be used for irrigation.

Every cubic meter of wastewater which is treated is helping keep Bonaire’s reefs as free as possible from nutrification (when excess nutrients from a variety of sources–primarily sewage in Bonaire’s situation–set off a cascade of environmental changes). These changes can cause an over-abundance of algae growth, which competes with corals and other marine creatures for living space on the reef.

(Source: WEB via The Bonaire Insider on

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