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Bonaire Fall Festival Special

Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn

Bonaire Fall Festival Special

 

Starting at $119 night

Take $20 off per night on any non-seaside room and both houses!

Price is per room.

Special is available August 26th to November 4th, 2017.

Government room tax not included.

 

No minimum requirements, and no Booking Code necessary!

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Be a Card Carrying Member

I see this far less than years ago but there are still some who ask for dive equipment and/or tanks without any proof of certification. Some have simply forgotten their card. Others have never had one but wherever they had been diving, allowed it.

Some of the certifying organizations have a system where proof of certification can be found through an online system. Others do not and that causes a problem. Some divers argue that they have been diving for decades and others say that the place they were at last year never checked.

Perhaps this analogy will help better understand why showing your certification card is necessary. You show up at XYZ car rental and tell them you don’t have your driver’s license. They say you can’t rent a car. You say you have been driving for over 35 years. They say you still can’t rent a car without proof of a license. You say the ABC rented last year and you showed them your license. They say you still can’t rent a car without proof.

I don’t know anywhere that would rent someone a car without a driver’s license. It is very simple. If you want to drive or dive just make sure you have your license.

 

 

 

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New Retail Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After spending a long time considering what to do, we finally decided to tear down the wall.  The left picture shows before and the right picture after. It took a few days planning and a few days of work mainly in the evening but we did it. The biggest challenge was keeping the dust contained when breaking a concrete block wall. It went surprisingly well.

The store now has a much more open feeling and a lot more space. The new area now has all the wetsuits and related items with womens’ on the left side and men’s on the right. There are still a few more new displays and lighting to be added as soon as they arrive here on Bonaire.

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DEMA dive show a success

Dick Batchelder

Dick Batchelder, long time compressor man

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Lowell Dreyfus – founder of Trident dive equipment

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Suuz – Scubado Rags

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Evelyn Dudas – the first woman to dive the Andrea Doria!

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Cathy Church – world famous photograper

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Capt Spencer Slate – well known Florida Keys dive operator

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Bonnie Cardone – Skin Diver Magazine and now a novelist

DEMA, where most of the larger manufacturers and many of the smaller equipment suppliers display their wares, is always a lot of fun – both to see the new gear and also to talk with and visit many of the people in the industry that I have known over the years. Here are photos of a few of the people I saw this year:

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This Weekend’s STINAPA Birding Event is at Bonaire’s LVV

There’s another opportunity to enjoy a STINAPA birding event at Bonaire’s LVV facility this Saturday, November 19, 2016.

Bonaire has an abundance of shorebirds.During the fall and winter months, Bonaire hosts many migratory birds who visit the island for either over-wintering, or as a resting spot before they continue a longer migration. Many of these special bird species can be found at Bonaire’s LVV wastewater treatment plant, as there is always a fresh water supply for them.

STINAPA will lead another birdwatching trip at LVV.

This Saturday, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM, there is another opportunity for bird watching with STINAPA at this location just off Kaminda Lagoen.  Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have also been spotted in this area. During just the last weeks, the Southern Lapwing, Northern Waterthrush and the Sora were spotted in the area. During last month’s birding event, about 30 Yellow-billed Cuckoos were spotted.

What to bring.

Bring binoculars (if don’t have binoculars, STINAPA can provide you a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes.

Register your participation.

Please call STINAPA at 717-8444 to make your reservation. There are no costs involved, but donations are always welcome. Meet the leader next to the wastewater tanks.

(Source:  STINAPA via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

 

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Bonaire’s Reforestation Efforts Are Coming to Fruition

Why does Bonaire need to continue reforestation efforts?

Many terrestrial animals, introduced to the island hundreds of years ago, consume the native plants on Bonaire. When droughts occur, as Bonaire has experienced over the last two years, the munching of the plants can far outweigh the plant’s ability to grow and develop, many times causing native plants to die, and then allowing more invasive species to take over. Over time, deforestation of the island’s natural flora can cause weather changes–making the island hotter and drier, simply exacerbating the problem. To combat this, Bonaire has been involved with reforestation efforts for several years now.

Reforestation on Klein Bonaire.

Over the past several years, STINAPA has been at the forefront of reforestation efforts on Klein Bonaire. Volunteers have worked hard, carting water to Klein Bonaire in boats to water the baby plants until they become self-sufficient. The efforts have been successful, and it is hoped that the skyline of Klein Bonaire will soon start to be higher and greener.

Reforestation on Bonaire.

But what about the main island? Here, grazing goats, pigs, and donkeys consume native plant species at an alarming rate. STINAPA has held Tree-Planting Festivals in Washington Park for several years now, and this year’s event is coming up later this month. But it’s not enough and the island needs greater efforts.

Echo Foundation and the Dry Forest.

Bonaire's lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Echo Foundation is well known now for its monumental efforts to help save Bonaire’s Yellow-Shouldered Amazon parrots, more commonly known locally as loras, as the species is vulnerable to poaching and habitat destruction. To assist the parrots, and also the prikichi, the Brown-Throated Parakeet found on Bonaire, Echo is doing its best to help reforest the naturally occurring Dry Forest Ecosystem on the island.

How to reforest the Dry Forest?

With a mandate, support, and funding from Bonaire’s island government, Echo has plans to accomplish this lofty goal by reforesting 20,000 trees in ten reforestation areas, from which all exotic herbivores (goats, donkeys and pigs) are excluded.

The young trees are ready to be planted.

The young trees are ready to be planted.

Bonaire’s visitors can help with the reforestation efforts.

Now, with the rainy season upon us, Echo is actively planting the young trees it has been nurturing for some time.  On Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, they will host a Tree Planting Day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

Join in Echo’s tree-planting day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

To join in and have some good, old-fashioned fun at the same time, meet at the entrance to Washington Park at 8:00 AM. Transportation will be provided from the entrance of the park to the work site, or just look for Echo’s vehicle.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided to all planters, but those participating should wear closed-toe shoes and bring sun-screen, a water bottle, and gardening tools, if you have them.

Register your participation.

Please let Echo know you will be helping out.  Simply telephone them at 785-4128 or email info@echobonaire.org.

"We live by our nature; let's work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire."

“We live by our nature; let’s work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire.”

Can’t plant, but want to know more?

For those who can’t join in the planting, but would like to know more about Bonaire’s reforestation efforts, everyone can join in a free, informative evening at CIEE on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  During this presentation, Quirijn Coolen (Reforestation Warden at Echo) and Johan van Blerk (Nursery Manager at Echo) will be explaining the foundation’s part in the reforestation project and provide additional information about the planning, management, and community involvement in this important project.

 

(Source:  Echo Foundation, CIEE Bonaire via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

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Mangazina di Rei’s October Cultural Market Focuses on Health

Bonaire’s Monthly Cultural Market at Mangazina di Rei provides a fun opportunity to learn about the island’s history and culture.

Enjoy breakfast treats from the ladies of Rincon.

Enjoy breakfast treats from the ladies of Rincon.

The last Saturday of every month, everyone gathers at Mangazina dei Rei for the fun, and educational, cultural markets.

These markets each have an underlying theme, and October’s theme is health and wellness. Tomorrow, the fun starts as early as 8:30 AM. Stop by the stalls and enjoy some local treats for breakfast from the ladies of Rincon.

Tying the traditional Bonaire head-dress.

At 8:45 AM, the ever-popular scarf workshop takes place.  In her inimitable way, Mamita Fox will color coordinate just the right scarf for volunteers from the audience, and magically make beautiful head-dresses in no time at all!

Mamita Fox with her Scarf Workshop

Mamita Fox with her Scarf Workshop

Local music is always popular with Bonaire’s visitors.

But there’s never a Bonaire cultural event without music, so at 9:30 AM the local band, Grupo Ekspreshon Rítmiko will take to the stage.

A traditional "face" of Bonaire.

A traditional “face” of Bonaire.

The Kunuku lifestyle.

But this month’s theme is about health and wellness, so be sure to stay for the educational talks.  At 10:15 AM, we’ll learn about the Kunuku Lifestyle Challenge from Heleen Quartel. This challenge is an educational program on gardening while creating a healthy lifestyle and entrepreneurship.

Using local herbs for health and wellness.

At 11:30 AM, Dinah Veeris will give a presentation on how local herbs can be used for health and wellness.

At 12:15 PM, the local band Grupo F.M.K., a group of local kids and youth who specialize in folkloric music, will be providing entertainment.

Learn how easy it is to tie those head-dresses!

Learn how easy it is to tie those head-dresses!

The making of traditional cactus soup.

Of course, there is never a cultural market without some focus on Bonaire’s culture, and tomorrow everyone can enjoy the demonstration of making the traditional cactus soup!

Mangazina di Rei does a wonderful job in creating these unique cultural events.  The activities keep one’s interest, and it’s nice to enjoy the day on Mangazina di Rei’s patio.  The event will be open through 2:00 PM.  Be sure to come and enjoy it!

(Source:  Mangazina di Rei via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

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Learn About Bonaire’s Bats

On Bonaire, bats are good.

Bats eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants.

Many of Bonaire's bats pollinate cactus and other plants.Many people cringe when thinking about bats, the only mammal in the world with wings. But bats provide a wonderful service, especially in tropical locations such as Bonaire.  Why? Because many of them eat pesky mosquitoes.  Others pollinate our cactus and other plants.

Learn about Bonaire’s bats.

As part of STINAPA’s Connecting People with Nature series, there will be an evening to learn all about these wonderful mammals on Saturday, November 5th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

The venue.

The evening will begin at STINAPA’s headquarters at Barcadera, with a visit to a nearby cave afterwards.  Participants will be treated to a demonstration on how scientific research is conducted on bats.

What to bring.

Participants need to bring a flashflight covered with a red piece of cloth or paper, as bats don’t like light, sneakers in which to climb up and down the cave,  and a bottle of drinking water.

Be sure to pre-register.

There are no costs to participate (but donations are always welcome), but participants much register in advance by calling 717-8444.

(Source:  STINAPA via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

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See Migratory Birds at the Next STINAPA Birdwatching Event

Bonaire Birdwatching Event.

Migratory birds are arriving on Bonaire.

The reddish egret in breeding plumage.

The reddish egret in breeding plumage.

Bonaire boasts of an amazing number of birds, and in the last months of the year, the number of species grows, as Bonaire is an important stopping off, or wintering, area for many migratory birds.

STINAPA Connecting People with Nature Birdwatching Event.

STINAPA is once again hosting another special birdwatching event on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the LVV facility just off of Kaminda Lagoen.

The Venue.

This area has a constant supply of fresh water which attracts an abundance of bird species. Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have also been spotted in this area. During the last weeks, the Black-bellied Whistling Duck was seen in this area.

What to Bring.

Bring binoculars (if you do not have any, STINAPA can provide a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes.

Make your reservation.

Please call 717-8444  to make your reservation. There are no costs involved, but donations are always welcome. The meeting point is at the office building next to the wastewater tanks.

(Source:  STINAPA via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

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Taste of Bonaire–International Edition–is Saturday, September 24, 2016.

International Edition of Taste of Bonaire is Saturday, September 24, 2016

This Saturday marks the fifth edition of the 2016 Taste of Bonaire events, all of which are hugely popular both with residents and visitors.

There’s always great food, local music, arts and crafts available for purchase, and great camaraderie!

Taste of Bonaire on September 26, 2016

 

Performances & Entertainment at this month’s event.

This event will highlight performances by Dance Sensation and Dominican Dancers.  Music will be by Son Boneriano Band and DJ Proyecto 2000.

The fifth 2016 edition of Taste of BonaireDishes will have an international flair.

There’s some great food in store that is definitely in keeping with this month’s international theme.  Those attending can choose dishes with a local menu, or Venezuelan, Colombian, Dominican, Surinamese, Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Vegetarian, and others.

Taste of Bonaire’s Venue.

The September event is Saturday, September 24th, 2016 and will be held at Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk from 6:30 to 10:30 PM.  Be sure to stop by and enjoy the evening!

(Source:  TCB via InfoBonaire.com)

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