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Delta Expands Peak Holiday Schedule with Bonaire Flights

Spending the holidays on Bonaire just got easier.

A child on Bonaire in Christmas dress.The holiday season has been joyously extended in Bonaire thanks to Delta’s peak season schedule. This year, those who wish to spend the year-end holidays warming their toes in the sand can stay longer.

Delta to fly three weekly flights to Bonaire over the holidays.

From December 17, 2016 through January 6, 2017, Delta will offer three weekly non-stop flights every Saturday, Tuesday, and Friday from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Delta’s Special Holiday Flight Schedule.

The southbound Delta flight DL380 will depart ATL at 9:45 AM and arrive at Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 2:45 PM every Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.

The northbound return flight DL672 will depart Bonaire at 3:48 PM and arrive at Atlanta at 7:07 PM every Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.

(Source:  TCB via InfoBonaire.com)

 


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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 InfoBonaire.com)


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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.

Venue

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.

Venue

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 lauren@echobonaire.org 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 InfoBonaire.com)


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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 InfoBonaire.com)


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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:  InfoBonaire.com, used with permission)


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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 InfoBonaire.com)


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Welcome, Wijnand de Wolf, New Manager of Bonaire National Marine Park

STINAPA welcomes a new marine park manager, Mr. Wijnand de Wolf, who joined the organization as the new manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park.

bmp_managerWijnand began his new duties on August 1st, after completing work with the island government, involved with environmental issues.  He studied Aquatic Eco-Technology at the Hogeschool Zeeland, and he first acquired work experience at two municipalities and a consultancy firm in The Netherlands.

Wijnand will succeed Sabine Engel. Sabine Engel was the interim manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park in the previous year. Sabine will stay closely involved with STINAPA as the project leader of Lac.

(Source:  STINAPA via Bonaire Insider)


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The Bonaire Blue Bottle Project is Beginning for Drinking Water

Bonaire strives to be at the forefront of green technology, as it is well known on the island that our nature is a precious natural resource.  For many years, the plastic refuse from bottled water has been a detriment, filling up the landfill with trash which will take centuries to bio-degrade.  Many recycle plastic waste, but that is costly on a small island.  Now there is a new initiative that will remove the plastic waste of bottled water from Bonaire’s waste management and recycling efforts.  The Blue Bottle Project is beginning.

bluebottle1Last week saw the introduction of this new, “green” project as a number of waterpoints are being opened around the island as part of a larger project. These waterpoints will be located at bars, resorts, dive shops, and restaurants, and they give the user the possibility to fill up–for free–their Blue Bottles with drinking water with the best water quality. 

So how will it work?  The Blue Bottle is specially designed for use in the Caribbean, utilizing a vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle (20 fluid ounce/0.6 litre) which has a soft coated, non-drip cool body and will keep drinks cool for at least 12 hours. Even fully filled, it will float when accidentally dropped in the ocean, so recovery is easy.  At night you can use it on the porch or balcony as a cup and it will keep drinks frosty cool the whole night. The bottle cap is made of a “green” BPA-free plastic and the bottle is 100% recyclable. 

Upon arrival on Bonaire, visitors can purchase the Blue Bottle at the airport or cruise terminal for just $10.00.  It will also be available at waterpoints and other locations for $15.00, so there is a savings to jump on board when you first arrive. Waterpoints will be identified by easy-to-see posters.  At restaurants and bars, table markers will inform patrons of the free drinking water project.  All the information will be in English, Dutch and Spanish.

So be sure to be on the lookout and purchase your Blue Bottle when next arriving by plane or via cruise ship.

(Source:  The Blue Bottle Project via The Bonaire Insider)


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Book Now and Take Advantage of United’s Fall Airfare Sale

United Airlines has just announced it is offering airfare as low as $447 on their non-stop Houston-Bonaire flight, for travel during September and October, 2016.  Once you have secured your flights, be sure to check Carib Inn’s Last Minute Openings for special savings on your accommodations.

unitedThe southbound Bonaire flight departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on Saturdays at 1:00 PM, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50 PM. The northbound return flight departs BON on Sundays at 7:30 AM, arriving in IAH at 11:35 AM.

The weekly round-trip flight provides more options for visiting Bonaire and taking advantage of low season savings from the following connecting gateways:
  • Denver (DEN): $425
  • Chicago (ORD): $451
  • Los Angeles (LAX): $493
  • San Francisco (SFO): $523
  • Phoenix (PHX): $577
These fares were valid as of Monday, July 25, 2016, but all rates are subject to change. To check availability and fares from your gateway city, visit United’s web site by clicking here.
(Source:  TCB)
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