KLM Deal Weeks Just Announced

Fares to Bonaire as low as €497 from Amsterdam during KLM’s Deal Weeks.

KLM has just announced the launch for their airfare sales during KLM Deal Weeks.  Fares to Bonaire from Amsterdam are now as low as €497 per person, depending upon the chosen dates of travel.

Use the KLM Trip Planner

klm_intheairKLM’s Trip Planner makes it easy to see when the fare is available for purchase.  Simply go to their Trip Planner for Bonaire and enter your departure date.  Once you have found an appropriate date, check the date for your return flight.

Find Low Season Rates for Accommodations

With Bonare still in low season for a few more months, low-season prices are in effect for lodging with many establishments as well.  The Deal Weeks specials, combined with low-season lodging, make for planning a trip to Bonaire extra special right now!  Use InfoBonaire’s Lodging Finder to locate the perfect resort or hotel.

Finally, get a low season quote for a vehicle rental.

 

(Source:  KLM, AB Car Rental)

 

 

 

It’s Time for Another Taste of Bonaire, on Sunday, 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.

Bonaire Day Edition of Taste of BonaireThis 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.

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)

 

 

The Terramar Historical and Archaeological Museum Has Opened

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

Terramar Museum's Timeline of the Caribbean's Past

The 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.

The upstairs gallery at Terramar MuseumVisitors 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.”

Exhibit at the Terramar Museum

Terramar Museum Combines New with the Old

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 on InfoBonaire’s history page.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

 

A Hero’s Farewell, Final Salute to Officer Ferry Bakx

Final Tribute to Officer Ferry Bakx

Officer Ferry BakxIn an overwhelming display of solidarity and support, the people of Bonaire gathered Friday afternoon to say their farewells, and give their thanks, to the island’s fallen hero, Officer Ferry Bakx.

At 4:00 PM, a cavalcade commenced from the police station in Kralendijk to Flamingo Airport.  Throngs of people awaited the cavalcade, to show their undeniable support to Officer Bakx’s wife, Anita, and his colleagues from the Korps Politie.

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Onlookers were silent during the emotional ceremony, as the coffin was boarded onto the plane, for Officer Bakx’s final trip back to the European Netherlands, his birthplace.

farewell_to_Ferry_Bakx3His wife showed immense fortitude throughout the ceremony, and, when she ascended the stairs to board the plane to accompany her husband on the transatlantic crossing, the crowd applauded loudly to indicate their sympathies.

Officer Bakx was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016.

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(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Bonaire Mourns the Loss of One of Its Finest

policeIt is with the utmost sadness that today we report the passing of Officer Ferry Bakx of the Korps Politie of the BES islands. Bonaire mourns the loss of one of its own, killed in the line of duty, and flags are flying at half mast in his memory.

Late last night, Officer Bakx responded to a call in regard to a home burglary in progress. Shots were fired, and Officer Bakx was hit.  He was pronounced dead at San Francisco Hospital.

Officials are asking the public for any leads or information to help in the apprehension of the perpetrators.

Our deepest condolences are extended to Officer Bakx’s wife and family, his friends, and colleagues.

 

Statement from OH Henry Hambeukers

 

Statement from KPCN Jose Rosales

(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

Carib Inn Announces Dates for 2017 Low Season Specials

Lodging Specials for Bonaire Visitors

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 at the popular dive resort.

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.Carib Inn's Pool, at night

Rates:

  • 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.  Remember that it is only an availability check and does not automatically make a reservation.  If your desired dates are available, Carib Inn will be back to you with information on how to confirm the booking.

For additional information about any of the Carib Inn Low Season Specials, visit their web site at http://www.caribinn.com.

(Source:  Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn)

Take a Walk Under the Full Moon on a Special STINAPA Event

Evenings of full moons are always magical on Bonaire, but there will be some extra pixie dust in the air on Thursday, August 18th, 2016, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, when there is a special walking event in Washington Slagbaai National Park, under the full moon, of course!

STINAPA Full Moon WalkThe route will be the Lagadishi Trail alongside the eastern coast and back. Don’t forget to wear sturdy 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 don’t want to hit your toes against rocks or even cacti. Also, don’t forget to bring your own bottle with water and snacks if necessary. The entrance fee is $10.00 per person, and if you are interested in participated, call STINAPA at 717-8444.

(Source:  STINAPA)

Bonaire’s Wastewater Treatment System Reaches a Milestone

With 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.

webA 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)

An Evening with Johnny Craane–Tales of the Sea

There will be a very special evening at the new Terramar Museum on Friday, August 19th, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM, when Bonaire seafaring legend, Johnny Craane, presents Images of Our Maritime Past.

craaneHear tales of trade and trickery, sailing and smuggling as told by the master boat-builder himself.  The Craane family has crafted wooden ships on Bonaire for generations.  The island’s seafaring men form an important part of Bonaire’s history.

Joining Johnny will be Luzday Zambrano, great-granddaughter of the famous Bonaire boat-builder, “Pabubu” Marchena.  The hour-long presentation/tour includes a glimpse into the past, with fifteen stunning historic photographs of sailors and ships.

The presentation/tours in the new museum (located behind Mona Lisa Restaurant), will be conducted in three languages:  6:30 PM in English, 7:30 in Papiamentu, and 8:30 PM in Dutch.  Entrance is $10.00 per person, and all proceeds go to the restoration of Stormvogel, the last of the sailing cargo boats.

For those on Bonaire, this is a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into a Bonaire now mostly gone.

(Source:  Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation)

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Bonaire National Marine Park Has a New Manager, Welcome, Wijnand de Wolf

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)

 

 

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