There’s a New Green Initiative on Bonaire, Except It’s Blue!

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. 

This is the kick-off for a bigger, more inspiring, project to create awareness by visitors and residents to use more tap water and dramatically decrease the use of plastic bottles.  Project manager Rob van Holstein calls the project a PRE-cycling-project and stated:

“We don’t want to act after the crime is done, but we want to take action before the plastic bottle drops on the beach,”  referencing the collaboration of several local organizations and companies acting together as stakeholders so that all benefit from the goals.

bluebottle2So 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)



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Long-Time, Repeat Guests are Honored at Carib Inn

In the last two weeks, there has been a lot to celebrate at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn, as many of their long-time, repeat Bonaire visitors hit milestones in their visits.

The Poduska Family now has three generations visiting and diving on Bonaire over the last 30 years.  The Poduskas hail from Fort Collins, Colorado, in the U.S.A.  When they first visited so many years ago, now-grandpa Paul was the only certified diver.  Over the years, a son and daughter were certified to dive, with the daughter eventually continuing her dive education to become a divemaster.  Now, it’s the grandchildren’s turn, with one already certified, and ten-year-old twins taking a PADI Discover Scuba Diving course.

Burton Ogle and Tracy Zontek have been visiting Bonaire for 25 and 15 years respectively, and they cherish memories of the friendly Bonaireans, spectacular dives, and their dear friends at the Carib Inn. They both honed their diving skills from Bruce Bowker‘s buoyancy workshops.

Larry and Karyle Mumper have been staying at Carib Inn for 15 years.  Years ago, they saw an advertisement in Skin Diver Magazine showing a picture of Bruce Bowker with his two Dalmatians.  They thought to themselves, “Now Carib Inn must be a great place, if the owner puts his dogs in his advertisements!”  And so they visited, and have continued to visit.

Burt, Tracy, Larry, and Karyle were also honored by Bonaire’s tourism board as Bonaire Ambassadors for their devotion to the island.  Congratulations to all!  Come back soon.

Carib Inn does honor their loyal guests with an in-house program.  Visit their Friends Over the Years web page to see others who have attained milestones.  You may also subscribe to receive their newsletters.

(Source:  Carib Inn)

United Airlines Offers Fall Fare 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.

The 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 are valid as of today, 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)

Bonaire Has a New Firestation at Flamingo Airport

firestation_July_2016_009Last Saturday, Bonaire’s Fire Department held an interesting and informative Open House at their just opened fire station at Flamingo Airport.  Many persons visited throughout the day to learn more what Bonaire’s fire team does as well as fire safety in general.

The fire station was relocated to the new location, which provides quicker access to all areas of Flamingo Airport’s runway so that a fast response can be made in the event of an emergency.

The Fire Department, along with their colleagues at Bonaire’s Police Department, are the first responders in all sorts of emergencies, in addition to fires.  If there is a traffic accident with injuries, the Fire Department might need to quickly get a victim out of a vehicle and stabilized for transport to the hospital.  This past Saturday, the men and women of Bonaire’s fire team gave an excellent demonstration on how this is done–but thankfully the live “victim” was able to get up and walk away after being removed from the vehicle on a backboard.  It’s nice to know that these firefighters can work quickly as a team when seconds might count.


firestation_July_2016_005The fire engines were out and available for people to inspect.  The kids who attended had a great time climbing aboard, or having their pictures taken in full fire gear.

Another demonstration instructed the public on how to handle fires.  If the fire is small, the use of a fire extinguisher can be used and the proper way to use one was illustrated by the firefighters, and the public then had opportunities practice putting out fires.


Bonaire’s firefighters have top-notch training, equipment, and knowledge.  It’s nice to know that the island can provide excellent emergency services if they are ever needed.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)





Summer Edition of Taste of Bonaire is Saturday, July 30th, 2016

tobThe next edition of Taste of Bonaire will occur on Saturday, July 30th, 2016, and this event will have a theme of Summer Vacation.  It will also have a new venue, since summer vacations are all about the beach, so be sure to wear your flip flips when you walk Coco Beach to enjoy all the different food offerings, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

There will be some great music, along with the food stands and also arts & crafts stands.  The music group, Grupo ESO, will provide live music, and some of Bonaire’s best DJs will be providing music as well.  A new twist is that Bonaire’s own Steel Band Silver Bullet will perform, and Mieke de Loeu of Industry Activity will give a dance, zumba, and bootcamp demonstration.

The Taste of  Bonaire has become a very popular event for both those residing on Bonaire and all of the island’s visitors.  Be sure to mark this on your calendar, and join the rest of the island at Coco Beach on July 30th.

(Source:  TCB)

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Open House at Bonaire’s Newest Fire Station

firetruckMany young boys (and some that are not so young) yearn to be a fireman when they grow older.  Those who are on Bonaire right now can scratch that itch by visiting the brand new fire station  at the open house taking place tomorrow, Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Throughout the day, the fire station at Flamingo Airport will be open tour viewing.  Bonaire’s elite fire department will be conducting several educational demonstrations of what they do on a day-to-day basis.  And, of course, special activities are planned for the young ones, especially those young boys who can’t wait to grow up and be a fireman!

If you are on Bonaire this weekend, be sure to stop by and see the important work these people day.

(Source:  RCN)


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VIDEO: Octopus Steals Go Pro and Takes Video of Diver!

Divers use many adjectives to describe the feelings they experience when diving on Bonaire:  awe-inspiring, humbling, peaceful, zen.  However, not many actually can say that Bonaire’s underwater denizens have actually tickled their funny bone!

Recently on a dive at Carib Inn, a diver had an unexpected octopus encounter!  We won’t give away the story, so you’ll have to watch the video.

For those readers who have dove at Carib Inn, the diver that got “snookered” was none other than Carib Inn’s own Kitty!  Thanks, Kitty, for a great laugh!


(Source: Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn)

Explore the Valley of Rincon’s New Driving, Hiking, and Biking Trails

Piedra di BoneiruLast summer, the island of Bonaire opened up a totally new area of the island that visitors could explore when the Bara di Karta Trails were opened for driving, hiking, and biking.  Now, another much-loved area of Bonaire has launched similar trails to explore in the Valley of Rincon.

Most visitors to Bonaire are well acquainted with Rincon and its environs, but the new trails definitely will highlight historical landmarks, such as the Mangazina di Rei and the Piedra di Boneiru (Bonaire’s mythical origin), favorite eateries in the area, and Bonaire’s much-loved nature with hiking and biking trails which will promise to get you off the beaten path.

DSCN1155With the newly launched Explore the Valley of Rincon initiative, there are two circular driving trails, three hiking trails, and two mountain biking trails, with full details of the trails available by clicking here.  Be sure to check them out on your next Bonaire visit.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)




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Reserve Your Own Dive Boat at Carib Inn

Many families or small groups come to Bonaire to enjoy the fantastic diving that is world-famous. Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn offers the opportunity to reserve your own dive boat, for groups up to 12 persons, at an easy-to-afford price.

The dive sites at undeveloped Klein Bonaire are normally considered more pristine than those along the leeward shore of Bonaire.  This is because Klein Bonaire does not get the inherent pressures of polluting runoff that can occur along the west coast, where there is coastal development.  And, the dive sites at Klein Bonaire are unique and different in topography than the sites which are accessible from Bonaire’s western shore.

white_boat_lrThere are also many dive sites in the hillier, northern area of Bonaire, where shore access is more difficult.  Some of these dive sites offer sweeping walls, historic anchors lush with marine life, and an abundance of turtles!  It is just easier to do a back-roll off the dive boat than to try to do difficult shore entries and exits.

With an advance reservation and subject to boat and divemaster availability, the Carib Inn offers private boats, an ideal setup for families or small groups from one person (total luxury!) to 12 persons.  Either one-tank or two-tank dives are available, and this option allows you the luxury of choosing your dive site, choosing your divemaster, and choosing your departure time.  Morning charters can be arranged with departures between 8:30 and 10:00 AM, while single-tank afternoon departures can be scheduled between 12:30 and 2:00 PM.  Divers are invited to bring their own drinks and lunch or snacks, but do be aware that no alcohol is allowed on the dive boats.

A single-tank charter costs $222.00 for one to six persons.  Each additional person over six is $37.00 per person.  A two-tank charter costs $396.00 for one to six persons, with each additional person over six adding in $66.00 per person.  For dive sites in Washington National Park, there is a $12.00 per diver surcharge to cover the additional fuel costs.

Carib Inn enjoys a unique following of loyal divers who return year after year.  Every person on the dive crew at the Carib  Inn is a PADI Instructor, each with many years of experience in the diving industry.  Even if you have shore diving arranged with another facility, you will be welcomed by Bruce and his staff if you wish to enjoy a private dive boat from the Carib Inn dock.  For additional information, visit their web site at

Book Your PADI Discover Diving Course Now--$80.00

(Source:  Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn)

Bonaire Will Host the 2016 Deepsea Challenge Free Diving Event from September 2-10, 2016

freedivingThis year, Bonaire will once again host the 2016 Deepsea Challenge Free Diving event for nine days of world-class competitive free diving activities from September 2 through 10, 2016.  Bonaire’s own Carlos Coste, and Marina Kazankova, from Russia, will attempt the Longest Horizontal Free Dive in an ocean environment.  This record attempt will include a live underwater DJ playing music while photographers and videographers capture history.

Throughout the days of this Challenge, there will be training events, as well as competitive events.  For the Guinness World Record attempts, there will be an after-party to hopefully celebrate new world records set on Bonaire.

There are fifteen athletes already registered, who are coming to Bonaire for the Challenge from all corners of the globe, including Canada, Spain, The United Kingdom, Japan, USA, Brazil, The Netherlands, and neighboring Caribbean islands.

If you are on Bonaire in early September, be sure to visit and cheer on your favorite athlete.

(Source:  Deepsea Challenge 2016, Photo credit: jayhem via / CC BY )

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