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Free WiFi Hot-spot in Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk

Visitors can pick up free WiFi via a hot-spot in Kralendijk’s Wilhelmina Park.

Last week, officials from Island Government, Tourism Corporation Bonaire, and Digicel launched a new service for Bonaire’s visitors and residents who are frequently in Wilhelmina Park, in downtown Kralendijk.  Effective immediately, a free WiFi hot-spot has been created.

Free wifi hotspot in Wilhelmina Park, BonaireInstructions to access the hot-spot.

To access the hot-spot, you will need a Facebook login to verify your identity. To find the connection on your wireless device, simply search for the signal “Welcome to Bonaire” and follow the login instructions.  You will receive 30 minutes of WiFi free, and, should additional time be needed, you will be prompted to purchase more minutes to continue on the high-speed Internet.

This service is provided thanks to a coordination of efforts between Bonaire’s tourism office, Digicel (one of the island’s mobile providers), and the Protestant Church, for assisting with installation locations.

(Source:  TCB)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing on The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.


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Caribe Car Rental Expands Fleet with New Vehicles

Caribe Car Rental adds new vehicles to its fleet, especially suited for the leisure traveler to Bonaire.

 

Suzuki Swift and Hyundai Creta added to fleet.

Caribe Car Rental takes delivery of their new vehicles.

Caribe Car Rental takes delivery of their new vehicles.

Recently, Caribe Car Rental took delivery of some new vehicles, which will add to the modern fleet they already operate.  The rental car company has added a Suzuki Swift and a Hyundai Creta SUV.

These vehicles are perfectly suited for the leisure traveler to Bonaire, providing either sub-compact economy or SUV-style comfort for those tootling about the island on vacation.

Pickup Trucks are available for rent as dive and snorkel vehicles.

Although these new vehicles are not intended for diving, those who plan to dive and snorkel on Bonaire will welcome the fleet’s variety of pick-ups, offering easy gear storage in the back bed and a more rugged vehicle to handle Bonaire’s shore diving and snorkeling locations.

Caribe Car Rental offers exceptional service.

Caribe Car Rental is a small rental company, with customer service as a top priority.  The fleet is made up of mostly new vehicles, the majority only being one or two years old.  A representative from Caribe Car Rental will pick you up from any location on Bonaire to bring you to the office for your rental.  Upon your return back, they will drive you onward to the airport, or back to your resort or hotel.

Caribe is located just off the traffic rotary at the intersection of Kaya Industria and Kaya International.  They are within an easy walk of many of the popular small resorts in this area.

For additional information, to check prices for your next Bonaire vacation, or to make a reservation, visit the Caribe Car Rental website.

(Source:  Caribe Car Rental)

 

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Washington-Slagbaai National Park Re-Opens After Heavy Rains

Washington Slagbaai National Park re-opens after Bonaire’s recent rains.

Washington Park is once again open to all traffic as of today, January 19th.  The park was recently forced to close after frequent rains, which affected the roads throughout the park.

Additionally, STINAPA has announced that the park will be closed on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, for repair to the roads which suffered damage from the heavy rains.

If you have plans to visit the park in the coming days, give the park a call at 788-9015 to be sure they are open, especially if the rains continue, as the situation can be amended at any time due to the weather conditions.

(Source:  STINAPA)

 

 

 

 

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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. Referencing the collaboration of several local organizations and companies acting together as stakeholders so that all benefit from the goals, 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.”

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)

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It’s Time to Taste-Test Three New Signature Bonaire Beers

20160128-BlondIt’s been nearly a year since Bonaire Blond, Bonaire’s own signature beer, was first introduced, and so there’s an anniversary celebration, and three new signature Bonaire beers are coming to the party!

Just arriving on Bonaire now, the newly created Bonaire Blond Tropical line includes three light and fruity beers, perfectly blended for Bonaire’s tropical days and nights.

The first of the Tropical Beers is already on island and available at select eateries, and this one highlights cantaloupe melon and lime, both great refreshing flavors.  Arriving soon from the brewery in Holland are the brand new Passionfruit & Coconut and Mango & Carambola, also exciting blends.  All the Tropical line of beers have an alcohol content of 2.5%, and include blends of ingredients commonly found on Bonaire, including aloe vera from Bonaire’s own Onima Aloe Plantation.

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Even the labels are literally works of art as they showcase the paintings of resident artist, Fred van den Broek, and the color schemes were chosen to reflect the tropical ingredients included in each flavor.

Those who enjoy trying different beers will soon have four beers–the original Bonaire Blond, plus the three new Bonaire Blond Tropicals–to enjoy when on the island.  These are the quintessential beers for kicking back on the beach with your toes in the sand.

The new Bonaire Blond Tropical beers can be taste-tasted and enjoyed at these select restaurants and bars:

  • At Sea,
  • The Beach Hut,
  • Bistro de Paris,
  • Boudoir,
  • Buddy Dive Resort,
  • Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino,
  • Jibe City (The Hang Out Beach Bar),
  • Joe’s Grill House,
  • La Cantina,
  • Lac Baai,
  • Little Havana

 

Try them out and then comment below to let us know how you like them!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)




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What’s the Weather Forecast for Bonaire? Just Look East!

20151218-WeatherWhen visitors to Bonaire ask the locals what the weather is forecasted for the coming days, they are generally told to stick their head out the window and look eastward.  But starting January 1st, 2016, all that will change!

Starting the 1st of January 2016, KNMI (the Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut) will provide the meteorological and seismological services for the Caribbean Netherlands.

Besides the weather forecasts for the general public, KNMI will also take care of the weather forecasts and specific weather bulletins for air and ship traffic. For extreme circumstances, such as hurricanes, high waves, and flooding due to copious rain, warnings are issued and advice is given to the governors, the Kingdom Representative, local crisis coordinators and the National Crisis Centre (NCC) of the Ministry of Security and Justice. For this KNMI will use the system that is already in place in the Caribbean Netherlands.

The observational, satellite and radar data of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba reach the Netherlands in real time, so that the meteorologists at KNMI can follow the weather on the islands closely in spite of the large distance.

In order to serve the islands best, KNMI collaborates with other meteorological services, among them those of Aruba, Sint Maarten, Météo France, and the Meteorological Service of Curaçao (MDC).   Effective January 1st, 2016, weather for the Dutch Caribbean can be followed at their new web site at http://www.knmidc.org/(Source:  Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland)

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Carib Inn Launches Weekly Photo Contests

What the mouth of a frogfish looks like!

With the proliferation of wonderfully small and high quality cameras these days, more divers than ever are taking their own underwater and travel images and coming home with great images.  Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn has just launched a weekly photo contest for their guests and divers to help showcase these wonderful images.

It’s very simple–post your favorite images taken during your stay on the Carib Inn Facebook page.  Images must be uploaded during your stay by Thursday each week.  The week’s winner will be announced on Friday and is awarded by the most number of “likes.”  Each weekly winner receives a T-shirt (winner must be present to receive the prize), and each winner is automatically entered into the annual contest, with a prize of a shore diving package for two.

Images can be from above or below the water, and can be of guests, staff, flora, fauna, landscapes, or activities.  It’s only limited by your own imagination!  Be sure to submit only current images, those taken during your stay at Carib Inn or while diving with them.

Other terms and conditions do apply, so visit the Carib Inn web site for additional details. (Source:  Carib Inn)

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Bonaire Has a New Cinema, Empire Cinema Offers Open-Air Viewing of First Run Movies

Bonaire has a new cinema that recently opened, called Empire Cinema.  The cinema is now open utilizing their open-air viewing area, and plans are in place for a soon-to-come air-conditioned theater.

Empire Cinema is using state-of-the-art projection equipment, and already their open-air theater has become quite popular.  The current summer schedule is offering daily movies at 7:30 PM, with an additional viewing at 10:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

There are exciting plans for the future, which call for a 100-seat, air-conditioned theater, and the addition of a small and intimate Thai restaurant.  Further, once the restaurant opens, authentic Thai snacks will be available for purchase during the movies.

Empire is showing current, first-run movies, and there is a great lineup of future movies coming over the next few months.  This week SPY and Jurassic World are showing along with the Dutch version of Minions.  To view what is currently playing, click here.

Empire Cinema is located at Kaya Katwijk 6 in Hato.  When traveling on Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot, turn east on the dirt road between Bon Bida Gym and Maduro & Curiel’s Bank’s administration office.  Travel about a quarter mile, and you will see the cinema’s screen on the right.  (Source:  Empire Cinema)

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