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Carib Inn Expands Retail Store

Carib Inn augments their selection of quality dive equipment on Bonaire with the expansion of their retail store.

The retail store at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn has always been well known on Bonaire for great prices on quality dive and snorkel equipment.  The store is entirely staffed by PADI instructors, insuring that shoppers will receive a perfect fit or advice on best equipment for their own personal needs.

Knocking out walls leads to more space and display areas.

Now, Carib Inn has expanded their retail store, so there is even more opportunity to have great dive gear stocked on Bonaire at good prices.  After spending quite some time on calculating how to expand the store, it was finally decided to tear down a wall.  It took a few days of planning, and a few evenings of work, so as not disrupt daily services, but it is done and is looking spiffy.  The biggest challenge was keeping the dust contained when breaking the concrete wall, but all went well.

Wetsuits are featured in the new alcove.

The store now has a much more open feeling and a lot more space. The new area features all the wetsuits and related items with women’s on the left side and men’s on the right. When I visited recently, I was informed that additional new displays and lighting are ordered and on their way to Bonaire.

We found a great value on booties!

While in the store, we found a really great value, and so we want to share it with our Bonaire Insider readers.  Currently, Carib Inn has booties for snorkeling or diving at only $39.00, but with a buy one, get two special. Different sizes can be purchased on this special, effectively making the price $19.50 per pair! If you are on Bonaire, and need some foot protection for shore diving or shore snorkeling, check out the thick-soled booties at Carib Inn. Be sure to bring your fins to check the fit.

Carib Inn is conveniently located at J. A. Abraham Blvd 46, with ample parking.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)


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.


Eat ‘Til You’re Full at Taste of Bonaire, Walk it Off on a Full Moon Hike

Taste of Bonaire and a full moon hike top the charts for weekend events.

This week has two ever-popular events, and they are timed just right!  On Saturday evening, be in Wilhelmina Park for the Bon Topa (Let’s Meet) Edition of Taste of Bonaire, from 6:30 PM until 11:00 PM.  On Sunday, get in some healthy exercise with STINAPA’s Full Moon Hike of the Lagadishi Trail.

Ban Topa (Let’s Meet) Edition of Taste of Bonaire in Wilhelmina Park.

This is a very special Taste of Bonaire because anyone attending will have the opportunity to provide Bonaire’s tourism office with their ideas and feedback on a special survey about the future of Bonaire’s tourism and the island’s tourism strategic plan.

Music, performances, arts and crafts, and food.

But of course, there will be music, dancing, arts and crafts stall to peruse, and the main event, food!  Both local and international foods can be sampled while enjoying music from
Grupo Kariño, FMK Formashon Musical Krioyo, and Projekto 2000.

Special performances and a new debut single by Jeon.

There will be performances from the Dominican Dancers, local dance artist Semi Marten–together with her dance partner from Curacao– and, direct from Aruba, we’ll be enjoying Jeon (Biggy Boy). At this special event, Jeon will also debut a new single dedicated to Bonaire.

Full moon hike of Washington Park’s Lagadishi Trail.

And, should you overindulge in all of the great variety of foods on Saturday evening, STINAPA gives you the opportunity to walk off those extra calories on their Full Moon Hike of the Lagadishi Trail in Washington Park on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

What you’ll see on the Lagadishi Trail.

Full moon hike on the lagadishi trail.The Lagadishi Trail takes one along the windward coast and back. You’ll see a limestone plateau that provides a complete spectrum of Bonairean windward scenery: historic sites, xerophytic vegetation (plants such as cactus, which are adapted to dry habitat), sand dunes, mangroves, a salt pan (a shallow seawater lake, which evaporates seasonally leaving a residue of salt), blowholes, and a true oceanic beach are some of the components of this trail. Flamingos are frequently seen in the salt pan. Interpretative signs are provided on this trail.

Items to bring on the trail.

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 don’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.

Register your participation.

To participate, please call STINAPA at 717-8444 before 4:00 PM today. There is space for 25 people, and the entrance fee is $10 per person.  Meet at the entrance to Washington Slagbaai National Park at 5:00 PM.


Enjoy your weekend!

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(Source:  TCB, STINAPA)




Art Day in Rincon is Sunday, December 18, 2016

Enjoy music, dancing, art, and local food at Rincon’s Art Day.

This Sunday there is another opportunity to have fun while doing some holiday shopping when the village of Rincon hosts their Art Day.

Art Day in RinconStarting at 4:00 PM, and running through Midnight, the village will be decked out in holiday spirit.  As always with events which Rincon hosts, there will be lots of local music and dancing, local food, and of course, works of art to view and purchase.

For those on Bonaire, it’s another opportunity to get into the spirit of the holidays.

(Source:  Village of Rincon)


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BonDiGro Supermarket Opens in Convenient, New Location

BonDiGro Supermarket Opens on Kaya Industria in Bonaire.

Many visitors enjoy utilizing the kitchen facilities of their accommodations, either to help economize, or simply because they enjoy cooking.  Whatever the motivation, there is newly re-located store, BonDiGro Supermarket, with a convenient location and economical pricing.

Convenient Parking.

The new BonDiGro is located just east of the traffic rotary where Kaya Industria meets Kaya International (the main road from the airport into Kralendijk). Parking is very convenient with spaces literally at the front door.

Fresh Produce Arrives Weekly.

BonDiGro's Produce sectionFresh fruits and vegetables arrive weekly, many coming in from the United States. It is possible to locate some real “finds” at BonDiGro, such as pomegranates, winter squashes, or other seldom-seen-on-Bonaire items, depending upon the season, of course. It’s quite fun to stroll down the aisles where produce is offered, in the air-conditioned, front area of the store, to see what can be found to make interesting meals. Some weeks they have a produce list of over 80 different items arriving.

Club-Style Store for Non-Perishables.

In the rear of the store, there is an open, warehouse-style, area for non-perishables, similar to a Sam’s Club or Costco in the United States.  This area is not air-conditioned, but with the loading dock doors open to receive goods, Bonaire’s breeze keeps the temperature cool. By utilizing both air-conditioned areas for perishables, and trade-winds for non-perishables, BonDiGro is able to keep their costs low, and these savings are passed on to the consumer.

Those visitors who have near-term plans for a Bonaire visit should definitely make a stop at BonDiGro and see if the store can fulfill shopping needs as a visit here can substantially cut down on the final cost at checkout. BonDiGro is open daily, but does close on Sundays at 1:00 PM.

View all Bonaire Supermarkets.


(Source:   Bonaire Insider Reporter)







Kralendijk’s Christmas Shopping Night Will Get You Into the Holiday Spirit!

Bonaire’s Christmas Shopping Night is December 17th, 2016.

Take care of last minute holiday purchases on Saturday, December 17th, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM on Kaya Grandi and Wilhelmina Park.

Kaya Grandi will become a pedestrian mall.

During this event, Kaya Grandi will be closed to traffic, giving everyone the opportunity to walk around freely and enjoy the last minute shopping in a Christmas atmosphere. There will be live music plus DJs providing music in various locations, and the stores fronting Kaya Grandi will be open, as well as stands in Wilhelmina Park where one can stroll and find just the right gift for a special someone!

shopping_nightSanta will make an appearance!

Different types of traditional Christmas food will be sold. And what’s a Christmas Shopping Night without Santa?  There will be an opportunity to take a photo with Santa between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM in Wilhelmina Park. There will also be a kids’ corner.

Buy a raffle ticket, help the Bonaire Foodbank.

At El Mundo Restaurant, a raffle will take place starting at 8:00 PM with the possibility to win different prizes.  Entry is just $2.00, and the funds collected will be donated to the Bonaire Foodbank, which will also be present during the evening for anyone wishing to make a donation to this worthy cause. A special thank you goes to everyone who provided a prize for the raffle.

New this year!  At 7:00 PM, some of Bonaire’s senior citizens will be coming through Kaya Gandi, so the generations will be complete with the old, the young, and those in between! Don’t miss it!

The event is sponsored by Tourism Corporation Bonaire and Bonaire Arts & Crafts Association.

(Source:  TCB)



The 2017 Bonaire Calendars Are Now Available

The end of the year is fast-approaching, so it’s now time to look at procuring your 2017 Bonaire calendar.  Many visitors to Bonaire, who wish to spend additional time on the island, do so by living vicariously through the Bonaire calendars, as they provide a window into life on island every day of the year.

There are two different Bonaire calendars available for 2017.

This year we are highlighting two different calendars, one for landlubbers, and one for the dive fanatics.


The Pure Bonaire 2017 Calendar

The 2017 Pure Bonaire Wall Calendar

For the landlubbers, the Pure Bonaire 2017 Calendar features photography encompassing a wide variety of the Bonaire lifestyle…….from its nature, to sports, and to the island’s culture and people. This premium calendar features 13.5” x 19” sized pages, coil binding, white interior paper (100# weight), and full-color interior ink.  Bonaire’s holidays for the coming year are noted on the calendar.  It’s the perfect gift for Bonaire aficionados to give to themselves, or as holiday gifts for any Bonaire lover!  The cost of this deluxe calendar is $25.00 and it can be ordered individually or in any quantity online, and the calendar normally ships within five days of placing an order.  See all the monthly views of the Pure Bonaire calendar.

Ellen Muller’s Underwater Bonaire 2017 Calendar

2017 Underwater Photography Calendar by Ellen Muller

For those who just can’t get enough of Bonaire’s marine creatures, we are also highlighting Ellen Muller’s Underwater Bonaire 2017 Calendar.  Ellen not only takes stunning underwater images, but she manages to find the un-findable! Ellen’s 2017 version contains twelve new and unusual underwater photos, all taken right here on Bonaire, and beautifully printed on heavy card-stock. Each photo is approximately 8.5 x 11 inches in size (21.5 x 28 cm) so when fully open, the calendar measures 17 x 11 inches (43 x 28 cm).  A limited number of calendars are available on Bonaire now, with more arriving on October 1. The calendars are available at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn and the price is $20.00 per calendar (cash only please) while supplies last. Calendars are also available in the U.S. and Canada by mail, with two shipping windows (late September or late November) before the holidays, shipping costs will be added to the total price.  Please e-mail for additional information.

(Source:  Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn, Pure Bonaire Calendar)



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

Taste of Bonaire–International Edition–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, September, 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.

Dishes 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)





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)



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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Taste of Bonaire is Coming This Weekend, on June 25th, 2016

tob‘Tis the season to enjoy Bonaire’s cuisine, and the island will celebrate the closing of its Cuisine Months (May and June) with another fabulous Taste of Bonaire festival at Wilhelmina Park this Saturday, June 25th, 2016.  This is the second in the series of five “Tastes” which are planned for 2016.

This month’s event will feature all sorts of food stands, arts and crafts, and live performances from the local band Formashon Musical Krioyo, as well as entertainment by DJ Proyekto 2000 and dance performances by The Dominican Dancers.  Local talent will also be showcased.

There will be a tribute to the Bonaire Culinary Team, fresh from Miami where they recently competed in the Taste of the Caribbean.

The “Tastes” are a wonderful way for visitors and locals to rub elbows and get to know each other.  Be sure to come to Wilhelmina Park from 6:30 to 10:30 PM for a great evening!

(Source:  TCB)


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