Sebastian’s Restaurant is Serving a Traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner on Bonaire.


Those on Bonaire on Thanksgiving Day this year will enjoy a special treat on Thursday, November 24, 2016, when Sebastian’s Restaurant will be preparing and serving a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner.

Sebastian’s Restaurant is serving a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner.

There’s no better way “to have your turkey and eat it, too” than sitting by the shore at Sebastian’s, enjoying Bonaire’s warm tropical breezes.

The fixed-price menu will feature:thanksgiving_turkey_bonaire

  • Pumpkin soup
  • Roasted turkey with apple-nut stuffing
  • Mashed white potatoes with gravy
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Baked sweet potato
  • Glazed carrots
  • Green beans
  • Pumpkin Pie



Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Price is USD $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are highly recommended!   There will be two seatings on this day, in order to accommodate everyone.  Please make your reservations for either 6:00 PM or 8:30 PM by clicking here.

Please note that the regular menu is not available on Thanksgiving Day.

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

View the Photo Gallery of the 2016 Sailing Regatta Race Finals!

View images of today’s final sailing races in the Bonaire Sailing Regatta.

(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)

See Migratory Birds on Bonaire at the Next STINAPA Birdwatching Event

Bonaire Birdwatching Event.

Migratory birds are arriving on Bonaire.

The Reddish Egret in Breeding Plumage

The Reddish Egret in Breeding Plumage.

Bonaire boasts of an amazing number of birds, and in the last months of the year, the number of species grows, as Bonaire is an important stopping off, or wintering, area for many migratory birds.

STINAPA Connecting People with Nature Birdwatching Event.

STINAPA is once again hosting another special birdwatching event on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at the LVV facility just off of Kaminda Lagoen.

The Venue.

This area has a constant supply of fresh water which attracts an abundance of bird species. Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have also been spotted in this area. During the last weeks, the Black-bellied Whistling Duck was seen in this area.

What to Bring.

Bring binoculars (if you do not have any, STINAPA can provide a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes.

Make your reservation.

Please call 717-8444  to make your reservation. There are no costs involved, but donations are always welcome. The meeting point is at the office building next to the wastewater tanks.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  STINAPA)




Bonaire’s 7th Annual Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race is October 23, 2016

Xtreme mountain biking requires Xtreme athletes.


For the seventh year, Bonaire will once again host its version of the Duo Xtreme Mountain Biking challenge and competition on October 23, 2016. There are two routes, a “pro” route of 50 kilometers, and an “Xtreme” route of 76 kilometers.

Bike Trails can be difficult and taxing.

This is true mountain bike “trekking” on Bonaire, as the routes cover mostly dirt trails with a lot of climbing and descending. Given the long distances, tropical heat, and the trails, this challenge is not for the faint of heart.

The "pro" route of the Bonaire Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race

The “pro” route of the Bonaire Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race

The "Xtreme" route of the Bonaire Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race

The “Xtreme” route of the Bonaire Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race

With the Xtreme, it always takes two to tango!

Because of the inherent challenges, this race is always a “duo” race, with teams of two competing. Both team members must cross the finish line to have their time tallied, and no one can assist the team. If you have a flat tire? Bad luck! Fix it en route!

Safety is always a primary concern.

There are five water stations along the way where participants can replenish their water or sports drink.  Since there might be areas which cross vehicular traffic, the police and volunteers will be assisting those on bikes with traffic crossings.

Crossing the finish line!

For many participants, it’s all about finishing, whether it be first or last. But there is also a financial gain by winning, as there are some excellent cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

For visitors, it’s an early Sunday morning, but it’s quite fun to watch the start of the race. Be at the north entrance of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino for the 6:30 starting gun!

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Bonaire Duo Xtreme)




Vote Now in Carib Inn’s Annual Photo Contest

The Carib Inn Photo Contests.

It was twelve short months ago when the Bonaire Insider announced that Carib Inn would commence with weekly photo contests.  Guests could submit their favorite images from their time on Bonaire.

Carib Inn's Annual Photo Contest

A great prize!

The photo contests proved to be a popular way to share great Bonaire images, and, now that the twelve months are up, it’s time to pick the Best of the Best!  The overall lucky winner will receive a 6-day shore diving package for two persons at Carib Inn.

Help choose the winner.

And now, Carib Inn would like your help in choosing a winner!  Simply click here to view the competition images.  Hover over your favorite image, and click on the star to vote.  Only one vote per person, and the contest is over on October 31st, 2016.  Visit back often to see how the votes are being tallied.

Vote Now!


(Source:  Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn)


Bonaire Insider Dining Review–Sebastian’s Restaurant Launches New Menu

Fine dining on Bonaire’s oceanfront with a brand new menu.

Sebastian’s Restaurant has just launched a brand new menu, so I decided to stop by with some friends and sample a few of the new offerings.

Sebastian’s is well known for innovative food pairings.

Since he first opened his restaurant just over three years ago, Chef Sebastian has become well known on the island for his magical pairing of fresh and premium ingredients with a Mediterranean flair of spices and herbs.  So it was with a good deal of anticipation that we eagerly awaited our dinners.


Chef Sebastian with two of his specialty cocktails.

Chef Sebastian with two of his specialty cocktails.

All meals begin with a complimentary welcome drink.

Upon being seated, we were welcomed with a complimentary aperitif. My dining companion and I both enjoyed it so much, we asked for seconds!

The Pier Table offers a singular experience.

As we sat and enjoyed our drinks on the deck overlooking the shoreline, we watched (with a bit of envy) a couple enjoying a private dinner on the Pier Table. This is a special and unique experience on Bonaire, and can be booked (but well in advance!) at no additional charge. It can be enjoyed by a romantic two-some, or a small group of up to 12 persons.

The new menus arrived!

The Tuna Trio

The Tuna Trio

And then it was time to take a look at the brand new food menu, as well as a new drink menu. Our waitress patiently explained the night’s specials as well. It’s always such a decision–a special which might not come along again? Or off the menu? Such decisions! While we were debating, our server brought us a complimentary l’amuse, a whimsical little bite to whet our appetites.

The Island Salad with sweet watermelon and feta cheese

The Island Salad with sweet watermelon and feta cheese

A full three-course dinner was planned, with starters, entrées, and desserts.

The starters were light and refreshing.

Our foursome decided on a full three-course meal, so two of us started off with the tried-and-true appetizer of Tuna Trio. This was so popular on the past menu, that it made the transition to the new menu. But there are a multitude of new starters, including some interesting new salads. My dining companion is a cheese lover, so he enjoyed the Island Salad, with refreshing watermelon and feta cheese. My Caesar salad came tossed with octopus tempura.

Finding room for the main course!

Caribbean Shrimp & Chips

Caribbean Shrimp & Chips

It’s just not possible to say that portions are tiny at Sebastian’s Restaurant.  After drinks and appetizers, we thought we were full, but that was only until our dinner entrées arrived and were placed in front of us.

Wow. Simply Wow. The visual impact was stunning!  The ladies had ordered the Caribbean Shrimp & Chips. The whole shrimps are cooked in a lightly spiced coconut sauce, and it’s topped with sweet potato chips and served with Basmati rice.

But it was the gents’ meals which stole the show. The Land & Sea was served with a nice-sized Filet Mignon, but sitting atop the filet was one gigantic grilled Black Tiger shrimp!

The Land & Sea, with one gigantic prawn!

The Land & Sea, with one gigantic prawn!


Conversation at the table pretty much stopped at this point, as we all dug in to our dinners. Much contented munching followed, but soon our plates were clean.

A sweet ending, pastries by Chef Janos.

It was now time for the final course, our desserts. Pastry chef Janos creates a new dessert special each night, and even though some of the new desserts on the menu sounded wonderful, I was swayed by the description of the evening’s dessert special:  Pear Pie served with Vanilla Basil Ice Cream over an Almond Crumble.

Pear Pie with Vanilla Basil Ice Cream over an Almond Crumble

Pear Pie with Vanilla Basil Ice Cream over an Almond Crumble

I really don’t have a sweet tooth, so this dessert really appealed to me as it was fruity and light, with just the right hint of sweetness. Paired with my cappuccino, it was the perfect ending to a perfect dinner.

View the new menu and start fantasizing as to what you will order!

I have to summarize by saying that the new menu at Sebastian’s is decidedly upscale, with impressive ingredients. I can’t wait to return to try out some of the other new offerings.

Sebastian’s Restaurant offers fine dining in an intimate setting right on the oceanfront.  It’s definitely recommended to make advance reservations, and this can be done directly online at their web site at  Be sure to add a dinner at Sebastian’s to your own Bonaire bucket list for your next vacation.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)




Bonaire Joins the Caribbean Birding Trail to Showcase Bird Tourism

Bonaire Joins the Caribbean Birding Trail.

Many of Bonaire’s visitors have a keen interest in nature, and that has been amply documented as thousands and thousands of divers and snorkelers flock to the island each and every year, many with fish ID lists in hand!

Bonaire’s topside fauna is just as diverse as underwater.

The Pearly-eyed Thrasher

The Pearly-eyed Thrasher

But what many of these visitors don’t understand is that the island boasts of having a topside fauna which is just as diverse.  And, most of Bonaire’s visitors are, well, “missing the boat.”  That’s because they have their eyes focused under the water line instead of glued to the tree line.

Globally, the tourism market for wildlife watching and wildlife photography is growing, and bird tourism is a significant part of this. Another growing segment is that of the independent traveler; individuals that prefer to go “off the beaten path” and seek out authentic experiences. The Caribbean Birding Trail (CBT) is an initiative that seeks to connect the natural and cultural heritage of the Caribbean islands through the training of local naturalist guides who will then be able to identify and interpret the birds and their habitats for local and foreign visitors. The CBT is being developed to raise global awareness of the unique birds and biodiversity of the Caribbean and to create a sustainable economy around these rare species, in an effort to protect them.

Bonaire’s tourism sector is trained on birding.

Bonaire's workshop attendees are birding out in the field.

Bonaire’s workshop attendees are birding out in the field.

Last week, an intensive five-day workshop was held on Bonaire to train 25 guides in the art of bird-watching, as well as leading birding tours.  The workshop offered skills in identifying birds, how to use binoculars and spotting scopes, avian ecology, and guiding and interpretation techniques. The training also included daily field visits to some of Bonaire’s best birding sites, such as Lac Bai, Gotomeer, Salina de Vlijt, and the LVV/waste water treatment ponds. Interactive presentations and demonstrations were given by staff of BirdsCaribbean, STINAPA Bonaire, and Echo. Certified Interpretive Trainers from the National Association of Interpretation (NAI), Venicio Wilson and Rick Morales, who work as guides in Panama, wowed the participants with in-depth sessions on the birding market, communication skills, and the principles of environmental interpretation.

Watch for resident and migratory birds.

Many species of resident and migratory birds can be easily seen here. For some, it was their first time seeing Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Semipalmated Plovers, Black-necked Stilts, and Caribbean Elaenias, and even the trainers were excited about seeing Bonaire’s national bird, the American Flamingo.  Venicio “Beny” Wilson, one of the trainers and a keen birder, had this to say about his birding on Bonaire:

Throughout the week, I was constantly amazed at how “tame” Bonaire’s birds are.  By that I mean they are generally unconcerned about close proximity to humans and simply go about their daily routines.  It was fabulous to be so close to the action!

Bonaire's national bird, the American Flamingo

Bonaire’s national bird, the American Flamingo

Digiscoping will become a popular part of Bonaire bird tours.

For those workshop participants who had never before seen a bird through a pair of binoculars or telescope, this workshop was an enlightening experience. The art of “digiscoping” was popular among many, especially those who don’t have a fancy camera but still want to take–and share–great bird images. Using this technique, visitors can easily take fantastic bird images using their own smart phone and their guide’s scope.

Keep track of your bird sightings while on Bonaire with eBird Caribbean.

Others were eager to sign up on eBird Caribbean, an online checklist program, and start entering their sightings. This can be a useful tool for any visitors who wish to add birding to their Bonaire vacation itineraries, as the web site illustrates which birds have seen on the island and their general locations.  It’s a fabulous way to see if a life bird you wish to see has been found on Bonaire.

Soon, we fully expect many Bonaire visitors to arrive with their fish ID list in one hand, and their bird ID list in the other!  We invite you to comment below if you believe this is a good initiative for Bonaire.

The CBT Interpretive Guide Training was made possible through the generous support of sponsors and local partners. These include: BirdsCaribbean, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, Vogelbescherming Nederland, the U.S. Forest Service International Programs, Echo Foundation, STINAPA Bonaire, Cargill, Kooyman, Wild Conscience, Vortex Optics, BONHATA, Rento Fun Tours, Bonaire Rent-a-car, and Boutique Hotel Sonrisa.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter, photo gallery images courtesy of BirdsCaribbean)





49th Annual Bonaire Sailing Regatta & Festival is Coming!

It’s time for Regatta-Frenzy!

regatta2016From October 13th through October 15th, Bonaire will once again be in a frenzy!  Regatta-frenzy, that is!

Racing for a few cases of beer…

2016 brings the 49th annual edition of this much-loved Bonaire event, which historically began with a sailing race between Captain Don and Ebo Domacasse, a Bonairean dive guide, with the winner pulling in a few cases of beer!

This year’s event will include sailing races and festivals.

Bonaire Regatta 2016 Site Map

Click to enlarge

Today the event has morphed into a huge party.  Of course, there are still sailing races throughout the days, but in the evenings, there are festivals with food, drink, music, and dancing on the beach.

View the 2016 Schedule of Races.


View the 2016 Festival Schedule.


Need additional information on Regatta?

Learn more about this unique Bonairean sailing tradition.


Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Regatta 2016 Website)





Bonaire Celebrates Its National Monuments This Sunday

Bonaire’s Monument Day is Sunday, September 25th, 2016.

This year brings the fourth edition of Monument Day.

monument_day_2016This Sunday, the island will celebrate the fourth edition of Monument Day, a time when Bonaire looks back at its rich cultural and historical architecture.  This year’s event is being organized by the Bonaire Island Government, in conjunction with Soldachi Tours and Fundashon Monumento Boneiru.

Event Venue.

This year’s event will begin with a walk in historic Rincon, visiting the various monuments in the center of this village, the oldest settlement on Bonaire.  The program will begin at 10:00 AM at Plasa Commerce and will end at the Museum Chich’i Tan at 1:00 PM.

Monument Day Pre-registration.

Those wishing to participate should pre-register at the offices of SKAL, at Kaya Kachi Craane #34 before close of business on Friday.

Learn More about Bonaire’s Monument Day.

Last year’s event designated 15 new historical monuments. These structures can provide an interesting glimpse into life on Bonaire in earlier centuries.


(Source:  Extra)





Bonaire Insider Dining Review: King Kong Has Arrived on Bonaire

Mobile Catering Keeps Bonaire’s Beaches Natural.

Many of Bonaire’s beach areas are still in their natural state, which most visitors, as well as residents, appreciate. But that doesn’t mean we want to go hungry while enjoying our non-commercialized beaches, and so the mobile catering trucks have become very popular in these areas, setting up each morning, and breaking down each evening, leaving the beach still natural.

King Kong Burgers & Hot Dogs.

Look for the King Kong logo to find the food truck.The latest in the mobile catering trucks is King Kong Burgers & Hot Dogs.  Run by Asko and his wife, they are located at Bachelor’s Beach, just south of the airport, every Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM through sunset for lunch, snack-time, or an early dinner before heading home from a day at the beach.  To find them, just be on the lookout for the big logo of King Kong.

The Menu is Simple: Burgers, Fries, and Dogs!

Asko adding pepper to the dogs--that is some pepper mill!

Asko adding pepper to the dogs–that is some pepper mill!

Following the KISS principle (Keep It Simple!), the couple has found a winning solution that nearly everyone enjoys.  King Kong serves burgers, hot dogs, fries, and soft drinks.  But that doesn’t mean the menu is ordinary!  Quite the contrary.

King Kong Burgers

While visiting for the the first time, we got quite a few chuckles when reading the menu.  Of course, there is the Bachelor Beach Burger, which can be had plain, with cheese, with bacon, or with jalapeno peppers, or all of the above. Then, there’s The French Connection Burger, with brie, onion compote, honey and nuts. Lastly, there’s the Italian Job Burger featuring truffle pesto, Parmesan cheese, and arugula.

King Kong Hot Dogs

Two of King Kong's hot dog choices: The Junk Yard Dog and the Chicago Dog.

Two of King Kong’s hot dog choices: The Junk Yard Dog and the Chicago Dog.

But the hot dogs have equally entertaining names with the Plain Jane (you get to guess what is on this one), the Chicago Dog (a classic), and, of course, the Junk Yard Dog with crispy bacon, cheese, hot peppers, onion compote, shoe string potatoes and home-made BBQ sauce.  Yum.

King Kong Fries

And yes, King Kong hasn’t forgotten how important the “sides” are.  You can choose Just Fries, simply seasoned with Bonairean sea salt and your choice of sauce, the Mosquito Repellent Fries, tossed with garlic and parsley (editor’s note: I wonder if that garlic repels more than just mosquitoes!), and the Truffle Fries, which are tossed with a truffle paste.

King Kong Specials

Each week or so, King Kong will also feature a special, and when this reporter visited, we were eyeing the Blue Funk Burger, served with blue cheese, bacon, jalapenos, and onion compote.  The specials are going to make excellent reasons to return every once in a while to try out all the different options.

There's not a bit of Styrofoam containers at King Kong.

King Kong is Styrofoam Free.

But now that I have made you hungry, let’s talk about an important subject: You won’t find a lick of Styrofoam anywhere at King Kong. If you are eating at Bachelor’s Beach, your food is served in re-usable plastic trays, lined with recyclable paper.  If you are taking your food away to another location, it will be served in recyclable paper bags. King Kong is operating in an environmentally friendly manner.

In summary, if you are heading south for a day’s diving or kiting, it’s no longer necessary to plan on packing a lunch. Just stop by and say hello to ol’ King Kong!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)



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