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)



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)





The Latest & Greatest Upgrades at The Carib Inn

Upgrades at The Carib Inn.

Late August and September are always great times to take stock of what needs sprucing up, and getting the jobs done, so those arriving in the winter months can enjoy the upgrades. In this news post, we are highlighting all the latest and greatest happenings at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn.

Carib Inn's new pool lounge chairsNew Pool Lounge Chairs

As one can see from the beautiful ladies working on their tans, the new pool lounge chairs have arrived! With comfortable cushions, Carib Inn’s guests will enjoy enhanced  time at the pool.



New Concrete Back Porch on the Seaside Bungalow

The Carib Inn’s maintenance crew has been busy pouring concrete! The wooden deck on the back porch of the seaside bungalow has been replaced with a beautiful concrete porch. There is now just another reason to spend some quality time there, enjoying life on Bonaire, when a day of diving is done.











New Entrance to Carib Inn’s Retail Store

caribinn_new_door_retail_storeDivers “in-the-know” have long realized that the retail store at The Carib Inn is one of the best places on Bonaire to get dive equipment or souvenir t-shirts, as prices are comparable, or sometimes below, costs in the U.S.  Because this particular door gets a lot of use, it is now sporting a new glass entry, that will bring in lots of light into the store.  Be sure to notice the brand new door on your next visit to Bonaire as you enter to check out any dive gear you need.


For additional information about Carib Inn, visit their website.

(Source:  Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn)



Delta Expands Peak Holiday Schedule to Bonaire

Spending the holidays on Bonaire just got easier.

20160201-ChildrenThe holiday season has been joyously extended in Bonaire thanks to Delta’s peak season schedule. This year, those who wish to spend the year-end holidays warming their toes in the sand can stay longer.

Delta to fly three weekly flights to Bonaire over the holidays.

From December 17, 2016 through January 6, 2017, Delta will offer three weekly non-stop flights every Saturday, Tuesday, and Friday from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Delta’s Special Holiday Flight Schedule.

The southbound Delta flight DL380 will depart ATL at 9:45 AM and arrive at Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 2:45 PM every Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.

The northbound return flight DL672 will depart Bonaire at 3:48 PM and arrive at Atlanta at 7:07 PM every Saturday, Tuesday and Friday.

(Source:  TCB)





The Silver Quality Coast Award is Bestowed Upon Bonaire

Bonaire has just been awarded another major accolade, the Silver Quality Coast Award.

Recently, The Netherlands Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr. Henk Kamp, awarded Bonaire with the Silver Quality Coast Award, presented to the island’s Director of Tourism, Mr. Maurice Adriaens, during a recent Bonaire Economic Conference.

About the Silver Quality Coast Award.

silver_medal_verticalThe Silver Quality Coast Award is an award developed by the Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC). This is a part of the “Green Deal” for sustainable tourism that was initiated in November, 2014 and runs through December, 2016. The aim of this initiative is to promote the sustainability of destinations, such as Bonaire.

This must be achieved by developing a joint vision on the manner in which the sustainability of the destination, along with the development of processes and resources, are considered. These criteria provide a measurement as to the sustainability of the destination.

How Did Bonaire Qualify for the Silver Quality Coast Award?

In recent weeks, Bonaire hosted  personnel who visited to make their initial assessment as to whether Bonaire is a green destination. Various Bonaire stakeholders were interviewed as well. After successfully completing the assessment, Bonaire was awarded the Silver Award.

Gold is the New Goal.

Having attained Silver status, Bonaire’s tourism entity, Tourism Corporation Bonaire, now has plans to jointly work together with the island’s private sector tourism providers to make improvements, which need to take place within one year in order to acquire a higher ranking for the next Bonaire Green Destination Assessment.

What is the Green Deal?

Green Deal is a collaboration between The Netherlands and the United Kingdom to support each other on individual efforts, especially in priority areas such as sustainable energy, nature management, sustainable tourism, and waste policy.

(Source:  TCB)

Bonaire’s Sharks are Subjects of a New Research Study

STINAPA, IMARES, and DCNA are commencing with new shark research in Bonaire this week.

These three organizations, with funding from the Nationale Postcode Loterij, are collaborating to learn more about the species of sharks frequenting the waters and reefs of Bonaire.

Sharks will be studied using Baited Remote Underwater Video.

Nijs Ruijs with the Baited Remote Underwater Video camerasNijs Ruijs, an intern from Hogeschool Zeeland, will be working on the new study side-by-side with STINAPA staff to investigate the sharks of Bonaire over the coming months using his BRUV units (Baited Remote Underwater Video). These stainless steel units are equipped with bait and a video camera and are left on the bottom of the sea for an hour and a half and then retrieved. The video is then analyzed for images of sharks–which species, size, or other information that can be gleaned by the videos.

STINAPA is fully supporting research to learn more about Bonaire’s top predators. Sharks and rays are over-fished throughout the world’s oceans and are currently protected by law in Bonaire. If you happen upon one of the BRUV units while SCUBA diving or boating, STINAPA kindly requests that you do not tamper with it.

Learn about Bonaire’s Yarari Shark & Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

(Source:  STINAPA)




Sebastian’s Club Night–The White Affair–Is Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Sebastian’s Club Night, The White Edition, takes place on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.

The Club Nights at Sebastian’s Restaurant have become very popular in recent months, and the restaurant has just announced the date for their third edition–The White Affair–which will take place on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.

Sebastian's Club Night--The White EditionWhite is a Must

The restaurant will once again be transformed into a glittering club atmosphere for one night only and the dress code is white (and no flip flops, please).

Dance to Great Music

Music will be pleasing with DJ Annemiek, Marc von Dutch, and Marlijn Clement on vocals.

Entry and Hours

Entrance is free.  Happy Hour will run from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, with the event running through 3:00 AM for those who want to dance the night away.

For more information, visit their web site.

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

Bonaire's Calendar of Events



Upcoming Events with a Focus on Bonaire’s Nature

Bird-watching, Hiking Bonaire’s Dry Forests, and a Full Moon Hike in Washington Slagbaai National Park!

Bird-Watching with STINAPA

This Saturday afternoon, September 10th, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, STINAPA will host another bird-watching tour at Gotomeer, near the entrance to BOPEC.

The Autumn Bird Migration

Bird migration has begun and many birds are escaping the coming winter months by migrating south to warmer regions. Many birds will be stopping-over in Bonaire en route to South America.


Gotomeer is a large saliña with an abundance of bird species. Common birds seen here include egrets, herons, terns, pelicans, plovers and sandpipers. The group will meet at the western/seaside end of Gotomeer (approximately 150 meters before the BOPEC entrance.

What to Bring

Bring binoculars (if you don’t have any, STINAPA can provide you with a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes. Please call 717-8444  to make your reservation. There are no costs involved but donations are always welcome.

Explore Bonaire’s Hidden Dry Forests with Echo Foundation

Bonaire’s Hidden Dry Forests

Echo Foundation offers nature hikesEcho Foundation has just announced it will host a very special walk on Saturday, September 17th at 8:00 AM.  The theme of this walk will be “Hidden Wonders of the Dry Forest.”

What to Bring

The walk will take place at Echo’s Conservation Centre on Dos Pos and will last for 1-1.5 hours.  It is an easy walk, but people should wear closed shoes or good hiking sandals, bring water, insect repellent, and sunblock. If visitors own binoculars, these are also recommended.  The Echo tour guides will have at least two pairs for sharing.  The guides will be looking to see how many different animals and birds they can find, and they will also be imparting information about Bonaire’s loras (parrots) and what Echo Foundation is doing to protect them.


Meet at the entrance to their Dos Pos kunuku location.  Parking is available at the Dos Pos windmill.  This guided walk is donation-based, please RSVP to if you would like to attend.

Walking Under the Full Moon at the Washington Slagbaai National Park

Hike Under the Full Moon

STINAPA Full Moon WalkSTINAPA will host another full moon walk in Washington Slagbaai National Park on Friday, September 16th, 2016 from 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM.  It’s the perfect opportunity to take part in a healthy walk and enjoy the park at night under the full moon. The route will be the Lagadishi Trail alongside the coast and back.

What to Bring

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 won’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. For participation please call 717-8444. There is space for 25 persons. The entrance fee is $10 per person.

(Source:  Echo Foundation, STINAPA)Bonaire's Calendar of Events



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