Snapshot of Airline Flights to Bonaire from USA for 2016 and 2017

Getting to Bonaire from the USA.

Many of Bonaire’s visitors from North America like to get a jump and book their flights well in advance of their planned travel.  To assist with plans for the coming year, here is a snapshot of available services from the U.S. carriers which fly to Bonaire.

Note:  Flight schedule valid as of November 28, 2016


Delta Airlines.

December 3, 2016 – December 10, 2016
ATL BON Saturday 0945-1449 DL380
BON ATL Saturday 1550-1857 DL672

December 17, 2016 – January 6, 2017
ATL BON Saturday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Saturday 1548-1907 DL672

ATL BON Tuesday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Tuesday 1548-1907 DL672

ATL BON Friday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Friday 1548-1907 DL672

January 7, 2017 – June 25, 2017
ATL BON Saturday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Saturday 1548-1907 DL672

ATL BON Sunday 0945-1445 DL380
BON ATL Sunday 1548-1907 DL672


United Airlines.

Currently through December 31, 2016
IAH BON Saturday 1305-1940 UA1402
BON IAH Sunday 0830-1130 UA1401

EWR BON Saturday 0850-1445 UA1422
BON EWR Saturday 1530-1940 UA1420

Note:  United is operating their largest aircraft (configuration 737-900 / 179 seat capacity) for peak season from both IAH and EWR gateways.

January – December 31, 2017*
IAH BON Saturday 1305-1940 UA1402
BON IAH Sunday 0830-1130 UA1401

*One plane that operates year round is foreseen at this time.

January – August 19, 2017**
EWR BON Saturday 0850-1445 UA1422
BON EWR Saturday 1530-1940 UA1420

**One plane except for the 11 week shoulder period, during August 19, 2017 – October 28, 2017, when it will go on seasonal hiatus.

October 28, 2017 – December 31, 2017
EWR BON Saturday 0850-1445 UA1422
BON EWR Saturday 1530-1940 UA1420

United Airlines Service to BonaireSunday, March 12, 2017, Daylight Savings begins at 2:00 AM; Sunday, November 5, 2017, Daylight Savings ends at 2:00 AM. This schedule does not account for time differences.
Aircraft type, configuration, timing of arrival/departure, frequency of service and continued operation of air service is at the discretion of the airlines.

(Source:  TCB-North America)

 

 

VIDEO: Bonaire’s Excellent Diving, Filmed November, 2016

Bonaire visitors, Peter and Kate, shared this excellent underwater video of their Bonaire diving holiday.

 

We’d like to share this video that Peter and Kate made from their November, 2016 Bonaire vacation, and which they’ve uploaded to InfoBonaire’s Facebook page.

Bonaire’s excellent SCUBA diving

It highlights Bonaire’s unsurpassed diving, and they caught some amazing animal behaviors on video.

Good buoyancy skills are always necessary for good photography or videography.

It’s also refreshing to see the photographers and videographers were making use of excellent buoyancy skills! Congratulations to Peter and Kate on a fine video.  We hope you enjoy this glimpse into Bonaire’s underwater realm as much as we did.

 

If you have a video of a Bonaire visit that you’d like to share, be sure to post it on our Facebook page.

View Other Bonaire Videos

 

(Source: InfoBonaire’s Facebook Page)

 

 

Sebastian’s Last Club Night for 2016 is Saturday, December 3rd

Enjoy the final club night for 2016: Sebastian’s Studio 54 Club Night.

Earlier this year, Sebastian’s Restaurant started with a gala evening, held every month or two, when the restaurant was transformed into a glittering club atmosphere, and where one could dance the night away under the stars. The Club Night events have become very popular, so those on Bonaire this weekend won’t want to miss the final Studio 54 Club Night this Saturday.

Studio 54 Club Night.

Sebastian's Club Night--The White EditionThis edition will present DJ Seven and DJ Mr. Brown, both of Curacao, to delight attendees throughout the night.  Dress code for this event is funky black and groovy white, and remember, no flip-flops are allowed.  Entrance is free, as always.  Club Night will open at 10:00 PM, and continue on until 3:00 AM, lots of time for dancing, socializing, and romancing.

 

Surprises await, but here’s one early announcement.

Sebastian always has some surprises up his sleeve to make each Club Night an evening to remember, but here’s one that he has generously shared in advance.  To celebrate the final Club Night, Hendrick’s Gin Tonic is only $6.00 all night long.

Put on your dancing shoes.

And be ready to party this Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:00 PM.  For additional information, visit their web site.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

 

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

 

 

 

 

 

Bonaire Maritime Film Festival Salutes Bonaire’s Sailors

The Bonaire Maritime Film Festival is January 14, 2017.

There’s no doubt there is an amazing allure and mystery about those hearty sailors who ventured out onto the world’s oceans and sailed the seven seas for their livings.  Bonaire’s seamen have been part of this sailing tradition, and the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation will honor them at the upcoming Bonaire Maritime Film Festival.

Stormvogel, the last sailing vessel of the ABC Islands.Stormvogel Rising.

The festival will tell the saga about the rebirth of the Bonaire-built Stormvogel, the last of the sailing ships of the ABC Islands. This national treasure is currently being refitted to once again sail the region’s seas.

 

 

 


 

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A Salute to the Sailors.

The film festival will also feature the original crew of Stormvogel, most of whom are now in the 80s.  They will be honored at this special festival evening by the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation. Some of these sailors are even well known to Bonaire visitors, and include Ismael Soliano, captain; Jan Felida, boat building crew; Luis Coffi, cook, and deckhands Lucio Soliano and Boechi Frans.

 

 

 


maritime_film_festivalVanishing Sail.

This award-winner 90-minute documentary tracks the building of a wooden boat on the Caribbean island of Carriacou and shares the wild tales of trade and smuggling as told by some of the last true West Indies seamen.

 

 

 


The festival’s date and time, entry fee, and location.

The film festival will take place on January 14, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Plaza Beach Resort. Those interested in attending this fantastic cinematic view into the old sailing era of the Caribbean, as well as meet the island’s sailors, will need to make an advance reservation and purchase a ticket.  The cost is $20.00 per person and simply email projectstormvogel@gmail.com to request your ticket.

This fine event is made possible with the support of Bonaire’s boating industry, who have donated the necessary funding.  The foundation wishes to thank ABC Marine, Boto Blanku, Budget Marine, Don Andres NV, Harbour Village Marina, and WannaDive.  Special thanks also go to Sign Studio for graphics and design support, as well as Plaza Resort Bonaire, who has graciously donated the use of a 150-seat conference room.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation)

 

 

 

 

St. Nicholas is Coming to Town

St. Nicholas is coming to Bonaire.

St. Nicholas, better known on Bonaire as Sanikolas (Papiamentu) or Sinterklaas (Dutch), the old gentlemen arrives each year at the end of November.  This year, he will arrive on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at about 2:00 PM.

Sanikolas_2015_22Be sure to gather at Wilhelmina Park this Saturday.

All kids, both young and old, will meet at Wilhelmina Park this Saturday to welcome Old St. Nick.  Legend tells us that the gentleman arrives by boat from Spain, accompanied by his Piets, mischievous characters, dressed in colorful Renaissance attire.

The Sanikolas Tradition on Bonaire.

Sanikolas and his Piets are part of the traditional annual feast of St. Nicholas, culminating on the evening of December 5th, when sweets and presents are distributed to the children. After arriving at Wilhelmina Park this Saturday, Sanikolas and his Piets will be traveling around the island in the coming days to visit those who have been good, or those who have been bad.

Sanikolas_2015_14The tasks of the Piets are mostly to amuse with all sorts of aerobatics and dances, but they will also toss and scatter pepernoten, kruidnoten and strooigoed (special Sinterklaas candies) from their sacks for those who come to meet the saint as he visits stores, schools, and other places. Traditionally, naughty children risk being caught by one of the Piets, who then throws him in his sack and takes him back off to Spain.

Before going to bed, children put their shoes out and they place a carrot or some hay in it and a bowl of water nearby “for Sanikolas’ horse.” The next day, the children are thrilled when they awake to find some candy or a small present in their shoes.

St. Nick’s Arrival on Bonaire this year.

Be sure to gather early this Saturday in Wilhelmina Park.  There will be all sorts of games and kids’ activities to keep the little ones busy, while the bigger kids socialize with neighbors and friends.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

It’s Bossa Nova Time, Every Monday at Sebastian’s Restaurant

Every Monday is live music with Bossa Nova time at Sebastian’s Restaurant!

bossanovaEach Monday, it’s time to chill to the cool sound of VaDa, Vanessa and David, providing the smooth sounds of Bossa Nova Pop Fusion every Monday evening from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM at Sebastian’s Restaurant.

Start the evening off right with a special Monday Happy Hour.

For those who wish to start a little earlier, enjoy a special Monday Happy Hour from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Each week’s Happy Hour will feature a surprise special, so plan to attend and see what they have in store for you!

Live Music Mondays at Sebastian's Restaurant on BonaireMake your reservation for dinner and Bossa Nova.

Reservations are always recommended, especially for the Live Music Mondays. Those who would like to enjoy these events, can telephone 717-1697 or 701-1697 (mobile) for a reservation, or simply request a reservation via Sebastian’s Restaurant’s online booking form.

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

 

Join STINAPA for This Month’s Birding Excursion at LVV

There’s another opportunity to enjoy birding at Bonaire’s LVV facility this Saturday, November 19, 2016.

During the fall and winter months, Bonaire hosts many migratory birds who visit the island for either over-wintering, or as a resting spot before they continue a longer migration. Many of these special bird species can be found at Bonaire’s LVV wastewater treatment plant, as there is always a fresh water supply for them.

STINAPA will lead another birdwatching trip at LVV.

birdwatchingThis Saturday, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM, there is another opportunity for bird watching with STINAPA at this location just off Kaminda Lagoen.  Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have also been spotted in this area. During just the last weeks, the Southern Lapwing, Northern Waterthrush and the Sora were spotted in the area. During last month’s birding event, about 30 Yellow-billed Cuckoos were spotted.

What to bring.

Bring binoculars (if don’t have binoculars, STINAPA can provide you a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes.

Register your participation.

Please call STINAPA at 717-8444 to make your reservation. There are no costs involved, but donations are always welcome. Meet the leader next to the wastewater tanks.

(Source:  STINAPA)

 

 

Enjoy the Taste of Bonaire Wellness on November 19th, 2016

The final 2016 Taste of Bonaire features wellness.

Taste of Bonaire WellnessThe Taste of Bonaire events are very popular, giving everyone on Bonaire the opportunity to socialize, enjoy cultural events, and of course, try out all sorts of international foods.  The last event for 2016 is this Saturday, November 19th, 2016 in Wilhelmina Park from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and there is a very special theme:  Wellness.

Focus is upon Bonaire’s wellness and health practitioners and specialists.

This event seeks to spotlight all of the talented practitioners and specialists on the island who promote health and well-being and bring forth to the local community a greater awareness. There will be live demonstrations on stage and a Zen Area where those interested can try yoga and meditation. The event will feature vendors who promote health and well-being on island including Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba to name a few.

Healthy food and drinks, local music, and dance performances.

There will also be food vendors that will sell delicious yet healthy food treats including natural herbs, shakes and gluten free treats just to name a few. As special entertainment the dance group Dance Sensation will be on stage and also the band Formashon Musical Krioyo.

Begin with a 5K Walk Run.

Mas Eventz will kick off the Taste of Bonaire with a 5K Walk Run starting at 5:00 PM in Wilhelmina Park. All are invited to attend. For more information regarding the walk/run, telephone 796-6270.

(Source:  TCB)

 

It’s the Season of Supermoons–Take a Walk on the Lagadishi Trail Under the Moon

The November supermoon should be extraordinary.

November’s supermoon — the name given to a full moon that occurs when the satellite is at its closest point to Earth during the lunar orbit — will be the biggest supermoon in about 70 years.

November’s supermoon will be the largest since 1948, and the full moon will not come this close to Earth again until November 25th, 2034, according to NASA. This month is the second in a series of three consecutive supermoons happening late in 2016, with the first taking place last month, and the last in December.

full-moon

See the supermoon as it rises over the Caribbean Sea.

STINAPA invites everyone on Bonaire to come and experience this supermoon on a walk of the Lagadishi Trail in Washington Slagbaai National Park on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Bring your family and friends and help make it a fabulous night.

The Lagadishi Trail in Washington Slagbaai National Park.

The Lagadishi Trail takes a route alongside the eastern coast and back toward the entrance of the park. Don’t forget to put on some walking shoes that are comfortable.

What to bring with you for the hike.

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, so you don’t hit your toes against rocks or even cacti. Don’t forget to bring your own bottle of water and snacks if necessary.

Register with STINAPA to participate.

To register your participation, please call 717-8444. There is space for 25 people and the entrance fee is $10.00 per person.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

 

(Source:  STINAPA)

 

 

 

Chez Nous, Bonaire’s Culinary School, Opens for the Season

Chez Nous, Bonaire’s culinary school, opens November 9, 2016.

Chez Nous is the culinary school of Bonaire, training many of Bonaire’s youngsters in proper food preparation, presentation, and taste.  Many of the chefs currently employed in Bonaire’s many restaurants learned their skills at Chez Nous.

Enjoy a three-course dinner at Chez Nous.

Chez-Nous, Bonaire's cooking school, is now open for the seasonOn Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, at 6:00 PM, the school will open its restaurant for the season. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the three-course meals served at their dining room.  The meal, excluding drinks, is only $15.00 per person, and space is limited, so reservations are required.

Instructor Klaas Ruitinga has a delicious meal planned with wiener schnitzel, broccoli in butter, mixed salad, and french fries.  Dessert is a vanilla custard served with chocolate sauce.

Support Bonaire’s Young Chefs.

If you’d like to attend, make your reservation via their Facebook page.  The visitors of tomorrow will thank you for giving experience to the new generation of chefs.  Be sure to include your name, phone number, and the number of persons in your party.

(Source:  Chez Nous Culinary School)

 

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