Join in the Count for World Shorebird Day, 2017

World Shorebirds Day is September 6th, 2017.

It was only September, 2016–one short year ago–that Bonaire joined the Caribbean Birding Trail, but, in that time, the number of our visitors who incorporate birdwatching into their vacations on Bonaire has grown by leaps and bounds. One year later, Bonaire is ready to celebrate World Shorebirds Day.

World Shorebirds Day is a special day to celebrate shorebirds and the hard-working people dedicated to saving them. The Caribbean region has been a great supporter since the beginning four years ago. We hope that people from many different islands again participate in the count.”

— Gyorgy Szimuly, founder of Word Shorebirds Day

World Shorebirds Day logoEveryone can take part in World Shorebird Day.

One of the main activities of World Shorebirds Day is the Global Shorebird Count—hundreds of enthusiasts, including birdwatchers, educators, conservationists, researchers, and every-day folks just like you, will take part in this global event starting today and running through September 7th.

How to register.

Registration is open and available. For committed and returning bird counters, there is even a Loyalty Program! Everyone is encouraged to register through the form on this page and have a chance to win one of the fantastic prizes.

Log your data.

To make your submitted data visible to World Shorebirds Day, please be sure to share your checklist with worldshorebirdsday eBird username of World Shorebirds Day (WorldShorebirdsDay), to your contact list, and share all your related checklists with them (only checklists made during the World Shorebirds Day count period between 1–7 September 2017 are eligible). Guidelines for sharing checklists are here.

A green heron found at Cargill on Bonaire's southern coast.

A Green Heron found at Cargill on Bonaire’s southern coast.

Find a new or rare bird!

One never knows what exciting new birds might be observed on World Shorebirds Day. All observations are valuable. Many shorebird species are declining, and there is still very little known about shorebird migration in the Caribbean, such as where birds are stopping to rest and feed while on migration as well as the numbers of each species. So be sure to head out and find some shorebirds for World Shorebirds Day and enter your checklists for your Global Shorebird Count in eBird Caribbean. If you’re new to eBird, check out this Quick Start guide.

Your data also helps with the Caribbean Waterbird Census.

Don’t forget also that any counts carried out at a wetland or beach count as a Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) count; enter your data as a CWC count on step 2 of data entry on eBird Caribbean. In addition, your shorebird count can be part of the International Shorebird Survey, which is just beginning to be encouraged in the Caribbean – read more here.

How does one find shorebirds on Bonaire?

Here are three ideal, easy-to-find locations on Bonaire to observe shorebirds:

  • Salinja de Vlijt, opposite the Harbour Village Marina
  • Cargill, you don’t even have to leave your car for this one!
  • Gotomeer, and there is a bench to relax upon located at the beginning of Gotomeer, just outside the gate of Bopec
Help put Bonaire on the World Shorebird Day map by logging the shorebirds you see during the coming days!

(Source:  Birds Caribbean)


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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

A Tail of Two Towers on Bonaire

Bonaire says ayo to Flamingo’s Airport iconic tower, Washington Park says bon bini to a new birdwatching tower.


It’s often said that when a door closes, another opens, and thus it was with Bonaire this week. After 42 years of service, yesterday, Bonaire International Airport began the dismantling of its iconic and historic flamingo-pink control tower. But just last week, Washington Park officially opened the new birdwatching tower at Boca Slagbaai.

Bonaire says “ayo” to Flamingo Airport’s control tower.

After 42 years of service, the iconic Flamingo Airport tower comes down.

Time marches on, and progress must continue. And so, Bonaire is saying goodbye to its beloved flamingo-pink control tower at Bonaire International Airport. Yesterday, the tower, which has been in use for the past 42 years, was decommissioned, and dismantling began. Many are sad to see this iconic part of Bonaire’s aviation history go away, but the new control tower provides more safety as it complies with the Safety Standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and will be officially inaugurated in September.

Bonaire says “bon bini” to Washington Park’s new birdwatching tower.

But Bonaire has another new tower, just officially inaugurated last week by Lt. Governor Edison Rijna located in the area of Boca Slagbaai in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

Lt. Governor Edison Rijna opens the new birdwatching tower in Washington Park, Bonaire.The construction material for the tower was sponsored by Cargill. The watchtower design was based on the Donkey Sanctuary watchtower and built by the Dutch Army with the help of Washington Slagbaai National Park rangers.

The watchtower, situated at the Saliña Slagbaai in the Washington Slagbaai National Park, will provide excellent birdwatching opportunities. Informational signs with bird photos were placed to assist visitors with easily recognizing the most common species of birds.

During the upcoming migration season, one can find 90 different species of birds, in addition to our popular flamingos, parrots, and parakeets.  Be sure to check out Bonaire’s new tower on your next visit to Washington Park.

So, although Bonaire’s newest tower in Washington Park cannot claim to be flamingo-pink, it can claim to give an excellent view of the pink flamingo!

(Source:  Bonaire International Airport, STINAPA)


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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

Bonaire’s Tourism Remains Stable in 2016

The Central Bureau of Statistics releases Bonaire’s 2016 tourism statistics indicating stability.

2016 Arrivals by air and via cruise ship.

2016 tourism arrival statistics.In 2016, Bonaire received approximately 136,000 tourists who arriving by air. This number is, more or less, the same as in 2015. A total of 217,000 cruise ship passengers visited Bonaire, down 6% from the previous year.

The drop in cruise ship arrivals was partly related to the fact that several previously announced cruises to Bonaire were cancelled, and also to Hurricane Matthew, which swept through the Caribbean between late September and early October.

2016 overnight stays are in excess of 1 million.

In 2016, one in ten air tourist arrivals on Bonaire only stayed on the island for one day, not spending the night. The majority of those who did stay overnight did so for one to seven days, with a peak at seven days. Altogether, tourists spent around 1.1 million nights on Bonaire last year.

Origin of inbound tourists.

Bonaire's 2016 statistics for tourists by country of origin.

The island of Bonaire, along with sister islands Saba and St Eustatius, mainly attract tourists from the European Netherlands, the Caribbean Netherlands, and the United States. Most visitors on the three islands are between 30 and 60 years old.

(Source:  Central Bureau of Statistics, Caribbean Netherlands)


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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

Chasing Bonaire’s Corals–Four Tactics to Help Bonaire’s Corals Survive the Coming Heat

With warmer sea temperatures in the coming months, Bonaire’s corals needs some special help from divers.

The third-ever global coral bleaching event.

The good news out of NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is that there are indications that the third-ever global coral bleaching, which began in 2015 in all three ocean basins–Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian–is likely slowing or no longer occurring. This is very good news for all divers, as some reefs have been particularly effected by this long ocean-warming-coral-bleaching event.

Scientists will closely monitor sea surface temperatures and bleaching over the next six months to confirm the event’s end. NOAA declared the beginning of the third-ever global coral bleaching event in 2015. Since then, all tropical coral reefs around the world have seen above-normal temperatures, and more than 70 percent experienced prolonged high temperatures that can cause bleaching. U.S. coral reefs were hit hardest, with two years of severe bleaching in Florida and Hawaii, three in the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and four in Guam.

The first global bleaching event was in 1998, during a strong El Nino that was followed by an equally very strong La Nina. A second one occurred in 2010.

“This global coral bleaching event has been the most widespread, longest and perhaps the most damaging on record,” said C. Mark Eakin, NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch Coordinator. “NOAA is working with scientists, resource managers and communities around the world to determine what the true impacts of this event will be on coral reefs.”

Read the entire article: Global coral bleaching event likely ending.

Another great source of information about coral bleaching is the newly released Chasing Corals, available on Netflix.

NOAA's Infographic on how to help corals.


Warmer sea temperatures on Bonaire are coming in the next months.

We here on Bonaire have been particularly lucky during this global event, with only minimal bleaching on an interim basis, and many corals recovering.  But while indications show that the global event is lessening, Bonaire is going into its hottest months of the year, and this is a time when corals can become stressed.

When corals become stressed for any reason, high temperatures of seawater being a prime factor, the corals expel the symbiotic zooxanthellae, single-celled dinoflagellates, that live within them. These little microscopic bits of algae actually provide the color to the corals, but when they are expelled due to the coral’s stress, the coral becomes white, or “bleached.”

On August 21st, 2017, NOAA upgraded the status of Bonaire’s reefs from “Watch” to “Warning” which means that thermal stress is accumulating.  There are two more dire statuses:  Alert Level 1 (bleaching is expected) and Alert Level 2 (significant bleaching expected; mortality likely).

Four tactics for divers to help Bonaire’s corals get through the season of warm sea temperatures.

Divers can assist by employing the following best practices to keep contact with the corals at a minimum.

Use proper buoyance techniques when diving on Bonaire's reefs.

Excellent buoyancy skills!

1.  Employ proper buoyancy.

It’s critical now in the coming months that incidental touches to coral be minimized. Err on the side of caution and put a larger buffer between you and the reef. Breathe regularly to avoid an “up and down” motion that could occur from particularly deep breaths. Divers always need to maintain proper buoyancy, and don’t be bashful about asking for help and tips from your dive guides.

Be sure you are properly weighted for scuba diving.2.  Employ proper weighting.

If you are under-weighted, you will be struggling your entire dive. If you are over-weighted, you will sink to the bottom substrate and be kicking around in the corals. Divers need to be optimally weighted to enjoy their dives to the maximum. Again, check with your dive facility for tips; all those who work in Bonaire’s dive industry want to help you get properly weighted!

Keep a mental image of where your fin tips are. Don't be this diver with his fins in the sand.

This diver’s fin placement is not something to emulate!

3.  Keep a mental image of your fin tips.

Don’t get so enthralled with what is in front of your eyes, that you forget about what your fin tips are doing! Don’t be the diver in this image, with his fins in the sand. Here on Bonaire, there are many organisms that live in the sand as well as on the coral reefs, so keep their well being in mind, and have a mental image of where your entire body is–including all gear–in relation to the reef and/or bottom.

Stay well above the reef when shooting images or video.

This photographer is using good judgment and keeping a good buffer zone between the reef and her camera.

4.  If shooting with a camera, add in a buffer zone and use your zoom.

Sometimes underwater photographers get a bad rap, but many times it is deserved!  If you are shooting either still images or video on your dives, be sure to keep a little larger buffer zone between you and the reefs in the coming months, and use your camera’s zoom capabilities.

For another perspective, Bruce Bowker of Carib Inn has published an excellent post that encompasses all of these main points.

Recent research on Bonaire has indicated that Bonaire might just have one of the world’s most resilient reefs, as recovery from stressful events has far out-paced mortality, when compared with other reef ecosystems.  Let’s help our reefs stay resilient in the coming months as they endure warmer sea temperatures.


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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

Why Scuba Dive? 12 Reasons Women Should Learn to Dive

Why Women Should Learn to Dive.

As a member of the female gender myself, and also a member of the world’s SCUBA diving community for over thirty years, I can say I wholeheartedly agree with Melinda Crow’s reasons listed below as to why women should dive. Read on!

Why Scuba Dive? 12 Reasons Women Should Learn to DiveI can’t imagine my life without scuba diving. I have seen and experienced things far beyond my original expectations, and I never want it to end. Last year we met a woman in her eighties diving in Florida. She was diving with her daughter, who carried her gear for her. The daughter told us that she only carried the gear because her mom had had hip replacement surgery the year before. Seeing them made my heart sing!

Worldwide scuba certification agency PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), cites that only 36% of all divers are women. I was actually a bit surprised by that number. I would have guessed the number was lower, at least among U.S. divers. I frequently see higher numbers of European women divers when we dive on Bonaire.

Woman diving on BonaireAnd now, with some background information provided, here’s my favorite five reasons from the list of 12 as to why women should learn to dive:

1. There are no phones.

The ability to escape the demands and chaos of the digital world for an hour at a time is my favorite reason for diving.

This is one of my personal favorites. Being able to “disconnect” for an hour or so is certainly a luxury these days!

2.  We are actually better at it than most guys.

Most guys that scuba dive frequently with women will tell you that women divers are better at buoyancy control and at air consumption than men. Gary used to think my air gauges were wrong because I always have more air left in my tank than he does. After I easily outlasted a seasoned dive master on an 80-minute shallow dive with plenty of air left in my tank he realized that I simply breath more efficiently than most guys.

Well, I will probably take a little flack for including this one, but after actively teaching both men and women to dive for many years, I can agree that women “get” the whole issue of buoyancy much more quickly than men!Red seahorse on a rope sponge on Bonaire.

3.  Seahorses.

This is actually a reason for anybody to want to dive. What’s not to love about a seahorse?

Can’t think of anyone who will disagree with this one, or the one following! Seahorses, turtles, and all the other wonderful marine life are the reasons we dive!

4.  Turtles.

I have been known to laugh out loud underwater (yes, that’s possible) at the leisurely antics of sea turtles. I think it may have been the deciding factor for my sister-in-law to start diving. After encountering them while snorkeling in Hawaii, she made the plunge to have a deeper look beneath the waves.

5.  Guys can’t save the oceans by themselves.

Getting beneath the waves for a first-hand look at trash accumulations, coral bleaching, and damage caused by ships is the best way to realize that the oceans need all the help we can all muster.

People protect what they love. The more people who find a love for the oceans and the world’s coral reefs, the better off the oceans and reefs will be!

Read the entire article and the remaining 7 reasons Why Women Should Learn to Dive


How to get certified on Bonaire?

In case this piques the interest of women who snorkel while on Bonaire, think about upgrading and joining the men-folk on their dives!  Nearly all of Bonaire’s fine dive centers have female instructors on staff, who can assist with the special considerations for women.

Come on, gals, try it out and get certified!  You’ll only regret not doing it!


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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

Bonaire Videos from the 1950s and 1960s

Have you ever wondered what Bonaire was like before you first visited?

Many visitors to Bonaire return year after year.  In fact, these days, it is not unusual to hear of some repeat guests celebrating 30 years of visits, or even 40 years!  These visitors have truly witnessed lots of changes on Bonaire, as it has transitioned from a sparsely populated island, to a less-sparsely populated island.

Bonaire from the 1950s and 1960s.But even those visitors who first came in the 1980s, when dive tourism to Bonaire was taking off, still can’t imagine what Bonaire was like in earlier decades.  The Bonaire Insider has located some videos online that were taken on Bonaire in the 1950s and the 1960s, and we thought you would enjoy seeing them as much as we did.

Bonaire Video from the 1950s.

Sometime in the early 1950s, Polygoon-Profilti, a Dutch production company, produced a short documentary about Bonaire, entitled “Eiland van rust” (Island of Rest). The film shows fascinating scenes of life on Bonaire from over half a century ago, documenting salt harvesting, charcoal creation, aloe farming, boat building, and traditional fishing from locally crafted sail boats. One can see the roots of today’s festivals of Simadan and Maskarada. The video is an amazing look at a Bonaire we no longer see. Narration is in Dutch.

Bonaire:  Island of Rest.

Bonaire Video from the 1960s.

Just a short decade later, Bonaire’s personality was already changing.  It’s distinctive green license plates were already in place, as were the hills of conch shells, locally known as karko, at Lac Cai.  Today these hills of conch shells still can be seen, but they no longer grow larger, as conch is now a protected species.  And, of course, we no longer traipse through the nesting areas of Bonaire’s iconic bird, the flamingo, as we now know that such activities disturb the birds’ natural behaviors.

In this twenty-minute film, we follow a Dutch family who spent two vacations on Bonaire in 1964 and 1966.  At a time when tourism to Bonaire was only beginning, it is a special treat to be able to travel back to this period and see the island as it was, including a glimpse of Bonaire’s first Flamingo Airport!


Bonaire:  Island of the Flamingos.

Learn more about Bonaire’s history!


(Source: Youtube Videos)

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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

5 Special Places to Spend Dawn in the Forests of Bonaire

How to experience dawn in the forests of Bonaire.

This morning, as I settled in behind the computer, I came across a beautiful blog post, written by Louis Shoultz. It’s all about the special awakening of the natural fauna in Bonaire’s forest areas at dawn.

Bonaire has a certain something–some intangible essence–that reaches out to all whom step foot on this island. For repeat visitors and those who make Bonaire their home, we feel it immediately upon the opening of the plane’s doorway when the trade-winds caress our faces. First time visitors may not feel it upon arrival, but during their visit, this essence insinuates itself into their hearts and souls, so that, by departure time, it has become part of them. It’s the reason why nearly everyone returns to Bonaire.

Dawn in the forests of Bonaire.

As I read Louis’ wonderful blog post, it occurred to me that her writing clearly communicated that special essence–that elusive something–that is why we love Bonaire:

Just before light chases them away, geckos chirp their farewells from tree to tree and branch to branch. As the blackness of night dissolves in to the brightness of day, the first bird begins to sing. The Northern Scrub Flycatcher without fail, is first to wake, starting the day with short, but loud tweets. At around fifteen minutes later, the Venezuelan Troupial joins in, whistling to the sun, encouraging it to rise. Then, as if the Troupial said it’s all alright, the ornithological orchestra commences.

A lizard wakes up with the dawn in the forests of Bonaire.

As the sky begins to burn with the colors of fire the cold blooded reptiles arise from their hideouts. The endemic Bonairian Anole, scampers up a sapling to flare his yellow throat. In a rather robotic fashion, he juts his head up and juts his head down, until he is quite suffice. Suddenly he darts back down, as though he’s just proudly raised the flag of his nation. The last of the nocturnal hermit crabs, late back to bed, scuttle across the floor like drunken youths out on the town.

Five locations to experience dawn in the forests of Bonaire.

Next, I started pondering on the many hidden areas of northern Bonaire where one can sit quietly in the island’s dry forests and watch the awakening of creatures getting ready for their days. These are my favorites:

Dos Pos

A Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird rests for a moment.

Blue-Tailed Emerald Hummingbird

Just outside the gate of Echo Conservation Centre, you’ll see and hear many loras (parrots) squawking as they wake up and begin to feed. But don’t just look skyward; watch carefully around you for hummingbirds as well; you’ll find Blue-tailed Emeralds and Ruby Topaz.

Hiking Trails of the Rincon Valley

For those who don’t mind walking a bit, there are two hiking trails (follow the pink markers) which are available, both starting at Dos Pos. The Montaña Hiking Trail which borders Echo’s Conservation Centre, and the Dos Pos Hiking Trail. You don’t need to hike the entire trails (1 to 1-1/2 hours), but just head down the trail a bit before you stop for dawn.


Bonaire's lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

It’s a bit of a drive on dirt roads to get to the dive site, Nukove, but along the way you’ll have vegetation on both sides of the road, and you’ll be passing a wetland area which attracts many species. At Nukove, pull in and sit quietly waiting for the dawn, and you’ll be amazed at what occurs around you. You’ll find loras (parrots) in the forest area, as well as waterbirds on the shoreline and you’ll be comfortably ensconced between the two. The Crested Caracara will be active early at dawn.

Gotomeer Scenic Overlook

Often considered one of Bonaire’s most scenic locations, the Gotomeer Scenic Overlook offers the convenience of a parking area and benches on which to sit, and you’ll be surrounded by vegetation with all sorts of animals that will be very curious about you. Don’t forget to climb the concrete stairs for even a better bird’s eye view of dawn.

Seru Largu

Pearly-eyed Thrasher

Pearly-eyed Thrasher

Closer to Kralendijk, but still with easy access, is Seru Largu with panoramic views of both coastlines of Bonaire–eastern and western, choose your view! Even with sweeping vistas, you’re still positioned in forest, and, in fact, this location is one of Echo Conservation Centre’s reforestation projects. Keep your eyes peeled for the Pearly-Eyed Thrasher!

Do you have a special place in Bonaire’s dry forests where you experience dawn?

(Source: Wildlife Articles)


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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

TUI Fly Adds Additional Bonaire Flights to 2017-2018 Winter Schedule

TUI Fly’s Bonaire winter schedule to begin November 1st, 2017

TUI Fly provides flight services between Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport.

Flight service to increase to four flights each week.

Starting with the implementation of their winter schedule on November 1st, 2017, TUI Fly will increase the number of flights per week that will be available the 2017-2018 winter season.

TUIFly Dreamliner on the tarmac at Bonaire International AirportThe new schedule will provide service from Schiphol Airport to Bonaire on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays, and Saturdays.  The aircraft utilized will be a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, and the flights will be offering in combination with Aruba or Curacao.

For additional information or flight reservations, visit the Tui Fly website.

(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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

Upcoming Solar Eclipse will be Partially Visible from Bonaire

Bonaire will view a partial solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.

Partial solar eclipse visible from Bonaire.This month the skies above Bonaire will be filled with some unique celestial events with the Perseids meteor showers (peaking the night of August 12th to 13th) as well as the star of the show, the upcoming partial solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.

The partial solar eclipse will begin at 2:22 PM on August 21st, 2017 and end at 4:50 PM on the same day.  The maximum effect for those on Bonaire will be at precisely 3:41 PM.

What will be visible from Bonaire.

When the eclipse begins, the moon will start to touch the sun’s edge.  The altitude is 64.0º.

At the maximum eclipse, at 3:41 PM, the moon is closest to the center of the sun.  The altitude is 44.8º.

At completion of the eclipse, the moon leaves the sun’s edge, and the sun will return to normal.  At this point, the altitude is 28.0º.

Read more about this celestial event.

How to safely observe the eclipse.

Since Bonaire will not be experiencing totality, it is necessary to protect one’s eyes when viewing the partial solar eclipse.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Read the entire article on how to safely observe the solar eclipse.


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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

STINAPA Will Have a New Director at the Helm

Arjen de Wolff to begin as Director of STINAPA on September 1st, 2017.

The Board  of STINAPA Bonaire has appointed a new executive director, Arjen de Wolff. After an open and thorough procedure to fill the vacancy, Mr. de Wolff will be taking up his new tasks as of September 1, 2017.

Arjen de Wolff will begin September 1st as Director of Bonaire's STINAPAShort biography of Mr. Arjen de Wolff.

Mr. de Wolff (born in The Netherlands in 1969) has had a long and diverse career working in the governmental and public sector in various countries and regions, including the Middle-East, the Caucasus, the US, and the Dutch Antilles, with a focus on development and professionalizing governmental structures and procedures and NGO management.

Director Herman Sieben will return to the National Forests Authority in Holland.

Current Executive Director, Herman Sieben, will assist with introducing Mr. de Wolff to STINAPA, stakeholders and Bonaire during a transition period. Mr. Sieben will return to the National Forests Authority in the European Netherlands later this year.

About STINAPA Bonaire.

STINAPA Bonaire is tasked with the protection and management of the Bonaire National Marine Park and Washington Slagbaai National Park. STINAPA Bonaire works to protect and manage Bonaire’s natural beauty for the people and economy of Bonaire, the conservation of endangered nature as part of the wider Caribbean ecosystem, and to provide a great experience to Bonaire’s people and visitors.

(Source:  STINAPA)


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 for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 

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