15th Annual Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein Bonaire Is October 4, 2015

This year’s annual Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein Bonaire is very special as there are actually two swims during the event!

Everyone will gather at the beach at Spice Beach Club at Eden Beach Resort on Sunday morning, October 4, 2015.  Registration is at 8:30 AM for the public swim, which will take place at 10:00 AM after an official “DJ” warm-up session at 9:30 AM.  This fun swim, suitable for anyone of any age, is not a race. For those who do not wish to swim back, there are many boats available to pick up people and return them back to the shoreline. Participants can use fins, masks, or even flotation devices.

But, at 9:00 AM, there will be an official competition for the Barracudas, Bonaire’s open water swim team.  These competitors will be racing to Klein and back and you’ll be amazed at how fast they will be back on the beach!

Throughout the day there will be music from DJs, a steel band, and Sabor live band from Curacao to help wash down the wonderful BBQ that is planned.  Make a day of it on the beach in Bonaire–it doesn’t get any better than that!

(Source:  Jong Bonaire, image courtesy of Tim Nesselrodt.)

 

Long-time Bonaire Visitor, Alan Zale, Places Again With His Bonaire Photography

Long-time Bonaire visitor, Alan Zale, just took third place in the Canvas Press Close Up Photo contest, with his photo of a Spotted Cleaner Shrimp on Bari Reef. Alan’s photo was one of a hundred images submitted for the competition.

The photo was shot with a Nikon D200 and Nikkor 105mm lens in an Aquatica underwater housing, equipped with a pair of Nikonos SB-105 strobes for light.

Alan’s underwater photography of Bonaire has also appeared in the travel section of The New York Times where he spent most of his award winning photojournalism career as freelance photographer. He started his career at The Riverdale Press and he continues to shoot for his local paper, The Scarsdale Inquirer. Alan also worked on a special photo project for The Drug Enforcement Administration, that is now on permanent display in their headquarters. Alan has been coming to Bonaire for twenty years and has made forty trips to the island.

Congratulations, Alan!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

Sebastian’s Restaurant Welcomes Pastry Chef Janos Vermaat

In the two years since Sebastian’s Restaurant first opened, it has become one of the most popular of restaurants, known for its chic and romantic décor as well as the fine dishes which Chef Sebastian creates using only the freshest of local and high-end imported ingredients.  But now, Chef Janos Vermaat has joined the kitchen crew and he is creating some delectable desserts.

Wild peaches in custard, topped with merengue and served with a chocolate cookie.

With his arrival, now all pastries at Sebastian’s Restaurant are created by Chef Janos.  He’s a former Michelin-starred pastry chef, and he crafts each and every home-made pastry that is served in the restaurant.  He’s known for his fusion of traditional and new age methods, and he melds many flavors and textures into tantalizing desserts.  The dessert specials now change as frequently as the savory menu, to take advantage of whatever is fresh and in season.

For more information on Sebastian’s Restaurant, visit their website at www.SebastiansRestaurantBonaire.com.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

InfoBonaire, The Bonaire Information Site, Launches New Website

Since 1998, InfoBonaire has been providing the latest news and information about tourism to Bonaire.  The new website continues to include important information on planning a visit to Bonaire, including how to get to Bonaire, available accommodations, or activities for your vacation to the island.  However, the new site also has expanded sections which provide glimpses into a Bonaire that many visitors miss.

For example, the new cultural section includes information about Maskarada, Simadan, and other aspects of Bonaire’s culture where tourists are always welcome to join in with the festivities.

The Activities section has been also expanded and now includes information on hiking within Washington-Slagbaai National Park or taking unique tours which are off the beaten path.

The News & Events section includes a calendar of events for the next year, information about annual events on Bonaire, such as the upcoming Sailing Regatta, and even The Bonaire Insider shares its news via the InfoBonaire.com site.  Those wishing to subscribe to the free news alerts can do so easily on any page of the site.

And what would Bonaire be without its nature?  Bonaire’s underwater environment is well known around the world, but many visitors overlook the terrestrial habitat, which can be just as stunning.  This section on the island’s nature will keep you informed with the latest information–just like Bonaire’s new Yarari Shark & Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

The new web site has over 200 pages of information about Bonaire, and you are invited to spend a few minutes perusing the site.  Navigation is clear and it is easy to find just the information you seek, either through the main navigation or simply search at the top of any page.  The site is fully responsive, so it displays well on any device from phone to tablet or desktop system.

As always, best efforts are made to insure that information is updated as needed, but your comments are always welcome at questions@infobonaire.com.

(Source:  NetTech NV)

 

 

Annual Blessing of the Fishing Fleet–La Virgen Del Valle

Many visitors to Bonaire enjoy eating the “catch of the day,” but what they don’t know is exactly how that fresh fish lands on their plate.

Bonaire has a fleet of fishing boats, and there are fishing families where the tradition has been handed down from generation to generation.  Many of these families have origins from Isla Margarita in Venezuela, and fishing traditions have been carried to Bonaire from there.

Bonaire’s fishermen go out day in and day out, in the early dawn hours and fish all day.  They come back at the end of the afternoon, and clean their catch.  It is then distributed to restaurants or sold from their own homes or small shops.  The seas on the island’s east coast are considered as full ocean conditions, and many times, rife with waves and currents which batter the boats.  Although it is rare, sometimes boats can have problems at sea, and then the whole island comes together to help bring the stranded seamen home.

These hardy men do this job, not only to provide for their families, but because it is simply what they do.

One of the traditions which came to Bonaire from Isla Margarita is the annual blessing of the fishing fleet.  The patron saint of fishermen is La Virgen del Valle, or the Virgin of the Valley.  Her saint’s day is September 8th, and each year, on a weekend close to this date, the island’s fishing community gathers together to ask her for safety for their boats and seamen for the coming year.

For this special ceremony, fishing boats in all sizes, shapes, and colors gather at the Fishermen’s Pier at Sorobon in Lac Bay.  Here, La Virgen is put on the lead boat, which then heads a parade out into the bay where all the fishing boats give tribute to La Virgen by circling her boat, before returning to the pier.

Upon arrival back on land, everyone gathers on the beach for the celebration of Mass, which includes the blessing of the boats and fishermen.  Afterwards, a small social gathering is held, and as the sun sinks down low on the horizon, Bonaire’s fishing fleet is safe and sound until the next day’s dawn.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)


Click the images below from the 2015 event to view in a larger format.

 

Bonaire Says Goodbye–and Thanks–to Jerry Ligon

It is with heavy hearts that we once again report on the passing of an icon of Bonaire–Jerry C. Ligon passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

With his passing, Bonaire has lost a true friend of its nature.  Jerry, living on Bonaire for decades now, was a noted biologist and ornithologist (bird specialist).  He was the owner and operator of Biological Tours of Bonaire and was well known for his outstanding birding tours.  In fact, Jerry was the eBird reviewer for the island.

Jerry received his Bachelor of Science from the University of East Central Oklahoma (USA) and also became a PADI instructor in May 1994.  He worked within the dive industry on Bonaire since that time.

A memorial service is planned for Monday, September 14, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Consuelo Memorial here on Bonaire.

As a staunch protector of all nature, above the water or beneath it, Bonaire will surely miss Jerry.  Rest in peace, Jerry.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

Duo Xtreme Bonaire Mountain Bike Race is October 18, 2015

It’s always a fun event to watch, as these extreme athletes compete on the race day.  And if you have a partner and a bike, anyone can join the fun, as there are two routes, a “pro” route of 51 kilometers and an “xtreme” route of 76 kilometers.

The race will begin promptly at 6:30 AM and the winners will start crossing the finish line just a few hours later.  At 1:00 PM, lunch is served to participants and awards and prizes are handed out.

For visitors on Bonaire, it’s a great opportunity for getting some action shots with Bonaire’s photogenic backdrop.  Simply station yourself at any of the scenic areas along the two routes as shown.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (Source:  Duo Xtreme)

 

The Weekend Brings Champagne, Oysters, and Patriotism!

There’s no lack of interesting things to do this weekend on Bonaire, and they run the gamut from champagne and oysters, to celebrating Bonaire’s flag day, Dia di Boneiru.

First, open the weekend in style with an Oysters and Champagne Night at Sebastian’s Restaurant. Only available every once in a while, Sebastian’s is hosting another one of these favorite specialty events on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM, or whenever the oysters are all gone! Sip on a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne, and get a pair of oysters for free. For reservations, call 717-1697, or visit their web site at www.sebastiansrestaurantbonaire.com.

Then, on Sunday, celebrate with the locals on Bonaire Day.  Official events will commence at 8:30 AM at Bonaire’s government house and in Wilhelmina Plaza.  After 2:00 PM, everyone will head to the Sentro Francisco “Chiku” Goeloe in Antriol for a cultural program.  View the day’s event schedule (available in PDF format) by clicking here.

And, no matter what you do, enjoy your weekend on Bonaire!  (Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant and Bonaire Island Government)

 

Bonaire Says Goodbye to Yet Another Diving Pioneer, Ebo Domacasse

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of another Bonaire diving pioneer, Ebo Domacasse, who passed away last evening.

Ebo was a member of the elite group of locals who originally worked within the fledgling dive industry on Bonaire, and many old-timers to the island will remember him well.  Ebo was a favorite dive guide,  working side-by-side with Bas Marin, and, of course, Captain Don, who was operating the first Aquaventure dive shop back in 1973.  Diving was in its infancy back then, and these gentlemen brought it the forefront of Bonaire’s tourism.

As thanks for his many efforts, two dive sites were named after Ebo, and many divers for years have enjoyed Ebo’s Reef and Ebo’s Special/Jerry’s Jam, both located on Klein Bonaire.

One of Ebo’s sons, Herbert, grew up to become one of Bonaire’s Lt. Governors, while another son, Jopie, followed in his footsteps, working within the island’s dive industry for many years.

The Bonaire Insider sends its condolences to the entire Domacasse family.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

KLM Announces Winter Schedule for Flights to Bonaire

KLM has just announced their winter schedule for flights to and from Bonaire.  Beginning on November 9th, 2015, on Thursdays and Fridays KLM will fly directly from Amsterdam to Bonaire, with return flights back to Amsterdam via Aruba.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, the flight will first fly to Aruba before continuing on to Bonaire, with non-stop return flights to Amsterdam from Bonaire.

With this new schedule, KLM offers its passengers from Aruba and Bonaire the ability to fly directly there and back. All flights are operated to Aruba and Bonaire with an Airbus 330-200, and on Thursdays with an Airbus 330-300.

For more information on the exact arrival and departure or booking tickets can contact passengers on www.klm.com

(Source:  KLM)

 

 




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