Enjoy Easter Brunch at Ingridients

Ingridients Restaurant, located at Buddy Dive Resort, will hold its annual Easter brunch on Sunday, April 5th, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

In keeping with their motto, “Dine Differently,” this Easter brunch promises to be something special.  Your brunch will begin with a house cocktail and a selection of Italian cold cuts.  Then enjoy home-made scones, with whipped cream and jams, croissants, and sweet pastries.  Deluxe sandwiches in a variety of flavors, and quiche, eggs benedict, fruit salad, vegetable soup or creamy fish soup, and the restaurant’s famous “Create Your Own Salad” Bar Deluxe.

The meal, which will truly be an event, will then move to live cooking, with the catch of the day prepared to perfection, shrimp skewer, salmoriglio with creole sauce and aioli, and tagliatelle with parmesan and truffle.

At 1:00 PM, the Grand Dessert Festival will begin, but what that entails is a very well kept secret!  Finish your meal with a juice, coffee, and tea buffet.

Cost is $35.00 per person for adults, $19.50 for children aged 5 through 12.  Reservations are required and you can either call 717-1684 or email restaurantmanager@ingridientsrestaurant.com. (Source:  Ingridients Restaurant)

Mr. E.Ch.M. (Michael) Nicolaas Joins Bonaire International Airport as CEO

The Supervisory Board (SB) of Bonaire International Airport NV (BIA) announces that the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of BIA, on the recommendation of the Supervisory Board, has decided to appoint Mr. E.Ch.M. (Michael) Nicolaas as CEO commencing 1 April.  As of the same date, Mr. L.A. (Les) Laplace has been re-appointed as Director of BIA in charge of Operations (COO). These appointments are necessary to ensure a fortified organization in facing the many future challenges and the next steps in the development of the Flamingo Airport.

Mr. Nicolaas was born in Aruba from parents born in Bonaire. Mr. Nicolaas has more than forty (40) years of experience in managing airports and has worked for more than five (5) airport operators in South America and the Caribbean.

In the opinion of the Supervisory Board, this positive development shall certainly be beneficial to Bonaire in general and to the Flamingo Airport in particular.

The Supervisory Board wishes the new CEO, Mr. Nicolaas, and the Director in charge of Operations (COO), Mr. Laplace, all wisdom and success with the further development of Bonaire International Airport.

Pictured from left to right: Jan Willem storm van ‘s Gravesande – Vice President Supervisory Board; Les Laplace – Director BIA; Etienne Ys – President Supervisory Board; Anthony Nicolaas – Secretary Supervisory Board; Michael Nicolaas – Pres. Director BIA; Alain Maca – Member Supervisory Board.


(Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Sand Dollar Guests Now Enjoy Improved Wi-Fi During Their Stays

Earlier this month, Sand Dollar completed the installation of individual modem connections for free high speed internet in all of their rental apartments. They have offered free Wi-Fi originating from their centrally located Wi-Fi system for several years now, however the signal strength was not reliable in all of the buildings.

“The configuration of the property across a vast stretch of waterfront made it difficult to provide an equally strong signal in all of our units,” said Debby Rauwers, General Manager on Sand Dollar Condominiums. “It became clear that having individual modems in the units was the best way to insure that all of our guests had Wi-Fi service they could rely on. With this latest improvement, Sand Dollar becomes the first Bonaire vacation property to have invested in separate modems for each unit.”

Sand Dollar offers some of the most spacious and comfortable ocean view studio, one, two and three bedroom condominiums on island.  Their Ride to the Reef package provides guests everything they need to enjoy the best of Bonaire’s scuba diving. From May 2 – December 18, 2015, seven night packages with Dive Friends Bonaire begin as low as $637.00 per diver based for four people sharing a two bedroom/two bathroom condominium. Packages include 6 days of unlimited tanks for shore diving, free Nitrox upgrades, truck rental and tourism tax.  Dive Friends on-property facility includes a drive-up tank station with private gear storage lockers and a second tank station on the seaside for diving Bari Reef directly from shore. Tanks and lockers are available 24/7. Sand Dollar’s amenities make it an especially popular destination for couples, families, and groups seeking value and relaxation.

(Source:  Sand Dollar Resort Condominiums)

Getting a Bird’s Eye View of Bonaire

All visitors to Bonaire, either consciously or unconsciously, see the variety of Bonaire’s avians soaring over the land or sea.  Have you ever wondered what Bonaire looks like to them?  Now you can find out with BonAeroClub.

BonAeroClub has been in existence now for a number of years, and they offer sightseeing flights and flying lessons as well.  On a one-hour sightseeing flight, one can experience that bird’s eye view of nearly all of Bonaire.

There are some restricted areas over which they cannot fly, but generally most of Bonaire can be viewed from the sky.  It’s a great photo-safari trip, offering stunning views of Bonaire’s lighthouses, Lac Bay, the southern salt pans, and of course, Washington Slagbaai National Park.  Bonaire’s leeward coast offers great views of everyone enjoying their visits–at resorts, private homes and apartments, and of course, Bonaire’s water sports.

The plane is a four-seater, so up to three persons can make the flight.  One sits next to the pilot, and two can fit in the rear seat.  The plane is well set up to make viewing and photographing easy, but a telephoto zoom lens is recommended.

For those that really want to do the extreme, arrange for a flying lesson with one of the club’s patient instructors, who have lots of experience in teaching flying.  In your first lesson, you can even take off on your own, although the pilot does recommend he land the plane until you have a bit more experience!

For those who have extensively visited Bonaire, BonAeroClub provides a thrilling way to do something new!  It’s a fabulous gift for someone who will be visiting soon.  For more information, call +599 786-2437+599 786-2437, and ask for Wietze Koopman.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Visitors Reunite Years Later with their Dive Guide’s Family

It’s a common phenomenon, and a tale that is not often told, but it truly exemplifies why visitors feel such a bond with Bonaire after they visit.  But let’s first set the scene:  It’s around twenty years ago, and a young couple from the United States visits Bonaire for the first time.  They come for the diving, but end up doing so much more than diving.  They get to know their dive guides, even having dinner with them and their spouses, and getting to know them personally.  This young couple begins to return to Bonaire every year, sometimes even twice a year, and they are always in touch with their same dive guide, a local man by the name of Bas.

Over the years, this young couple and Bas and his wife, Rosa Bella, go dancing together, dining together, every time the couple returns to Bonaire.  Bas tells mesmerizing stories about Bonaire in the “old days.” Soon Bas retires from diving, and the next time the young couple visits, now with children of their own in tow, they lose touch with Bas.

Now, fast forward to November, 2014.  It’s time for the annual DEMA dive trade show, and Bonaire is well represented as usual.  This same man is attending the show, and tries once more to find out what happened to his old friend, Bas.  He approaches the booth of the Tourism Corporation Bonaire, and inquires…….not really hoping to actually hear news, but not giving up.  The gentlemen behind the booth asks this visitor if he remembers the name…………but he replies he cannot remember the last name.  He only remembers Bas.

Bonaire is a small island where everyone knows everyone else.  The gentlemen in the booth just happens to be Rolando Marin, from the tourist office, and he just happens to be Bas’ son.  There’s a quick reunion while the two bring each other up to date.  Sadly, Basilio Marin passed away about ten years ago, his wife, Rosa Bella, followed five years later.

And now, it’s the present day, and the Fishman Family, along with extended family members and friends, visit Bonaire once again.  And this time, the Fishman Family is back in touch with another Marin–this one Rolando, Basilio’s son.  Rolando learns about all the visits of the family over the years–one son even studied at CIEE on Bonaire for a semester–and hears they all have been here for at least ten consecutive years.  He suggests they might want to apply to become Bonaire Ambassadors, an honor bestowed on those who visit at least ten years in a row (bronze), fifteen years (silver) or twenty (gold).  On their last evening on Bonaire, Rolando was delighted to be able to honor the entire Fishman Family and inducted them into the Bonaire Ambassador program.  Congratulations!

But it won’t be the last time we see the gang, they will be here later this year…………just like clockwork!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Mindfulness Wellness Retreats in Bonaire

20150309-WellnessAnn Phelan, owner of Caribbean Wind & Sun, is pleased to offer two Mindfulness Retreats for the summer of 2015.  She has been trained in Mindfulness and is bringing her practice to her guests on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.

The two sessions this summer are July 25 through August 1 and August 1 through 8.  The focus will be on daily guided meditations at various locations in Bonaire.  Bonaire, best known as one of the Caribbean’s most pristine island, is the perfect setting for these events.  Ann welcomes you to find your center and immerse yourself deeper into your practice. The retreats provide a nurturing and gentle experience for both beginners and more experienced participants.  There will alternating periods of seated and walking meditations as well as 1-1 supported sessions to discuss your practice and expand on your personal goals.  Yoga and nature hikes will be incorporated into the retreat.  There will be healthy community meals as well as opportunities for independent dining. The level of your engagement will be individualized towards your personal goals. Each guest will have an initial phone consult and discussion and then an individualized program will be created.

The mind and body are best supported together. To enhance your experience, there will be Ayurvedic spa services offered as well as traditional spa offerings, including Bonaire Salt Scrubs and Hot Stone Massage. Reiki and Reflexology services are also available.

Accommodations include an oceanfront property where most of the retreat will be held and several budget minded accommodations within 4 miles of the meditation site.  Group discounts will apply to all accommodations.  There will be activities for those who wish to dive, horseback ride, stand up paddle, snorkel, windsurf, kayak or kitesurf. Bonaire is a nature lover’s destination. Come immerse yourself and become one with nature.  An a la carte retreat is available for those seeking a drop-in, free-flow experience, as well as a structured week. Prices depend on your individualized goals. Singles and couples welcome.  For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com.

Special Olympics Annual Walk-a-thon this Sunday, March 8th, 2015

This Sunday morning brings a popular annual event, the Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon.  This year’s event will provide funding to send Bonaire’s athletes to the World Games 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The route begins at 5:00 AM at the slave huts in the south, and will end at FKPD in Rincon.  The distance for walking is 30 kilometers, and for cycling, it is 40 kilometers, although there is no obligation to complete the entire route.

Those wishing to participate should meet at the stadium at 4:15 AM, and at 4:30 AM, a bus and pickup will transport those without transportation to the south starting area.  As usual, there will be some revitalizing juice, fruit, and water stops along the route.

Entry to participate is $15.00 per person and includes an event t-shirt, and soup and lunch at the end in Rincon.  Advance registration is necessary.

Spend Sunday morning enjoying a cool walk and Bonaire’s sunrise, and also help out a good cause!  (Source:  Special Olympics Bonaire)

Italy in the World Opens Offering Italian Delicatessen Products

Bonaire has been maturing and growing up in recent years, and there’s no better indicator of this than the opening of several specialty retail stores.  The most recent is Italy in the World, which is showcasing fine Italian food and wine products.

Cristina, originally from Italy, is the store’s proprietor, and she is very knowledgeable and passionate about all the food items, as well as wines, that she carries in the store.  For Italian wine lovers, it’s like being in a candy store.  And for those who love great Italian food, it’s like being in Disneyland!

Italy in the World has high-quality delicious pasta in many varieties, including organic pasta, and a Sicilian favorite, sepia pasta.  Other food items include vegetables in olive oil, starter, ragout, sauce and other delicacies direct from Italy.  Dessert is also a gastronomic adventures with sweets such as fruit in syrup, jam, cakes, chocolate, and many more. For those suffering from allergies or food intolerance, Cristina dedicates an area of the shop just for gluten-free products.

The shop features the widest possible choice of exceptional Italian wines from the best producing regions of Italy.  With labels such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Trentino, Friuli, Veneto, Sicily, Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, there is something for even the most discerning palate.


Another treat is the cheese and salami section, teasing cheese lovers with the smell of authentic Italian Parmesan or other specialty cheeses.

Italy in the World is located at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #39, in Kralendijk.  On your next Bonaire visit, be sure to stop in and say hello.  In true Italian fashion, the shop is open from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and then again from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Plans are in the works for the future for the shop to be open straight through the day.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Upcoming CIEE Public Presentations Cover Diverse Subjects

CIEE has a large menu of upcoming public presentations at their CIEE Research Station on Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot, some given by CIEE staff, but others by some visitors as well.  Surely these offer something for everyone!

Title: REEF Fish Identification
Speaker: Kim White
Description: Kim is a fish identification guru that loves to teach people how to identify fish and how to complete fish surveys for REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation). I’ve attached a flyer for these events. During the first half hour of each night, Kim will give an introduction to REEF, basic fish identification techniques, tools, and terminology. During the remaining 1.5 hours of each night, Kim will cover a different set of 50 fishes. These talks are always very popular, thus it might be wise to come early.
Dates: Monday’s in March (2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd) from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Title: Nutritional Exchange in the Anemonefish – Anemone Symbiosis: What Nemo Didn’t Tell You!
Speaker: Alan Verde (Maine Maritime Academy)
Description: Between Anemonefishes and Anemones in the Pacific, an mutually beneficial association occurs in which Anemonefishes get a home and Anemones get protection from predators. Alan is going to talk about his research that has demonstrated that anemones additionally gain nutrients from their Anemonefishes.
Date: Wednesday 4-March (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Influences on algal symbiont (Symbiodinium spp.) community dynamics in reef corals recovering from disturbance
Speaker: Patrick Nichols (CIEE Research Station Bonaire Intern)
Description: The health of corals on tropical reefs has been widely studied, but what goes on behind the scenes when corals undergo stressful bleaching events? During this talk, Patrick will discuss research being conducted that examines the effects of the algal-coral symbiosis of corals dealing with climate change and other stressers.
Date: Wednesday 11-March (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Low Lionfish, No Problem: The Effects of Lionfish on Reef Fish Communities in Belize
Speaker: Serena Hackerott (CIEE Research Station Bonaire Intern)
Description: For her Master’s thesis, Serena evaluated the apparent effects of invasive lionfish on native reef fish communities across 16 sites in Belize over 5 years. She will present her findings and put her results into the context of coral reef ecology and efficient coral reef management.
Date: Thursday 26-March (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Why do Lionfish Blow Water at Their Prey?
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Lyons (Me: faculty member at CIEE Research Station Bonaire)
Description: In 2012, Dr. Lyons and a co-author discovered and published a report on a novel hunting strategy of lionfish, blowing jets of water at prey before striking. During this past summer, Dr. Lyons and several CIEE staff members ran some experiments to examine why this behavior is useful to lionfish and whether it enhances the hunting efficiency of lionfish. During the talk, Dr. Lyons will discuss what they found.
Date: Wednesday 1-April (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Invasive Lionfish: Coming to an estuary near you
Speaker: Patrick Nichols (CIEE Research Station Bonaire Intern)
Description: Lionfish are extremely versatile creatures which greatly facilitates their invasion of the Atlantic.  During this talk, Patrick will discuss his research on the salinity tolerances of lionfish as well as their effects on local benthic fauna.
Date: Monday 13-April (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Native versus Invasive Predators: Can Native Predators Control Lionfish
Speaker: Serena Hackerott (CIEE Research Station Bonaire Intern)
Description: As the marine community searches for ways to combat the lionfish invasion, the question is often raised- can native predators control invasive lionfish? Serena will present a large-scale study, published in PLOS One, investigating this question, and will also discuss the current evidence regarding predators learning to control lionfish over time.
Date: Wednesday 15-April (7:00 to 8:00PM)

As always, CIEE offers these public presentations at no charge, and anyone with an interest is welcome.  Lectures do begin on time, so be sure to arrive a few minutes early to get your seat.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Enjoy a Violin and Piano Concert on Saturday, February 21st, 2015

The Classical Music Board Bonaire will host their next concert this coming Saturday beginning at 8:00 PM at the Chapel Mariadal Bonaire.  Two outstanding musicians–Simon Gollo and Armand Simon–will provide an enjoyable evening of classical music.

Simon Gollo is a violinist who has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the USA, Europe, and South America.  Armand Simon, who will be on the piano, is the international director of the Piano Festival Aruba.

The planned repertoire is to perform music from Mozart, Dvorak, Grieg, and de Sarasate.

Tickets for the concert are available at Addo’s Bookstore, Flamingo Bookstore, and Valerie’s Airport Shop.  Advance price is $25.00 per adult, but the entry at the door is $30.00 per adult.  Students, with school identification, enter at $10.00 each.

For more information and/or tickets, telephone 786-0455. (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

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