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Defi Wind Caribbean Returns to Bonaire June 17-21, 2017

Defi Wind 2017 on Bonaire

Defi Wind Caribbean 2017.

The Defi Wind Caribbean organization is proud to announce its second edition of this windsurf and kite contest, which will take place from June 17th through 21st, 2017. This event is organized by Defi Wind organizer Phillipe Bru and 41 times world champion windsurfing Bjorn Dunkerbeck. This event will be hosted by Sorobon Beach Resort, and this location will be used as a starting point and also for ancillary events.

Bonaire has been chosen for the second year because of the island’s steady winds all year long, the beautiful scenery and water conditions, as well as for the pleasant temperatures.

The windsurfing race will have four categories, divided between men, women, and age. There is a maximum of 111 participants for the windsurfing event.

The kitesurfing race will also have four categories, also divided between men, women, and age.  There is a maximum of 50 participants for this event.

Registration is already open.  For additional information, visit the event website.

(Source:  Defi Wind Caribbean)

 

 

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.

20151005-stormvogel-300x225Stormvogel 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.

 

 


fishing_fleet_blessing_038-225x300Salute 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.

 


Vanishing 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.

(Source:  Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation via The Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

 

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

The final 2016 Taste of Bonaire features wellness.

The 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 via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

 

Enter This Year’s Bonaire Photo Contest

Bonaire Photo Contest 2016

This year’s Bonaire Photo Contest, sponsored by Tourism Corporation Bonaire, is well on its way to becoming the best ever.  In late October, the first block of images were received and sent on to the international judges.  They had quite a difficult job, as they had to pre-select only 67 images from the initial 345 images received.  Contestants submitted their best images from many countries–Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Spain, USA, Germany, Netherlands, México, and Argentina.

The first block of images are now available for viewing at the contest’s official site at www.Bonairephotocontest.com.

There’s still time to enter the contest, which ends officially on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. After that date, participants will not be able to register more photos.

Visitors to Bonaire who have images they wish to submit must have visited and taken the images in 2014, 2015, or 2016.  There are some great prizes, with first-, second-, and third-prize in each category.  All prizes include a stay for two persons on Bonaire!

(Source:  Bonaire Photo Contest 2016)

 

 

Bonaire’s Reforestation Efforts Are Coming to Fruition

Why does Bonaire need to continue reforestation efforts?

Many terrestrial animals, introduced to the island hundreds of years ago, consume the native plants on Bonaire. When droughts occur, as Bonaire has experienced over the last two years, the munching of the plants can far outweigh the plant’s ability to grow and develop, many times causing native plants to die, and then allowing more invasive species to take over. Over time, deforestation of the island’s natural flora can cause weather changes–making the island hotter and drier, simply exacerbating the problem. To combat this, Bonaire has been involved with reforestation efforts for several years now.

Reforestation on Klein Bonaire.

Over the past several years, STINAPA has been at the forefront of reforestation efforts on Klein Bonaire. Volunteers have worked hard, carting water to Klein Bonaire in boats to water the baby plants until they become self-sufficient. The efforts have been successful, and it is hoped that the skyline of Klein Bonaire will soon start to be higher and greener.

Reforestation on Bonaire.

But what about the main island? Here, grazing goats, pigs, and donkeys consume native plant species at an alarming rate. STINAPA has held Tree-Planting Festivals in Washington Park for several years now, and this year’s event is coming up later this month. But it’s not enough and the island needs greater efforts.

Echo Foundation and the Dry Forest.

Bonaire's lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Echo Foundation is well known now for its monumental efforts to help save Bonaire’s Yellow-Shouldered Amazon parrots, more commonly known locally as loras, as the species is vulnerable to poaching and habitat destruction. To assist the parrots, and also the prikichi, the Brown-Throated Parakeet found on Bonaire, Echo is doing its best to help reforest the naturally occurring Dry Forest Ecosystem on the island.

How to reforest the Dry Forest?

With a mandate, support, and funding from Bonaire’s island government, Echo has plans to accomplish this lofty goal by reforesting 20,000 trees in ten reforestation areas, from which all exotic herbivores (goats, donkeys and pigs) are excluded.

Bonaire’s visitors can help with the reforestation efforts.

Now, with the rainy season upon us, Echo is actively planting the young trees it has been nurturing for some time.  On Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, they will host a Tree Planting Day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

Join in Echo’s tree-planting day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

To join in and have some good, old-fashioned fun at the same time, meet at the entrance to Washington Park at 8:00 AM. Transportation will be provided from the entrance of the park to the work site, or just look for Echo’s vehicle.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided to all planters, but those participating should wear closed-toe shoes and bring sun-screen, a water bottle, and gardening tools, if you have them.

Register your participation.

Please let Echo know you will be helping out.  Simply telephone them at 785-4128 or email info@echobonaire.org.

"We live by our nature; let's work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire."

“We live by our nature; let’s work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire.”

Can’t plant, but want to know more?

For those who can’t join in the planting, but would like to know more about Bonaire’s reforestation efforts, everyone can join in a free, informative evening at CIEE on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  During this presentation, Quirijn Coolen (Reforestation Warden at Echo) and Johan van Blerk (Nursery Manager at Echo) will be explaining the foundation’s part in the reforestation project and provide additional information about the planning, management, and community involvement in this important project.

 

(Source:  Echo Foundation, CIEE Bonaire via Bonaire Insider on InfoBonaire.com)

 

The New Courtyard by Marriott is Opening 2nd December, 2016

Bonaire will receive its first brand-name hotel, when the Courtyard by Marriott opens on 2nd December, 2016.

With its ideal location just minutes from the airport, the property will boast of a state-of-the-art lobby, providing greater flexibility and choices for their guests.

The Courtyard by Marriott will provide an excellent location for those traveling to Bonaire for business, as well as pleasure, as there are inviting, flexible spaces in which to work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout, and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via their GoBoard technology.

The property also has a well-equipped fitness center, and an outdoor infinity pool to help keep guests refreshed and energized.  The Market, a 24-hour on-site convenience store, will allow guests to purchase drinks and snacks to take back to their rooms.

Artist's rendition of the Courtyard by Marriott on Bonaire.

Artist’s rendition of the Courtyard by Marriott on Bonaire.

The new Courtyard by Marriott has the following amenities:

  • Restaurant with terrace seating for lunch or dinner
  • Outdoor infinity pool and whirlpool
  • Well equipped fitness center open 24/7
  • The convenience store, The Market, open 24/7
  • Laundry services
  • Business library
  • Interactive virtual concierge services
  • Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Convenient mobile check-in services
  • All public areas and guestrooms are non-smoking
  • Accessible guestrooms and public areas
  • Daily continental and full American buffet breakfast

Further additions are planned for 2017 including an on-site casino and retail dive store with diving facilities.

The new property also has meeting facilities with three state-of-the-art meeting/event spaces, totaling 2,730 square feet and accommodating up to 210 persons.  Additionally, there are unique, outdoor venues available with modern technology and audio visual equipment.

The opening of the Courtyard by Marriott provides an additional 140 rooms to the accommodations capacity on Bonaire.  There are 136 spacious guestrooms with canal view and 4 luxurious suites with canal view.  Room amenities include air-conditioning,  LCD 32” TV, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, Heavenly Marriott bedding, flexible spaces in which to work or relax, mini-fridge, in-room safe, iron with ironing board, radio and alarm clock, hair dryer, and coffee and tea.

For more information, or to make reservations, visit their web site.

(Source:  Courtyard by Marriott)