Posts Tagged ‘Diving’

Mindfulness Meditation Retreats in Bonaire

June 28, 2015
Klein Bonaire Meditation

Klein Bonaire Meditation

“Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation.  It’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention.  That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used.”- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness Meditation is about becoming one with your own silence.  By focusing on the breath, the mantra or the music, you will learn to immerse yourself  a beautiful and quiet state of being. Mindful meditation has grown in popularity and participation in academia, industry and in the holistic world. A myriad of benefits for the mind and body have been revealed.  Studies show that daily practice enhances overall well -being including stress management,  heightened cognitive functioning,  improved immune functioning, enhanced interpersonal relationships and increased productivity. Ann 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 has practiced meditation for over 25 years. She is bringing her practice to her guests on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. She has chosen her island home as the location to offer this wonderful experience. Immerse yourself in a peaceful and mindful environment. Ann welcomes you enthusiastically.

The focus will be on guided meditations. Bonaire, best known as one of the Caribbean’s most pristine island is the perfect setting for this experience.  Ann welcomes you to find your center and immerse yourself deeper into your practice. The retreat provides 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 an Ayurvedic lunch  and healthful 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.

We believe 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 include 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.

2015

Aug. 1  Full Moon Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation – Hosted by Lolymar Sanchez at Earthship -17.00 pp – tea and snacks and optional Henna Art – Blue Moon Festival

Aug. 15 –  Mindfulness Retreat –  10-6 – guided mediations (walking, eating and silent), yoga and Ayurvedic lunch- 75.00 pp (reply with interest by Aug. 10)  *5 person minimum to run the retreat

2016 dates: July 11 -18

For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call 011 599 786 3134

Sunrise Hike

Sunrise Hike

Black Friday Specials – Bonaire

November 28, 2014

Black Friday and Bonaire, who knew! Booking a new windsurf, SUP or dive vacation between Nov. 28-Dec. 2 will earn 10% select properties. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for more details! Remember, all Caribbean Wind&Sun Vacations discerning clients are entitled to free online Concierge services. It’s the perfect time to plan your escape! And to further share the bliss, discounts extended until Dec. 2 for those late shoppers!

SUP on Bonaire

SUP on Bonaire

Pelican and Villa Ganshi on Sale

May 7, 2014

Pelican Reef is a romantic oceanfront cottage minutes from town. The snorkeling in front of the house is amazing. Pelican Reef is a 15 minute walk to town and dining down picturesque Playa Lechi.

10% off

Villa Ganshi is an upscale yet casual villa on the sea in tranquil Bonaire. The closest dive site, Something Special, and the sea in front is teeming with sea life. 

10% off

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Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details and other special offers.

Free dates

For Villa Ganshi:
May 24 till June 7

For Pelican Reef:
May 17 till May 24
May 31 till June 21

Coral Spawn 2014

May 5, 2014

Coral Spawn 2013

STINAPA Bonaire has posted the schedule for the upcoming Coral Spawn, Sept. and Oct. 2014. Ask about Bonaire Bliss’s Coral Spawn Dive Specials. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

http://www.researchstationcarmabi.org/images/stories/file/spawning%202014.pdf

Roomer Hotel on Sale – Boutique Bliss

August 29, 2013

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Hotel Roomer, a boutique property in Belnem is a lovely oasis for peace and respite. The property, situated minutes from kite beach and over 20 dive and snorkeling shore spots, is restful and accommodating. I love the restaurant and pool area. Being greeted by Blue and Sena, the two lovely Shar Pei’s is always a pleasure.

September is on sale. Stay for 65.00 USD a night and up in comfortable air cooled rooms with free wifi. Ask ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. September is coral spawn time. United has non stop flight from Houston so come on down.

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Bonaire Bliss

April 8, 2013

Bonaire Diving 2013 from Jens Fredrik on Vimeo.

Jens and Anita Nygaard, long time special travel customers seek the solace of the underwater world of Bonaire annually. Above water, they are windsurf enthusiasts. Jens shared their recent video which beautifully captures the essence of their Bonaire Experience.

Masha danki, Anita and Jens! Until next year!

Accommodations: Elegancia Penthouse http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/bonaire_properties/eleganciadelcaribe.html
Diving: Dive Friends- http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/diving_bonaire.html
Truck Rental: Budget
Travel Specialist: Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/bonaire.html

Airline Alert- United Airlines

March 25, 2013

Good News Bonaire Travelers, United Airlines will continue service through September this year with their non -stop flight from Houston to Bonaire! The flight will be available starting March 31, 2013. September is the perfect month to visit the island for divers. The coral spawn phenomena occurs and diving is perfect with light winds and flat seas. Now is the time to plan your September getaway. These dates coincide with the US Labor Day Holiday so extend your days off for a perfect week diving on Bonaire . To book your air, contact United direct. Then, contact Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations for your land package. If you mention Bonaire Bliss, and book 4 divers, one will dive for free (160.00 credit towards the group).  Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. 

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Dive Bliss

June 2, 2012

My incredible pet sitter, Tribsy, posted some great dive photos on her website. Her photos are simple yet amazing. The dive conditions remain incredible on Bonaire. If you are even considering a dive vacation soon, it’s the perfect time to plan. There are some wonderful discounts and deals so email me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details.

Photos Courtesy of Jeanine Clark Bremmer

Reef Support

May 17, 2012

Press Release from TCB Inc

 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

BONAIRE ONE OF THE FIRST CARIBBEAN ISLANDS TO PARTNER WITH
CORAL RESTORATION FOUNDATION

**Local Initiatives to Preserve Genetic Diversity of Staghorn and Elkhorn Corals
Augmented by the Coral Restoration Foundation**

Kralendijk, Bonaire – The “Bonaire Reef Pilot Project” was born when Ken Nedimeyer’s Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) was invited to visit the island by Buddy Dive Resort to work with and assist Bonaire with their continued efforts to preserve Bonaire’s greatest assets, its reefs. The project centered on the restoration of the shallow reefs by establishing a nursery and restoration program designed to cultivate staghorn and elkhorn corals and for this purpose the Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire was established.

 

 “We’re very fortunate to be working with CRF and to be able to combine our efforts to preserve the current genetic diversity of our staghorn and elkhorn corals.  Given the fact that Bonaire is world renown for having some of the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean, it’s the ideal place for this project to prosper and in turn encourage other islands to follow suit,” commented Anja Romeijnders, President of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “Coral restoration is a very important part of revitalizing the marine environment and we are proud to be taking the first steps towards accomplishing this task,” Mrs. Romeijnders continued.   

 

In addition to working with local scientists to identify specific sites for coral nurseries and reef outplantings, CRF will collect different genetic strains of staghorn and elkhorn coral, that will be used to populate coral growing trees in two coral nurseries. These corals will be monitored and maintained by the local support group trained by CRF and will form the base nursery stock that will be fragmented every six months to develop second and third generation corals in each genetic subgroup. In late 2013, these second and third generation corals will be taken from the nursery and planted back on the reefs.

 

The main coral nursery is located on Klein Bonaire, where there is limited public access and minimal disturbance for the growing corals. The second nursery is located at the South and North end of Buddy Dive Resort’s coral reef, and is utilized as a training and demonstration nursery.  Mrs. Romeijnders concluded, “We’re eager to get the entire Bonaire community involved in this project.  Education is key to the success of all our programs and we are working hard to generate awareness both locally and to our visitors.  We encourage divers and snorkelers to participate in our coral restoration project. They can even adopt their own staghorn or elkhorn coral and monitor its growth; this is a long-term project for all of us.”

 

Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most thriving fish population in the Caribbean. Ideal for adventurers, explorers and sun-worshippers alike, Bonaire offers myriad eco-adventure activities including world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and deep sea and bone fishing. And with a selection of accommodations ranging from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guesthouses and small inns, Bonaire has something for every lifestyle and budget.

 

Bonaire is the recipient of the prestigious Islands Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization 2008 Sustainable Tourism Award and continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism. It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008) and in 2011, Bonaire was voted one of the top five Snorkeling Destinations in the Caribbean by the editors of Caribbean Travel & Life. For 19 consecutive years in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Bonaire has been selected as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. This year, it was voted one of the Best Destinations Overall, number one for Marine and Macro life, and for Snorkeling also in the Reader’s Choice Awards.

 

Sorobon Beach Resort Celebrates

April 26, 2012

BONHATA has named Sorobon Hotel of the Year for 2011. To celebrate, Sorobon is offering a special deal

Sorobon is offering the Special Award Package  valid for travel between May 5 and June 30, 2012.
For all new bookings made between May 1 and May 31, 2012 for travel and stays between May 5
and June 30, 2012 with a minimum length of stay of 7 nights, they will offer you a bottle
of wine upon arrival and include free breakfast for the duration of yourstay. Kindly mention this special when booking your windsurf or snorkel vacation with Ann at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations. Call 001 508 737 5245 or 011 599 786 3134 today. 

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