Diving Bliss

December 9, 2017

Bonaire is best known as one of the Caribbean’s best shore diving destinations. Yellow rocks with creative names such as Angel City and Hilma Hooker, dot the landscape along the shore line. They are markers for the over 80 shore dive sites on Bonaire. Divers have been coming to the island for over 30 years to experience some of the Caribbean’s best diving.  Scuba Diving Magazine recently released their People’s Choice Awards. Bonaire came in first for Healthy Marine Environment, Macro Diving, Shore Diving and Free Diving. Thanks to a protected Marine Park, managed by STINAPA, Bonaire’s pristine reefs can be enjoyed by the discerning diver.

Repeat clients, Cheryl and Airey Baringer love Bonaire. They have been my clients since 2003. Their mission, to dive as much as they can and to snap amazing photos.  Here is my favorite, captured by Cheryl last month.

 

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To book your dive vacation, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. Mention Dive Bliss and earn 5-10% discounts on select dive properties for new bookings in 2018. Bon Bini to Bonaire Bliss. And to read about the awards, click on Scuba Dive Magazine

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Delfins Beach Resort

November 15, 2017

When you consider your dream getaway, does your vision include a beach with swaying palms, a tropical blue pool with sweeping sea views? Do you year to sip a tropical drink with your toes in brown sugar Caribbean sand? Imagine waking from your comfortable bed with crisp linens, walking across the cool tiles to your ocean view balcony and sitting outside, feeling the tropical trade winds and the smell of salt air and tropical foliage. Delfins Beach Resort was designed with a vision of Caribbean comfort in a casual yet luxurious setting. All attention to details that would insure a relaxing yet high end experience were considered. The European design features bright colors with comfortable furnishings.  The pool, phew, it’s the largest on island featuring a tropical bar.

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Choose a lazy day, poolside or jump in the tropical blue and snorkel the house reef to discover the teeming sea life. Dive enthusiasts will enjoy the first class on site dive shop run by Dive Friends, one of Bonaire’s best dive operations.

Delfins has an onsite windsurf shop run by Jibe City, Bonaire’s premier windsurf operations. They offer high end high performance gear rentals and in the future, will have foil boards.

Lazy days or adventure vacations, take your peak but do choose Delfins. This is Bonaire’s newest and brightest properties and will meet all expectations. Whether you choose a studio, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom or even a 3 bedroom, you will be pampered and indulged. To book your vacation or to learn more about Delfins, contact Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

 

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Photo Courtesy of Delfins Beach Resort

Summer Family Windsurf Vacations and Kids Camps

November 15, 2017

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Summer Bonaire Windsurf Kids Camps

Jibe City and Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations have teamed up to offer 2018 Annual Summer Kids Camps. The 3 day camps run July and Aug. Priced at 200.00 per child, kids ages 7-17 can learn to windsurf or hone their skills. The 3 x 3 lessons commence 9:30-1:30 each day. Lunch is included as well as Nature Fee and T Shirt. Lac Bay offers superior conditions for kids to learn. With shallow crystal clear warm water and on shore winds, it’s the perfect setting to windsurf. Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your kids camp and accommodations as well as family packages. Discounts available for adult windsurf land and sea packages. Family on site bungalows available with 10% discounted rates when booking your windsurf package with Ann.

Mindful Diving

November 12, 2017

“Descriptives for the scuba diving experience include; “freedom”,  “weightlessness”, and “tranquility”. These same words could be used to express being fully immersed in the present, through mindfulness.  The wandering mind jumps here and there, from past to future, and needs help to stay in the present. That help has been found with the use of Mindfulness Based Practices.   Independently, both scuba diving and Mindfulness Based Practices can contribute to our feeling of connectedness,  leading to heightened well-being, when combined, the effects grow exponentially. 

VIP Diving has collaborated with Sarah Wilner, M.A. to create The Mindful Diver Specialty; combining  the scuba diving experience with the use of scientifically supported Mindfulness Based Practices.  

The two-day Mindful Diver experience at VIP Diving is designed to guide participants in the use of Mindfulness Based Practices to enhance the benefits associated with scuba diving.  This program is appropriate for all Open Water Certified divers, and includes 3 open water dives and a confined water session. 

Ann Phelan of Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations has teamed up with VIP Diving and Sarah Wilner, M.A. to offer the Mindful Diver Specialty to her clients, as part of her repertoire of wellness programs. For additional information, please contact Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Mindful diver program 2 day program including 4 dives (1 confined water and 3 open water dives). – 389.00 pp

For more information on wellness on Bonaire, check out http://bonairewellness.com.”

 

 

 

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What To Do In Light Wind

October 30, 2017

One of the most often asked question I get as a windsurf travel specialist is, “when is it windy in Bonaire”.  Who knows, right? Sometimes to illustrate the answer I explain that I once was skunked in The Gorge (when I was there with my Bonaire buddies Tonky and Ro).  The real answer is Nov. – July our winds are best but we can have a wicked windy Sept. and a dead lull in January. It’s a bummer to book a week holiday and have light winds, I know. Never fear, a real windsurfer will find something to do on the water when the winds are light. Here is a little video of one sailor who makes it work no matter what Mother Nature Offers. Meet Caesar Finies, our light wind wiz. Caesar is my hero.

Lionfish

October 12, 2017

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In the world of Caribbean diving the word Lionfish sends shivers down the spine of any eco minded dive enthusiast. This venomous creature has no natural predators in the Caribbean and can wreck havoc on the sea life in days. Native to Asia it is thought aquarium owners dumped some Lionfish into the warm Atlantic introducing this villain into the eco system. The Lionfish is a voracious predators feeding on many varieties of fish. The Bonaire Marine Park has a great link to read more. In the meantime enjoy Timmy Lienhardt’s photos of the lionfish he observed (and caught) in Bonaire.

 

Photo Courtesy of Timmy Lienhardt

Bonaire Wellness

September 30, 2017

Kralendijk – Recharge and reset on the island of Bonaire. Bonaire Wellness is a web directory of wellness practitioners on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. The directory allows visitors to locate and book wellness activities to compliment their vacation. Heal your mind and body choosing from  a myriad of restorative services. For those seeking an active wellness vacation, participate in a seaside Tai Chi class or sunset yoga. For those desiring a full immersion, plan a week-long wellness vacation complete with an individualized program.  Bonaire is provides an unhurried and unspoiled destination.  Come find your center. Bon Bini, welcome to Bonaire. 

Visit Bonaire Wellness at http:www.bonairewellness.com

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Bonaire Loves Kids

September 20, 2017

Kids love Bonaire and Bonaire loves kids. Families flock to the Dutch Caribbean island for good reason. Best known as Diver’s Paradise, there are so many other amazing diversions, perfect for families.  With easy air access from the US, Canada and Amsterdam and a plethora of family friendly hotels and condos, Bonaire is the spot to plan a winter family vacation.

Take your pick as to one of the many kid- oriented activities. Every family must visit the Donkey Sanctuary.  Rent a pick up truck, most everyone does on Bonaire, and pack up the kids. Make a pit stop at the bakery or grocery and pick up a bag of day old bread and carrots. The Donkey Sanctuary is located on the Sorobon Road.  Open 10-5 daily, there is a visitors zoo and a self-guided driving tour. The Sanctuary is home to orphaned and injured donkeys as well as a safe haven for others. Donkeys have been a part of Bonaire’s landscape since the 17th Century when Spaniards brought them to the island. Now, it is common to see them on the sides of the street in the countryside, “Kunuku”. Unfortunately, traffic hazards, illness and lack of water and food have compromised the lives of Bonaire’s donkey population. The Sanctuary seeks to provide a home for many of these lovely creatures. Kids can feed the babies or sit in the truck and drive through the car paths. It’s fun for all.

 

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Donkey Sanctuary Photo by Mike Burns

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Windsurfing is big on the island. Some of the world’s top freestyle windsurfers hail from Bonaire. There is a professional team  that has received fame and notoriety around the globe. The windsurf scene is found at windy Lac Bay. Young and old take to the water to sail across the tropical blue. Shallow depths and gin clear water make it perfect. Kids start young on Bonaire, some, right out of diapers. The small kids rigs and expert instruction make Lac Bay, kids paradise.  Parents can take to the water while their kids attend on of the yearly kids camps.  There are two professional shops on the bay and three restaurants. In between sailing, kids love to play in the shallows, searching for sea creatures. It’s a kid’s playground on one of the island’s most picturesque settings.

 

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Under the sea, Bonaire is blessed with healthy coral reefs and diverse sea life.  With two kid oriented dive programs, kids can experience diver’s bliss. The Junior Open Water Diving and Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth program (SASY),  allow kids as young as 5 to take to the water and experience diving. There are several dive shops on island that specialize kids diving programs. For those that prefer snorkeling, Bonaire has over 50 shores sites that the family can stop and enjoy.

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Other activities suited for children include mangrove kayaking, Kitesurfing, beach combing, caving, hiking and stargazing. Along with activities, Bonaire has many family friendly restaurants featuring pizza and burgers as well as pasta and sushi for the more adventurous eater.

With easy air access, family-friendly accommodations and an array of fun filled activities, Bonaire is a top choice for families in the know. For more information or to plan your family vacation, contact Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

Wellness Retreats

September 16, 2017

101.pngClose your eyes and slowly breathe in, and breathe out. Imagine this; a Caribbean vacation to a warm and sunny island. Imagine cooling trade winds blowing gently as you sit under a shady palm tree. Picture the Caribbean blue with glistening lights on the tops of small crests of water. Visualize seabirds playing in the waves, tropical birds drinking nectar from colorful flowers and pelicans cruising along the shoreline.  The images of a Caribbean escape immediately evoke a feeling of calm.

Bonaire is arguably one of the last unspoiled islands in the Caribbean. There are no traffic lights, nothing higher than four stories and a slow pace that allows visitors to immediately settle into an “island vibe”. Surrounded by pristine waters, the island is home to a plethora of skilled wellness practitioners. Healing artists include those skilled in Reiki and Energy Balancing. There are several yoga instructors, trained in the various schools. On island, find a seaside spa or a healing center to ease your weary body. Come practice Mindfulness and slow down to the speed of living.

Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations specializes in Wellness Vacations. Luxury Wellness Packages include magnificent seaside and ocean view villas. Individualized wellness programs incorporate treatments to fit every need. Finding a balance between mind, body and spirit can be achieved while enjoying a Caribbean escape. In between your wellness retreat, learn to dive or windsurf. Snorkel amongst the healthy reefs. Dine on vegetarian cuisines. Savor the local flavors found in the many sea view restaurants.

Get back to who you were intended to be. Discover wellness on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.  For information and a wellness consultation, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com.

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After the Storm

September 11, 2017

More information on the island of Bonaire. Thanks to Ms. Hillhouse for her informative and humble blog post.

Source: After the Storm