Winter Respite in Bonaire

February 15, 2018

 

Klein BonaireAs the winter season continues, do you find yourself contemplating a Caribbean escape? Bonaire is one of the last unspoiled islands where guests can come decompress and escape from the cold.  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation specializes in small intimate properties that feature comfortable amenities, stunning views and superior management. Allow us to individualize your vacation planning staying in rustic seaside bungalows or luxury villas.   Welcome to Bonaire Bliss. Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

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Last Minute Deal – Windsock – Windsurf Bliss

January 14, 2018

If you can get away next week, Windguru is promising some incredible wind on Bonaire. I have a last minute cancellation at Windsock and can offer 100.00 per night for an amazing 2 bedroom, across from the sea and minutes to windy Lac Bay! Add discounted gear rental and you have a windsurf score. WIndsock

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details.

 

Foiling on Bonaire

January 6, 2018

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Photo by Kiyohisa Kuma Hosono – Kuma Movie

The windsurf world is abuzz about the new sport, foiling.  Short for hydrofoil, foiling is not really a fad but one of the biggest talked about news to hit the windsurf world. Some say it’s the biggest news in the sport.  Most sailors are trying the experience. Others are skeptical. What you need to know;

  • you can sail in light winds
  • many companies including Starboard have a line of boards for foiling
  • the rush sailing above water has been described as “wild”, “exhilarating” and “super fun” but the locals on Bonaire

Windsurf pro, Antoine Albeau races with a foil board. Pro sailor and windsurf guru, Robby Nash has developed a line as well.  An explosion in gear choices and pros and amateurs who foil will be witnessed soon. This is the biggest news in what could be a windsurf revolution.

Foiling is not only in windsurfing. Kitesurfing has foiling.  A  Bonaire local, Peter Zweers has been kite foiling for a few years now. Internationally, America’s Cup has foil boats. It’s the sport to watch emerge in many disciplines.

Here on Bonaire, Pro windsurfer Taty Frans is offering foil rentals. He charges 90.00 for two hour rentals. Lessons can be offered as well.  To book your rental contact Ann Phelan, island expert on windsurfing vacations. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

 

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Photo by Kiyohisa Kuma Hosono- Kuma Movie

 

 

Delfins Beach Resort

January 6, 2018

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

Bonaire Summer Kids Windsurf Camps

January 4, 2018

It’s time to plan your family holiday. With super deals on United, it’s a win win. Bring the family and teach them to windsurf. Let the esteemed staff at Jibe City make your kid’s summer holiday memorable. Kids learn young here, sometimes still in diapers. With shallow see to the bottom water, it’s paradise!

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The Jibe City Kids windsurfing clinic consists of 3 mornings and it includes:

  • 3×3 hours of lessons by one of our professional instructors
  • rental of equipment
  • Jibe City lycra
  • Stinapa Nature Fee
  • lunch at the Hang Out Bar

Upcoming Clinics 2018 TBA Summer 2018

Start/End Time: 9:30 – 13:00

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details. Package discounts for gear, lodging and vehicle rentals prevail. Nanny service available based on availability.

 

 

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

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