TS Matthew

September 29, 2016

Tropical Storm Matthew is churning through the southern Caribbean dousing the islands with heavy rain, flash flooding and significant wind gusts.  All eyes are on this system, watching the path as it traverses the islands.

Matthew is far south, heading towards Bonaire. Typically, the islands in the Windward chain escape tropical storms, particularly Barbados and Trinidad. The ABC islands are considered outside the hurricane belt so when storms head that far south, weather watchers perk up their ears. I have been living and traveling in the Caribbean since 1987. My first island home, Antigua was often hit by tropical systems. I have some memories of significant storms over the years.  As a windsurfer, I am pretty addicted to weather sites to watch the wind forecasts. Whilst my days as a sailor have slowed down, I am still a weather geek.

I have been watching the weather predictions for Bonaire all week. TS Matthew was named today and is slated to pass north of the island around 11 PM EST Sept. 29.  The island will certainly experience gusty winds and heavy rain. Keep an eye on your favorite weather service for updates.

As of today, friends are boarding up their homes. Diesel supplies are dwindling as everyone prepares their generators. If you have travel plans for the island, continue to monitor your flights. Most airlines allow for change in travel without penalties when weather concerns prevail.

Here are a few links to my favorite weather sites:

http://stormcarib.com/

https://english.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/tropical-storm-matthew-forms-in-the-lesser-antilles-islands

http://www.windguru.cz/int/

 

 

Women’s Windsurf Week

September 27, 2016

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Arrianne Aukes and Ladina Van de Swoll have teamed up to present a fabulous windsurf and yoga clinic for women on sunny Bonaire. Located in the Dutch Caribbean, Bonaire is a windsurf Mecca due to gin clear water and steady on shore trades. Arrianne, a seasoned windsurf pro will help you ramp up your skills, taking your windsurfing to a new level.  When not on the water, Ladina will teach her flow style yoga daily in a serene spa setting.

This clinic is perfect for women’s groups, yoga students, team building and reunions. Be pampered and challenged all in one week. Learn one of the hottest water sports on pristine Lac Bay.

The dates are 3-7 April, 2017. The clinic price is 650.00. Accommodations are 45 USD a night and up for singles and doubles. You may stay in rustic bungalows or garden apartments. Those seeking a more luxurious experience may choose from seaside villas with pools and modern amenities.  Free Concierge Services are available. For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

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Photo Courtesy of Marc van Swoll

 

Photos Not To Miss- Marco di Gianvito Windsurf Celebrity Photographer

September 20, 2016
Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo by Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

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Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Wellness Retreat in Bonaire

September 11, 2016

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May 7-12, 2017

Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations presents Mindfulness In Nature- A Bonaire Experiential Retreat

In this week long event, you will participate in a series of wellness activities aimed at de-stress and spiritual health and well-being. The retreat will include group programs including sunrise yoga, Reiki, mindfulness meditation, Stand Up Paddle Yoga   as well as individual services including healing massage and Bonaire Salt Scrubs.  Led by Ann Phelan MA CAGS, a travel specialist as well as a life coach and mindfulness teacher, the program will be an opportunity to unplug from life’ stressors and nurture your mind body and spirit on the pristine island of Bonaire. 

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call 001 508 737 5245

Cadushy Distillery in Bonaire

September 5, 2016

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Off the beaten path day trips appeal to my sense of adventure. After 13 years living on island, I still find some new excursions. Recently, I toured Cadushy, a distillery on Bonaire. Off the beaten path, on a side street in Bonaire’s “first capital”, Rincon, a little oasis is found.

I parked on the street under a shady tree. Street dogs mingled with locals in the area. The operations is behind a fence in what later revealed to be a large property complete with tasting area, bar, distillery, rest rooms, parrot feeding stations, massive Calabash trees and visitor stations with information and displays. What really surprised me was finding a full on active cinema. But wait, I am moving to fast. Let me begin by explaining who runs this cool property.

The Cadushy Distillery was founded in 2009 by Eric and Jolande Gietman, a Dutch couple. They fell in love with the people and culture in little Rincon and set roots. Eric is the distiller. Jolande runs the business end. Things moved slowly, as they do in the island but on September 6th of 2009, the first bottle of Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur was presented to the then Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire, Mr Glenn Thode.  Eric uses locally found Cadushy or Kadushi,  a cactus found on island. The plan can grow to 12m and live up to 100 years.   The cacti is peeled and dried (in a car sitting in the sun, no less)  and then mixed with locally grown Sorgum for sweetness. There is an 80% grain alcohol base.  The still was gorgeous. Eric shared, it’s made in Portugal.

Eric has expanded his operation and now makes vodka, tequila, Rincon Rum and Captain Don Whiskey. Eric uses oak barrels and Cuban Tobacco for his Whiskey blend. He also has  created delicious liquors, made to celebrate the islands;  KukuÏ of Aruba, The Spirit of Bonaire, Cadushy of Bonaire, Calbas of Curaçao, Gold of Statia, Spices of Saba and Orange of Curacao. Each bottle is colorful and definitely a collectable.

Back to the cinema, the property came with a working movie theater. Once in awhile, Eric and Jolande show films to the locals but in the future, may do more to include the public.

Kaya Cornelis D.Crestiaan, Rincon, Caribbean Netherlands

Phone: 011 599 786 8769

 

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Caribbean Journal Bliss

August 31, 2016

My new fav online publication is Caribbean Journal. They have a plethora of news and info on de islands. Thanks Caribbean Journal for promoting my Wellness Vacations. Pure Bliss

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Cheers from the sunny Dutch Caribbean

Photo Courtesy of Janine Charles- Curacao

 

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Wellness Vacations

August 15, 2016

Caribbean Wind & Sun is unveiling their new program, Wellness Vacations to Bonaire. Many travelers seek to de-stress and unwind on vacation. Some are able to unplug simply by reading a booking or walking the beach. Others need a little guidance and support as they seek to fulfill their personal goals.  If you are already immersed in your own practice at home and want to expand in the Caribbean, Bonaire offers the perfect setting. Our island is restful and healing. We have many gifted practitioners with skills to support your goals.

For those that want to combine an active vacation with some wellness activities, look no more. You can dive  and windsurf and then have customized spa and restorative services. We will discuss your goals whether it’s fitness and health or restorative and healing needs  If you prefer a Wellness Vacation in totality, we will create the perfect program to meet your desired goals.

We offer an individualized program of activities in areas of restorative, active and solace. Restorative services include Reiki, Bonaire Healing Salt Scrubs, Reflexology and an array of massage styles. Active choices include Pilates, Yoga (several types), Tai Chi, Body Pump and Body Balance.  Solace programs include Mindfulness Meditation and Life Coaching my a trained professional.  All programs are aimed and assisting in finding your balance and calm as you seek to achieve your personal goals.

For those seeking a fuller immersion, we offer Wellness Weeks throughout the year with more customized and detailed programming including healthy food, group practice and Mindful Meditation. Our first Week for 2017 will be May 6, 2017. You will be accommodated in a lovely villa with an amazing pool and restful garden setting. Healthy meals will be prepared considering any dietary request. Transportation will take you to various yoga classes off site while other programs such as Mindful Meditation and Tai Chi will take place on site. Spa Services on site and in a local spa are available featuring the famous Bonaire Healing Salt Scrubs.

Our aim is to pamper you and when you leave, you feel completely rejuvenated and connected to your center.

For more details, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today to find your balance and calm. We welcome you.

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Photo by Marc van Swoll

Bonaire Coral Spawn 2016

July 29, 2016

It’s time for nature’s true undersea wonder, the coral spawn. In August, September and October, Bonaire divers will be treated to a wonderful display with sponges, sea urchins and corals.   Local dive shops can guide you in securing the best dates to dive but typically, a few days after the full moon is the best dive opportunities for this phenomena. For the schedule of events, please click on this link.

http://www.researchstationcarmabi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SPAWNING-PREDICTIONS-2016.pdf

 

To celebrate the coral spawn, I am pleased to offer 5-10% discounts on  select dive packages. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. With the United Airlines sale, coral spawn and steep dive package discounts, this fall is the time to come to Bonaire.

 

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United Air Fare Sale- Again!

July 27, 2016

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Fall is around the corner, and if you haven’t yet, now’s the time to book your fall escape to Bonaire.  United Airlines is offering airfare as low as $447 on their non-stop Houston-Bonaire flight, for travel during September and October.

The southbound Bonaire flight departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) on Saturdays at 1:00pm, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50pm. The northbound return flight departs BON on Sundays at 7:30am, arriving in IAH at 11:35am.

The weekly round-trip flight provides more options for you to visit Bonaire and take advantage of low season savings from the following connecting gateways:

  • Denver (DEN): $425
  • Chicago (ORD): $451
  • Los Angeles (LAX): $493
  • San Francisco (SFO): $523
  • Phoenix (PHX): $577

These fares were valid as of Monday, July 25, 2016. Rates are subject to change. To check availability and fares from your gateway city, visit United’s web site.

This is just in time for the coral spawn. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today to learn about her special discounted accommodations for this fall. 

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Bonaire From the Sea – Diving Bliss

June 30, 2016

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Bonaire dive enthusiasts have another reason to return to Bonaire. I’ve just discovered Amoray, a splendid 44- foot Beneteau owned and chartered by Richard and Sue Willis. Amoray is equipped for comfort and pleasure for her discerning dive or snorkel guests.  The skies the limit in choosing where to dive. Bonaire offer’s over 100 dive sites almost all accessible from Amoray.   Captain Richard Willis, a Bonaire resident is an elite dive instructor, nature guide and specialist sea turtle conservationist. His wife, Sue works for Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire and is an excellent first mate. She is also a culinary genius as I learned recently.  Captain Richard and Sue hosted me for a lovely happy hour aboard. What a delightful experience where I learned more about this new dive offering on Bonaire.

 

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Sure, you can certainly stay at a hotel or villa but imagine having your own three berth yacht, nestled in one of the Caribbean’s quietest and cleanest marina?  Whether you are a honeymoon couple or three couples, Amoray is built for comfort.

Pricing

Your Sailboat for the Day (8:00 to 17:00)

1 to 2 people $650 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks.
3 to 4 people $700 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks.
5 to 6 people $750 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks*

*Maximum 4 scuba divers, 2 dives per trip, equipment hire and air packages at additional cost. Number of dives possible depends on the chosen sites, weather etc!

Exclusive part day sailing and snorkelling packages are also available (subject to availability) from 08:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 17:00.
1 to 2 people $350, 3 to 4 people $400 and 5 to 6 people $450, includes gourmet snacks, hot and cold drinks, towels and the use of a private cabin with en-suite facilities.
Contact us if you have other specific requirements or timings and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Your Sailboat for the Week- Live Aboard

1 to 2 people $3750
3 to 4 people $4000
5 to 6 people $4500*

*Maximum 4 scuba divers, 2 tanks per person per trip, extra equipment hire and air packages at additional cost. Number of dives possible depends on the chosen sites, weather etc.

Price includes:

* 7 nights accommodation onboard “Your Sailboat” AMORAY which has a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable seating above and below deck, three double cabins, all with en-suite facilities
* Daily sailing, diving and snorkeling with an experienced and qualified guide
* Overnight mooring in the secure, intimate Harbour Village Marina
* PADI dive training and specialties up to and including rescue diver are available at special rates. Contact us for a full list of available courses and for further details
* Air/Nitrox for 2 dives per person per day, maximum 4 scuba divers
* Welcome essentials grocery pack
* Captain’s Cocktail of the Day
* One sunset sail
* Taxi service to supermarket to provision the boat

**** For a party of 6 that’s only $750 per person for the week!!! ****

 

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Captain Richard and Sue

When booking Amoray with Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation you will have free Concierge Services as well. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.