Archive for September, 2009

Rotary News, Driver’s Alert

September 25, 2009

Construction on the new traffic rotary at Kaya Industria will lead to a new traffic situation  and a new rule. As with the US the new traffic rule will be those in the rotary have the right of way. This has not always been the case in Bonaire leading to confusion for visiting tourists.  The government has issued a statement with this new traffic situation. Let’s hope the island’s drivers all hear the same news. Oh, the rotary at Sand Dollar will have the same rules. This ought to be fun.


COOL Windsurf Blog

September 11, 2009

Mike Burns, a Long Island windsurf maniac has created a really cool blog that shows promise. I expect it will feature videos, supremo photos and great windsurf commentary.

I met Mike and his then girlfriend Chrissy, (who he since married) on Cape Cod at West Dennis Beach in the late 90’s. We were all recreational windsurfers. Mike competed in a PWA event I co ran, King of the Cape. The rest is his history. He is the best East Coast based windsurfer. Mike’s moves are sick, truly. Mike and Chrissy and their Long Island Posse descend on the shores of Lac Bay each winter. It has been a true privilege booking their trips. Recently I attended the East Coast Windsurfing Festival. Mike and team did a stellar job with this event, drawing local and international riders including Caesar Finies and Ezri Heymans.

Take a peak into his world.

http://purewindsurfing.blogspot.com/

Shocking News

September 11, 2009

The Daily Herald in Sint Maarten is reporting news that key political figures in Bonaire have had their homes raided and computers confiscated. The same thing happened in Aruba according to news on Caribseek. This news on Bonaire is unsettling considering we are a small island of 15k and are now a municipality.  Stay tuned…

http://www.thedailyherald.com/news/daily/m098/booim098.html

More Buddy Bliss

September 9, 2009
Photo Courtesy of Eric Kaye

Photo Courtesy of Eric Kaye

UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINARS at BUDDY DIVE RESORT

John Wall, Manager of Buddy Dive Resort’s Digital Photoshop, hosts annual Planet Ocean Fest underwater photography seminar

From November 28th till December 18th John Wall (Manager of Buddy’s Digital Photoshop and underwater photography specialist for years) invites those divers who are interested in underwater photography to join the weekly program of Planet Ocean Fest. The weekly program includes three (digital) photo classes and photo safaris (underwater). The price for the program is only $100 for Buddy Dive Resort, Belmar Oceanfront Apartment, and Caribbean Club Bonaire’s guests (regularly valued at $225).

Planet Ocean Fest Program:

Sunday – Registration at Buddy Dive Digital Photo Center

Monday – Diving with a Digital Camera
Emphasis of this class:
•    Preparation of camera housing to insure watertight integrity
•    Personalized camera settings to facilitate colorful underwater photos
•    Proper underwater camera technique
•    Proper buoyancy control and body position to minimize harmful impact on coral reef
•    Successful techniques for approaching fish and predicting fish behavior
•    Review of images at 4 pm in classroom

Tuesday – Macro and close up photography
Emphasis of this class:
•    Preparing and using the camera in the macro setting
•    Re-emphasis of buoyancy control and body position to minimize harmful impact of coral reef
•    Successful techniques for closely approaching vertebrates and invertebrates
•    Camera angles that add impact to macro shots
•    Review of images at 4 pm in classroom

Wednesday – Advanced Camera settings
Emphasis of this class:

Thursday
Free photo day to enhance skills learned during classes conducted on Mon – Wed. Participants are to submit images for final review and inclusion in Buddy Dive CD-ROM Calendar between 4 – 5 pm.

Friday
All images submitted by participants will be displayed all day at the Digital Photo Center. An Award & Recognition Ceremony will be held during the Manager’s Rum Party.

Contact Ann Phelan at 800-219-0118 or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

DECEMBER DEALS BONAIRE

Every Second Diver Dives for FREE at Buddy Dive Resort, Belmar Oceanfront Apartments, and Caribbean Club Bonaire!

Buddy Dive Resort, “Eat, Sleep, (Buddy) Dive!”

To celebrate our annual underwater photography event we happily offer our PLANET OCEAN FEST SPECIAL*. Book a Drive & Dive package and every second diver dives for free!

The Drive & Dive package includes accommodation for 8 days (7 nights), a RENTAL VEHICLE (double cabin pick-up truck or van) for 7 days, 6 BOAT DIVES, 6 days of unlimited air fills, FREE NITROX, daily American style breakfast buffet, a welcome drink, free “Manager’s Rum Punch Party”, airport transfer and all government taxes.

From $719 per person for the whole week (based on 6 persons in a 3 bedroom apartment)

This special is valid for travel between: November 28th and December 18th 2009.

Belmar Oceanfront Apartments, “Independent, Intimate & Inspirational”

Enjoy our DECEMBER SPECIAL*. Book a Drive, Dive & Stay package and every second diver dives for free!

The Drive, Dive & Stay package includes a fully equipped apartment for 8 days (7 nights), a RENTAL VEHICLE (double cabin pick-up truck or van) for 7 days, 6 days of unlimited air fills, FREE NITROX, free “Manager’s Rum Punch Party”, airport transfer and all government taxes.

From $498 per person for the whole week (based on 6 persons in a 3 bedroom apartment)

This special is valid for travel between: November 28th and December 18th 2009.

Caribbean Club Bonaire, “Dive, Relax & Explore”

Enjoy our DECEMBER SPECIAL*. Book a Dive & Explore package and every second diver dives for free!

The Dive & Explore package includes a fully equipped apartment for 8 days (7 nights), a RENTAL VEHICLE (double cabin pick-up truck) for 7 days, 6 days of unlimited air fills, FREE NITROX, daily American style breakfast buffet, free “Manager’s Rum Punch Party”, airport transfer and all government taxes.

From $475 per person for the whole week (based on 4 persons in a 2 bedroom apartment)

This special is valid for travel between: November 28th and December 18th 2009.

Sand Dollar Dive Group Sale

September 7, 2009

Sand Dollar Condominium Resort and Bonaire Dive & Adventure are pleased to offer the following Group Special for DEMA 2009:

Special Group Comp: 7 divers pay, 8th stays and dives for free*. The comp will be applied to the lowest per person price accommodation, diving as well as to breakfast (if added to packages.)

Early Booking Bonus: $250 deduction off of final payment for groups of 8 or more IF deposited by 11/20/09

Travel Window: 11/28/09 – 12/18/09 and 01/02/10 – 12/17/10 excluding 11/20 – 11/26/10

Booking Window: 11/02/09 – 12/04/09

Payments: $500 deposit must be received by Ann Phelan by 11/10/09 to receive the $250 booking bonus; or 12/1/09 only for the special 7 divers pay, 8th stays and dives for free comp only. Final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.
Restrictions: * 8th diver must pay nightly room tax and car rental portion

Sand Dollars offers spacious and comfortable studio, one, two and three bedroom ocean view units that are perfect for groups of any size. In addition to full size kitchens, dining and living areas, and roomy porches or balconies, the property also features a seaside grilling area, lighted tennis courts, restaurant, swimming pool, ice cream parlor, gift shop and day spa.

Sand Dollar is also home to Bari Reef – the Caribbean’s #1 reef in number of fish species, making it perfect for snorkeling and diving morning, noon and night from the Bonaire Dive & Adventure dive dock. A PADI 5 star Gold Palm dive operation, Bonaire Dive & Adventure offers instruction, drive up tank and gear access, boat diving and free Nitrox upgrades.  Fish Eye Photo, a full service photo/video shop for divers, is also located adjacent to the property.

Photo by Timmmy Bonaire

Photo by Timmmy Bonaire

Air and Hotel Sale / October 09

September 5, 2009

BONAIRE HOSPITALITY GROUP – INSEL AIR SPECIAL

We happily announce this one-time opportunity to book our complete packages in combination with an Insel Air flight from Miami to Bonaire (via Curacao) and back.

Stay 9, 10, 11 or 12 days at Buddy Dive Resort, Belmar Oceanfront Apartments, or Caribbean Club Bonaire, by flying to Bonaire on October 2nd or 3rd, and flying back on October 11th, 12th or 13th.

Our complete package includes accommodation, a RENTAL VEHICLE (double cabin pick-up truck or van), unlimited air fills and FREE NITROX during the whole stay, daily breakfast buffet[1], a welcome drink, free “Manager’s Rum Punch Party”, airport transfer and all government taxes.

The package above, together with an Insel Air flight, is starting from:

  • Buddy Dive Resort – From $999 per person including the airfare![2]
  • Belmar Oceanfront Apartments – From $893 per person including the airfare! Breakfast not included.[3]
  • Caribbean Club Bonaire – From $864 per person including the airfare![4]

Call 800-219-0118 today!

Please note that this is a temporary offer. Take advantage of this most affordable deal available by booking now!*


[1] No breakfast available at Belmar Oceanfront Apartments.

[2] Price is based on 6 persons in a 3-bedroom apartment for 9 days.

[3] Price is based on 6 persons in a Grand Deluxe 3-bedroom apartment for 9 days.

[4] Price is based on 4 persons in a Cottage 2-bedroom Standard for 9 days.

* This offer is subject to availability and for new bookings only. Certain restrictions may apply.

Karol Meyer Video

September 5, 2009

Karol has shared a lovely video off of Youtube. Enjoy her bliss!