Archive for July, 2010

Sense Restaurant

July 12, 2010

I have been a loyal patron of Govert Strootman since he was at Le Flamboyant. When he and Henk formerly of Bongos set of Sense I was excited. Each time I visit Govert warmly welcomes me. His wait staff are great and the setting is peaceful and welcoming. It’s a trendy place with a simple yet creative menu. After football I was spent so Rosanne and the kids and I headed over. I highly recommend Sense. As an aside everyone raves over the veggie lasagna. Will try it next time. Last night I had a great piece of barracuda and a very different but lovely creme brulee. The presentation is flawless. I believe the chef is Martin formerly of Blue Moon.

Caribbean Wind & Sun offers free Concierge for their clients booking dinners and special events at Sense. Call 800-219-0118 or email

World Cup Fever – A Pictorial Essay From Bonaire, the Dutch Caribbean

July 12, 2010

Wounded Warriors Return to Bonaire

July 11, 2010

Captain Don’s Habitat and TCB Inc. Bonaire welcome the Wounded Warriors to Bonaire, August 7-14, 2010. A group of soldiers and their partners and companions will come to the island to learn to dive. Severely injured in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, these brave individuals will have a heroes welcome as they come to relax, have a well deserved respite and of course learn to dive. Bonaire, one of the world’s best dive locations has always welcomed disabled divers. With the natural freedom offered being buoyant in the sea there are not obstacles or boundaries. To learn more click on A special thanks to Jack Chalk for making this event a great success.

Sensational Seas Two Production

July 10, 2010

Sensational Seas Two Production

July 10, 2010



Eric Riesch
New World Publications
1861 Cornell Rd
Jacksonville FL 32207
(904) 737 6558

Sensational Seas Two Production Includes Images from Bonaire Photographer, Ellen Muller

April 9, 2010 – Sensational Seas Two, a DVD grand tour of watery realms as far-flung as Antarctica, Australia, the Andaman Sea and Georgia Aquarium, includes a slide show from one of Bonaire’s own photographers, Ellen Muller. The production is a cooperative effort between underwater filmmakers, photographers, musicians, graphic designers, writers and programmers – all divers – who donated their skills and art to produce a spectacular collection of underwater images, for the benefit of marine environmental causes.

Viewers can expect the unexpected, come face-to-face with the gentlest of giants, rolling octopus, spawning frogfish, a snorkeling elephant, and tiny plankton that epitomize the grandeur of nature’s artistic flair. “When we travel, we meet so many talented image makers who seldom have the opportunity to show their work,” relates Anna DeLoach, co-producer of the DVD and researcher for New World Publications. “I know Ellen’s work and how rare many of her images from Bonaire are, so I was thrilled when she agreed to contribute them to the production!”

The DVD is now available for purchase through the Reef Environmental Education Foundation ‘s online store ( and will be available soon in Bonaire’s dive retailers’ shops in eco-friendly packaging, recycled paper stock and soy-ink printing.

For more information about Sensational Seas Two, visit: or view the trailer at YouTube:

About the Production: Co-Producers Anna DeLoach and Nancy McGee; Art Director and Screen Writer William Warmus; DVD author Kris Wilk; Narrators Stan Waterman and Annie Crawley. Supporting partners are the Carrow Foundation, Gates Underwater Products, Wetpixel, Beneath the Sea, Scuba Diver AustralAsia Magazine and New World Publications.

About New World Publications: First published in 1989 the Caribbean Reef ID books set a new standard in marine life recognition, and firmly established co-authors Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach as quality photographers and keen behaviorists. New World Publications has since grown to be a premier source of educational materials about the ocean realm. For further information visit

Posada Para Mirar

July 3, 2010

Outside the little hamlet of Rincon heading towards Dos Pos and Gottomeer, on the hill to the left is a secret new spot I am ready to reveal. Posada Para Mira is one of Bonaire’s newest restaurants. Julius and Jovianka Clarenda have created an kunuku oasis in the hills of Rincon. This retreat is a nature center, bar, restaurant, and entertainment center with an local twist. The Clarenda’s decided to take their parcel of land and create a place that will welcome friends and tourists, family and locals in the midst of a little bit of heaven. The views are splendid and the wind constantly blowing creating a very ambiante setting. They have gardens to supply their kitchen in the future and have plans to create nature trails.

Posada Para Mira

Open weekends, happy hour commences 4 PM on Friday and music follows. Jovianka’s mother mans the kitchen creating local specialties including Papaya Stoba, Gobritu (goat) and other local flavours. I went Sat. morning and was treated to pampuna (pumpkin pancakes) and hot tea. Sat. and Sunday breakfast is served 9 AM and then lunch and later music. Jovianka recommends the local homemade chocolate tea. Most Sat. nights a local band entertains into the wee hours. Today we watched FIFA Football on big screen. It was a lively scene with energy and some crazy antics.

The first Bonaireans I met were Team Bonaire in Florida in 2001. I was captivated by their kindness and their Joie de Vivre. When I traveled to the island a few months later and was embraced by the people and culture I knew I had found home. As our island faces many changes what remains as strong as ever are the lovely Antillean people. Julius and Jovianka will welcome you into their “home” and insure your visit is filled with joy and enjoyment.

Posada Para Mira is the perfect spot for a wedding, party, reunion or team building activity. Check out their Facebook at Posada Para Mira.

Jovianka and Juliandrick

Mangrove Kayak Tour

July 2, 2010

Sucile and I took a mangrove kayak tour with Pieter from the Mangrove Center. Pieter was eco minded providing good information on our precious resource, the mangroves. I was amazed to learn how old the mangroves are (200-500 years) in Bonaire. Of course they serve as the nursery of our island’s fish life. We saw upside down jelly fish, grey snapper and sponges and mollusks. It was a lovely way to start the day.

The Mangroves

Kaminda Lac #140
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean