Archive for March, 2011

Divers Fish ID Challenge at Sand Dollar – Bonaire

March 29, 2011

Fourth Annual Fish ID Challenge
July 30 – August 5 & August 6 – 12, 2011
Free to Sand Dollar Guests!

For many years, Sand Dollar and Bonaire Dive & Adventure have actively supported education and conservation programs designed to contribute to the preservation of Bonaire’s magnificent underwater Marine Park. Join them this summer as they team up once more with Fish ID experts Patti & Scott Chandler of ReefNet, Inc.

Well known for their work in marine life identification and documentation, the Chandlers have spent the last 20 years documenting fish species, behaviors and creatures for future study and identification.

To book your dive vacation call Ann the Bonaire expert at 508 737 5245 or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

The Free Fish ID Challenge program includes:

◦ Multimedia Fish ID seminars

◦ Guided dives with the Chandlers and Bonaire Dive & Adventure naturalist Jerry Ligon

◦ A Bonaire specific, custom fish ID guidebook of the top 100 fish species found in our waters

◦ Introduction to REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) surveying

◦ Prizes awarded for finding the “fish de jour” on each days “Wanted” poster

◦ Raw video reviews highlighting unusual fish behavior and macro video

Participants can join in for the entire week’s program or join in “ad hoc” on as many events and seminars as they like in accordance with their own personal preferences.

Fourth Annual Fish ID Challenge
July 30 – August 5 & August 6 – 12, 2011
Free to Sand Dollar Guests!

Saturday July 30 & August 6:
8.30 – 9.30 am: Diver registration at Bonaire Dive & Adventure
9.30 am: Bonaire Marine Park Orientation and check out dive on Bari Reef. During the orientation all will be explained about the Fish ID Challenge.

Sunday 31 July & August 7
8.30 – 9.30 am: Diver registration at Bonaire Dive & Adventure
9.30 am: Bonaire Marine Park Orientation and check out dive on Bari Reef. During the orientation all will be explained about the Fish ID Challenge.
7.00 – 8.15 pm: First Multimedia Fish ID Seminar. In this big screen presentation divers will participate in an introductory presentation on Basic Fish ID and learn how to contribute to REEF’s fish database (Reef Environmental Education Foundation)

Monday August 1 & 8
8.30 – 9.00 am: Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Scott & Patti are available for questions.
9.00 am: Guided dive with naturalists Scott & Patti Chandler on Bari Reef after an explanatory briefing.
Maximum 6 divers.
5.00 – 6.00 pm: Bonaire Dive & Adventure’s Dive Masters Rum Punch Party under the big umbrella with music & snacks.
7.00 – 8.00 pm: Fish Tales and Raw Video Review with Scott & Patti.

Tuesday 2 & 9
8.30 – 9.00 am: Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Scott & Patti are available for questions.
2.00 pm: Guided dive with naturalists Scott & Patti Chandler on Bari reef after an explanatory briefing.
Maximum 6 divers.
7.00 – 8.15 pm: Second Multimedia Fish ID Seminar.

Wednesday August 3 & 10
8.30 – 9.00 am: Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Scott & Patti are available for questions.
2.00 pm: Guided dive with naturalists Scott & Patti on Bari reef after an explanatory briefing.
Maximum 6 divers.

Thursday August 4 & 11
8.30 – 9.00 am: Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Scott & Patti will be available for questions.
9.00 am: Guided dive with the naturalists Scott & Patti on Bari Reef after an explanatory briefing.
Maximum 6 divers.
7.00 – 8.00 pm: Fish Tales and Raw Video Review with Scott & Patti.

Friday August 5 & 12
8.30 – 9.00 am: Daily Wanted Poster unveiled under the big umbrella at Bonaire Dive & Adventure.
Scott & Patti are available for questions.
5.00 pm: Award Ceremony under the big umbrella at Bonaire Dive & Adventure with drinks and snacks.

Press Release Courtesy of Sand Dollar

To book your dive vacation call Ann the Bonaire expert at 508 737 5245 or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

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Coco Palm Garden on Sale -Stay 7 pay for 6

March 26, 2011

Coco Palm Garden is a collection of apartments, villas and bungalows situated south of the airport in Belnem. The bungalows and apartments are nestled in tranquil gardens. Enjoy your hammock or sun bed relaxing in between diving or windsurfing. The properties are well suited for families or singles. Prices start at 65 USD a night and up. Several of the houses are perfect for couples as well. You can walk to the beach and are minutes to south shore dive spots as well as windy Lac Bay.

The free night special commences May 1 and ends Nov. 1. Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today!!

Kontiki Bonaire on Sale

March 21, 2011

It may be spring in the Northeast but snow has arrived to many locations. April is the perfect time to escape for a last minute windsurf vacation to Bonaire. I am pleased to offer stay 7 and pay for 6 at the lovely Kontiki on windy Lac Bay.

I just had a lovely lunch at the restaurant. The views are great and the food wonderful. Enjoy the serene surroundings as you are in the midst of Bonaire’s most tranquil areas.

The Restaurant

Mention Bonaire Bliss and I will discount your gear rental 10%. Contact me today as the rooms will fill fast. Email ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

View of our windsurf bay

Conditions apply, new bookings only!

Yacht Club Restaurant Review

March 18, 2011

tuna sashimi

My friends treated me to dinner at one of my favorite Bonaire dining spots, Yacht Club Restaurant. The setting is a tranquil garden with light breezes. Kim offers impeccable service and her partner Rick is a creative and innovative chef. Together they create an amazing evening with fine dining in a casual atmosphere. I celebrated my 50th b day there last evening.
Goat Cheese Spinach Spring Rolls

I had a lovely parmesan crusted barracuda filet with mashed potatoes and veggies. I sampled Shelly’s spring rolls and some of Sharon’s tuna. The entire meal was wow!

tuna

In the middle of dinner a frog leaped on Sharon’s arm. Her blood curdling scream set Shelly and I off screaming in unison. It was quite a scene all over a little frog. Once we calmed down we settled back into our dinner. I loved my fish. Scott had a filet that looked perfect (if you love meat). For dinner we had little cakes and cognac. Wow…a night of memories with good friends and great food.

To book your table take advantage of Caribbean Wind & Sun’s Free Concierge Service. Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your next vacation. Mention the Yacht Club post and Ann will provide a dining credit towards your next vacation package.

Bon Appetite

The Bonaire Insider story: There’s New Tantalizing Snack Options in Kralendijk

March 17, 2011

The Bonaire Insider story: There’s New Tantalizing Snack Options in Kralendijk.

Sorobon Beach Resort – Lunch Escape

March 17, 2011

Seafood Pasta

The setting is pure Caribbean; gentle breezes, lovely tropical gardens and footsteps away from the lovely blue sea. Sorobon Beach Resort is nestled in one of the islands breeziest most secluded areas of the island yet only 8 miles to sleepy Kralendijk. I had lunch with friends. The restaurant is run by Veronique a lovely French woman with much island experience in the food service industry. My friend O’Neal is behind the bar. Our waitress was lovely. We chose the seafood pasta and a fish salad. Both entrees featured freshly caught sustainable Wahoo and Mahi Mahi also called Dradu on our island. I had a crisp Savignon Blanc as well. It was a lovely lunch in a special spot.

Mahi Mahi Salad

To book your vacation at Sorobon Beach Resort contact Ann Phelan the Bonaire specialist at ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

Harbour Village Stay 7 pay for 6 Special

March 16, 2011

Come visit one of my favorite Bonaire properties, Harbour Village. The grounds are stunning, the setting is so private and restful and the beach divine.

During June and September enjoy stay 7 pay for 6 if you book a one bedroom beachfront suite.

Ask about my dive packages and free Concierge services. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today!

View of Klein Bonaire

Adopt a Conch Program

March 12, 2011

http://conchbonaire.org/

What a great program!!!

More Conch Restoration Footage

March 9, 2011

So far 980 conch have been tagged in this project and more tags have been ordered.

Conch Restoration Project

March 9, 2011

Years of overfishing have decimated the conch population in the Caribbean. Bonaire, a leader in marine conservation has taken the bold steps to restore the conch population. The video is in Papiamento with Dutch subtitles.