Archive for June, 2011

Coral Bleaching Alert in Bonaire

June 11, 2011

Press Release from STINAPA

As summer approach and sea water temperatures are rising rapidly, the possibilities of coral bleaching events like the one we suffer last year increases. Coral bleaching is the whitening of corals, due to stress-induced expulsion or death of their symbiotic protozoa. The corals that form the structure of the reef ecosystem of tropical seas depend upon a symbiotic relationship with this unicellular organism, called zooxanthellae. Zooxanthellae give coral its coloration. Under stress, corals may expel their zooxanthellae, which leads to a lighter or completely white appearance, hence the term “bleached.

According to the NOAA Coral Reef Watch monitoring system, coral bleaching is likely in the Caribbean in 2011. With temperatures above-average, NOAA’s models show a strong potential for bleaching in the southern and southeastern Caribbean that could be as severe as in 2010

We just receive from NOAA the first Coral Bleaching Alert for the 2011 season. Coral Bleaching Alerts are delivered when the sea water temperature exceeds the Maximum Monthly Mean (MMM) of Sub Surface Temperature (SST) at the site. We call that condition a “Hot Spot”. The stress produced by a Hot Spot over the coral is measured in Degree Heating Weeks (DHW). One DHW equals 1°C over the MMM for one week, 0.5°C for two weeks or any other combination. Our DHW for the last season was 9.9 which correspond to the highest Bleaching Alert Level

For more information about NOAA Coral Bleach Watch please log into http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov

Be aware that coral reefs under these conditions are highly vulnerable to external factor and most care should be giving specially to oil, detergents and other chemical spills. Please exercise outmost care during boat refueling and avoid washing boats or deck with detergents or other chemicals. Also, corals are more susceptible to illness by losing their protecting mucus by abrasion. Please practice and promote good buoyancy skills in order to diminish contact with coral heads. Management actions to reduce stress can be applied
Report bleaching at marinepark@stinapa.org. We will keep you up dated.

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STINAPA Bonaire

Ramón de León
Manager – Bonaire National Marine Park

Last Minute Dive and Windsurf Deals

June 8, 2011

Photo Courtesy of Carole Hibdige

I am thrilled to launch a new program, “Last Minute Dive and Windsurf Deals”. I will be heavily discounting villas and cottages in Bonaire for last minute travelers. The listings will be featured on this blog in the next week. Each week I will list some last minute deals to entice you to come dive and windsurf in Bonaire. Stay tuned.

Photo Courtesy of Freddie Hughes

Harbour Village – Free Nights and Credits

June 6, 2011

Harbour Village is one of Bonaire’s best high end properties. This select hotel features a stunning beach, a first class dive shop and the most romantic and breathtaking oceanview suites. My repeat clients have come to enjoy this elegance understated property. Repeat guests will be treated to a fabulous incentive to return:

RETURNING GUEST SPECIAL #1
Stay for 8 nights, Pay for 7
or
Stay for 14 nights,Pay for 12

RETURNING GUEST SPECIAL #2
Receive a $250 resort credit
to be used during your stay*

Please call Ann the Bonaire Specialist at 508 737 5245 or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Windsock on Sale – Divers Delight

June 6, 2011

I am thrilled to offer stay 7 pay for 5 at Windsock. This condo property features 2 bedrooms, full kitchens, patio or balcony, pool and of course the lovely private beach with a Wanna Dive shop on site. I personally snorkel here and can say, it’s very popular with the divers. The entry is confortable and the reef is healthy.

Call for a dive or windsurf price quote. The sale is for travel until the end of May and new bookings. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

If you prefer a villa I also have stay 7 nights pay for 5 at Sabal Palms and Crown Ridge all seen on