Archive for July, 2011

Washington Park – Bonaire

July 18, 2011

Wayaka II


Washington Park is a nature sanctuary located on the northern third of the island. It is over 5000 hectares with hills, sand dunes, mangroves, salinas and lovely beaches. The snorkeling is amazing and there is hiking and mountain biking.

My windsurf buddy Tedrow and I headed up late in the day. It was a lovely drive to Slaagbai for a swim. Sundays is quite busy so I personally recommend another day. Several routes are closed presently so the one way route is now two ways. Aside from this minor inconvenience the views and vistas are breathtaking.

For the bird lover, the park is a dream. I saw amazing Trupial nests all over and lovely water fowl in the salt flats at Slaagabai.

I suggest arriving early and bringing plenty of water, food and sunscreen. It’s pretty hot this time of year in the park but it’s an amazing trip for the nature lover. My favorite snorkeling spot is Wayaka II and to swim, Slaagbai.

Enjoy

http://www.washingtonparkbonaire.org/

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Flamingo Rescue and Relocation- Thelma and Louise Bonaire Style

July 18, 2011

I went to my friend’s house where he is pet sitting to join him for a ride to the park to meet other friends. I noticed two baby flamingos in the harbour, far from where they are supposed to be…the wind carries these light babies away from the sanctuary and they become exhausted. A local Antillean lady urged us to relocate them to Peklemeer. With the help of local little boys we captured them both in towels and put them in the back of my friends truck in the cab.

What was I thinking, two wild baby flamingos would sit sit for the ride down south? Uh..noooo..they started to flap their wings and fly around the cab pooping all over. One lodged itself under Ted’s foot as he drove. It was a complete freak show until I was able to calm one down and hold it on my lap. The other fell on the floor and stayed there.

Ted thought it was the time for a leisure photo shoot. I urged him to GUN IT and head south..it was the longest 20 k of my life. Towards the end, Thelma as so she was named started to bite at me…she was a fierce little one. Louise was still on the floor stunned.

We arrived at Peklemeer and located a flock of flamingos. We started to walk thru the muck to get close to the shore. I lost my flip flops (stuck in the muck) and got cut up in old coral rocks. We made it to the shore and released the girls. It was a sight to see them swim off to join their friends.

We hope they make it and survive ..it was an amazing experience…

mucky feet

Insel Air Press Release

July 8, 2011

Source: Adams PR

Friday, July 08, 2011
INSEL AIR OFFERS FANTASTIC FARE SALE FROM ITS NEW CHARLOTTE GATEWAY TO BONAIRE AT $366.70 ROUNDTRIP
**New Low Introductory Airfare for Insel Air’s Charlotte Flight Now Through August 13**
Kralendijk, Bonaire – Bonaire Tourism Corporation is pleased to announce that Insel Air introduces their new service from Charlotte, NC to Bonaire on Wednesdays and Saturdays, perfect for travelers visiting the island to see the natural beauty that lies above and below the pristine waters.

“We are thrilled to welcome these new Insel Air flights, which compliment the airline’s existing nonstop service to island from Miami,” said Lara Chirino, Director of Tourism for Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “The timing of the Charlotte service is ideal to allow for passengers to connect from more US and Canadian gateway cities, thereby effectively broadening our visitor market base.”

The booking window for the introductory fare is valid now through August 13, 2011, for travel until December 14, 2011. The fare includes government taxes, surcharges and the Bonaire airport departure tax.

The flight will depart from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) and arrive into Bonaire International Airport (BON) via Curacao (CUR). Here’s the schedule:

Charlotte to Bonaire:
Depart CLT Flt. #71 914 at 2:55pm, arriving into CUR at 7:10pm
Departs CUR Flt. #71 301 at 9:15pm, arriving into BON at 9:55pm

Bonaire to Charlotte
Depart BON Flt. #71 302 at 7:55am, arriving into CUR at 8:20am
Departs CUR Flt. #71 913 at 9:10am, arriving into CLT at 1:25pm

Saturday’s schedule is already available for travel and Wednesday’s service commences August 3, 2011. The booking window is limited and tickets can be purchased through your travel professionals or Insel Air at phone + (5999) 737-0444 or via their web site at http://www.fly-inselair.com.

Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most thriving fish population in the Caribbean. Ideal for adventurers, explorers and sun-worshippers alike, Bonaire offers myriad eco-adventure activities including world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, landsailing, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and seep sea and bone fishing. And with a selection of accommodations ranging from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guesthouses and small inns, Bonaire has something for every lifestyle and budget.

Bonaire is the recipient of the prestigious Islands Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization 2008 Sustainable Tourism Award and continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for eight years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and as the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by About.com (June, 2008).

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To book your trip to Bonaire contact Ann Phelan at 011 599 786 3134 or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Save the Parrot Chicks of Bonaire

July 7, 2011

Donate to Save Bonaire's Parrots


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Echo is working to save 112 endangered parrots and endemic parakeets illegally taken by poachers on Bonaire. The unfed and starving chicks were confiscated thanks to great efforts by STINAPA Bonaire and the island’s Police force. The birds were bound for the pet trade on neighbouring Curacao.

There are 82 unweaned chicks which the Echo team are now hand feeding. This is a tremendous strain on our limited resources. We have received emergency aid from World Parrot Trust which covers the immediate needs of these parrots. We have already successfully released other confiscated illegal pet Amazon parrots, and hope to return all 112 of these parrots to the wild too.

Your support is desperately needed to help keep these endangered and endemic birds alive and so they can be released.

Please send a donation today. Your support will make a tremendous difference for these parrots.

Yours sincerely,

Sam Williams

Weather Info and Tidbits

July 6, 2011

Bonaire is in a chain of 3 islands outside the hurricane belt. Bonaire enjoys a healthy dose of trade winds making for perfect windsurf conditions. The past three weeks have featured stellar winds most suited for freestyle and bump and jump sailing. Of course the island offers over 80 shore dive sites for the dive enthusiast. The near perfect weather can be monitored on http://www.meteo.an/Forecast_ABC_Gen_Eng.asp

To plan your escape contact Ann Phelan, the Bonaire expert at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Crown Ridge 8 On Sale

July 6, 2011

A few summer cancellations has opened up some weeks this summer at this high end oceanfront property. Crown Ridge 8 is a lovely 3 bedroom villa located on Andrea I. This is a stellar snorkel and dive spot. Enjoy your private pool and sunning deck. This property is well suited for honeymooners or a family.

Book any dates in July and Aug. (ask for availability) and stay 7 pay for 6 PLUS earn 5% discounts off the weekly rate. Call 508 737 5245 or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

The Bonaire Insider story: Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations Hosts Summer Kids’ Eco-Camps

July 5, 2011

The Bonaire Insider story: Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations Hosts Summer Kids’ Eco-Camps.