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Bonaire Loves Kids

September 20, 2017

Kids love Bonaire and Bonaire loves kids. Families flock to the Dutch Caribbean island for good reason. Best known as Diver’s Paradise, there are so many other amazing diversions, perfect for families.  With easy air access from the US, Canada and Amsterdam and a plethora of family friendly hotels and condos, Bonaire is the spot to plan a winter family vacation.

Take your pick as to one of the many kid- oriented activities. Every family must visit the Donkey Sanctuary.  Rent a pick up truck, most everyone does on Bonaire, and pack up the kids. Make a pit stop at the bakery or grocery and pick up a bag of day old bread and carrots. The Donkey Sanctuary is located on the Sorobon Road.  Open 10-5 daily, there is a visitors zoo and a self-guided driving tour. The Sanctuary is home to orphaned and injured donkeys as well as a safe haven for others. Donkeys have been a part of Bonaire’s landscape since the 17th Century when Spaniards brought them to the island. Now, it is common to see them on the sides of the street in the countryside, “Kunuku”. Unfortunately, traffic hazards, illness and lack of water and food have compromised the lives of Bonaire’s donkey population. The Sanctuary seeks to provide a home for many of these lovely creatures. Kids can feed the babies or sit in the truck and drive through the car paths. It’s fun for all.

 

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Donkey Sanctuary Photo by Mike Burns

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Windsurfing is big on the island. Some of the world’s top freestyle windsurfers hail from Bonaire. There is a professional team  that has received fame and notoriety around the globe. The windsurf scene is found at windy Lac Bay. Young and old take to the water to sail across the tropical blue. Shallow depths and gin clear water make it perfect. Kids start young on Bonaire, some, right out of diapers. The small kids rigs and expert instruction make Lac Bay, kids paradise.  Parents can take to the water while their kids attend on of the yearly kids camps.  There are two professional shops on the bay and three restaurants. In between sailing, kids love to play in the shallows, searching for sea creatures. It’s a kid’s playground on one of the island’s most picturesque settings.

 

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Under the sea, Bonaire is blessed with healthy coral reefs and diverse sea life.  With two kid oriented dive programs, kids can experience diver’s bliss. The Junior Open Water Diving and Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth program (SASY),  allow kids as young as 5 to take to the water and experience diving. There are several dive shops on island that specialize kids diving programs. For those that prefer snorkeling, Bonaire has over 50 shores sites that the family can stop and enjoy.

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Photo by Casper Douma

Other activities suited for children include mangrove kayaking, Kitesurfing, beach combing, caving, hiking and stargazing. Along with activities, Bonaire has many family friendly restaurants featuring pizza and burgers as well as pasta and sushi for the more adventurous eater.

With easy air access, family-friendly accommodations and an array of fun filled activities, Bonaire is a top choice for families in the know. For more information or to plan your family vacation, contact Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

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Bonaire Travel Tips

August 21, 2017

Welcome soon to Bonaire.  Bonaire is unspoiled with pristine waters, protected by STINAPA as a Marine Park. The island is protected to preserve the beauty and nature that tourists and locals have come to love.  A few mentions to support your visit.

  • Do drink the water. The island de-salination plant provides delicious water throughout.
  • Purchase a Marine Park Tag to access the waterways of Bonaire. 25.00 for divers and 10.00 for others (snorkeler, windsurfers, kites surfers). Available at all sport shops.
  • Drones are prohibited in Bonaire air space.
  • ATMs are located throughout the island. USD is the official currency.
  • Wear sunscreen – we are close to the equator and the sun is very strong.
  • Look but do not touch – it is prohibited to remove shells, coral, sand and sea life from Bonaire.

Sources

http://www.bonaireinternationalairport.com/2017/02/think-twice-before-packing-your-drone-for-bonaire/

http://stinapabonaire.org/bonaire-national/

 

 

 

Vacations for Travelers on the Autism Spectrum

July 6, 2017

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Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/ is proud to reveal their new logo/branding for  Spectrum Adventure Vacations. Ann Phelan, owner will be providing trip planning for individuals on the spectrum to the island of Bonaire.  Ann has over 30 years experience in travel and tourism. Ann’s vision was to create individualized vacations on Bonaire, featuring Discover Diving with her partner, VIP Diving Along with Discover Diving, there will be snorkeling tours, windsurf lessons, mangrove kayaking, yoga, daily mindfulness meditation and therapeutic horseback riding. In conjunction with leisure travel, social communication and pragmatic support is available as well as family coaching, during stays on island.  These services are provided by an island -based speech and language professional. 

Each package will include family- friendly accommodations with pools and sea views. Additional features include airport meet and greet, vehicle rental, individualized itineraries and tours.  Free Concierge services include babysitting and childcare, dinner reservations and spa services. Specialized clinical support in areas of counseling, pragmatics and social communication, are also available. 

March and July 2018, Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations will offer hosted stays on island for independent young adult travelers.  There will be activities and social opportunities.  For more information on groups or family vacations, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for a complimentary trip consultation.

Ann L. Phelan MA CAGS

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Bonaire From the Sea – Diving Bliss

July 5, 2017

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Photo Courtesy of Amoray

Bonaire dive enthusiasts have another reason to return to Bonaire. I’ve just discovered Amoray, a splendid 44- foot Beneteau owned and chartered by Richard and Sue Willis. Amoray is equipped for comfort and pleasure for her discerning dive or snorkel guests.  The skies the limit in choosing where to dive. Bonaire offer’s over 100 dive sites almost all accessible from Amoray.   Captain Richard Willis, a Bonaire resident is an elite dive instructor, nature guide and specialist sea turtle conservationist. His wife, Sue works for Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire and is an excellent first mate. She is also a culinary genius as I learned recently.  Captain Richard and Sue hosted me for a lovely happy hour aboard. What a delightful experience where I learned more about this new dive offering on Bonaire.

 

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Sure, you can certainly stay at a hotel or villa but imagine having your own three berth yacht, nestled in one of the Caribbean’s quietest and cleanest marina?  Whether you are a honeymoon couple or three couples, Amoray is built for comfort.

Pricing

Your Sailboat for the Day (8:00 to 17:00)

1 to 2 people $650 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks.
3 to 4 people $700 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks.
5 to 6 people $750 includes sailing, diving and snorkelling with an experienced guide, lunch and drinks*

*Maximum 4 scuba divers, 2 dives per trip, equipment hire and air packages at additional cost. Number of dives possible depends on the chosen sites, weather etc!

Exclusive part day sailing and snorkelling packages are also available (subject to availability) from 08:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 17:00.
1 to 2 people $350, 3 to 4 people $400 and 5 to 6 people $450, includes gourmet snacks, hot and cold drinks, towels and the use of a private cabin with en-suite facilities.
Contact us if you have other specific requirements or timings and we will do our best to meet your needs.

Your Sailboat for the Week- Live Aboard

1 to 2 people $3750
3 to 4 people $4000
5 to 6 people $4500*

*Maximum 4 scuba divers, 2 tanks per person per trip, extra equipment hire and air packages at additional cost. Number of dives possible depends on the chosen sites, weather etc.

Price includes:

* 7 nights accommodation onboard “Your Sailboat” AMORAY which has a well-equipped kitchen, comfortable seating above and below deck, three double cabins, all with en-suite facilities
* Daily sailing, diving and snorkeling with an experienced and qualified guide
* Overnight mooring in the secure, intimate Harbour Village Marina
* PADI dive training and specialties up to and including rescue diver are available at special rates. Contact us for a full list of available courses and for further details
* Air/Nitrox for 2 dives per person per day, maximum 4 scuba divers
* Welcome essentials grocery pack
* Captain’s Cocktail of the Day
* One sunset sail
* Taxi service to supermarket to provision the boat

**** For a party of 6 that’s only $750 per person for the week!!! ****

 

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Captain Richard and Sue

When booking Amoray with Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation you will have free Concierge Services as well. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

 

 

Bonaire Wellness Retreats

July 5, 2017

Discover a NEW YOGA RETREAT & Wellness Destination on Bonaire

*** Surrounded by Natural Elements, Sorobon Beach & Wellness Resort,

is the Ultimate Eco Wellness Destination ***  Teaming up with Wellness expert, Ann Phelan of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, they are offering special wellness packages to Bonaire, this fall, 2017.DSC_0660

Photo Credit Marc van Swoll 

Welcome to Sorobon Beach & Wellness Resort, a laid back,  ocean front property situated on pristine Lac Bai. The bay is famous as it’s a Mecca for windsurfing. Outside the reef, find the Blue Lagoon which is inhabited by more than 1500 turtles, rays, lobsters, tarpons and other spectacular marine life. The property features rustic bungalows complete with wooden decks and hammocks. Get back to nature. There are no TV or phones but there is WIFI if you need to stay connected to the world.  

This serene spot is perfect for healing. There is full array of restorative services to heal your mind and body. Experience a healing massage or salt scrub. Take a yoga class as the sunsets. Enjoy a rigorous TRX workout. Savor a healthy smoothie after your spa treatment. Dine on vegan or vegetarian cuisines. The options are endless.

Why choose Bonaire? Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its pristine marine park. Bonaire has a long history of nature preservation, and always seeks to find the delicate balance between environmental protection and growth, while maintaining nature and culture. Bonaire was one of the first Caribbean islands to collaborate with the Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) to conserve our reefs. By launching a program to cultivate new corals, specifically the Staghorn and Elkhorn corals, Bonaire will be able to preserve the reef’s genetic diversity.

 

Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. There are special packages for September – Dec. 1, 2017. This is the perfect girls retreat, honeymoon getaway, corporate meeting setting or a mature woman’s “transitional” celebration.  Find your center and find your solace on the island of Bonaire.

Spectrum Adventure Vacations – New Launch

June 28, 2017

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is proud to launch, Spectrum Adventure Vacations, trip planning for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to the island of Bonaire.  Ann Phelan, owner and tour operator is professionally a counselor. Her specialty is working with young and older adults on the Autism Spectrum.  She understands the social and emotional needs of the individual on the spectrum. Ann’s vision was to create individualized vacations on Bonaire, featuring Discover Diving with her partner, VIP Diving   Along with Discover Diving, there will be snorkeling tours, windsurf lessons, mangrove kayaking and horseback riding.

 

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Photo by Casper Douma/ http://www.nature2experience.com

The vacations are organized and individualized to create a stress -free and memorable experience. Each package will include family- friendly accommodations with pools and views. Additional features include airport meet and greet, vehicle rental, individualized itineraries and tours.  Free Concierge services are included to include babysitting and childcare, dinner reservations and spa services.

 

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Photo by Mike Burns

For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for a trip consultation.

Concierge Services

June 28, 2017

Caribbean Wind & Sun is proud to announce another season of free Concierge Services to their discerning clients.  Here is an abbreviated list of services arranged and offered to our valued guests:

A chef

A realtor to look at land or a house for purchase

An experienced guide to take you diving on the East Coast (the wild side)

Kids Camp

Nanny/babysitter

A meeting space

Eco Tours

Want to pose in front of the world’s only reef cam

Want to power walk with a group

Dive package

Kite surf lessons

Snorkeling instruction

Romantic picnic on a quiet island

Champagne at one of the best stargazing sites in Bonaire

Dinner reservations

Roses

A local newspaper

Fresh baked goods delivered

Scooter rental

Wedding Planner

Jeweler for an engagement ring

Car rental

Bike rental

Windsurf lessons

Tour Bonaire’s oldest town

Eat local food

Have a massage on the beach

Yoga

Join a gym

Want to learn to freestyle windsurf

Want to learn how to volunteer in or support Bonaire

An underwater photographer to film your diving experience

A professional photographer to shoot your windsurfing moves

Wine delivered to your hotel or villa

Laundry service

Buy local art

Tickets to Aruba or Curacao

Hotel, car, and or windsurf packages in Aruba or Curacao

Bone or deep sea fishing

The best Sangria on island with water views

Spa

Sunset boat cruise

Romantic Sunset Dinner Venue

 

Wellness Weeks April 30, June 25 and Aug. 13, 2017

March 19, 2017

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Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations and Nature’s Discount Nutrition Center has partnered to bring a Week of Wellness on the Dutch Caribbean Island of Bonaire. Immerse yourself in a nurturing experience devoted to wellness and health. Prices start at 900-2000 per week for single or double.

Packages include:

  • Daily Yoga
  • Mindful Meditation
  • Spa Concierge Services
  • Breakfast Daily

Additional Options

  • Life Coaching
  • Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine
  • Pilates
  • Whole Eating Regime
  • Detox / Juicing

Accommodations  are carefully selected to embrace solitude and healing. They include a  rustic seaside property  featuring stunning sunrises for yoga and meditation.  Also available is a lovely modern bed and breakfast with artistic design and  serene areas for yoga and meditation.
We invite you to immerse yourself in an experience that supports physical and emotional healing,  as you connect with your true self. Bonaire offers the natural healing environment, conducive to this experience.

For pricing and details, contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com. Groups, couples and individuals welcome.

Valentines Day Girls Trip to Bonaire

February 4, 2017

 

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Photo Courtesy of Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Cheers to Bonaire fan and free lance writer extraordinaire, Sue Campbell for the Bonaire love. I completely agree, Bonaire is perfect for lovers but girls too would enjoy a Valentines Day getaway. Wellness Vacations, Spas, oh my. And the water sports, so good.

http://www.atastefortravel.ca/6331-6-girlfriend-getaways-youll-love-for-valentines-day/Valentines Day on Bonaire

iPhone Photo Contest

January 8, 2017

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I love taking photos with my iPhone 6s. I feel the quality of photos is quite good. The photo on this page was taken recently. The location is Cargill Salt Company.  I was inspired by the perspective of my photo and equally enjoy viewing the amazing photos captured and shown on Instagram and other social media outlets.

I thought it would be fun to have a little photo contest. Everyone is welcome, the only requirements are amateur photographers may submit. Submit your photo on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Caribbean-Wind-Sun-Vacations-43269467011/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf before March 1. You may also email your photo to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Prizes include Bonaire swag including t shirts and more. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Any shot is welcome; nature, people, things.

Questions and feedback may be sent to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. Decisions made by the judges are final. By entering, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images you submit may be used on http://www.bonairebliss.com and http://www.bonairecaribbean.com