Archive for the ‘Diving and Snorkeling’ Category

Fall Festival on Bonaire

May 20, 2017

Press Release

BONAIRE LAUNCHES THE 3RD ANNUAL BONAIRE FALL FESTIVAL

**Program Supports Airlines’ Fall Service to Island and Offers an Array of Hotel, Excursion and Cuisine Specials**

Kralendijk, Bonaire (May 16, 2017) – In continuous efforts to support United and Delta’s fall airlift to Bonaire, Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) will be launching the 3rd Annual Bonaire Fall Festival: Dive-Dine-Discover program. From mid-August through early November, the Bonaire Fall Festival has a lineup of accommodation packages, unique excursions, underwater and topside adventures and culinary specials that will make Bonaire the top spot to Dive-Dine-Discover this fall.

 

“Maintaining a continuous flow of visitors from North America to Bonaire during the fall season is not only a top TCB objective, but a priority for the entire island and this can only be achieved by uninterrupted airlift,” commented Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “The Bonaire Fall Festival will serve as a catalyst to attract visitors to Bonaire during this time of year. From mid-August through October, divers can witness Mother Nature’s phenomena of the coral spawning; visitors can enjoy the festivities surrounding the 50th International Sailing Regatta in October; and foodies can discover the award winning culinary scene the island has to offer. A fall vacation to Bonaire should be on everyone’s bucket list!”

 

United Airlines flight 1402 departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Saturdays at 1:00pm, and arrives in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50pm. The return flight 1401 departs Sundays at 8:20am, and arrives in IAH at 12:25pm. United’s non-stop from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) returns October 7, 2017. Flight 1422 departs EWR Saturdays at 9:00am, arriving in BON at 1:40pm. The return flight 1420 departs BON Saturdays at 2:45pm, arriving in EWR at 7:40pm.

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your windsurf, dive or wellness vacation today!

Villa Bliss

Bonaire’s premiere oceanfront villa!

 

Middle Eastern Delight- Mezze

January 11, 2017

My fondest food memories include Saturday trips to my grandmother’s kitchen in Watertown, MA. She was born in Turkey and was a lovely Armenian woman.  Her food was sublime. My favorite dishes included her Boereg, her Dolma and her Choereg. Mom has carried the tradition, spinning out amazing Middle Eastern treats which I enjoy each time I visit.  I cook the basics but anytime I have a chance for Middle Eastern food,  I  indulge. When I heard Bonaire was soon to have a Turkish restaurant, my taste buds started dancing.

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I dined twice recently at Mezze, once on a week night and again, Christmas Day. The setting is on the oceanfront on a sleepy end of Kralendijk. Dining is under a covered patio. Inside, there is a lovely bar complete with hookahs. Music is low and subtle allowing for a comfortable conversation. The vibe is very chill. The menu is comprehensive featuring traditional appetizers including stuffed grape leaves, hummus and my favorite Baba Ganoush.  Entrees include delicious lamb dishes and vegetarian options. I loved my stuffed eggplant. The smokey flavor was amazing.  The best part of the meal was the Baklava. It was absolutely perfect. My grandmother would have enjoyed it. It had the right amount of sweet and was crispy.

We loved our waiter, an old friend, Eushon. Firas runs the front of the house with professionalism. He makes everyone feel very welcomed. Mezze is the new kid in town and shows promise.

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation’s owner, Ann Phelan offers complimentary Social Concierge Services for her discerning clients.   Email Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

 

Bonaire From the Sea – Diving Bliss

November 28, 2016

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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 Coral Spawn 2016

July 29, 2016

It’s time for nature’s true undersea wonder, the coral spawn. In August, September and October, Bonaire divers will be treated to a wonderful display with sponges, sea urchins and corals.   Local dive shops can guide you in securing the best dates to dive but typically, a few days after the full moon is the best dive opportunities for this phenomena. For the schedule of events, please click on this link.

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To celebrate the coral spawn, I am pleased to offer 5-10% discounts on  select dive packages. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today. With the United Airlines sale, coral spawn and steep dive package discounts, this fall is the time to come to Bonaire.

 

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Unveiling a Fresh New Website

December 18, 2015

Welcome to the new improved Caribbean Wind & Sun Website. Thanks to my amazing web designer, Susan Davis, I am unveiling my new site.

Caribbean Wind & Sun has gone through so many changes since the carnation of my travel business in 1987. Originally called Antigua Small Properties, I rented out small villas and cottages on Antigua and Barbuda. Later, I took on over 25 villas and hotels on Montserrat and changed the name to Endless Vacations. A dormant volcano came to life on Montserrat shifting the focus of my business.

In 2001, I visited Bonaire and my life forever changed. The island became my family’s home and we built a little cottage to live our new life. I shifted my focus solely on Bonaire, creating Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations. My focus was a speciality niche windsurf agency. Along the way, I had a nice following of divers and snorkelers and eco tourists whom I welcomed greatly.

Today, my specialty is Bonaire Intimate Properties, a collection of the best and brightest properties for my discerning clientele. I still offer dive vacations working with two great companies, VIP Diving and Dive Friends.  It is a true labor of love planning vacations for those who love being under the sea. Windsurfing remains my largest client group.

Thanks to my loyal repeater clients. I welcome and appreciate my new clientele as well. I will strive to continue to provide an individual approach in travel planning.
Welcome back soon

http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/

 

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Photo by Markus Seidel of Caesar Finies

Bonaire Traffic Jam

November 29, 2015

Photos Courtesy of Ioana, a recent guest at Pelican Reef.

Photo Courtesy of Ioana

To book your dive vacation contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Caribbean Wind & Sun has dive specials year round so call now!!

Belmar on Sale – Aug. 2015

June 29, 2015

Welcome to the unspoiled Caribbean. Bonaire has a plethora of accommodation options for the discerning consumer. Ann Phelan has been planning vacations to Bonaire for over 15 years and is pleased to offer a summer special for last minute travelers. Book a 7 night stay (or more) at Belmar Oceanfront Apartments and earn 5-10% off dive drive and stay or room only packages. This special applies to new bookings staying between Aug. 1-31, 2015.  Belmar has modern accommodations, a refreshing seaview pool, dive dock and first class staff available to support all your needs. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today for details.

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Mindfulness Meditation Retreats in Bonaire

June 28, 2015
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Klein Bonaire Meditation

“Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation.  It’s not about Buddhism, but about paying attention.  That’s what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used.”- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness Meditation is about becoming one with your own silence.  By focusing on the breath, the mantra or the music, you will learn to immerse yourself  a beautiful and quiet state of being. Mindful meditation has grown in popularity and participation in academia, industry and in the holistic world. A myriad of benefits for the mind and body have been revealed.  Studies show that daily practice enhances overall well -being including stress management,  heightened cognitive functioning,  improved immune functioning, enhanced interpersonal relationships and increased productivity. Ann Phelan, owner of  Caribbean Wind & Sun is pleased to offer two Mindfulness Retreats for the summer of 2015.  She has been trained in Mindfulness  and has practiced meditation for over 25 years. She is bringing her practice to her guests on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire. She has chosen her island home as the location to offer this wonderful experience. Immerse yourself in a peaceful and mindful environment. Ann welcomes you enthusiastically.

The focus will be on guided meditations. Bonaire, best known as one of the Caribbean’s most pristine island is the perfect setting for this experience.  Ann welcomes you to find your center and immerse yourself deeper into your practice. The retreat provides a nurturing and gentle experience for both beginners and more experienced participants.  There will alternating periods of seated and walking meditations as well as 1-1 supported sessions to discuss your practice and expand on your personal goals.  Yoga and nature hikes will be incorporated into the retreat.  There will an Ayurvedic lunch  and healthful community meals as well as opportunities for independent dining. The level of your engagement will be individualized towards your personal goals. Each guest will have an initial phone consult and discussion and then an individualized program will be created.

We believe the mind and body are best supported together. To enhance your experience, there will be Ayurvedic spa services offered as well as traditional spa  offerings include Bonaire Salt Scrubs and Hot Stone Massage. Reiki and Reflexology services are also available.

Accommodations include an oceanfront property where most of the retreat will be held and several budget minded accommodations within 4 miles of the meditation site.  Group discounts will apply to all accommodations.  There will be activities for those who wish to dive, horseback ride, stand up paddle, snorkel, windsurf, kayak or kitesurf. Bonaire is a nature lover’s destination. Come immerse yourself and become one with nature.

2015

Aug. 1  Full Moon Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation – Hosted by Lolymar Sanchez at Earthship -17.00 pp – tea and snacks and optional Henna Art – Blue Moon Festival

Aug. 15 –  Mindfulness Retreat –  10-6 – guided mediations (walking, eating and silent), yoga and Ayurvedic lunch- 75.00 pp (reply with interest by Aug. 10)  *5 person minimum to run the retreat

2016 dates: July 11 -18

For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call 011 599 786 3134

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Sunrise Hike

A peak at Bellafonte’s front yard…

May 3, 2015

One of my most popular properties for repeaters is Bellafonte. The oceanfront setting is magical. The dockside patio on the sea is perfect for sunning, sipping cocktails and of course sharing the sea with pelicans and lovely fish. It’s close to the airport and town as well so very convenient. The manager Yuri, is quite amazing, assisting all of my guests in enjoying a spectacular experience. I live across the street so can attest to this peaceful property. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations to book a stay at Bellafonte.

Enjoy this lovely video thanks to clients, Mirtha and Eduardo!

Weddings in Bonaire

April 30, 2015

Have you dreamed of a destination wedding in the Caribbean? Look no more. Bonaire is the ultimate destination for romance with picturesque vistas, amazing wedding venues and solitude and privacy. Over the past 26 years I have planned many destination weddings and hundreds of honeymoons. It is always a labour of love planning a wedding or honeymoon in the Caribbean.

Are you a diver? Imagine a wedding on the beach and then diving in the deep blue immediately after the ceremony. Later return for a BBQ reception. Windsurfers can celebrate their nuptials on the beach and then take off on their boards into the wind. Some romantic brides and grooms may prefer a traditional wedding on the sand in a tux and white dress. There are no limits to the possibilities. Your dreams can become a reality in Bonaire.

Photos by Susan Swygert

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations can plan your wedding, renewal of vows and honeymoon from soup to nuts. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com. They work with several island photographers, caterers and properties to plan the perfect event.