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.

 

 

Fitness Bliss

November 23, 2016

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Do you long to enjoy a Caribbean getaway but want to stick to your fitness regime. No worries, Bonaire has amazing dining and drink venues,  but you find  can a balance, continuing your fitness regime. I am in awe of the outstanding fitness options available on Bonaire. There are quite a few gyms, from spartan and basic to modern, with AC. I have experienced quite a few but wanted to share my experience working with fitness guru Mireille Boom. Mireille is trained under the Les Milles Program.  She presently teacher at The Beach, formerly Windsock Beach on EEG Blvd. She has two classes, Flowing Grace, a yoga style workout and HIT Training. I sampled both and loved each class. The seaside setting on the sun deck is magnificent.  The emphasis is on core stability. The HIT Training is a 30-minute power blast of cardio and weight training. Hundreds of calories are burned in each session.  I left exhausted but invigorated, just the way I like. I was challenged all the way, under Mireille’s instruction.

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations specializes in Wellness Vacations. Come immerse yourself in our nature and seaside experiences but also, tend to your mind, body and spirit. Bonaire awaits. Bon Bini, welcome soon.

Too book your Bonaire escape, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com
To learn more about Mireille, check out Mireille Boom Facebook

10 Must Do Dining Delights in Bonaire

November 15, 2016

IMG_4781I am a self-professed foodie. I pour over food blogs and websites daily. I am an Elite Member of Yelp and I met my boyfriend of three years on Foursquare over a dining review. When traveling, I seek to immerse myself in the site and sounds of the country and love to savour the cuisines. Since traveling and living on Bonaire, I have discovered some sublime culinary treasures. Today, I will reveal my top 10 dining favorites. I assure you, they represent the best tastes on island. Let me know if you approve.

1. Pasta 007 at Capriccios- homemade pasta, light tomato sauce and delicate pieces of fresh local fish, tasty shrimp and fresh spices. Each forkful tantalizes your taste buds. I also want to add one more dish, the Carbonara. My daughter’s chef boyfriend professes it is delicious. This restaurant has the best wine list on island. Ask Lola to make a recommendation. Oh, Pasta 007 is not on the menu, you have to ask.

2. Tarte Tatin  at Bistro de Paris – light pastry and fresh apples with whipped cream, ahhh. This dessert brings much delight to my palate. Scoop up the sugary sauce and drizzle over the lovely apple treat.  The marina view location is perfect.

3. Tres Leche at Mi Banana- oh so decadent and oh so lucious. Sweet, milky cake with cream and sugary bliss. This dessert is house made so don’t miss it. Mi Banana features Columbian fare in a friendly, laid back atmosphere.

4. French Fries and BBQ at Bobbejan’s- What’s so special here? Crispy, salty fries and  the fragrance of BBQ sauce that wafts through Kralendijk. Weekends only, this spots packs ’em in due it’s reputation for the best BBQ on island. My daughter loves the ribs!

5. Bami and Sate at Mati’s – this Surinamese hole -in- the wall next to Flamingo TV, serves up the best Bami, a flavourful noodle dish with  grilled  chicken sate with peanut sauce. Lunch only! Try the Roti, a Surinamese version of a burrito.

6. Fresh Salads seaside at Hang Out Bar – It’s hard work, sunning at Jibe City. When I crave some food, I leave my ocean view beach chair, cross the sand in my itty bitty bikini and plop myself in one of the seaside tables and enjoy a colorful, delicious fresh salad. My favorite is the Greek, chock full of tangy Feta.  The sangria is the best on island

7. Pizza at Blue Garden Brazilian Grille and Pizza Gourmet- made in an iron pan, served hot, the blend of unusual flavours thanks to unique spices makes this pie awesome. While waiting, enjoy a house made Caipirinha. Divine!

8. Ceviche at Rum Runners- ask for the Lover’s Table and dive into their light and fresh seafood ceviche loaded with lime, Scotch Bonnet Peppers and cilantro. Oh so good. They have really good pizza as well and always, fresh local fish.

9. Fish Tacos at Wil’s Restaurant- Fresh fish is the order of the day, prepared with love. Enjoy the serene garden setting and be prepared for  a memorable dining experience. Chef Wil samples cuisines from around the world and brings an exciting menu to his tables. Enjoy!

10. Fresh sashimi at Kite City Food Truck. First off, the guys are super sweet and super handsome, second, you eat smack dab in the sand, seaside and three, the fish is fresh and wonderful. Located at Te Amo Beach across from the airport, go here! When you are done, hop in the sea for a nice snorkel sesh.

When booking your vacation I offer free individualized Concierge Service, so call today.  I love sharing my passion for the island and welcome the opportunity to plan your escape.

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Taste of Bonaire – Wellness Nov. 19, 2016

November 8, 2016

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The Bonaire Wellness Committee, TCB Inc., The Government of Bonaire and Mas Eventz Productions have teamed up to present a new and exciting Taste of Bonaire, Wellness. Bonaire renowned for world class diving and windsurfing is also a Mecca for those seeking wellness vacations. Spearheaded by Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, promotion of Bonaire’s health and wellness programs is being expanded. With several yoga  and fitness studios on island, spas and restorative services as well as non-traditional healing programs , this new travel niche is taking off.

To spotlight the many programs, Taste of Bonaire will celebrate wellness, November 19 at Wilhelmina Park in Kralendijk. The event kicks off with a 5k Race Walk organized by Mas Eventz Productions.  There will be food booths and a market. There will be live yoga and pilates demonstrations as well.

The event is free to attend. Food will be available for sale. The event is a family and tourist event so come, enjoy and meet the local practitioners who celebrate the healing arts.

To register for the race call 796 6270. The cost is 5.00 USD and includes water and t shirt.

For more information on Wellness Vacations, contact Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

King Kong Burger

October 12, 2016

20161001_141839Just when you thought Bonaire was complete with some of the best dining options around, a new food truck made it’s way on the food scene. Welcome to King Kong Burgers.

Craving a burger? Need a quick snack in between diving?  Want to dine seaside at one of the best sunset vantage points? Make a beeline to King Kong Burger Food Truck. Located at Bachelor’s Beach, King Kong features foods that will tantalize our taste buds and make your wallet sing.

Owners, Asko and Jana have created a fun and funky food truck experience complete with fresh and tasty eats. Jana, an accomplished chef and her dive master boyfriend decided to embark on a food adventure.  So far, reviews suggest they scored a win.

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I recently interviewed Asko and Jana. Take a peak and when next on island, stop at sunny Bachelor’s Beach for a culinary experience with King Kong Burgers.

Why King Kong? 

Asko: We were looking for an easy to remember name and good to combine with a logo. I saw King Kong somewhere and it stuck plus a friend made us a cool logo. 

What inspires you to cook?

Jana and I always liked cooking. We love food made with good products. All senses are enticed and it is legal.

What’s different about King Kong?

Besides that we make it with love. We use fresh products and we don’t use plastic like straws and cups or styrofoam. 

We cook for meat lovers and vegetarians.  We want a menu available for all tastes and wallets.

We sell burgers hot dogs and fries, keeping it really simple. But our burgers are far from simple. 

Tell me about your background in cooking?

I did hotel school worked in several hotels, cruise ships and restaurants.

The Details

Hours 11 till sunset 18.30

Open Tue. – Sat. 

Cash Only

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TS Matthew

September 29, 2016

Tropical Storm Matthew is churning through the southern Caribbean dousing the islands with heavy rain, flash flooding and significant wind gusts.  All eyes are on this system, watching the path as it traverses the islands.

Matthew is far south, heading towards Bonaire. Typically, the islands in the Windward chain escape tropical storms, particularly Barbados and Trinidad. The ABC islands are considered outside the hurricane belt so when storms head that far south, weather watchers perk up their ears. I have been living and traveling in the Caribbean since 1987. My first island home, Antigua was often hit by tropical systems. I have some memories of significant storms over the years.  As a windsurfer, I am pretty addicted to weather sites to watch the wind forecasts. Whilst my days as a sailor have slowed down, I am still a weather geek.

I have been watching the weather predictions for Bonaire all week. TS Matthew was named today and is slated to pass north of the island around 11 PM EST Sept. 29.  The island will certainly experience gusty winds and heavy rain. Keep an eye on your favorite weather service for updates.

As of today, friends are boarding up their homes. Diesel supplies are dwindling as everyone prepares their generators. If you have travel plans for the island, continue to monitor your flights. Most airlines allow for change in travel without penalties when weather concerns prevail.

Here are a few links to my favorite weather sites:

http://stormcarib.com/

https://english.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/tropical-storm-matthew-forms-in-the-lesser-antilles-islands

http://www.windguru.cz/int/

 

 

Women’s Windsurf Week

September 27, 2016

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Arrianne Aukes and Ladina Van de Swoll have teamed up to present a fabulous windsurf and yoga clinic for women on sunny Bonaire. Located in the Dutch Caribbean, Bonaire is a windsurf Mecca due to gin clear water and steady on shore trades. Arrianne, a seasoned windsurf pro will help you ramp up your skills, taking your windsurfing to a new level.  When not on the water, Ladina will teach her flow style yoga daily in a serene spa setting.

This clinic is perfect for women’s groups, yoga students, team building and reunions. Be pampered and challenged all in one week. Learn one of the hottest water sports on pristine Lac Bay.

The dates are 3-7 April, 2017. The clinic price is 650.00. Accommodations are 45 USD a night and up for singles and doubles. You may stay in rustic bungalows or garden apartments. Those seeking a more luxurious experience may choose from seaside villas with pools and modern amenities.  Free Concierge Services are available. For more information email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

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Photo Courtesy of Marc van Swoll

 

Photos Not To Miss- Marco di Gianvito Windsurf Celebrity Photographer

September 20, 2016
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Photo by Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

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Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Wellness Retreat in Bonaire

September 11, 2016

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May 7-12, 2017

Caribbean Wind and Sun Vacations presents Mindfulness In Nature- A Bonaire Experiential Retreat

In this week long event, you will participate in a series of wellness activities aimed at de-stress and spiritual health and well-being. The retreat will include group programs including sunrise yoga, Reiki, mindfulness meditation, Stand Up Paddle Yoga   as well as individual services including healing massage and Bonaire Salt Scrubs.  Led by Ann Phelan MA CAGS, a travel specialist as well as a life coach and mindfulness teacher, the program will be an opportunity to unplug from life’ stressors and nurture your mind body and spirit on the pristine island of Bonaire. 

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call 001 508 737 5245

Cadushy Distillery in Bonaire

September 5, 2016

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Off the beaten path day trips appeal to my sense of adventure. After 13 years living on island, I still find some new excursions. Recently, I toured Cadushy, a distillery on Bonaire. Off the beaten path, on a side street in Bonaire’s “first capital”, Rincon, a little oasis is found.

I parked on the street under a shady tree. Street dogs mingled with locals in the area. The operations is behind a fence in what later revealed to be a large property complete with tasting area, bar, distillery, rest rooms, parrot feeding stations, massive Calabash trees and visitor stations with information and displays. What really surprised me was finding a full on active cinema. But wait, I am moving to fast. Let me begin by explaining who runs this cool property.

The Cadushy Distillery was founded in 2009 by Eric and Jolande Gietman, a Dutch couple. They fell in love with the people and culture in little Rincon and set roots. Eric is the distiller. Jolande runs the business end. Things moved slowly, as they do in the island but on September 6th of 2009, the first bottle of Cadushy of Bonaire Liqueur was presented to the then Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire, Mr Glenn Thode.  Eric uses locally found Cadushy or Kadushi,  a cactus found on island. The plan can grow to 12m and live up to 100 years.   The cacti is peeled and dried (in a car sitting in the sun, no less)  and then mixed with locally grown Sorgum for sweetness. There is an 80% grain alcohol base.  The still was gorgeous. Eric shared, it’s made in Portugal.

Eric has expanded his operation and now makes vodka, tequila, Rincon Rum and Captain Don Whiskey. Eric uses oak barrels and Cuban Tobacco for his Whiskey blend. He also has  created delicious liquors, made to celebrate the islands;  KukuÏ of Aruba, The Spirit of Bonaire, Cadushy of Bonaire, Calbas of Curaçao, Gold of Statia, Spices of Saba and Orange of Curacao. Each bottle is colorful and definitely a collectable.

Back to the cinema, the property came with a working movie theater. Once in awhile, Eric and Jolande show films to the locals but in the future, may do more to include the public.

Kaya Cornelis D.Crestiaan, Rincon, Caribbean Netherlands

Phone: 011 599 786 8769

 

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