Posts Tagged ‘Diving’

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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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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Mindfulness Meditation Retreats in Bonaire

June 28, 2015
Klein Bonaire Meditation

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

Black Friday Specials – Bonaire

November 28, 2014

Black Friday and Bonaire, who knew! Booking a new windsurf, SUP or dive vacation between Nov. 28-Dec. 2 will earn 10% select properties. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for more details! Remember, all Caribbean Wind&Sun Vacations discerning clients are entitled to free online Concierge services. It’s the perfect time to plan your escape! And to further share the bliss, discounts extended until Dec. 2 for those late shoppers!

SUP on Bonaire

SUP on Bonaire

Pelican and Villa Ganshi on Sale

May 7, 2014

Pelican Reef is a romantic oceanfront cottage minutes from town. The snorkeling in front of the house is amazing. Pelican Reef is a 15 minute walk to town and dining down picturesque Playa Lechi.

10% off

Villa Ganshi is an upscale yet casual villa on the sea in tranquil Bonaire. The closest dive site, Something Special, and the sea in front is teeming with sea life. 

10% off

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Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details and other special offers.

Free dates

For Villa Ganshi:
May 24 till June 7

For Pelican Reef:
May 17 till May 24
May 31 till June 21

Coral Spawn 2014

May 5, 2014

Coral Spawn 2013

STINAPA Bonaire has posted the schedule for the upcoming Coral Spawn, Sept. and Oct. 2014. Ask about Bonaire Bliss’s Coral Spawn Dive Specials. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

http://www.researchstationcarmabi.org/images/stories/file/spawning%202014.pdf

Roomer Hotel on Sale – Boutique Bliss

August 29, 2013

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Hotel Roomer, a boutique property in Belnem is a lovely oasis for peace and respite. The property, situated minutes from kite beach and over 20 dive and snorkeling shore spots, is restful and accommodating. I love the restaurant and pool area. Being greeted by Blue and Sena, the two lovely Shar Pei’s is always a pleasure.

September is on sale. Stay for 65.00 USD a night and up in comfortable air cooled rooms with free wifi. Ask ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. September is coral spawn time. United has non stop flight from Houston so come on down.

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Bonaire Bliss

April 8, 2013

Bonaire Diving 2013 from Jens Fredrik on Vimeo.

Jens and Anita Nygaard, long time special travel customers seek the solace of the underwater world of Bonaire annually. Above water, they are windsurf enthusiasts. Jens shared their recent video which beautifully captures the essence of their Bonaire Experience.

Masha danki, Anita and Jens! Until next year!

Accommodations: Elegancia Penthouse http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/bonaire_properties/eleganciadelcaribe.html
Diving: Dive Friends- http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/diving_bonaire.html
Truck Rental: Budget
Travel Specialist: Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/bonaire.html

Airline Alert- United Airlines

March 25, 2013

Good News Bonaire Travelers, United Airlines will continue service through September this year with their non -stop flight from Houston to Bonaire! The flight will be available starting March 31, 2013. September is the perfect month to visit the island for divers. The coral spawn phenomena occurs and diving is perfect with light winds and flat seas. Now is the time to plan your September getaway. These dates coincide with the US Labor Day Holiday so extend your days off for a perfect week diving on Bonaire . To book your air, contact United direct. Then, contact Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations for your land package. If you mention Bonaire Bliss, and book 4 divers, one will dive for free (160.00 credit towards the group).  Contact ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details. 

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Dive Bliss

June 2, 2012

My incredible pet sitter, Tribsy, posted some great dive photos on her website. Her photos are simple yet amazing. The dive conditions remain incredible on Bonaire. If you are even considering a dive vacation soon, it’s the perfect time to plan. There are some wonderful discounts and deals so email me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com for details.

Photos Courtesy of Jeanine Clark Bremmer