Posts Tagged ‘STINAPA’

Diving Bliss

December 9, 2017

Bonaire is best known as one of the Caribbean’s best shore diving destinations. Yellow rocks with creative names such as Angel City and Hilma Hooker, dot the landscape along the shore line. They are markers for the over 80 shore dive sites on Bonaire. Divers have been coming to the island for over 30 years to experience some of the Caribbean’s best diving.  Scuba Diving Magazine recently released their People’s Choice Awards. Bonaire came in first for Healthy Marine Environment, Macro Diving, Shore Diving and Free Diving. Thanks to a protected Marine Park, managed by STINAPA, Bonaire’s pristine reefs can be enjoyed by the discerning diver.

Repeat clients, Cheryl and Airey Baringer love Bonaire. They have been my clients since 2003. Their mission, to dive as much as they can and to snap amazing photos.  Here is my favorite, captured by Cheryl last month.



To book your dive vacation, contact today. Mention Dive Bliss and earn 5-10% discounts on select dive properties for new bookings in 2018. Bon Bini to Bonaire Bliss. And to read about the awards, click on Scuba Dive Magazine


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 today.

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
Diving: Dive Friends-
Truck Rental: Budget
Travel Specialist: Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations

Lionfish Update Bonaire

July 17, 2012

From Adams PR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Edited Version

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
***Bonaire’s Actions to Combat the Lionfish Continue to be Effective***
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean – It is common knowledge that species of the invasive Pacific lionfish have populated nearly the entire Caribbean region. Although Bonaire was fortunate enough to be one of the last dive destinations to have these predators inhabit its waters, the island had a master plan in place long before the first lionfish was spotted in October 2009.

“Bonaire is very fortunate that there was a pro-active battle-plan in place before the lionfish actually arrived. Bonaire’s nature foundations began their defense against this invasive species in early 2009, nearly six months before its arrival,” commented Anja Romeijnders, President of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “Having a management plan in place provided the island’s volunteer corps and diving operators the time to prepare for a fast response when the lionfish did arrive in October, 2009,” Mrs. Romeijnders continued.

The Bonaire National Marine Park (STINAPA) and the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) held a workshop to educate both the general public, as well as dive operators and their staff, about controlling this invasive species, since it was determined that a well-informed community and pro-active dive staff would be Bonaire’s best defense.

Even Bonaire’s diving visitors jumped to assist with the task of marking and reporting the location of lionfish for future removal. The Bonaire National Marine Park rangers conducted over 40 lionfish workshops for those marine park volunteers or visitors who were interested in helping to remove the fish, focusing upon how to safely catch and remove them. Today there are over 300 official lionfish hunters on Bonaire, of which there is a core group of about 30 hunters who are removing hundreds of fish every week. Everyone can follow the hunters’ efforts by joining the Bonaire Lionfish Hunters Facebook group page at!/groups/bonairelionfish/.

Additionally, the CIEE Bonaire Research Station (Council on International Educational Exchange) has processed thousands of lionfish brought to their headquarters to take vital statistics such as size, weight, etc. to analyze and gather more data.

Through their continued efforts, STINAPA and DCNA have jointly developed a smart phone app whereby Bonaire’s lionfish hunters can add the location and details of lionfish caught, escaped, or seen during a dive, and this data can be viewed on a live map. The impetus behind this app is to collect all data in one centralized location so that a complete picture of the lionfish situation and its control is available to anyone. The website,, may be used on a desktop computer or as a mobile application on a tablet or phone. Visitors to the site may register as either a hunter or observer and begin accessing the data immediately. This tool is innovative and a benchmark for lionfish control.

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, kite boarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and deep 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. It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008) and in 2011, Bonaire was voted one of the top five Snorkeling Destinations in the Caribbean by the editors of Caribbean Travel & Life. For 19 consecutive years in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Bonaire has been selected as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. This year, it was voted one of the Best Destinations Overall, number one for Marine and Macro life, and for Snorkeling also in the Reader’s Choice Awards.

For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official web site at Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook. To book your Bonaire Dive Vacation contact today and ask for the Lionfish Special Dive Package Rate Quote.

Washington Park Open House

May 27, 2012

Press Release from STINAPA

Bon siman tur hende apresiá.

I would like to invite you all to the Open House of the Washington Park this Sunday June 3rd.

At the entrance there will be stalls with local food, art, handicraft and treats.

The roads have been scraped so you can drive through the park with any type of vehicle (which has a spare tire) and enjoy the nature.

It is nice and green after the rain fall of a couple of weeks ago.

Go to Slagbaai and enjoy the beauty of the historical buildings there.

Can back to the entrance and end the day dancing with music of local musicians.

More information is in the attachment.


Forward this invitation to all your friends and collegues at work.

Pasa e invitashon aki pa tur boso amistatnan I koleganan di trabou.

Stuur deze uitnodiging door naar al jullie vrienden, kennisen en collegas op werk.

Danki i te djadumingo na Parke,


Elsmarie Beukenboom



Washington Park Update

August 11, 2011

Blowing Hole

3 weeks ago I took the short route with a friend into the park ending at Slaagbai. This past weekend my visiting boyfriend and I took the long route to Playa Chikitu, Kokolishi and all around. It was simply breathtaking. The entire trip with many stops took 5 hours. I recommend the long route very much.

Check out the website for more details.

For now enjoy photos of a lovely day. If you go have a truck or jeep with high clearance and food and water.

More Conch Restoration Footage

March 9, 2011

So far 980 conch have been tagged in this project and more tags have been ordered.

Conch Restoration Project

March 9, 2011

Years of overfishing have decimated the conch population in the Caribbean. Bonaire, a leader in marine conservation has taken the bold steps to restore the conch population. The video is in Papiamento with Dutch subtitles.

Coral Spawn for Sept. 2010 in Bonaire

September 9, 2010

It’s an annual event for divers on Bonaire. During the full moon in Sept. and Oct. the coral spawn is a magical experience. STINAPA has posted the predictions for the upcoming spawn. Coral Spawn Packages are being offered by for divers. Call 800-219-0118 or email Dive packages include 114.00 USD 6 day air with Nitrox and free two tank boat dives for all Coral Spawn bookings!!

Wetlands Update

June 11, 2010

Bonaire Press Release
Conservation Organizations Urge Government to Save Valuable Saliña

Aliansa Naturalesa di Bonaire, the alliance of Bonaire nature organizations, calls Saliña di Vlijt a natural asset that may be worth more in its natural state than as a development. Aliansa calls on the government to take immediate steps to halt the saliña’s destruction and assess the potential consequences before it is too late.

Saliña di Vlijt is a critical asset for Bonaire, and its conversion to a development could result in a significant financial and environmental loss to Bonaire, according to Kris Kats, aquatic eco-technologist of Progressive Environmental Solutions and president of Aliansa.

“The site is an important wetland, recognized for its functions of flood control and run-off catchment during heavy rains,” adds Kats. “It is an essential natural ecosystem that nurtures rare and endangered species.”

Harbour Village Development N.V. obtained a long lease for the saliña and has begun work to turn it into a waterfront condominium development. According to the plans, houses will be built along the edges of the saliña, and the saliña itself will be kept full of water by pumping sea water in.

The work has already destroyed important areas of the saliña, including, according to observers, nesting habitats, eggs and at least one chick of the Least Tern, an endangered species protected under the international SPAW treaty. Such destruction is a criminal offense under national law.

The saliña is extremely important as a buffer between land and sea. After heavy rains, pollutants in run-off settle in the wetland instead of going into the sea. This is a critical function for the health of nearby coral reefs, which are very sensitive to fine particles (of dust, sand and organic material). The saliña also provides flood control by absorbing high water flows during spring tides, and provides food for both saliña and reef wildlife.

“The loss of the Saliña di Vlijt in its natural state will not only mean the loss of species of plants and animals that you will not find anywhere outside a saliña, but it will also have serious effects on Bonaire’s struggling reefs,” says Mabel Nava of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire.

STINAPA director Elsmarie Beukenboom points out that if the saliña is permanently flooded with pumped-in seawater, the entire ecosystem will change. “A thorough assessment needs to be done before we can understand whether flooding the area is a responsible decision. For instance, we are also aware that the saliña has become full of sediments over the years,” she says. “I think it’s far more likely that, for Bonaire’s long-term interests, the saliña needs to be restored, not further degraded, but before anything is done, a thorough assessment ought to be the first step.”

Aliansa cautions that allowing development of the saliña before a careful assessment has been made of health, infrastructure and environmental effects leaves Bonaire open to a host of expensive problems. Taxpayers will ultimately bear the financial and social burden of any damages to Bonaire’s infrastructure and resource assets.

The best course for the government, short and long-term, is to find a way to back up, implement a full environmental impact assessment of the possible impacts of this development, and safeguard one of Bonaire’s critical natural assets.