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Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. February 2012 news

Bonaire News. february 2012

Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean – Bonaire is known for its world class diving, as a favorite snorkeling destination and as a challenging spot for windsurfers. The following is a list of Bonaire’s newest activities and options, including the latest in dining, special programs and upgrades from the island’s service providers helping to make planning your vacation in Bonaire easy and fun.

STAYING LEAN AND GREEN


Monthly Farmers’ Markets:  Organized by Go Green Natural & Organic Shop, the monthly farmers’ market is held the last Saturday of each month.  Small in size, but large enough to be able to mingle with the locals, enjoy investigating the various booths filled with local plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other locally grown or hand-made items.  Get there early for the best selection.  For more information, contact Go Green Natural & Organic Shop at info@gogreenbonaire.com or visit their web site at http://www.gogreenbonaire.com.

Outback Yoga Bonaire:  Opened in the fall of 2011, OutBack Yoga has increased its class schedule to accommodate the high demand.  Taking a yoga class while visiting Bonaire is a great way to maintain flexibility and connect with the environment around you. Basic, intermediate, or advanced level classes are offered. Classes may be taken on a walk-in basis, or cards for five or ten sessions also are available. For more information and to view their class schedule, visit their web site at http://www.aplaceforyoubonaire.com, or send an e-mail to info@aplaceforyoubonaire.com.

Flamingo Spa: No one ever needs an excuse to be pampered. After a day of  diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, hiking, or biking, there’s no better way to unwind and get the knots worked out than to indulge in a relaxing massage or other lavish body treatments such as a facial or pedicure.  Flamingo Spa, located in the northern area of Bon Bida Spa & Gym, offers a full menu of massage and body treatments using only natural ingredients in their products.  Be good to yourself!  For more information, visit their web site at http://www.flamingoservicesbonaire.com or send an e-mail to info@flamingoservicesbonaire.com.

BREATHE, BONAIRE = “GOOD AIR”


Washington Slagbaai National Park’s Hiking Trails:  For all those visitors who think they have “done it all on Bonaire,” there’s always something new to explore and learn about the island.  Hiking the three trails in Washington Slagbaai National Park is probably something that can be added to the Bonaire bucket lists of the majority of the island’s visitors. The park has three established hiking trails, with varied levels of difficulty.  Two are accessible from the Park’s entrance area–The Lagadishi Trail and the Kasikunda Climbing Trail.  The Subí Brandaris Trail is a 45-minute hike to the highest peak on Bonaire, 784 feet (241 m) high and offers vistas to both Curacao or Venezuela on clear days.  For more information about these hiking trails, visit STINAPA’s web site at http://www.washingtonparkbonaire.org or send an e-mail to washingtonpark@stinapa.org.

Jentis Tours:  This sightseeing company offers a variety of tours and coupled with their distinctive “local touch” provides a unique service to visitors.  Jentis Tours is proud to announce a new and popular Nature Walk Tour. The tour gives a glimpse of the beautiful flora and fauna of Bonaire and a bit of history on how the early natives used to live. Another best seller is the Cave Snorkel Tour; participants visit two different caves to explore and snorkel on a side of Bonaire that is not seen anywhere else. For more information, telephone +599 7964191, visit their web site at http://www.jentis-tours.com, or send an e-mail to reservations@jentis-tours.comFollow Jentis on Facebook to be kept apprised of current specials.

Bonaire Tours now offers their Aquafari Bonaire tour, an off-road adventure to Bonaire’s hidden sites.  Board the Big Foot Unimog, and explore the island’s desert eastern coastline, enjoy kuminda crioyo (local food) at lunch at an off-the-beaten-path restaurant, and then finish off the day with a snorkel trip through Bonaire’s mangroves, the nursery to the island’s famous reefs.   Upon your return, refreshments and snacks will be served on the beach to complete your day!  Also available are tours to the south to see Bonaire’s famous pink flamingos, and to Rincon, the oldest settlement on the island.  For more information, telephone +599-717-8778, visit their web site at http://www.bonairetours.com, or send an e-mail to info@bonairetours.com.

SATISFYING YOUR PALATE


Long time favorites Donna & Giorgio’s have opened a quaint little restaurant serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 3:00 PM, lunch on Saturday and dinner on Friday evenings are by reservation only. The breakfast menu includes tostis and several egg items, with the lunch menu including pastas, soups, salads, and sandwiches to eat in or take away. The intimate restaurant is tastefully decorated with a bar area for coffee, drinks, and single diners, and a few small tables for outdoor seating. The restaurant is just north of downtown at Kaya Grandi 52 and the phone number is +599-717-3799.

Porto Deli is a brand new wine bar with tapas offering breakfast, lunch and early dinner. The deli serves homemade salads, sandwiches, burgers, and fresh bread and is conveniently located on the oceanfront promenade. Diners can choose to eat outside on the patio, or inside, in the air-conditioning. The restaurant is open daily from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, except Sunday, and the phone number is +599-717-3997.

Caribbean Club Bonaire welcomes all of their guests to their newly renovated restaurant “Kas” where you can enjoy local cuisine and international wines. Kas focuses on dishes from Bonaire, for guests to experience the island’s local cuisine. Their signature dishes include sopi iguana (iguana soup) and kabritu stoba (goat stew). For more information call 1-800-906-7706, visit their web site at http://www.caribbeanclubbonaire.com, or send an e-mail to info@caribbeanclubbonaire.com.

4 Seasons has opened at Kaya C.E.B. Hellmund 17, serving French and International food for dinner. The restaurant will completely change the menu every three months to reflect the new season and has both indoor and outdoor covered dining. They are open every night except Tuesday, and reservations may be made by calling +599-717-4166.

C’est La Vie has opened across from the Catholic Church in Kralendijk on Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar. It is a classic Dutch pub serving a daily barhop menu for dinner. It is closed on Sunday and Monday, and the phone number is +599-788-1066.

Catering Service Skottelbraai makes a special type of South African BBQ, known as skottelbraai and will deliver it anywhere on the island as part of a complete package including the BBQ, salads, plates, and flatware, so diners can avoid shopping, dishes, and hassle. The delivery is free, and the next day they will pick up the plates and flatware. To arrange a BBQ, call +599-796-6868.

For those with a sweet tooth, Yankee Donuts has opened on Kaya Simon Bolivar #26c, in front of the Catholic Church in town. They are serving delicious American-style donuts, bismarks, fritters, muffins and cakes and hope to add bagels and small sandwiches in the future. They are also offering 16 different types of tea, coffee and juices to accompany your treat, and have special pricing for bigger purchases of donuts for parties and gatherings. They are open daily from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM but are closed on Sundays. The phone number is +599-717-5661.

DIVING; IT RULES

Buddy Dive Resort: For the fourth consecutive year, Buddy Dive Resort is proud to host the Buddy Dive Freediving Event, May 5-19, 2012, led by Brazilian freediver, Karol Meyer. Karol broke 7 world records in her career and is considered one of the most complete athletes in the history of the sport. Karol will hold evening presentations to share her exciting adventures, offer special workshops, i.e.  “Breathing/Apnea Tips” where you can relive those special moments with the champion. She is also offering a Freediving Clinic for those who are interested. For more information visit their website at http://www.buddydive.com/events/buddy-dive-freediving-event.html or send an e-mail to info@buddydive.com .

Also at Buddy Dive Resort: this year they are teaming up with Dive Rite and TDI for Technical Dive Demonstrations, Presentations and Trainings during the weeks of October 13-20 and October 20-27, 2012. Additionally, Special Equipment, Materials and Fills will be available during the event.

For divers who have not experienced Rebreather or Sidemount Diving, Free Demos will be available throughout the week. Educational sessions by leading Dive Professionals will also be available to help educate divers, in this style of diving and technology. For more information visit their website at http://www.buddydive.com/events/buddy-dive-tech-diving-event.html or send an e-mail to info@buddydive.com .

Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire: Captain Don’s Habitat now offers a 2-tank day trip to the far northern dive sites located off shore of Washington Slagbaai National Park. Divers are whisked away on Habitat’s newest dive boat, The Lucky Lobster. The Lucky Lobster has an air-conditioned wheelhouse, fresh water rinse, head, and is very comfortable. The boat leaves the Habitat dock at 9:00 AM and returns at 3:00 PM. Minimum number of guests required is 8 with a maximum of 10 divers. For more information/reservations call 1-800-327-6709, visit their web site at http://www.habitatbonaire.com, or send an e-mail to captaindon@maduro.com.

Also new at Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire: BonPhoto Bonaire is now open and operating on the premises, providing top of the line photography services, courses, and rentals for guests. They also provide a weekly “Week in Review” video shown at the hotel’s Deco Stop Bar every Thursday evening from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Dive Friends Bonaire – Dive Friends Bonaire is pleased to announce the successful completion of their semi-annual PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). Bonaire now boasts five more PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. Dive Friends Bonaire will be offering their next IDC, which will begin on May 3rd and continue through May 13th, 2012. The Instructor Exam conducted by PADI will immediately follow on May 14th and 15th, 2012. Dive Friends Bonaire can assist with on-island arrangements, including special IDC rates for accommodations and/or vehicle rentals. For more information, visit http://www.dive-friends-bonaire.com, or send an e-mail to info@dive-friends-bonaire.com.

Diving Bonaire–The Kindle Version:  Want a Kindle guide on diving and snorkeling while on Bonaire? Then George Lewbel, marine biologist is the man to see. George has been diving on Bonaire since 1981 and has more than 40 years of diving experience. He has written Diving Bonaire, a Kindle Edition book now available for sale at Amazon. 

The book describes the best dive sites on Bonaire and Klein Bonaire and provides details on how to get there and what is likely to be seen at each site. Descriptions of sites include information on coral reefs, piers, wrecks, gentle and steep slopes and walls. Details on access, entries and exits, underwater and topside terrain, marine life, photo tips as well as special features of interest are also included. The guide also highlights sites that are particularly good for snorkeling.  To purchase this Kindle book on Amazon, visit http://www.amazon.com/Diving-Bonaire-ebook/dp/B006U3QHYO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1328647656&sr=1-1.

REALLY? ON BONAIRE? REALLY?


DiveHut Bonaire:  Former WannadiveHut Bonaire has a new look as they just reopened under the new name “DiveHut Bonaire.” Over the past few months, renovations have been done to all of the rooms, apartments, and restaurant, and this property offers their guests a tranquil location during their stay. For more information call +599-701-0404, visit their web site at http://www.wannadivehutbonaire.com, or send an e-mail info@divehutbonaire.com.

Bridanda Apartments:  Bridanda Apartments is the newest property to open in Bonaire. Located in Hato, just a few steps away from the sea, the property offers accommodations with luxurious touches in a laid-back ambiance. Guests have several types of accommodations from which to choose:  studios or one-bedroom or two-bedroom bungalows, and all sit amid a lush, tropical garden, where there’s also a natural saltwater pool, outdoor shower, Jacuzzi and lounge chairs. For more information call +599-717-3143, visit their web site at http://www.bridanda.com, or send an e-mail to info@bridanda.com.

Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9:  Bonaire Oceanfront Villa 9 is pleased to announce the launching of its value-added incentives. Since the villa can accommodate up to ten persons, a family or group of friends can enjoy economical oceanfront living while enjoying all that Bonaire has to offer. For new bookings between now and October 31, 2012, each person staying in the villa will receive a voucher, worth $25.00, toward one of three activities; kayaking at the Mangrove Info Center, a visit to Bonaire’s Butterfly Garden/Kishi Kishi Restaurant, or enjoy lunch or dinner at Sunset Bar & Grill. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.bonaireoceanfrontvilla.com, or send an e-mail to info@bonaireoceanfrontvilla.com.

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino:  Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is celebrating their 60th year in dive hospitality. Opened in August, 1952, the property has completed major renovations to all guestrooms and public spaces. As part of the celebration of the resort’s 60th Anniversary, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is offering a variety of packages; why not help them celebrate!  For more information, call 1-800-801-5550, visit their web site at http://www.diviflamingo.com, or send an e-mail to flamingocomments@diviresorts.com.

Den Laman Condominiums: With recent add-ons, Den Laman Condominiums offer more value than ever before. These value add-ons include free wireless Internet in the condos, plus 24/7 air and Nitrox tank access for divers when diving with on-site operator Bonaire Dive & Adventure. For more information call 1-800-382-1094, visit their web site at http://www.denlaman.com, or send an e-mail to denlaman@diveres.com.

Villa Ganshi Bonaire:  Villa Ganshi Bonaire, a new beach-front villa, recently announced they are now open for reservations. This newly available beach-front two-bedroom villa offers both privacy and peace, in a unique home felt setting. The property is located on the fringes of Playa Lechi, a mere 15-minute walk from Kralendijk. The villa is tucked away in lush tropical greenery, and it is equipped with all the amenities and comfort one could wish for during their stay. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.villaganshibonaire.com, or send an  e-mail to info@villaganshibonaire.com.

Sand Dollar Condominiums:  Sand Dollar believes that their guests should have the freedom to dive with any of the superb dive operators on the island. For their guests’ convenience, they are now offering dive packages with PADI 5 Star IDC Resort Dive Friends Bonaire. With Yellow Submarine, Photo Tours Divers, and Dive Inn, Dive Friends has four dive operations not far from Sand Dollar where Sand Dollar guests can swap out tanks and two locations for boat diving departures.  Sand Dollar offers some of the most spacious and comfortable oceanfront accommodations on island. All units have air-conditioned bedrooms, full kitchens, dining and living areas, and roomy porches or balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea. For more information, call 1-800-288-4773 or the Florida Office at 1-954-453-5025, visit their web site at http://www.sanddollarbonaire.com, or send an e-mail to Res@SandDollarBonaire.com.

Plaza Resort Bonaire:  Plaza Resort Bonaire now offers Bonaire’s only All-Inclusive 6D value pack. This complete, all-inclusive package features the bonus of free diving available now through December 17, 2012.  Enjoy a vacation where everything is paid for!  New experiences on Bonaire await!  The resort also reports that their casino will be re-opening again soon.  The villas are in phase one of their renovations and the popular Tipsy Seagull now offers room service!  For more information call 1-800-766-6016, visit their web site at http://www.plazaresortbonaire.com, or send an e-mail to info@plazaresortbonaire.com.

Dive Friends Bonaire’ Dive Retail Outlet:  Shopping is always on the list of things to do while on vacation or maybe something was just left behind. Regardless of the reason, the Dive Retail Outlet on Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk is just the spot to find what you need.  After extensive renovations, it’s been reopened and is ready for business. With more room for stock, the store has expanded their dive gear product lines, adding in even more dive computers, regulators, fins, BCDs and wetsuits. For more information, call +599-717-3911, visit their web site at http://www.dive-friends-bonaire.com, or send an e-mail to ptdretail@dive-friends-bonaire.com.

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’s been selected as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic for 19 consecutive years in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, it was voted one of the Best Destinations Overall, number one for Marine and Macro life, and Snorkeling also in the Reader’s Choice awards.  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 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 www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

BONAIRE, online contest: win a trip for two!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

BONAIRE LAUNCHES ONLINE CONTEST: WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO
EXPERIENCE WORLD CLASS DIVING AND FIRST CLASS NATURE

**Contest Valid From July 1 – September 30, 2011**

Kralendijk, Bonaire – Envision yourself diving or snorkeling among some of the most pristine coral reefs at one of the top dive destinations in the Caribbean; or exploring untouched nature on a mountain bike or while kayaking through lush mangroves. If this sounds like a great vacation, then don’t miss this opportunity to win a trip for two to Bonaire by participating in their online contest, which is part of the island’s fifth annual Bonaire Dive Into Summer program.

Those wishing to enter the contest only need to log on to www.tourismbonaire.com, the official website of Bonaire, and fill out the form to win an unforgettable vacation for two people that includes; 8-days/7-night hotel stay at Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire including accommodations and 6 days of unlimited shore diving and complimentary airfare on Continental Airlines, the official airline sponsor of Bonaire Dive Into Summer. For more information on the contest’s rules and regulations log onto http://www.tourismbonaire.com/en/contest

Captain Don’s Habitat, is an oceanfront dive resort and “Home of Diving Freedom” on Bonaire. Guests enjoy the laid back, relaxing atmosphere, oceanfront restaurant, bar and pool, wireless Internet, day Spa, kayaks, and 24/7 unlimited diving freedom. The dive operation is a full-service, SDI/TDI Professional Development Center and PADI Training Facility.

“We’re very pleased to launch our online contest and give two lucky visitors the chance to win a week’s vacation in Bonaire,” commented Lara Chirino, Director of Tourism. “This contest gives us another opportunity to promote our Bonaire Dive Into Summer program and showcase all that Bonaire has to offer guests. During their stay, they will see why Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the most sustainable islands in the Caribbean above and below the ocean. We look forward to welcoming them!”

Bonaire Dive Into Summer, a 4-month program (June 1 – September 30, 2010) features an array of activities for divers, adventurers and sun seekers. The program for Bonaire Dive Into Summer offers visitors the flexibility to enjoy their planned vacation on-island, and as an added bonus, the option to take part in special dives and clean-ups, eco-oriented activities and festivals, which practically guarantees a fun and educational experience in Bonaire.

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, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and deep sea and bone fishing. And with the 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 and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for nine years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. It was designated by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by About.com (June, 2008).

For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-BONAIRE      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit Bonaire’s official website at www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

Bonaire dominates SCUBA Diving Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2011


BONAIRE DOMINATES SCUBA DIVING MAGAZINE’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS 2011

**Bonaire Excels With 11 Awards Including #1 Top Overall Diving in the Caribbean/Atlantic**

Kralendijk, Bonaire (January 20, 2011) – The island of Bonaire has swept top honors receiving four #1 Ratings, which is more than any other destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic category, while continuing its reign as one of the world’s top dive destinations. For the ninth consecutive year, Bonaire has taken first place for Top Overall Diving in Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2011.

Bonaire received first place in three other Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Top Health of Marine Environment, Top Macro Life and Top Shore Diving, and also received second place in seven other Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Overall Destination, Value for Diving Dollar, Beginner Diving, Snorkeling, Visibility, Marine Life and Underwater Photography.

“It’s an honor to receive 11 awards and continue to be recognized by the readers of Scuba Diving magazine as one of the top diving destinations for nine consecutive years,” said Elvis Tjin Asjoe,” Commissioner of Tourism. “Bonaire is renowned for demonstrating a longstanding commitment to preserving and protecting the environment below the water, and these awards show us the results of our efforts. They inspire us to continue with our direction and remain leaders in sustainable tourism. Bonaire is truly the Diver’s Paradise.”

For the Readers’ Choice Awards, thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and web users rated their dive experiences on a scale of one to five. Results of the 2011 Awards will be featured in the January/February 2011 issue of Scuba Diving magazine.

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, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, landsailing, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and seep 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 and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for nine years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and as the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by About.com (June, 2008).

For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-800-BONAIRE      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit Bonaire’s official web site at www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

Alliouagana Festival of the Word, Montserrat. Nov 12-14, 2010

Dear Friends
 
In just about a fortnight from now we will be into the 2nd Alliouagana Festival of the Word which takes place from Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14, 2010.  We hope that as many persons as possible will find this Programme interesting and will try to find the time to attend and participate in all of the planned activities.  Attached is the Programme for the Weekend and you will note that the Pre-Festival Symposium on Thursday November 11 is in honour of the late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell.  Kindly help with getting this information to as many persons as possible.
 
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have further questions.
 
Sincerely
 
 
Gracelyn
 
Gracelyn Cassell
Chair
Steering Committee
Alliouagana Festival of the Word
c/o The University of the West Indies
Open Campus Montserrat
P.O.Box 256
Salem, Montserrat
Tel:               664 491 3924        / 2344 office
Fax: 664 491 8924

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Bonair to host wounded Warriors for the 5th consecutive Year

Contact: Marie Rosa/Candice Adams Kimmel

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

BONAIRE TO HOST WOUNDED WARRIORS FOR THE
5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

**Severely Injured US Troops use SCUBA for Continued Rehabilitation**

Kralendijk, Bonaire – For the fifth consecutive year, Tourism Corporation Bonaire and the entire island of Bonaire are proud to welcome the Wounded Warriors to their “home away from home” as they use SCUBA diving for rehabilitation and recreation from August 7th through 14th, 2010.

During this week, severely wounded troops and their significant others will travel to the island to complete the final step in the process of obtaining their dive certifications.  Representatives of the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association’s (DEMA) Be a Diver Program and the North American office of Tourism Corporation Bonaire will also be joining this group. All accommodations and diving will be provided courtesy of Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire. Each year the people of Bonaire open their arms to welcome this group and show them not only the natural beauty and pristine waters of the island, but also the warmth, friendliness and the genuine hospitality of the Bonairean people. 

This year’s contingent of seven Wounded Warriors has suffered life-changing physical injuries which they received in combat while stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  They and their partners will be kept busy with a variety of activities beginning with the completion of their PADI and HSA dive certifications, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Once certified, they will continue diving throughout the week, both from the dock of Captain Don’s Habitat and via boat dives to Klein Bonaire and other famous Bonaire dive sites.  The group will also enjoy shopping, dining, sightseeing, and even a Texas-style BBQ.  The highlight of the week will take place when the Bonaire community gathers to meet these extraordinary troops and their companions at the reception held in their honor at the home of Lt. Governor Glenn Thode.  

“Over the last four years, an incredible bond has been developed between America’s Wounded Warriors and the people of Bonaire.  We wish to show these exceptional men and women, who have given so much for their country, that they may still lead active lives with travel and scuba diving as an added dimension,” stated Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, Director of Tourism.

Sponsors to date of the  5th Bonaire-Be A Diver-Wounded Warrior Scuba Certification trip are: 9Line LLC, Adams Unlimited Public Relations & Marketing, AERIS, Bikers Bonaire, Bonaire KFC, BonaireTalk.com, Bonaire Quad Tours, Bonaire Guided Motorcycle Tours, Bonaire Tours & Vacations, Captain Don’s Habitat, Caradonna Dive Adventures, Inc., Care Coalition, Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine, Chat & Browse Bonaire, DEMA/Be a Diver, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine, Dive Training Magazine, Henderson, H.S.A. International Training Center of New Jersey, Islands Magazine, Jack Chalk & Family, Jewel Of Bonaire, NetTech, N.V., OCEANIC, PADI, Paradise Moon Bar & Restaurant, Patagonia Restaurant, Princeton Tec, Rum Runners, Sport Diver Magazine, Tourism Corporation Bonaire, and Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports USA Project. More will be added to the list in the weeks ahead. 

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, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, landsailing, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and seep 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 and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for eight years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and as the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by About.com (June, 2008).

For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at  1-800-BONAIRE  1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official web site at www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

DEMA, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association, is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and growth of the recreational scuba diving and snorkeling industry.  With more than 1,400 members, this non-profit, global organization promotes scuba diving through many initiatives including consumer awareness programs, and media campaigns, the national Be A Diver campaign and produces the DEMA Show, a trade event open only to companies doing business in the scuba diving, action water sports and adventure/dive travel industries.  For more information on DEMA, call  858-616-6408  858-616-6408 or visit www.dema.org/.  For more information on the Be A Diver campaign visit www.BeADiver.com or become a friend at www.Facebook.com/BeADiver.

Summer deals in Divi & Tamarijn Aruba

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Cathy Preece

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ALL INCLUSIVE DINING IS AT ITS BEST
AT THE DIVI & TAMARIJN ARUBA ALL INCLUSIVES

** Ocean Views Set the Scene for Varied Delectable Cuisine from Szechuan to Italian
at Nine Dining Options and Seven Bars **

ORANJESTAD, ARUBA –  As past guests know and food aficionados will love to discover, every meal is a culinary experience at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives.  Offering more tempting food and a wider variety of dishes than typical all inclusives, dining at these two properties is a memorable affair highlighted by stunning ocean views.  Plus, guests of the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba can eat at any of the 9 dining options, as guests staying at one property have full use of all services, facilities and amenities of both.

Because the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba are both located right on the beach, ocean views and an atmosphere of breezy barefoot charm surround diners at all times.  All the properties’ oceanfront dining venues range in style from casual to easy elegance, and all provide open-air seating options for those who prefer to enjoy their meal al fresco.  One of these is the Divi Aruba’s signature restaurant, the Red Parrot, which features fine cuisine and attentive service as well as an incredible view of the beach.  Among the menu selections at this dinner-only establishment is the slowly roasted prime rib of beef served with haricot verts and gratin potatoes. Other popular delicacies are the sautéed Escargot appetizer and the perfect finish to a beachside meal, the Apple Pie Caribbean made with local cane syrup from the islands.

Meanwhile, the Tamarijn Aruba’s signature Paparazzi Restaurant, Bar and Lounge (view photo) practically transports guests to the vibrant heart of Italy.  A warmly-colored ceramic tile floor and simple, chic furnishings allows the food to take the spotlight.  After feasting on classic Italian fare from rich pastas to fresh fish or tender meat accompanied by a choice vintage to pair with the meal, a rich tiramisu or Frutte Fresche is an excellent way to complete the occasion.  In true spirit of the country, the conversation and shared laughter often flows as freely as the wine!

For an entirely different type of cuisine, Ginger, the Asian-fusion restaurant located at the Tamarijn Aruba, is characterized by its eclectic, exotic flavors of the East from Spicy Green Curry Chicken with shrimp to assorted sushi and the exquisite Old Fashioned Ginger with Whipped Cream dessert.  Many food lovers also enjoy preparing their own tasty meal, so they can have everything cooked exactly the way they like it.  For them, the Palm Grill, also located at the Tamarijn Aruba, lets diners have fun stir-frying their own shrimp, swordfish, chicken or beef mixed with fresh vegetables and rice on specialty grill tables. 

The Divi & Tamarijn Aruba’s chefs are all highly trained and experienced, which is evident by the quality of every meal.  Recently added to the staff, Pastry Chef Luimar Olive brings his personal specializations to the menus and has been lauded as “serving the island’s most exquisite desserts.”* Further, the waitstaff is attentive, friendly and eager to attend to a patron’s every need.  Add in the beachfront setting and the combination creates an unexpectedly good experience that’s truly all inclusive dining at its best!

Located just thirty minutes from the airport and five minutes from Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba resorts are set on beautiful Druif Beach, with a shopping arcade and the Alhambra Casino nearby.  Guests staying at either the AAA 3-Diamond Divi Aruba or the adjacent, oceanfront Tamarijn Aruba have use of all facilities and services of both properties.  All stays at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba include all meals and snacks at a choice of nine dining options, unlimited beverages at seven bars, the use of three freshwater pools, a wide range of activities including non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment and offer a variety of packages.  In addition, all guests may use the well-equipped Divi Winds Sports Center, which features a 30-foot outdoor rock climbing wall on the beach.  All guestrooms now have flat screen TVs as well as brand new mattresses and bedding with super-soft pillow tops, duvets and extra pillows.  

Honeymoon, Golf, Family and Wedding Packages are available.  For reservations and more information about Divi & Tamarijn Aruba, contact your travel professional or  1-800-554-2008  1-800-554-2008 ,  207-594-7888  207-594-7888 or visit the resorts’ websites at www.diviaruba.com or www.tamarijnaruba.com.

Launch of new website for island Bonaire


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marie Rosa/Candice Adams Kimmel

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BONAIRE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AT WWW.TOURISMBONAIRE.COM

**Re-vamped Web Site Provides a New Look and Feel for the Official Site of Bonaire**

Kralendijk, Bonaire –  The Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) is pleased to announce the launching of a re-vamped web site, with a new sleek design and which is available in English, Dutch, and Spanish.

Visitors to the island’s official web site at www.tourismbonaire.com will reach a new landing page, welcoming them to the site, where they can listen to some local background music by the island’s “Grupo Piedra di Bonaire”.

From the landing page, visitors may move to the home page–which features the new look and feel of the web site and highlights innovative features–or they may watch a short video about the island.

There are many new components to the site, including a live events calendar and a quick look at upcoming events, an area where the island’s press releases and island news can be accessed, and a multimedia gallery including videos and images of Bonaire.  Those with upcoming trips can check the daily weather and the weekly forecast before stepping on the plane, or find exactly what they need on the site using the new search feature.

Bonaire Ambassadors will provide testimonials and there is an image and video gallery of their awards.  Visitors can visit the site’s feature area and get to know Bonaire’s friendly people with one click.  Or, make your opinion count in the polls area, where visitors to the site can actively participate in question & answer polls that will be posted frequently about Bonaire.

The new interface, navigation, information, and visual design are stimulating and exciting, and there are icons with links to the island’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages.  Potential travelers can download pictures or brochures, or scroll through a range of accommodations and vacation rentals offered around Bonaire, use the dedicated vacation planner, or even subscribe for e-news via e-mail. Those with upcoming flights to or from Bonaire will be able to view real-time flight arrival and departure times at Bonaire’s Flamingo Airport via a link to the airport’s web site.

“TCB is very pleased to be able to offer this exciting new web site to the visitors of Bonaire.  We’re sure that this site will fill the need for pertinent, up-to-date information about the island which every visitor needs to plan the ideal vacation,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, Director of Tourism. “In this era of the Internet, it is important that Bonaire continues to be on the cutting edge of technology and our new site reflects that position.” she concluded.

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, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, landsailing, 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 and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for eight years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and as the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by About.com (June, 2008).

For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at  1-800-BONAIRE  1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official web site at www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

Bonaire news, July 2010

BONAIRE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THEIR OWN CAPTAIN DON STEWART FOR A LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT ON BONAIRE

**Captain Don is Honored on his 85th Birthday **

Kralendijk, Bonaire – Tourism Corporation Bonaire is pleased to announce that Captain Don Stewart became the first local recipient to receive Bonaire’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. It was presented to him on Friday evening, June 25th, during his birthday celebration at Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire. 

The Bonaire Lifetime Achievement Award honors long serving, high performance professionals whose careers have truly made a difference.  It is for achievement over a period of several years rather than a single contribution and it is awarded for achievement that distinguishes the individual’s work and provides a legacy for future generations.

A household name to those on Bonaire, Captain Don Stewart has worked tirelessly since his arrival–on May 21, 1962–within the island’s dive tourism industry, and, in fact, he is considered the founder of dive tourism on Bonaire, an industry considered by many to be the engine driving Bonaire’s local economy.

Captain Don’s efforts throughout his 48 years on Bonaire have always carefully measured conservation of the marine environment with development of the tourism product, which is the very definition of sustainable tourism.  Captain Don, truly a man ahead of his time, led the campaign to ban spear-fishing on Bonaire, instituted the first permanent mooring system which eliminated the need for boats to drop an anchor (now considered a standard for any marine protected area), founded the Council of Underwater Operators (CURO), which is still operating today, and implemented a mandatory orientation dive for all people diving on Bonaire. He is also responsible for opening the first hotel on the island, Zeebad (which is now the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino), and, in 1976, he opened Captain Don’s Habitat, which introduced the innovative concept of “diving freedom,” diving 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Over his nearly half-century on Bonaire, Captain Don Stewart has received many awards and commendations for his efforts for Bonaire and in sustainable tourism.  His contributions have been recognized by DEMA with the 1998 Reaching Out Award and by Bonaire with a bronze memorial plaque placed at Captain Don’s Reef at Klein Bonaire.  Additionally, he’s been inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, and Captain Don was honored with the title of Knight within the Order of Orange-Nassau, a military and civil order of merit created in 1892 on behalf of Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands.

Captain Don Stewart is a prolific writer, authoring a number of novels and short stories chronicling his life.  He is the founder of the International Accolade Foundation, which has an environmental objective to proliferate reef/sea management, to maintain a continuing productive underwater environment, and to guarantee the economic health of the world’s communities, nations, and their industries.  At his birthday celebration, Captain Don received a commemorative award to properly thank him for all he has done to put Bonaire on the map.

“The government and people of Bonaire are so indebted to this great man who made Bonaire his life’s mission” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, Director of Tourism. “Without men or women like Captain Don, Bonaire would not be the progressive, conservation-minded destination it now is,” she concluded.

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, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, landsailing, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and seep 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 and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for eight years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and as the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by About.com (June, 2008).

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 www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.