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Bonaire Update: What’s Happening on the Island

Enjoying Bonaire is easy and especially when travelers have information in hand about new activities, hotel developments, flight options and more. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s new around the island and shouldn’t be missed:
 
AMERICAN AIRLINES RETURNS TO BONAIRE
 
Getting to Bonaire just got easier this summer with American Airlines new non-stop

flight to Bonaire. Starting Saturday, June 9, 2018, the new service will operate weekly with departing flights scheduled to leave Miami International Airport (MIA) at 12:05pm, arriving in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 3:13pm. The return flight will depart BON 4:00pm, arriving in MIA 7:15pm. American airlines will utilize an Airbus 319 aircraft with capacity of 128 seats.
 
HOTELS TAKE IT UP A NOTCH 

Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn continues to make improvements while keeping true to its original ideals of a more intimate resort. The resort expanded its dive shop and has all new rental regulators and BCDs. They also installed a new dock ladder with a platform to make guests’ entry and exit from the Caribbean Sea easier. Carib Inn has also added the option of a reserved boat, where divers can choose their dive master, departure time and dive sites they’d like to dive. For more information visit www.caribinn.com or email bb@caribinn.com.

Buddy Dive Resort recently announced they will be renovating their Digital Photo Center into an extra classroom for dive courses. Buddy Dive offers a wide range of recreational, specialty, safety and instructor dive courses. Although the photo shop is being remodeled into a classroom, the property will still continue to offer photo services to guests. For more information visit www.buddydive.com, emailinfo@buddydive.com or call 1-866-GO-BUDDY.

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino has just completed resort-wide upgrades. The property’s new renovations include all new landscaping, new signage throughout the grounds to direct guests were amenities are located, RFID door locks on all entrance doors and enhanced Wi-Fi throughout the entire property. For more information visitwww.diviresorts.com/divi-flamingo-beach-resort-bonaire.htm, email guest-relations@diviresorts.com, call +599-717-8285 or Like on Facebook.

Spend the day getting pampered at Eden Beach Resort’s new spa, Aqua Spa and Gym. Located on a spacious terrace with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Klein Bonaire, Aqua Spa offers a variety of massage treatments, including sports massages. Guests can make their reservations directly at the front desk. All appointments must be booked 24 hours in advance. For more information visitwww.edenbeach.com, email info@edenbeach.com or call +599-717-6720.

Dive into luxury with Harbour Village Bonaire’s Concierge Dive service. Designed to offer a carefree experience without the worry of dealing with gear, the full diving service takes charge of all dive equipment from check-in to check-out, including loading and setting up dive gear on the dive boat pre-dive, removing gear from the dive boat post-dive, storing dive gear at the dive shop and cleaning all dive equipment at the end of each day’s use. Further enhancing the personalized experience, guests may book a private guide for shore diving at an added fee. In addition to the Concierge Dive program, Great Adventures Bonaire dive shop now provides complimentary enriched air upgrades to all enriched air-certified divers. The oxygen-enriched air allows divers to lengthen no-decompression limits while shortening surface intervals and reducing the risk of decompression sickness. For more information visitwww.harbourvillage.com, email reservations@harbourvillage.com and follow onFacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Piet Boon Bonaire is offering guests staying at their villas the option to purchase a pre-paid credit card to be used at the newly opened Delfins Beach Resort Bonaire. Guests will have the option of purchasing a $100 or $200 credit card that can be used towards having breakfast, sunset drinks, dinner or a day pass to spend the day at their beach. For more information visit www.pietboonbonaire.com, or emailinfo@pietboonbonaire.com.

Sand Dollar Condominiums ushered in the New Year with several upgrades to the property and product. All the bathrooms in the rental condominiums have been remodeled with the combination bathtub-shower units replaced with new, spacious walk-in showers. January 2018 also marked the date by which the installation of air-conditioning in the open concept living/dining/kitchen areas was completed. All units are now full-air conditioned. The dive pier, managed by Dive Friends Bonaire, got a facelift as well, including the replacement of the structure’s main steel beams. For more information visit www.sanddollarbonaire.com, email res@sanddollarbonaire.com, call 800-288-4773 and follow on Facebook.

BOREDOM IS RESTRICTED

Bonaire’s popular activity Bonaire Landsailing Adventures is back on island. Landsailing Adventures offers unique, safe, adrenaline-filled fun for everyone. No experience is necessary to try landsailing, as all training is provided on site. With a few laps around the course to feel the wind in the sail, guests will be in complete control and sailing like a pro in no time. For more information visitwww.landsailingadventures.com/home-bonaire, email bonaire@landsailingadventures.com, call +599-786-1572 and Like on Facebook.

Epic Tours Bonaire has added a new boat to their family as they recently purchased the 40 ft. catamaran MUSHI MUSHI, which has been on Bonaire for 15 years. The catamaran can hold up to 26 people (excluding staff), and be booked to host private tours, family excursions, birthday parties, chill and grill tour, staff outings and more. Further, guests booking their excursion with Epic Tours can now book their sail/snorkel tour directly on their website. For more information visitwww.epictoursbonaire.com, email info@epictoursbonaire.com or call +599-777-2628.

Kiteboarding Bonaire, the longest operating kitesurfing school in Bonaire, is excited to begin its second year of operations under the new ownership of Ossie and Rommel. The new owners have assembled a team of very experienced instructors that includes pro riders from Europe, South America and South Africa. Lessons are available for all skill levels, from beginners just learning the sport to more advanced riders looking to add new tricks to their repertoire. Kiteboarding Bonaire is also proud to offer classes for children, ages eight and up. These classes are taught in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. All lessons can be taught in five languages; Spanish, English, German, Dutch and Papiamentu. For more information visit www.kiteboardingbonaire.com, email info@kiteboardingbonaire.com or call +599-701-5483 or follow on Instagram orFacebook.

Rancho Washikemba has expanded their herd of horses by adding four more Paso Fino horses named Fantastico, La Reina, Flecha and Zorro. The Ranch offers ride and swim tours twice a day from 9:00am-11:00am and 3:00pm-5:00pm, with a maximum group of 6 guests. Additionally, the Ranch has a new riding arena of international standard size that’s available to use for any type of horseback riding lesson. For more information visit www.ranchowashikemba.com, email info@ranchowashikemba.comor call +599-788-8668.

AT YOUR SERVICE – LITERALLY

For those who prefer not to dine out after spending the day diving or exploring the island, Dinner In A Box is the perfect antidote. Dinner In A Box is the only food delivery service on the island that delivers food from 27 well established restaurants. For a small delivery fee, Dinner In A Box will be at guests’ accommodations within 45 minutes of placing their order. For more information visit www.dinnerinabox.com, email dinnerinabox@gmail.com, call +599-786-3886 or Like on Facebook.

SEEK OUT THE LOCAL EXPERTS

Bonaire launched their first on-island based social media influencer, Caesar Finies. Born in Rincon, the island’s oldest city, Caesar has become famously known in the windsurfing industry. Caesar will be posting daily photos/videos on his Instagram,Facebook and YouTube channel that will showcase the best spots on Bonaire and useful tips when visiting the island. Caesar is supported by top photographer/videographer Lorenzo Mittiga and online marketing expert Sylvia de Leon.
 
About Bonaire
Located outside the hurricane belt, 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 abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers as it offers a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses and small inns. For those who prefer more luxurious accommodations, the Bonaire Villa Collection features the finest villas on Bonaire.
Bonaire is ranked #8 on the list of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Caribbean Islands, voted #1 in Islands magazine’s Editors’ Picks: Best Snorkeling in the Caribbean, one of the Best Places to Snorkel in the World by MSN.com and named one of the 10 Caribbean islands to visit in the spring by Caribbean Journal.
Bonaire placed in the Top 10 in two different categories for USA Today’s 10Best 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards: 1,000 Steps and the Hilma Hooker were ranked the 5th and 8th Best Caribbean Dive Sites; and the Cadushy Distillery was ranked the 8th Best Rum Distillery in the CaribbeanMSN.com named Bonaire one of the top Destinations to Escape the Cold This WinterTravelocity named Bonaire one of the Top 6 Caribbean Islands to Visit NowTrip Savvy recognized Bonaire’s National Marine Park as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, one of the 10 Must Dive Destinations for 2017 by Forbes, the 4th best island in the world for snorkeling by Islands.com andConde Nast Traveler named Bonaire the #3 most beautiful Caribbean island to Visit.
For the 25th consecutive year Bonaire was recognized as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, it received 11 awards. It was also voted number one for Snorkeling, Macro Diving, Freediving, Marine Environment and Beginner Diving.
Bonaire has always been at the forefront of nature preservation and conservation and strives to be one of the top eco-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. The island accomplishes this by taking the environment and local culture into consideration when embarking on tourism initiatives. It’s no wonder that the Green Destinations Top 100 Team selected Bonaire as one of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations for 2017 for the 2nd consecutive year.

Getting to Bonaire…

American Airlines: Miami – Bonaire
Starting June 9, 2018: Weekly non-stop service from Miami International Airport (MIA) every Saturday.
Weekly non-stop service from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) to Bonaire every Saturday and Sunday.
United Airlines: Houston – Bonaire
Weekly non-stop service from George Bush International Airport (IAH) everySaturday. Return flight will depart Bonaire every Sunday.
United Airlines: Newark – Bonaire
Weekly non-stop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) everySaturday.
Weekly non-stop service from Toronto (YYZ) every Sunday through April 18th.
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