Bonaire

Bonaire International and Local Fishing Tournament

Anglers swap war stories after a long day of fishing. Photo: Vincent Lendering of VINNIE Designs

The Bonaire International & Local Fishing Tournament held in the bountiful waters of Bonaire was another huge success. Organized by NAPA and the It Rains Fishes restaurant, the end of January tournament has become a staple event for ardent anglers …

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3D Coral Printing Comes to Caribbean

3D Coral Printing

Technology is coming to the rescue of coral reefs worldwide. 3D coral printing, or constructing a three-dimensional object under computer control, is a revolutionary technique that can help rebuild reefs in a whole new way. This process, first used in …

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Bonaire Maritime Film Festival

Mark the date for the Bonaire Maritime Film Festival, January 14 2017, 5:00-7:30pm at the Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire.  This event is organized by the Bonaire Maritime Heritage Foundation as a fundraiser for the restoration of Stormvogel, the last of …

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Bonaire Sailing Regatta and Festival

Time to celebrate – the crew of La Dolce Vita, winners in Racing Class 2 and Overall Winners of the 2016 Bonaire Regatta. Photos by Cisca Rusch

Junior sailors ruled at the 49th Bonaire Sailing Regatta and Festival, held in October on Kralendijk’s Bay just north of Klein Bonaire. Out of six categories, Curaçao’s Sea Scouts from the Mgr. Verriet Group picked up trophies in two categories: …

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Sailors of the Past

Sailors of the Past: The year is 1917 and Hollandia is launched in Anna Bay, Curaçao

Enter the elegant foyer of the new seaside Terramar Museum in downtown Kralendijk, Bonaire and you will be greeted by stunning images from the maritime past—young Bonairean deckhands daringly diving from mast tops, burly dock workers moving heavy cargo at …

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Colorful Shrimp of Bonaire

Colorful Shrimp of Bonaire: Male Banded Coral shrimp. Photo by Charles ‘Chuck’ Shipley

As a frequent diver in the clear waters of Bonaire, I have become obsessed with observing the little creatures that reside there. Among my favorites are the colorful shrimp. Some species are found on certain coral, and many live in …

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Bonaire Windriders

Bonaire Windriders: World Champion Robby Naish competing in a wave sailing event at Sylt, Germany. Photo: Hoch Zwei / Wikimedia Commons

  Some people have hobbies; other people have obsessions. My obsession for over 20 years has been windsurfing. At the center of my obsession is the hunger for hard, steady wind, the kind that speckles the waters so beautifully around Bonaire. …

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Down to 146 Meters with One Breath!

The free diver’s companion in this category is a weighted sled that helps speed up their decent great depth. Picture shows Coste during a training session. Picture courtesy of underwater photographer Casper Douma

The International Association for Development of Apnea (AIDA) judge in yellow shirt holds up his two hands: eight minutes to go. Boats are circling the platform next to which Carlos Coste will attempt to break the world record freediving in …

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Ten Top Caribbean Food Festivals

  Explore ashore! There’s no better way to discover the flavors of the different Caribbean islands than to sample your way through one or more of the many Caribbean food festivals that take place annually. Here’s ten favorites to whet …

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Organic Caribbean Produce Sails to Europe

The sailing freighter Tres Hombres with her cargo hold full of organic Caribbean produce. Photo By Sanny Ensing

“And hoist … one, two … slow-down,” the voice of Captain Lammert Ossinga booms across the ship as the latest cargo, that of organic Aloe Vera gel, is hoisted aboard the wooden brigantine Tres Hombres in Bonaire. With crew on …

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Ten Caribbean Islands You Can Only Reach By Boat

Green Island, Antigua. Courtesy of Nonsuch Bay Resort, Antigua

You can’t reach these islands by planes, trains or automobiles. It takes a boat, private or public, sail or power, to get you to these delightful off-the-beaten track destinations.   Green Island, Antigua This private island, owned by the Mill …

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Razorfish of Bonaire

Green Razorfish, female. Photo by Charles (Chuck) Shipley

Bonaire: one of the premiere diving locations in the world. There are many reasons, including the supportive infrastructure, the diving freedom, wealth of diving sites and the relative clarity of the water. But another feature that I personally appreciate is …

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Restoring the Last Sailing Freighter of the ABC Islands

Part of the restoration team, from left: Nicky Pietersz, Jessy Rosaria, François van der Hoeven, Leo Makaai, Shirly Juana-Thomas and Charles Juana

Sixty-four years ago, in 1951, Bonairean boat builder Etche Craane built the wooden cargo sloop Stormvogel. Today, a group of dedicated enthusiasts have launched Project Stormvogel aimed at restoring the last sailing freighter of the ABC islands and keeping this …

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Reef Restoration in Bonaire

Divers at work in the Coral Tree Nursery. Photo: Federico Cabello

While I was in discussion with a local environmental agency one of their support officers touched on the problems facing the world’s coral reefs. A quick search of the web revealed that we have plenty to worry about. A recent …

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Caribbean Boatyard Update

Subbase Drydock, St. Thomas

Fall is the time many Caribbean boaters put their yacht on the hard to get work done in the yard. Here is an update on what’s new in yards in the Caribbean.   PUERTO RICO “We cleaned out the entire …

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The End of an Era: Eight Bells for Captain Don

Don Stewart reminisces about his sailing days. Photography by Patrick Holian

When I first met Don Stewart he was 86-years-old and wheelchair-bound. But my idea of a typical octogenarian soon vanished. Stewart’s wheelchair was armed with a .22 caliber rifle. He sat there with a smile on his face while massaging …

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Caribbean Regatta Preview: April to October

Aruba Regatta. Photo: Eric Mijts

Regatta season doesn’t stop when the winter finishes. The spring, summer and fall all feature racing events that offer a mix of competition, camaraderie and celebration.   April 7-12 Oyster Regatta – Antigua 2014: Scheduled to follow the celebrations marking …

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Visiting Bonaire Beyond the Bubbles

The barren land of Washington-Slagbaai National Park. Photo by Liesbet Collaert

When people – cruisers and land tourists – talk about Bonaire, they most likely will talk about diving; how awesome and unique it is. They will talk about the clearness of the water, the healthy state of the coral and …

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