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By Cruise Ship to the ABC Islands

Aruba’s free-to-ride San Francisco style streetcar, in service since 2013, is an attraction in itself. Photo by Els Kroon

Exploring the Caribbean on a sailing boat is the dream of many, however, if you don’t own a yacht, cruise ships offer the perfect solution. When the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur expanded from Europe to the Caribbean, they set their …

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Ten Top Places to Kayak in the Caribbean

Bioluminescent Bay, Grand Cayman … by daylight. Photo courtesy of Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Kayaking is a great way to see the Caribbean’s awesome marine life right at sea level. Calm bays, mangrove lagoons and rugged coastlines are some of the settings throughout the region where guided kayak tours take place. Here is a …

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The Revival of Bonaire’s Sailing Fishing Boats

Papagayo, one day to go before the races start. Photo by Els Kroon

The traditional sailing fishing boats have returned to the International Bonaire Regatta. Bonaire has a renowned marine heritage in ship building, navigation and fishing. Ship building was commonplace and before engines became the norm, the fishermen put to sea in …

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Diving Bonaire and Curaçao – Wow!

Photo by Robert Scott

A lot is made of Bonaire and its wonderful abundant reefs. And all of it is true. I first dove Bonaire back in the early ’90s and it was pretty amazing then. Today I find it just as amazing. After a …

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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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