KLM flight to Bonaire extended till summer 2018

Koninklijke LuchtvaartMaatschappij (KLM) announced that its winter flight is now extended till October 23rd, 2018. KLM included in its flight itinerary, a new flight service between Amsterdam-Bonaire-Aruba-Amsterdam on Tuesday which already started in the month of November, 2017. This flight is now extended till summer 2018. The plane designated for this flight is a A330-200, with a capacity of 268 passengers. KLM informed all Trade & travel agents on this extended flight. TCB will participate with a marketing support program to help boost the flight and increase Bonaire’s exposure within KLM platform and distribution channels.

Source: Tourism Corporation Bonaire

Second season Sunwing (Canada) confirmed!

Sunwing (not to be confused with Sunwise 🙂 ) has confirmed the second winter season 2018/2019 to Bonaire. Tourism Corporation Bonaire  is in conversations with Sunwing  in order to include more marketing efforts this would mean that Bonaire will be included in the Sunwing Main Brochure. Bonaire will be featured in the outside back cover, this will be sent out to the Sunwing Trade partners across the country in two languages. Online & Offline activities. Sunwing partners are requested to actively promote your property based on your marketing efforts & distribution channels.

Source: Tourism Corporation Bonaire

Divi Divi Air introduce their new Twin-Otter planes

Divi Divi Air introduced their new DHC-6 Twinotter aircraft on January 29th, 2018 during an official inaugural flight. The aircraft has19 seats which is still a relatively small aircraft, but does represent an expansion of capacity of more than 100% compared to the Britten-Normander aircraft that the company has been flying with up to now which accommodates up to 9 passengers. Divi Divi Air, on the other hand, has been a household name for over 17 years on the route between Curaçao and Bonaire. The society is characterized by small scale, personal attention and – especially for local concepts and high punctuality. Congratulations Divi Divi Airlines Owners, Management Team and Staff!

Source: Tourism Corporation Bonaire

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They are finally there: the KLM WorldDealWeeks!

At the same time as the KLM WereldDealWeken (WorldDealWeeks) are running and the TUIfly actions that most of the time run simultaneously, most of our holiday home owner clients offer, in addition to the dynamic last minute deals we always offer for the first 20 nights after the booking date, an additional discount of 15% on the rent for traveling dates between September 1 and December 1 2017!

If you go to the homepage of this website and check availability and rates, before you make the booking, you are asked to enter a coupon code. This code is WORLDDEAL and at the price break-down, you will instanty see if that accommodation offers the discount.

Note: of course you will also get your discount if you’re flying with United, Delta, Insel or any other airliner! 🙂

Remember what Bonaire is like? Have a look at this amazing film by Erik Conover about 7 incredible places on Bonaire he thinks you won’t believe exist!

Brightest Perseid meteor shower ever!

A meteor shower is about to take place on the 12th of August, but it’s not just a regular meteor shower. Astronomers suppose that this will be the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history! It will magically light up the sky, and some of the shooting stars might even be visible during daytime.

Well at least that’s what they are telling us at Simple Capacity.

Every year, between mid July and the end of August, Mother Earth flies through the Perseid meteor shower, a cloud of dust particles left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. A lot of these dust particles clash with the Earth’s atmosphere, causing a light spot in the sky. This phenomenon is called a shooting star or meteor.

Every year when the Perseids occur, the Sunwise team goes to the southern tip of Bonaire at night, somewhere between Willemstoren and radar. It’s darker than dark over there and most likely only partly cloudy, as always on Bonaire. There is no light pollution on this part of the island, so lying on your back, in the back of your pick up, or just on the street, the meteor shower will give you an amazing show!

The wrong island

Sometimes you read stories about those events with travelers that make you think: this can’t be true…

We all know the stories about tourists that booked a five star hotel, arrived at their destination, just to discover that the hotel did not yet exist, but was under construction.
Or lists of bizarre ‘reviews’ of unhappy guests, of which you almost certainly know that they must be myths or urban legends: “My fiancee and I had requested twin beds when booking, but instead you got us a room with a double bed. We will keep you responsible and want to get a compensation for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not never have happened if you had put us in the requested room.”

But what happened to us this week is also very special I think…
Last January we had contact with a, according to her e-mails, very charming lady from a country on the other side of the world, about an apartment Bonaire for herself and her husband. She told us that they are the owners of a small holiday resort themselves and their type of questions also revealed that they know the tourist industry very well.
After they booked we mailed a few times back and forth about WiFi (so that they could keep up with the bookings for their own accommodation) and car rental. So far nothing going on and business as usual!
Until last week, when we asked them what their flight number would be, so we could pick them up at Flamingo Airport…
Although we have seen a very nice jet from Qatar standing on the platform the past week, we knew for sure that the company that belonged to the flight number given by these people, had never flown on Bonaire!
So with the idea that they would be traveling the last piece of their journey with InselAir, we asked them for their flight number from Curacao or another hub in the area and then…
Because of our questions about the flight numbers they suddenly realized that they booked for the wrong island! And they weren’t just slightly off, no they were convinced that they booked a property (with the same name) somewhere on an island in the South Pacific!

A bizarre mistake and also quite a bit strange, because in all our e-mails, on our website, et cetera we write quite often “Bonaire”.
At this moment we are investigating if we can still do something for these people, although it is obviously difficult or impossible for our client to get the accommodation rented again on such short notice!
Have any of you ever experienced or heard of anything like this?

Caving with Flow Bonaire

Sometimes, just sometimes, especially when we have guests that have not learned about Bonaire and its climate yet, we get asked whether there is also something to do if it rains all day…

Naturally, sometimes it rains on our tropical island, but that is really only in the rainy season (let’s say the last quarter of the year) and then mostly at night or early in the morning. But nonetheless, every now and then it can be cloudy and then the divers and snorkellers among our guests wonder what to do. Because, when it comes to their favorite pastime, the colors on the reefs are simply a lot less attractive on overcast days.

And then what?

Well, you can say a lot about Bonaire, but not that it is a vibrant island with aqua parks, golf courses and go-kart tracks. Yet there is plenty to do on such a cloudy day at the B of the ABC Islands!

An activity for which you really do not need the sun, in fact you will not even see daylight during most of the activity, is caving!
Caves on Bonaire?? Yes, the island has about 400 caves, some of which are open to the public.
The caves on Bonaire are due to the fragile ecosystem, under strict supervision of STINAPA, which means that the caves that are open to the public, can only be visited with a guide certified by STINAPA.

Flow Bonaire has such certification and they offer tours of the caves.
According to us, an absolute must-do! Our experience with Leo Hoogenboom of Flow Bonaire was truly unique.

Leo had advised us to wear light clothes – despite the activity takes place underground, the temperatures are still relatively high compared to outdoors and on Bonaire and that says something! – And wear sturdy shoes – the soil in the cave can be slippery. And even to bring mask and snorkel! Why? We found out soon enough …

First we to the Sabadeco area, via a goat trail, we went into a dry cave. You can leave “dry” out because the enormous humidity, water flows along your body. After some very light climbing and the sight of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, we went more and more into the cave. In some rooms there where hundreds of bats hanging at the ceiling. Leo really has an incredible amount of knowledge about everything that is happening in and around the caves, about the origins and about the flora and fauna. Very interesting to listen to!

After visiting this dry cave, we drove a bit further north to explore a wet cave over there. Here we found out the reason for the request to take mask and snorkel!
The first scrambling was fairly similar to that in the first cave, but down the ladder we saw the big difference: water!
In this cave we followed the corridors swimming, the diving lamps that were made available by Flow, ready. It is striking that if you are so accustomed to thousands of fish to be continuously around during diving and snorkeling, it’s weird if there really is nothing in the water.
We came through different rooms and Leo told us that far down in the deep there were several hallways and rooms as well. Normal mortals will not end up down there, but our guide Leo (also a freedive instructor) went down a few minutes, to show us the various vaults and spaces in the deep, with his lamp. All in all a great experience and if our guests ask us if there is something to do on Bonaire if it rains all day…

Go with the FLOW!