Isla di Poedro
Into the mangrove tunnel:
Astrid Francisca, Dalitza Victorna, Ilva Sint Jago,
Ben Oleana carrying Silvienne Sint Jago
See page 8
FMTSAM AND JlETsAl
t looks like Bonaire is without a
sea ferry once more. Reports in the
local press say the ferry, which began
service about a month ago, has aban-
doned the Bonaire-Curaqao-Bonaire
route to sail between Coro, Venezuela,
and Aruba. The office of Admiral Ship-
ping, the local agent for BCA Ferries
was closed. Factors mentioned in the
decision to abandon the Bonaire route
included lower-than-anticipated passen-
ger and vehicle traffic and the length of
time needed for the voyage between the
islands. Some Bonaire residents
breathed a sigh of relief for they felt
that the ferry could provide an easy
conduit for illegal arms, drugs and sto-
len goods since there was little control
on the passengers and cargo.
A The Court of Justice rejected the
"quiet approval" given by Antillean
Transport and Communication Minister
Richard Salas to Dutch Caribbean Air-
lines (DCA) to conduct 38 of the 42
weekly flights to Aruba allowed by the
aviation protocol. That is the result of
the appeals filed by both BonairExel
A Paul Hoetjes from the Central Govern-
ment's Environmental section reports
news from Saba that will encourage
Bonaire's environmentalists but dis-
may its goat farmers. Last week the Is-
land Council of the Island Territory of
Saba passed an Island Ordinance on Iden-
tification and Registration of Cattle and
Domestic Animals. It calls for:
A registration and tagging sys-
Prohibits free roaming of goats
and other livestock
Imposes fines and penalties for
contravention of the ordinance
Offers a cash incentive program
to goat owners in an effort to reduce the number of goats on the island
The Saba Conservation Foundation will buy back the freshly killed goat meat
from goat owners for a limited time. The Buy-Back Period will extend for a set
period of three months, starting July 1, 2004. Goat owners are presented with an
instant opportunity to increase their income and to enjoy a one-time windfall.
In addition, registration and tagging of goats and other livestock will be available
to all farmers free of charge during the three-months period. Thereafter, fees will
and DCA concerning the granting of
flights between Curaqao and Aruba.
The ruling meant that no official per-
mission was given to DCA for the 38
flights. The court has since stated that
BonairExel can execute 14 flights of the
42 flights as requested.
BonairExel is now free to pursue a
damage claim against the govern-
ment for income lost while the Minis-
ter failed to allow the Bonaire-based
airline a reasonable number of flights,
despite several favorable court rulings.
A It was an event that might pro-
foundly affect the speed and procedures
to change the present structure of the
Dutch Kingdom and shows that Hol-
land has the future structure of its
former colonies very much on its
mind. Last week during the Intergov-
ernmental Conference (IGC) concern-
ing the European constitution, The
Netherlands lobbied for a simpler pro-
cedure for the status modification of an
ultra-peripheral territory (UPG) and
IN THIS ISSUE:
Web Sites for Travelers 6
Crested Caracara 7
Hidden Islands of Lac 8
Aquaspace Class Trip 9
35 Years Washington Park 10
Dive Festival Countdown 11
Bonaire Ambassador 13
10 Years Bonaire Reporter 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Links to Advertisers 3
Police Update 4
Letters (Needed: Air Miles) 5
Yacht List & Tide Table 9
(North to Win) 9
Pet of the Week (Morris) 12
(Holland Snorkel) 13
Hit Parade 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping Guide 16
Dining Guide 16
On the Island Since
(Don Ricks) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
Overseas Countries and Territories
(LGO). This would enable the eventual
modification of the relationship of the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba with
(Continued on page 4
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ter the European constitution is agreed
upon. The upcoming Bonaire Referen-
dum has relationships with The Nether-
lands and the European Union as a ma-
jor consideration. If the European Un-
ion agrees to the proposed adjustments,
a statutory amendment can be made
based on a simpler procedure than a
treaty amendment. In that case, a unani-
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an initiative by the member-territory
concerned a lot simpler procedure than
a treaty amendment
A Convicted Curaqao political leader
Anthony Godett, whose FOL party was
ousted from the Central Government,
wrote a letter to United Nations (UN)
Secretary Kofi Annan denouncing
meddling by the Dutch Government in
the governing process of the Nether-
lands Antilles. The letter cites the 1960
UN Resolution 1514 on the right of self
determination. Godett said Dutch King-
dom Relations Minister Thom de Graaf
was putting pressure on the process of
forming a new Central Government
coalition by promising to make more
funds available for the Antilles. As the
leader of the biggest party in both the
Antillean Parliament and Curacao's Is-
land Council, Godett believes Holland
is not only meddling in Antillean poli-
tics but undermining democracy in the
A A new Central Government is to
be sworn in Thursday, June 3. It's com-
posed of representatives from all the
islands and consists of 15 of the 22 Par-
liament seats: PAR 4, PNP 3, PLKP 2,
DP St. Marten 2, Bonaire UPB (green)
2, WIPM 1 and DP Statia 1. The op-
position is formed by FOL 5, DP Bon-
aire (red) 1 and National Alliance 1.
A Last Sunday was the 35th anniver-
sary of the May 30, 1969, riots in
Curacao, when parts of Willemstad
were burned. Former workers of the
Shell oil refinery, who had been trans-
ferred to contractors to do the same
work for less pay, sparked the protest.
A The US Federal Aviation Admini-
stration (FAA) has assessed the gov-
ernment of the Netherlands Antilles'
civil aviation authority as Category
1 -- in compliance with international
aviation safety standards for oversight
of the Netherlands Antilles' air carrier
Phil and Laraine Katzev, Producers; Donna DeSalvo Associate Producer;
Hendrik Wyuts, Film-maker/Director; Captain Don and Janet Thibault
AIn the coming months you can look forward to viewing Captain Don, The
Movie. The months-long production by ScubaVision had a preview showing at the
new Flamboyan Restaurant last week. The movie presents the story of Captain Don
Stewart who arrived almost penniless on Bonaire more than 40 years ago and
whose vision and determination resulted in helping make Bonaire the SCUBA div-
ing center it is today. Philanthropists Producers Phil and Laraine Katzev bankrolled
the movie which contains recent footage as well as priceless snippets from the past.
For information contact Hendrik Wyuts of ScubaVision at 717- 2844 or 785-9332.
A Here is the 2005 classification of the
preference of foreign students for US
universities at the undergraduate level,
provided by the American Universities
Admission Program (www.auap.com),
a for-profit company based in Florida:
(* Ivy League school)
1) Columbia (NY) *
2) Stanford (CA)
3) NYU (MA)
4) Cornell (NY) *
5) University of Pennsylvania (PA)
6) MIT (MA)
7) Princeton (NJ) *
8) Harvard (NY) *
9) Caltech (CA)
10) Penn State University (PA)
11) Yale (CA) *
12) Duke (NC)
13) Dartmouth (NH) *
14) University of Miami (FL)
15) Georgetown U.(DC)
16) University of Chicago (IL)
17) Wake Forest (NC)
18) Pepperdine University (CA)
19) Boston University (MA)
20) Vanderbilt University (TN)
A Sipke Stapert visited naturalist
Jerry Ligon to try to identify a
"mystery" duck he'd seen. After
looking at the color plates in Jerry's
field guides they were able to give a
name to the duck seen earlier in the
day near the Lagoen landfill. It was a
Black-bellied Whistling Duck, usu-
ally seen in Venezuela. Bonaire has
had only one previous sighting on re-
cord, in 1981, when a flock of 13 were
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e P I N I O N S & LeT T E R SaT H E OU E d P A G E I
Perhaps you already
heard, or maybe you do
not know this yet, but
12 talented prospective
culinary chefs from the ABC islands
and teacher Vernon Martijn of the Hotel
School Bonaire (part of SGB) will go to
Italy for a stage (training) period in two
hotel schools during the month of Octo-
In addition, Sara Matera, as project
manager/coordinator; Moreno Binelli,
as liaison between the schools in Emilia
Romagna and the three islands Aruba,
Curaqao and Bonaire; and I will accom-
pany the group.
After their return to Aruba, Curaqao and
Bonaire, 12 well-motivated, internation-
ally oriented chefs will enrich the is-
The costs to organize this stage period
are high, as you can imagine. For some
of the costs we've already found spon-
sors and donations. We are very grateful
that the hotel schools in Cesenatico and
Serramazzoni will pay for the greater
part of the costs of stay.
KLM will allow us exclusively to col-
lect Flying Dutchman award miles
from its Frequent Flyer Members to pay
for the cost of the Bonaire-Amsterdam-
Bologna stretch and back. The journey
will cost us 50,000 award miles per
traveling person. Therefore, in total we
need for Bonaire, 800,000 award miles
to cover the cost of the flights for 16
persons. We did the same program two
years ago with the same successful
KLM award program for the students of
We would like to ask you to donate a
few (thousands) of your KLM/Flying
Dutchman award miles that you might
have collected. You will find the total
of the award miles you earned by travel-
ing KLM on the Flying Dutchman state-
ment that you receive on a regular basis.
Of course, you can also donate North-
west Airlines world perks.
You may help us now by sending us a
signed confirmation to donate a few
miles. This will allow The Culinair
Bonaire Foundation in the future
(probably in August 2004) to transfer,
one-time only, the award points you
donated to the account of The Founda-
tion for further expeditions to KLM.
We will mention in our public an-
nouncements the names of all sponsors,
unless you notify us not to mention
We hope that you will support this ini-
tiative to help the young and talented
chefs of Aruba, Curaqao and Bonaire
attending this international training-
Culinary Regards, also on behalf of
The "Culinair Bonaire" Foundation
Postbus 181 Bonaire
We need 800,000 air miles
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
A There has long been a need for the
expansion of the Bonaire public li-
brary. And now, with the signing of
bylaws for the Public Library Founda-
tion of Bonaire, it can become a reality.
The current library, located behind Jong
Bonaire, has long been neglected. Ex-
cept for some donations there have been
no new books for years. The library ex-
pansion is to include some computerized
facilities as well.
A Last week we reported the proportion
of foreigners living in Bonaire. Accord-
ing to the Population and Housing Cen-
sus of 2001 conducted by the Central
Bureau of Statistics the leading nation-
alities registered in the whole of the
Dutch, Dominican (DR), Haitian, Jamai-
can, Colombian, Guyanese, American,
Venezuelan, Indian, Surinamese, Eng-
lish (UK), Portuguese and Chinese.
Bonaire has about a 17% foreign popu-
lation, almost the same as the Nether-
and his as-
were on the
in stories in
the maga- '
2005. One :
of the fea-
tured stories is about Bonaire's own Special Olympics Team and how it's affected
the athletes and the island. In the photo, Head of Coaches, Elizabeth Wigny (black
shirt), poses with the athletes. Our team will be going to the Pan Caribbean Games
in Jamaica this July and will be participating in swimming, bocce, bowling, athlet-
ics (running) and tennis. Helping to coach the bocce team are three "60 plussers."
It's people like them who help make the team happen.
If you would like to donate funds, the account number at the Maduro &Curiel's
Bank Bonaire N.V. is #105.780.04. Or, if you wish, you may mail a check pay-
able to "Special Olympics Bonaire" to: Maduro & Curiels Bank Bonaire, P. O.
Box 366. Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles.
lands Antilles, 16%. Interestingly, St. own. If interested make an appointment
Maarten's proportion of foreigners grew with the PPP employees to register by
from approximately 39% in 1960 to June 16th. Call the PPP office for in-
50% in 2001 formation. Tel. 717-3381.
SA contract to provide middle in-
come housing, Proyekto di Pueblo
(PPP), through cooperation of the gov-
ernment and the private sector has been
signed. The government will provide
long-lease land in Hato and Nikiboko
North. The private sector (PPP) will
provide the infrastructure and build the
houses. The owners can finance the
homes through the Post Office Savings
Bank. To be eligible for a house the per-
son's salary should be between
NAf1.800 and 5.800 per month and the
person should not already have a house,
land, or long-lease property of his/her
A Sara Matera, owner of the ex-Green
Parrot Restaurant and well known in the
food and beverage industry, will be
working with the TCB (Tourist Corpo-
ration Bonaire) in an interim position,
assisting the staff and board on a part
time basis. Sar has been the driving
force behind the Bonaire Culinary Team
and the SGB Hotel School's students
being invited to participate in a training
program in the Emilia Romagna region
of Italy. Of late she has been in Aruba
helping to set up new restaurants and
hotels. O L./G. D.
T en years ago, when I first started 4
guiding nature tours on Bonaire,
I could count on showing 10 to 12 Ca-
racaras to nature enthusiasts from all
over the world, during a morning tour
of the north of Bonaire. This spring I
have led four tours recently on which
I have not seen even one Caracara,
and I am alarmed.
The bird is the bane of goat herders on
Bonaire, and their name for it is
Warawara. They see it as an evil thing
that comes out of the sky and eats
their newborn goats. To the Bonairean
goat herder, there is good, there is evil
and no in between. Anytime they see
one they will kill it with their gun.
When they find a Caracara feeding on
a recently dead goat, to the single-
minded goat herder, it is obvious that
the Warawara killed the goat; therefore,
it must also be killed. As a goat herder
you control what is at your disposal to
control. You can't do much about the
unrelenting drought, but you can take
things into your own hands when some-
thing is near your dead goat and you
own a shotgun.
Crested Caracaras are Scavengers
Crested Caracaras are more commonly
known as the Mexican Eagle and is that
country's national emblem, just as the
Bald Eagle is the emblem of the US.
Almost every souvenir purchased in
Mexico will have this bird of prey
perched upon a cactus with a serpent in
its talons. They are scavengers, taking
dead animals and performing the dis-
gusting service of cleaning up decom-
posing and smelly carcasses. A physical
characteristic, a head without feathers,
they share with another scavenger, the
vulture, allows these birds to be able to
eat bacteria-laden food sources and not
worry about infection from contami-
nated feathers along the head and neck.
Sunlight destroys bacteria and molds
and keeps the birds healthy.
Being a scavenger also means that they
will kill in order to eat as well as finding
something already dead to make a meal
of. I am amazed to watch a Caracara
walking on the ground, hopping over
downed cactus and ducking in and out
of acacia and thorn bushes trying to
catch a whiptail lizard, quite un-hawk-
like. We usually portray such regal birds
as majestic masters of the wind as we
see them soaring high overhead. Cara-
caras remind me instead of a chicken on
the ground chasing grasshoppers, and
that adds a bit of comic irony to the re-
mainder of the bird family- Falconidae-
to which they belong.
The Caracaras of Peaceful Canyon
Peaceful Canyon is a unique place on
Bonaire, a road that goes through a ra-
vine filled with limestone cliffs and dra-
matic caves and high overhangs, a wild
area with many species of birds nesting
without the heavy burden of human
presence, which reminds me of my
home state of Colorado. For three years
I have been studying a pair of Caraca-
ras that have occupied this picturesque
canyon, taking my birdwatchers here,
setting up my spotting scope and de-
lighting in watching the pair as they
perch on one of two large cacti. I have
seen them with whiptail lizards in their
talons, perhaps intending to feed young
on the nest, but they are elusive and do
not visit the nest when they are being
watched, even from a distance and
through a powerful spotting scope. I
have not found their nest, but that is
okay -just another mystery to unravel.
I have witnessed a strange behavior that
was totally foreign to me as a biologist
and which has caused me to undertake
an extended research project into scien-
tific literature in order to find out what
they were doing. Often, I would see one
of the pair, usually separated from the
other by the width of the canyon itself,
throw back its head and make a remark-
able cackling sound, bring its head back
to the normal position, then repeat the
behavior over again. At first, I thought I
was witnessing a stage of courtship be-
cause the other one was always in view
so this behavior could have been per-
formed for its benefit. However, this
strange behavior was only an indication
of mild alarm that there were intruders
in their territory.
Recently, I have not found the Caraca-
ras and the passage of time without
them in the canyon leaves me facing the
dreaded fear that they may have been
the victims of a shallow-minded and
uncompromising goat herder. The can-
yon is not the wild and unique place it
was when the Caracaras could be seen
streaming over the canyon rim, their
white wing tips gleaming conspicu-
ously. And I must admit that the island
also will not be the same, and I must
make another adjustment to an out-of-
step island that I want to be a better
place on which to live.
There has to be an island-wide effort to
protect what few Caracaras that we
have left, but I am afraid that the goat
herders are not going to listen as we
witness the continuing overpopulation
of their "hooved locusts" and the devas-
tation of our flora due to their selective
browsing. We do get an idea what natu-
ral vegetation could be grown here on
this dry-rock island if the goats were not
allowed the freedom to continue their
devastation. Notice what can grow
when vegetation is goat-proofed, i.e., by
fencing. Instead we see the steadily in-
creasing abundance of the type of vege-
tation that goats do not eat: thorn brush
and plants that have natural toxins. In
the balance, the island goes deeper into
debt to the goats and we are all losers.
1 Jerry Ligon
Note: Historian and journalist, BoiAn-
toin, says that in the past the kunukeros
did kill the Caracaras, but he hasn 't
heard of that happening now. He thinks
that there are more Caracaras now than
ever, especially in the Bolivia and Santa
Barbara areas, especially in the very
early morning hours. However, there is
currently no scientific evidence indicat-
ing a trend in the island's Caracara
population. (We have seen dead Cara-
caras on the road several times, having
been hit by cars.)
See "Flotsam article on page 2 to
learn what the island ofSaba is doing
about its goat population. Ed.
THE HIDDEN ISLANDS OF LAC BAY
The Publisher and Editor finally emerge from the Mangroves
Historian-Journalist Boi Antoin described the island's past as a lime producer.
W hen you first look a Lac Bay,
either from the seaside or shore,
it appears to be a semi-enclosed body of
water bordered by solid mangroves. But
many of those mangroves are actually on
a handful of islands well known to Lac
fishermen. They shelter idyllic lagoons
that are home to waterfowl, flamingoes,
turtles and juvenile pelagic and reef fish
and their larger brothers that prey on
This weekend Boi Antoin, assisted by
brothers Victor, Ben and Nolly Oleana,
guided those who were curious about
these "mystery islands" (Islas Yuana,
Kalki, Juan, Rancho and Pedro) on spe-
cial walking tours. Nearly 100 people, in
small groups, took part.
The trip to Isla Yuana, Iguana Island,
was by a small motor boat that was alter-
nately pushed by hand to navigate the
tricky route. But to get to Isla Pedro we
had to slog through waist-deep water,
our feet deep in the mangrove mud. It
We told you about Isla Yuana in the May
2nd 2003 issue of The Reporter. Isla
Pedro is quite different. First it's within
100m. of the road to Lac Kai, although
you'd never know it. It is far larger, per-
haps over 10 acres, being the largest of
the group and made completely of sand.
It's bordered by huge mangroves but
within are a large variety of trees. There
once were many more and larger trees
but they were used for fuel to produce
kalki, chalk which is the lime used for
mortar in the days before cement was
available on Bonaire. The island is dot-
ted with low heaps of charcoal, the re-
mains of the fires that burned the coral
rubble that produced the lime. (You can
see a replica of the structure of the fire
pit that was required to produce the high
needed at the
seum at the en-
trance to Wash-
The north end of
the island pro-
tects a small
lagoon said to
be frequented by
didn't see any
but did spot
many other spe-
cies of birds.
There is a di-
on the sea side
of the island.
From the scat-
tering of out-
parts and other
debris that re-
The sticky business of exploring
main it was proba-
bly used by fisher-
men for expeditions
rather than a perma-
nent home, ex-
Following our slog
back to the
mainland we headed
for the beach across
from KonTiki where
served up a wonder-
ful Bonairean BBQ.
If you get a chance
to take this "tour"
which was organ-
ized by the Amigu di
Naturalesa to bene-
fit Bonaire's walk-
ing team for the
"Five Days of Ni-
don't miss it. O G.
YAAHTING AND WALTER ')O A GE
WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON
NORTH TO WIN
It's northbound for some members of
the Bonaire Sailing Team as they head
to the Sixth Annual King of the Cape
(www.kingofthecape.com) in Massachu-
setts, USA. Cape Cod is a familiar sailing
ground for members of the team. Bonaire
has made this windsurf pilgrimage for the
past four years and has always dominated
the top places. Keke Dammers, Kiri
Thode and Taty Frans will attend this
event for their fourth visit. Jayson Jong,
sponsored by local Cape Cod company
World Sails, heads back for year two, and
Clay Emers travels for his first trip to the
chilly waters of Cape Cod. Real Wind is
sponsoring his adventure in full. This is an
exciting opportunity for this 17-year-old
sailor. Taty, who has placed in the top
three for three years, will no doubt besonJong, hisspo
seeking the top spot in this $10,000 purse. Ballentyne of World Sails,
It is expected that the team will certainly Bonaire windsurfer, R
dominate the top three and possibly top
five spots based on their past accomplishments and their freestyle skills.
The event is a freestyle competition, trade show and kids' clinic in one. It's called
Windfest Cape Cod so the guys will get to meet many industry people in the wind-
surf world. It's another wonderful cultural opportunity for our team to visit and see
another part of the world and treat the spectators and press to another dazzling per-
formance. Our team had best carry wetsuits and warm clothes as recent air tem-
peratures have been in the 50s (Fahrenheit) and water temperatures the same. This
is 30 degrees colder than their training grounds on Bonaire.
Winds are back in Lac Bay. May/June provide typically the best winds of the sea-
son so our many visiting tourists are being treated so some super sailing condi-
tions. This roving reporter is just back from a weekend in Aruba where the winds
were gusty and inconsistent due to the many hi rise hotels creating a wind shadow.
Bonaire truly is the best spot in the Caribbean for sailing. It's nice to be home. 1
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
6-04 1:35 2.2FT. 11:14 0.6FT. 100
6-05 2:27 2.1FT. 12:00 0.6FT. 101
6-06 3:23 2.0FT. 12:39 0.6FT. 96
6-07 4:15 1.9FT. 13:21 0.7FT. 86
6-08 5:17 1.8FT. 13:51 0.8FT. 74
6-09 1:11 1.4FT. 6:11 1.6FT. 14:13 0.8FT. 22:27 1.5FT. 62
6-10 3:28 1.3FT. 7:18 1.5FT. 14:28 0.9FT. 21:48 1.6FT. 52
6-11 4:55 1.2FT. 8:17 1.3FT. 14:29 1.0FT. 21:54 1.7FT. 46
Alegria Henderberg Rhapsody
Angie Honalee, USA Rusty Bucket
Astrolabe Jalapeno Sabbatical, USA
Bird of Paradise Jupiter Sandpiper, USA
Blauwe Crab, Curaqao La Contenta Santa Maria, Sweden
Betty Jane La Escotilla Scintilla, Germany
Borealis Lady Awce De Serk Shiraz
Camissa, Chan Is. Lady Diane Sirius
Camperdown Lionstar Sijoiurner
Cape Kathryn Lovina Soverign III
Cappoquin Libertijn Surprise, USA
Caravela Lucky Lobster, Curacao Sundancer Ill
Carpe Diem Luna C Sylvia K
Danette Macaby, Netherlands Triumphant Lady
Dream Maker Magalita Ta B
El Sabor Misty Blue Ti Amo, USA
Felecia Natural Selection, USA Ticha
Fifth Season Nieke Today, USA
Flying Cloud, USA Nuance Traveler, Canada
Gabrielle, USA Pamela Jean Trio
Galadrial, USA Pauhana Ulu Ulu, USA
Gatsby, USA Perseverance Unicorn, Norway
Goril Too Polecat Varedhuni, Germany
Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Precocious Gale, USA Ya-T, BVI
Hannah Queen of Hearts Zeno's Arrow, USA
CLASS TRIP on AQUASPACE
I II II '
O n the May 28,17 children of class 5A and two teachers from Kolegio Papa
Comes went for a trip on the trimaran Aquaspace. The children wrote a
short story about it.
Y esterday we went on the Aquas-
pace. There were 17 kids and two
teachers, Maaike and Nienke, who enjoy
themselves. Beforehand everyone made a
drawing and a poem about the sea. The
students with the 17 best drawings and
poems were allowed to go on the Aquas-
pace with the teachers.
Then we began with the journey of the
Aquaspace. We went first to Klein Bon-
aire. We saw two turtles there and a lot
of fishes and corals. Then we continued
the journey to Andrea Beach. There we
got a question from Jeffery, the captain
of the Aquaspace. Whoever was closest
to the answer or got the answer right
would win a T-shirt. The question was:
"How many times did I make a trip with
the Aquaspace in one year and three
months?" There we got a winner, Roel
Schiffers. His answer was 750, and the
correct answer was 748. We enjoyed see-
ing the beautiful nature of Andrea Beach.
There we saw another turtle and we ate
chips and candy. Then we went to the
shipwreck in front of Harbour Village. It
was really beautiful. Then the journey
with the Aquaspace was over. We en-
joyed ourselves a lot and had a great
Thank you Jeffery!
Class 5A Kolegio Papa Comes
35th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
FOR WASHINGTON PARK
IThe youngsters who made it the whole way by bike and
kayak: Indra Kirnon, Gravey Anthony, Alvison Anthony,
Marjolein Offerman, Ashluwin Frans, Christopher Frans
It was one of the most fabulous events
of 2004 the celebration of the 355
anniversary of Washington Park, and it
was all free! The strategic maneuvers to
stage this event were worthy of a high
ranking tactical general! The Park was
open at 8 am and despite the rain, the
crowds were already there, setting up the
Rincon Marshe booths, signing up to
hike, kayak, bike or snorkel. The staffs
of Washington Park and the Marine Park
were everywhere, directing and execut-
ing operations so that all ran smoothly.
Kayak tour operators were there with
dozens of kayaks that were trucked to
Playa Benje, to be picked up later at
Slagbaai. Members of CURO (dive op-
erators) showed up with loads of masks,
snorkels and fins to loan to the snorkel-
ers. Volunteers were there with trucks of
all sizes to ferry the people and bikes
from one site to another. Thanks espe-
cially to Lele Davison of El Navegante
who trucked people and bikes from one
end of the Park to the other.
As the adventurous bikers, hikers and
kayakers went off into the Park's wilder-
ness for a few hours, others thronged the
entrance to go through the newly com-
pleted Park Museum, hike the trails or
stroll through the outdoor museum, chat
with friends, buy drinks and superb local
food at the Marsh6 stands.
For the children, George "Cultura"
Thod6 told stories about the Park, and
popular artist Nochi Coffie and the kids
created a beautiful mural of the Park and
its nature. The awesome mural will hang
in the museum. As well there were treas-
ure hunts and painting and crafts for the
By noon many of the adventurers had
returned, muddy and starving. The
stands did a brisk business and kept on
cranking out the barbeque, goat stew,
sweets and drinks. Live music from lo-
cal groups encouraged the audience to
dance. Occasionally the sun would peep
out, but the overcast weather didn't
make a bit of difference because the
"sunshine" was already there with eve-
ryone enjoying such an exciting and well
Thanks to Stinapa, the staffs of the Bon-
aire Marine Park and Washington-
Slagbaai Park and all he others who put
this event together. If only we could do
it again before another 35 years! OL.D.
COUNTDOWN TO THE
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day, June 5th from 12 noon -6 p. eg-
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ference Center at Cptinon habitat.
Each Tuesday of the Dive Festival (Jne 8th and 15th), Dee Scarr will be
conducting an Underwater Caretaking seminar at 3:30 pm, at the Aquarius Con-
ference Center at Captain Don's Habitat.
On Wednesday, June 9, there's a Caribbean BBQ buffet, at the Divi Fla-
mingo Resort's Calabas restaurant, from 5.30 9 pm with a fantastic Fashion &
Dance show that starts at 7 pm by the pool with many 'give-a-ways.
Thursday, June 10 Beach Cleanup at Lagoen, starting at 9 am. All in-
vited. Sign up required at STINAPA, 717-8444. Limited space
See you there! O G.D.
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JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7,
Bonaire Local Art, Art Sup-
plies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am-
5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone
717-5246 for appt.
for healthy, strong, affordable
plants all grown on Bonaire. Also
Landscaping. Follow signs starting
in front of Lagoen Hill. Tel. 790-
BonaireNet is the leading con-
sumer and business informa-
tion source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-
line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.
For watercolor and acrylic
classes call Alead 785-6695
Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psy-
chotherapy Drs. Johan de
Korte, Psychologist, Phone:
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery.
Specializing in garden/septic
pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV
(Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:
786-0956 or 787-0956
For Sale- Good Stuff- Digital Con-
verter System (AIWA) NAf475,00 =
NTSC-PAL; Panasonic Fax Ma-
chine NAf 375,00; Amana Air Con-
ditioner 12,000 BTU NAf 375,00-
Call Jesse Thode at 717-6030
Large Aquarium with custom cabi-
net. 90 Gallon capacity. Fresh or Salt
water. Has all accessories and pump,
and a chiller. Now only NAF 1.250
or best offer (was NAF 3500 new two
years ago). Must sell soon. Call Jake.
Tel: 717-6773 or
Almost new 4DTV Satellite TV
Controller and 6 year old 10-foot sat-
ellite dish with automatic positioning
controller. Get hundreds of TV sta-
tions. New was NAF 6100, but must
sell due to move NAF 1.800 or best
offer. Call Jake. Tel: 717-6773 or
Used Washer and Dryer (both
110V) for sale. Excellent condition,
rarely used. Only NAF 1000 for both.
Call Jake @ Tel: 717-6773 or
Used Whirlpool side-by-side refrig-
erator/freezer for sale. 22 cubic feet
of cooling space. Built in ice maker
and chilled water dispenser. NAF
1.000 or best offer. Call Jake @ Tel:
717-6773 or jakeandlinda@nettech.
Gas Oven with Stove & Stove Vent
for sale 6 years old, but in excellent
condition. Won't fit in our new house.
Need quick sale. NAF 300. Call Jake
@0 Tel: 717-6773 or
New in box: Digital camera 16 Mb
flashcard, LCD display, 4 megapixel,
USB Vision 16 MB memory card,
cables, complete. Cost NAf450. Sell-
ing for NAf350. Tel. 717-6601
Three very good tires, size 205/50-
R15 for only NAf100. Tel. 717-6601
Wet Suit and Booties XCEL suit ul-
tra stretch, Titanium Infinity, 4/3/mm.
Size 2XL, never used $175. Sea Soft
Bootie Sun Rays, ankle high, Size
Medium (9) $25 791-4755
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S4 /orris" has got to be one of
V the most loyal dogs that
ever was. Someone whom he appar-
ently loved abandoned him on the east
coast by Willemstoren Lighthouse. A
couple who like to walk their dog there
came across him one day. The next day
when they were walking they saw him
again, still in the same place. They
started to think maybe he had been
dumped so they brought him some
food and water. The third day Morris
was still there, just waiting for his
owner to come and get him. The couple
called the Shelter to report his where-
Since he's been in the Shelter Morris
has impressed the staff with his sweet
and easy going disposition and how
well he gets along with the other dogs.
And the fact that he'd be a loyal com-
panion goes without saying.
Morris is about a year old and once
he's stabilized in his environment he
should grow into a bigger dog. He's in
excellent health, has had his tests and
inoculations and has been sterilized.
You may meet Morris at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am to
2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
We are very happy to say that "Bruno"
our Weimeraner look alike who was
Pet of the Week in the May 21-28 edi-
tion, has been adopted. All the best for
a happy future for all! O
WANTED: Land, private or long
lease in Lima, Nikiboko Zuid, Tera
Cora, Lac area. Call 717-3374
Young couple looking to rent a
kunuku long term. Call 785-9013
Jeep Cherokee, color red, power steer-
ing, airco, automatic, 70k, beautiful car
for NAf13.500 or Euro 6.200. Call
Must sell immediately 1994 Suzuki
Van. Body good, engine running but
will need rings. NAf1.600 or best of-
fer. Tel. 562-7557
Former Dutch Conservation and Envi-
ronment Officer (CEO) Enit Scholtens
would like to house-sit from the 12th
of July till the 9th of August while she
is here visiting Bonaire. If your house
is available for all or part of this time
please contact- firstname.lastname@example.org
Desiree Marchena of the TCB, Andy & Dolly Catanzaro and resort manager
Rianne van Balegooie
Dolly and Andy Catanzaro received their bronze medal during the man-
ager's cocktail party at Sorobon Beach Resort. This is the 12th year that
they have visited our island. They were very happy to be awarded the bronze. They
can't wait to go for the silver in just three more years. Twelve years ago they were
looking for a naturist resort and discovered Sorobon Beach and have since fallen in
love with the island and continued visiting Bonaire year after year. Andy, a doctor
in Milwaukee, has a very busy life back home. During the holidays in Bonaire they
get to do things they like. Some of the things they enjoy doing on island are snor-
keling, flying kites and radio operation. Bonaire is very good for amateur radio
enthusiasts. During their vacations they communicate with thousands of radio
amateurs from all over the world. Radio operation, the beautiful island and the
wonderful people are the reasons they keep coming back. O TCB release
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New! Usually 9:00pm
Man on Fire
Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De
jacht op de Tsarenkroon
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Starsky & Hutch
Friday, Saturday, June 4th & 5th -
Nazario Alerto Fund Raising Walk
for "Five Days at Nijmeegen" team.
Start at Washington Park entrance,
Friday, June 4, 3 pm. Finish, Park en-
trance, June 5,10 am. Info call Natalie
Wanga at 786-2225.
Saturday, June 5 Rincon Marshe -
open air market with stands selling
local food, drinks, gifts, plants, herbs.
Friendliest place on the island. Also
Soldachi Walking and Bus Tours of
Bonaire's oldest town. 10 am to 2 pm.
Call Maria for tour information 717-
Saturday, June 5- Jong Bonaire Fair
Sale of second hand sports gear, com-
puter equipment, games, presentations,
sports. 2 pm-9 pm. Held at Jong Bon-
aire, Kaya Lib. Simon Bolivar #16.
Call 717-4303 for info.
Saturday, June 5- Famous Cuban
Band, "Sonora Matancera," will play
at BSF Tennis Courts (behind MCB
bank in Playa). Tickets are NAf50
and are available at Lisa Gas, Tusnara
Snack in Rincon and Gas Express.
There is also the option of purchasing
a "Red Carpet Ticket" for US$300
which entitles four persons to be
seated at a table with drinks and
Saturday, June 5- Tack Team
Walking Event 4:30 pm. All youth
organizations, friends, sport
associations, etc. are invited to form
groups of seven. Tickets are NAf7,50
pp and are available at Botika Bonaire,
Bo Toko mini-market, Paito Snack and
Tiri Trinidad (Rincon). For more
information call: Dalitza Victorina-
Rijna: 786-0299, or Natalie
Thursday, June 10 Beach Cleanup
at Lagoen, starting at 9 am. All in-
vited. Sign up required at STINAPA,
717-8444. Limited space
June 6-18 Bonaire Dive Festival. For
more details see page 11.
July 4 Sunday Dia di Arte, "Art
Day," 10 am-10 pm Wilhelmina Park
More information as the event nears.
See mention in Flotsam and Jetsam.
For more information contact Emma
Sint Jago at 717-7420
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live
Fla-Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm,
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon.
$20-Call Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the
beach at Lion's Dive. Dutch National
Products provides an introduction to
Time Sharing and how to save on your
next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
email@example.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500,
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Res-
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch
Party, Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm.
Friday- Open House with Happy
Hour at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya
Gloria #7, from 5-7 pm.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAf12 for Bonaire residents). Tel
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, Rou-
lette and Black Jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am and Sunday 7 pm- 3
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Vala-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno Tromp, 717-7659
Friday- The Captain Don Show-
Conversation, fun, yams, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya
Korona, across from the RBTT Bank
and next to Kooyman's. All levels in-
vited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. Registration at 4, games
at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, secre-
tary Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangazina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse" while
learning about Bonaire's history and culture
and visit typical homes from the 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Mu-
seum onKaya J. v.d Ree, behind the
Catholic Churchintown Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's most
Saturday at Rincon Marshe Liber
(smaller markets) 8 am until 2 pm
Large market offering Rincon area
tours on the first Saturday of each
month, 10 am to 2 pm
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm in Eng-
lish Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sun-
days 8:30 11:30 am. Services in
Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services on Sunday at 8 am
and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304.
Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of
Coromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and
6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Ser-
vices in English, Dutch & Papiamentu
on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
Send in your events to
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Sea Side tave Resort Breakfa Dinner Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Night; Friday: Manager s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day
The Blue Moon- Early Bird Special! before 7 pm Moderate-Expensive Award-winning Chef Martijn Bouwmeester is the master in the kitchen and
Sea Side Restaurant-Waterfront on the Promenade Dinner Inexpensive bar menu manager of the restaurant. Have a fine dining experience with creative,
717-8617 Closed Wednesdays inspired dishes.
Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Breakfast, D erosed Sunday What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
7 minutes north of "Hotel Row" 717-7901Breakfast Dinner, closed Sunday 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays NAf25.
Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant
717-8285 Open 7 days & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredi-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner ents and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Get served in a garden
717-5025 Closed Monday setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Cafr Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAfl5 credit is given for meals
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Bonaire's best seaside location.
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30pm Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home oi
717-3293 Closed Sunday 'esort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratch-
Home Delivery or Take Out for take out or delivery only.
The Lions Den Beach Bar Moderate-Expensive Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire.
And Restaurant Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
On the seaat Lns ve 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot11 m WednesdaySunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open rom 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Seahorse Cyber Caf Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 upen 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.
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conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name
brands, guarantees and service center.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They
also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally re-
pairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes.
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire
and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many other
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essential
in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's shore
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All work
done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator denturist.
Repairs while you wait.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school
directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly,
highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keep-
ing in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer
plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
GIFTS SOUVENIRS LIQUORS
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what you
need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get home.
Digital cameras and watches a specialty.
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown Kral-
endijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's lowest prices.
Great for tourists or when visiting family and friends.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast,
fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items
and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real estate
agent. They specialize in professional customer services
and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Interational/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in
and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire.
Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, efficient
and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless su-
permarket. You'll find American and European brand prod-
ucts. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys and
games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy. Hotel
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the
world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and Don
at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and
body. Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252
ON THE ISLAND SINCE ...
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IE hL U nI i
F or 17 years we lived in Alberta,
Canada, on a ranch at the end of the
road. We like isolated places. We had a
company in the city, corporate training
and development, and we had the 80-
acre hobby farm where we bred and
raised llamas. We took them to shows,
just like dogs. It turned out to be a lucra-
tive hobby because they became very
popular. Llamas are very intelligent,
have individual personalities and they
respond to people. I was so attached to
them that for years after I'd sold them I
still dreamed I had llamas.
When we got an offer to sell our com-
pany we'd already been thinking that it
was time for a life change. The children
had all moved away and the house was
empty. We sold the company, the ranch
and the llamas and bought a boat. Desk-
top publishing had just hit the market
and Barbara and I started one of the first
virtual businesses. On the boat we'd cre-
ate course materials that were marketed
by our former company. I'd never been
on a sailboat before in my life, so I took
a one-week sailing course in Florida; we
sailed in Canada for two
years; then we took off.
We were sailing down
the Oregon Coast during In man3
the first week of Novem- decide
ber when the first big
winter gale rolled in Bonaire
from the North Pacific
and hit us with all its We could
power and kicked the s..t to
out of us! After five days
we reached Fort Bragg,
California, and were guided in with the
help of the Coast Guard. When the
weather settled we sailed on to San Fran-
cisco and got the damage to our boat re-
That was our first and last storm at sea.
The biggest disappointment was that life
on a boat was pretty much the same as
life on a ranch: always something to be
repaired. I'd hoped to leave that behind.
The boat was our home and all we had
for nine years. There are two types of
cruisers: those who like to sail and those
who enjoy the destination. We were the
latter, always looking for wilderness,
isolated places away from the crowds, a
place at the end of the road. We found
that in Costa Rica and Panama on the
Pacific side. We got quite well ac-
quainted with the small families who
lived in the Panamanian jungle.
Later we went through the Canal and
spent more time in the Caribbean, sailing
the old Spanish Main. We stayed three
months in Cartagena, Colombia, the saf-
est Latin city in all our travels. Then to
Curagao and the Venezuelan islands,
sailing past Bonaire twice in the night
without stopping. Finally we decided to
stop in Bonaire. When we checked in
with Cliff, the customs officer, he asked
us how long we were going to stay. I
said probably for two or three weeks.
Cliff shook his head, laughed and said,
'No.' I thought, is this government offi-
cial telling me I can't stay on this island
for two or three weeks? Then he said,
'Nobody stays on Bonaire for only two
or three weeks!' So, three years later we
had a beer with Cliff and celebrated that
we never left! In many cases people de-
cide to come to Bonaire. In our case we
could never decide to leave. "
Don Ricks is a man with a striking ap-
pearance: strong and broad-shouldered
with white hair and a white beard,
tanned skin and dark brown, deep-set
eyes that are sharp, wise and kind and
seem to look beyond the horizon. He has
the strong, clean face of a free man, a
man you find in places where the sky is
big and open and eternal. And it is there
where he lives, at the end of the road to
Playa Frans in a house on the rocks, be-
tween the sea and the sky and the silent
"We found a small
cases people town environment
Scome to here, a clean island,
a safe place, and
In our case we can solve any
problem in English.
never decide We lived in the
avpe." anchorage, some-
times in the marina
and we spent four,
five months a year in Las Aves by our-
selves in a wild place.
In Canada when it was time for a life
change, everything fell into place. Then
this happened again. Our boat was steel
and had developed some very serious
rust problems; it needed a major haul
out. Just then the people who now live
next door invited us and other cruisers
for Easter dinner. We needed a place to
stay while our boat was worked on.
Their neighbor had died and the family
needed a caretaker. We arranged to stay
here for a year. We moved in on Sun-
day, and Monday I told Barbara, 'I'm
going to the shelter to get a dog.' She
said, 'So soon?' And I answered, 'How
long do you think I should wait?' Later
we found out that the boat required so
much work that we decided not to repair
it, and basically we sold it for scrap.
During the years in the anchorage we'd
applied for our residency, so, there we
were: we didn't have a boat; we decided
that we wanted to settle permanently on
Bonaire, we were living in a place that
we absolutely love, but the future was
very uncertain. We wanted to stay here,
but the legal situation was complicated.
But thanks to some wise decisions by the book.
government, by the heirs to the property,
and the other Geowatt shareholders eve-
rything got sorted out and we were able
to buy the house and the lot it was built
Then (Hurricane) Lenny hit, smashing
into the house. Solid water hit the road a
hundred meters behind the house. We
lost everything. We found fish and baby
lobsters everywhere. For a long time af-
terward the dogs got scared whenever a
big wave hit the rock. There was a beau-
tiful beach in the cove next to our house,
but Lenny piled it up with coral. The
government promptly issued building
permits after the hurricane, so we started
rebuilding right away.
I did all the electrical and the carpenter
work and the house was ready nine
months later. People say this house
would survive heavy waves, but we
know there have been much worse
storms than Lenny. Still, at least three
times a week Barbara says, 'Aren't we
lucky to live here!'
We're both introverts, so we are happiest
living at the end of the road. We have
several good friends in town, of course.
And my relationship with my Bonairean
brother, Win de Grijze, has enriched our
life on the island immensely." There's
laughter in his eyes when he says,
"People tell me I should learn Papia-
mentu, but at my age, 67, I have enough
trouble hanging on to my own language!
Barbara works for The Reporter and I'm
writing a book, 'The Voyages of Black
Cat.' He gently caresses the old black
cat in his lap. "He was born in Canada
on the ranch in a barn during a blizzard.
He went sailing with us and now he's 18.
He has one eye left and he's senile, but
when we got a new dog from the shelter
two weeks ago, Black Cat was perfectly
capable of telling the dog who's the boss
in the house! The book will be about the
travels we made together and if my agent
finds a publisher it will be my third
Nowadays my two hobbies are hiking
and clearing the old trails and roads so
people can hike them -about 20 kilome-
ters. I found old walking trails that were
made by people before the roads existed.
The donkeys keep them up, being con-
servative they walk the same old roads.
We can hike from here all the way to
Gotomeer. For exercise we climb Seru
Wecua several times a week on different
trails. After my quintuple by-pass opera-
tion last year in Miami, my exercises
take a lot of time now. When I climb up
the hill (165 meters) I wear a heart moni-
tor and I do it in 11 minutes. I also work
out in town twice a week, doing inten-
sive aerobics at Bonfysio."
He looks at me and smiles: "I haven't
led a planned life. I've just committed
my self to interesting opportunities got
involved with what might happen next.
Few people in my working class family
in Wyoming even finished high school,
so I went to the university only because I
got a football scholarship. I discovered I
loved the academic life and, as a student,
then professor, spent 16 years there.
Shakespeare and technical writing were
my two specialties. Then a chance
moonlighting assignment gave me a taste
of corporate training, and I soon left the
university and started a business which
eventually freed us to work anywhere. I
got interested in llamas on an outing to a
game farm with our four kids. Thirteen
years later, after the price of llamas sky-
rocketed, we sold our herd, bought a boat
with the pro-
ceeds, and here
we are on Bon-
I feel nostalgic
for my former
lives, but I
moving on." 1
Back issues of The Reporter and Port Call,
bound into books, were on hand
for all to review.
S*to find it, just look up
E very 120 years or so a dark spot glides
across the Sun. Small, inky-black, al-
most perfectly circular, it's no ordinary sun-
spot. They knew what it was three centuries
ago and needed to know more. To find out, '
on August 12, 1768, His Majesty's barque, .
Endeavour, slipped out of harbor, Lt. James
Cook in command, bound for Tahiti. The
island had been discovered by Europeans
only a year before in the South Pacific, a
part of Earth so poorly explored that map-
makers couldn't agree if there was a giant The Endeavour.
continent there ... or not. Cook might as well
have been going to the Moon or Mars. He would have to steer across thousands of
miles of open ocean, with nothing like GPS or even a good wristwatch to keep time
for navigation, to find a speck of land only 20 miles across. It was worth the risk, he
figured, to observe a transit of Venus.
Their mission was to reach Tahiti before June 1769, establish themselves among the
islanders and construct an astronomical observatory. Cook and his crew would ob-
serve Venus gliding across the face of the Sun and by doing so measure the size of
the solar system. Or so it was hoped by England's Royal Academy, which spon-
sored the trip.
The size of the solar system was one of the chief puzzles of 18th century science,
much as the nature of dark matter and dark energy are today. In Cook's time as-
tronomers knew that six planets orbited the sun (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto hadn't
been discovered yet), and they knew the relative spacing of those planets. Jupiter,
for instance, is five times farther from the Sun than Earth. But how far is that? The
absolute distances were unknown.
Venus was the key. Edmund Halley realized this in 1716. As seen from Earth, Ve-
nus occasionally crosses the face of the Sun. It looks like a jet-black disk slowly
gliding among the Sun's true sunspots. By noting the start and stop times of the
transit from widely spaced locations on Earth, Halley reasoned, astronomers could
calculate the distance to Venus using the principles of parallax. The scale of the rest
of the solar system would follow.
Cook's expedition is often likened to a space mission. "The Endeavor was not only
on a voyage of discovery," writes Tony Horwitz in the Cook travelogue Blue Lati-
tudes, "it was also a laboratory for testing the latest theories and technologies, much
as spaceships are today."
In particular, the crew of the Endeavor was to be a guinea pig in the Navy's fight
against "the scourge of the sea"--scurvy. The human body can store only about six
weeks' worth of vitamin C, and when it runs out seamen experience lassitude, rot-
ted gums and hemorrhaging. Some 18th century ships lost half their crew to scurvy.
Cook carried a variety of experimental foods onboard, feeding his crew such things
as sauerkraut and malt wort. Anyone who refused the fare would be whipped.
By the time Cook reached Tahiti in 1769, he'd been sailing west for eight months,
about as long as modem astronauts would spend en route to Mars. Cook navigated
using hourglasses and knotted ropes to measure ship's speed and a sextant and al-
manac to estimate Endeavor's position by the stars. It was tricky and dangerous.
Remarkably, they arrived mostly intact on April 13, 1769, almost two months be-
fore the transit. "At this time we had but very few men upon the Sick list ... the
Ships company had in general been very healthy owing in a great measure to the
Sour kraut," wrote Cook.
Tahiti was as alien to Cook's men as Mars might seem to us today. No spacesuit
was required to survive. On the contrary, the island was comfortable and well pro-
visioned for human life; the islanders were friendly and eager to deal with Cook's
men. Banks deemed it "the truest picture of an arcadia (idyllic and peaceful) ... that
the imagination can form." Yet the flora, fauna, customs and habits of Tahiti were
shockingly different from those of England. Endeavor's crew was absorbed,
No wonder Cook and Banks had so little to say about the transit when it finally hap-
pened on June 3, 1769. Venus' little black disk, which could only be seen gliding
across the blinding sun through special telescopes brought from England, couldn't
compete with Tahiti itself.
The log entry on the day of the transit consists of 622 words; fewer than 100 of
them concern Venus. Mostly he chronicled a breakfast meeting with Tarr6a, the
king of the island, and Tarr6a's sister Nuna, and later in the day, a visit from "three
handsome women." Of Venus, he says, "I went to my Companions at the observa-
tory carrying with me Tarr6a, Nuna and some of their chief attendants; to them we
shewd the planet upon the sun and made them understand that we came on purpose
to see it. After this they went back and myself with them." Period. O Based on a
For the week: June 4 to June 11, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Uncertainties regarding your home and family are
evident. Insincere gestures of friendliness are likely to occur. If you've taken on a
lot of work, be sure to leave some time for yourself and family. You will have a
tendency to exaggerate, which will lead to major confrontations with loved ones.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can make sound financial investments if you
act fast. You are best to work at home, clearing up overdue projects. This could be
the cause of a dispute that may result in estrangement. You will enjoy interaction
with others this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Get involved in worthwhile endeavors and meet new
friends. Competitive games will be your forte. Don't divulge secret information.
Discrimination will be in order. Control your temper when dealing with your emo-
tional partner. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Hassles with female colleagues may lead to prob-
lems with your boss. Co-workers may not be giving you all the pertinent informa-
tion. You can help sort out problems that friends are facing. Try to take some time
to listen to their complaints, and in turn, do something to appease them. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your lover will cost you dearly if you let them. You can
enhance your reputation by making contributions to worthwhile causes. Self-
improvement could bring amazing results. You need an outlet that will not only
stimulate you but also challenge your intelligence as well.Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You will be subject to pushy individuals if you get
involved in uncertain organizations. Disputes on the home front may be hard to
avoid. You should get out and meet some of those clients that you only speak to
on the phone. Empty promises will cause confusion. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Take advantage of moneymaking ventures. Entertain-
ment should include sports events or physical activities. Be prepared to meet new
lovers through colleagues. You can increase the value of your dwelling. Look into
residential moves that will give you more space. Your lucky day this week will be
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You would be wise to consider attending lectures
that will broaden your awareness concerning your professional direction. Roman-
tic encounters are evident through travel or educational pursuits. Secret affairs will
only lead to heartache. Outings with relatives or good friends will provide you
with stimulating conversation. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You're ready to take action and take over. If
you're already in a relationship, use this added energy passionately. Sudden
changes in your financial situation are likely. Minor health problems may flare up
if you haven't been taking care of yourself or have been burning the candle at both
ends. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Tempers may flare if you haven't been com-
pletely honest about your intentions or your whereabouts. Your involvement with
children will be most rewarding. Travel for pleasure will be enticing. Correspon-
dence may not clear up issues. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Creative educational pursuits will pay off. Be on
your best behavior. You should be in business for yourself. Don't hesitate to look
for alternatives that will enable you to raise the kind of donations you need to do
the job right. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your childlike quality may get you into big trouble
this week if you neglect your responsibilities. Your boss may not be in the best of
moods this week. You will reap the benefits if you put money into upgrading your
residence. Don't overload your plate. Your lucky day this week will be Wednes-
Thanks to Alan Gross and Jane
Townsendfor the Bonaire-specific
information, on the right,
on how to observe Venus
Don't view sun:
m makes the
June 8th -
time since 1882, and the next time will
be 2012 so don't miss it. It has only
been observed with telescopes five
times before: in the 17th, 18th and 19th
Providing, of course, that we do not
have a lot of early morning clouds, we
can observe the transit from Bonaire
starting at 06:11 and see the planet
cross the lower face of the sun. At
07:09 Venus will begin to cross the
edge of the sun and the whole show
will be over by 07:29. Check out www.
transitofvenus.org on the net for lots of
good stuff. [Alan Gross, Jane