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January 27th-February 3rd, 2007 - Bonaire, N.A.

This page has been moved from "Upcoming Events" and will eventually be turned into a "Trip Review" page.

Trip Leader:

For Questions Regarding Trip
Doug Geddes
(859) 224-3197  

Dates:

January 27th - February 3rd, 2007

Accommodations:

Plaza Resort Bonaire (see link below)
J. A. Abraham Boulevard 80
Kralendijk, Bonaire
(599) 717-2500
(800) 766-6016
(599) 717-7133 (FAX)
E-mail: reservations@plazaresortbonaire.com

Dive Operator:

Toucan Diving (see link below)
Located on the resort property

Transportation:

Continental Airlines Lexington-Houston-Bonaire and Return

Itinerary:

 DATE FROM TO FLIGHT LEAVE ARRIVE
26 JAN 07 LEX IAH CO2166 6:30 PM 8:05 PM
IAH BON CO1898 11:30 PM 6:15 AM +
1 DAY
27 JAN 07
thru
2 FEB 07
Dive & Dine Bonaire
3 FEB 07 BON IAH CO1899 8:30 AM 11:35 AM
IAH LEX CO2229 4:00 PM 7:12 PM

Costs:

 

Trip Includes:
-- 7 Nights spacious Villa accommodations (A/C & full kitchen)
-- 10.5% resort service charge & $6.50pp/day government tax
-- 6 days unlimited air-fill for shore diving
-- 24-hour access to house reef - "18 Palms"
-- Free Nitrox (32% for certified divers)
-- Complimentary dive gear storage
-- Tanks, weights & weight-belt
-- 7 day truck rental, per villa including tax, full insurance $ unlimited mileage
Not Included
-- Bonaire Marine Park fee ($25pp)
-- Bonaire Island departure tax (20pp) 

All Prices
Per-Person
Double Occupancy

1 Bedroom villa
Double Occupancy
Diver: $1224
Non-Diver: $1098

2 Bedroom Villa
Quad Occupancy
Diver: $799
Non-Diver: $673

Deviations from above package

+/- Per Person
6 day / 1 tank boat upgrade Add $101
6 day/ 2 tank boat upgrade Add $193
Daily Buffet Breakfast Add $111
Using Club Air Arrangements Add $800
     
     
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Notes:

Passport is required. 

(Quoted from US State Department web site current as of 6/01/06)

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION : The Netherlands Antilles is an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands comprised of five islands: Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius (aka Statia) and St. Maarten (Dutch side). Tourist facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on the Netherlands Antilles for additional information.

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS : Either a valid U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate (original or certified copy) accompanied by a valid photo identification must be presented. While a U.S. passport is not mandatory, it is recommended since it is a more readily recognized form of positive proof of citizenship. Tourists may be asked to show onward/return tickets or proof of sufficient funds for their stay. Length of stay is granted for two weeks and may be extended for 90 days by the head office of immigration.

Important Note: Despite the above quote, which is current information from the State Department Netherlands Antilles page, it is the intention of Home Land Security to require passports to reenter the US from the Caribbean as of December 31st, 2006.

(Following quoted from US State Department web site current as of 6/01/06)

New Requirements for Travelers

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States.  In order to facilitate the implementation of this requirement, the Administration is proposing to complete it in phases following a proposed timeline, which will be published in the Federal Register in the near future.

In the proposed implementation plan, which is subject to a period of initial public comment, the Initiative will be rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as possible to the affected public to enable them to meet the terms of the new guidelines. The proposed timeline will be as follows:

  • December 31, 2006 - Requirement applied to all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
  • December 31, 2007 - Requirement extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.

This is a change from prior travel requirements and will affect all United States citizens entering the United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do not currently possess valid passports.   This new requirement will also affect certain foreign nationals who currently are not required to present a passport to travel to the United States.  Most Canadian citizens, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and to a lesser degree, Mexican citizens will be affected by the implementation of this requirement.

Bonaire's pristine reefs and diverse marine life are unique to the Caribbean. Because the waters around Bonaire are designated as an official marine park, diving Bonaire is like diving the Caribbean the way it used to be - untouched and unspoiled. The island's location in the south Caribbean gives it an arid climate with little rainfall; consequently, the waters are exceptionally clear of silt, calm, and divable year round. It is an ideal destination for underwater photographers. Water temperatures average a warm 78-84°F (25.6-28.9°C), with visibility often averaging over 100 feet(30m), and frequently, up to 150 feet (55m).  (Excerpt from "Diving Bonaire," which has additional interesting information, history and details on the Bonaire Marine Park.)

For an excellent map of Bonaire's dive sites visit the "Bonaire Marine Park" web site.  This map features pop-up windows with the names of the dive sites as you point to them and a promise of additional information in the future.

 

Links to information on:

Plaza Resort Bonaire - Accommodations in Bonaire
Toucan Diving - Dive Operator
Bonaire Map - Information and maps of the area
Time in Bonaire - AST-0400 UTC -
Bonaire is in the Atlantic Time Zone and does not change for Daylight Savings Time.  They are one hour earlier than Eastern time during non-Daylight Savings time and the same as Eastern Time when the US is on Daylight Savings time.
Bonaire Marine Park - Good maps and dive site locations
Delta Airlines - Flight transportation
U.S. State Department - Consular Information Sheet - Bonaire
Embassy of the United States of America -
Weather in Bonaire 
CIA World Factbook - Bonaire
Geographia.com - Bonaire's History
Klein Bonaire History
InfoBonaire - More history, maps and information

 

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