Category Archives: Bonaire

Divi Resorts Ditches Straws to Reduce Pollution & Promote Eco-friendly Efforts

In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Divi Resorts is getting rid of plastic straws at all of its Caribbean resorts on Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, St. Maarten & St. Croix, as part of its “Divi Green” initiative.

According to National Geographic, Americans use 500 million straws daily and 8 million tons of plastic trash flows into our world’s oceans every year. While plastic drinking straws are not the top contributor, these tiny tubes are unnecessary and have become a huge problem for the beautiful Caribbean islands and the creatures that call them home. Their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish. Divi Resorts hopes to curb this pollution by removing straws from all of its resorts, effective immediately.

“Our goal is to take an active role in protecting and maintaining the beauty of our tropical islands and the creatures that call them home,” said Marco Galaverna, Divi Resorts President & COO. “We’ve always been focused on green initiatives, through our Divi Cares program, and searching for ways to improve our sustainability, so this is just another way we can do our part to help the environment.”

Divi Resorts has been embracing the green movement on its Caribbean islands for years, with initiatives such as water conservation, energy management and waste management programs created to save valuable resources, reducing energy usage and efficiently recycle waste. In addition, Divi Resorts staff participate in workshops and seminars conducted by environmental committees, local government organizations and non-governmental environmental organizations to increase awareness and spread the word about sustainable living. These programs have earned Divi Resorts many awards and recognitions including the Barbados Environmental and Sustainable Tourism Award.

“We’re proud to say we’re putting our best foot forward when it comes to ‘going green’ on our resorts,” said Galaverna.

Travelers looking to stay at Divi Resorts can find information on great Caribbean vacation deals at www.diviresorts.com and also enter to win a free Caribbean Summer Vacation (contest ends April 11, 2018).

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino Announces Year-Round Dive Specials

If you’re on the hunt for underwater adventures and exhilarating experiences year-round, look no further than Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino. Located on the beautiful island of Bonaire, which has been voted one of the best dive destinations in the Caribbean for over 20 years, Divi Flamingo is the perfect retreat for thrill seekers any time of the year and just announced its 2018-2019 Dive Specials featuring free nights, upgrades, discounted all-inclusive packages, complimentary dinner and more.

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino is a PADI 5-Star and SSI Dive Resort, with five custom dive boats and a professional staff offering dive instruction for all experience levels. The resort’s certified dive operation, Divi Dive Bonaire, provides equipment, certifications, tours, guides and more to get you ready to explore the ocean depths. Unlimited tanks for shore diving are included with any 2-tank boat dive package, in addition to a welcome cocktail upon arrival, free daily breakfast and round-trip airport transfer.

The 2018-2019 Dive Specials are as follows:

April
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package for the price of a 6-night, 2-tank boat dive package.
– Rates start as low as $905 per person with travel dates from April 1-30.

May
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package for the price of a 6-night, 2-tank boat dive package and enjoy complimentary nitrox.
– Add an All-Inclusive plan and receive 7 nights for the price of 6 (only $600).
– Rates start as low as $905 per person with travel dates from May 1-31.

June
– Book any 7-night dive package and enjoy a complimentary room upgrade plus one free themed buffet dinner at the resort.
– Rates start as low as $1,049 per person with travel dates from June 1-30.

July
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package and enjoy free daily afternoon boat dives plus one free themed buffet dinner at the resort.
– Rates start as low as $1,049 per person with travel dates from July 1-31.

August
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package for the price of a 6-night, 2-tank boat dive package.
– Add an All-Inclusive plan and receive 7 nights for the price of 6 (only $600).
– Rates start as low as $905 per person with travel dates from August 1-31.

September/October
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package and get 2 free dive packages for every 10 paid dive packages.
– Rates start as low as $1,049 per person with travel dates from September 1-October 31.

November
– Book a 7-night Shore Dive package and receive a free room upgrade and one themed buffet dinner at the resort.
– Rates start as low as $939 per person with travel dates from November 1-30.

December
– Book a 7-night, 2-tank boat dive package for the price of a 6-night, 2-tank boat dive package and enjoy complimentary nitrox.
– Add an All-Inclusive plan and receive 7 nights for the price of 6 (only $600).
– Rates start as low as $905 per person with travel dates from December 1-31.

The 2018-2019 Dive Specials can be booked from now through December 31, 2018. For individual reservations, please call 1-800-367-3484 (Toll-free US) or 1-919-419-3484 (International). For group reservations, please call 1-800-801-5550 or email groupsales@diviresorts.com. More information about Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino and Divi Dive Bonaire can be found online at http://www.diviresorts.com/divi-flamingo-beach-resort-bonaire.htm.

Bonaire Has One of the World’s Prettiest Pink Sand Beaches

bonaire pink beach

Courtesy of TourismBonaire.com

The travel blog Trips to Remember recently named Bonaire Pink Beach, a narrow beach on the island’s western shore, among the 9 most beautiful pink sand beaches in the world. Not far from Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, it’s a perfect spot to relax under a palm tree with a good book, or jump in the water to explore the vibrant marine ecosystem that surrounds Bonaire. Check out the full list of pink beaches here.

The Best Souvenirs to Bring Home from Each Divi Island

best caribbean souvenirs from each divi island

When you’re dreaming of a past vacation, the easiest way to relive it is to bring out a few mementos. Souvenirs can help you recall the good times and the great stories from your trip. The best souvenirs communicate something about the spirit and the personality of the place you visited. We gathered a few suggestions of great souvenirs you can bring home from the Caribbean. Each of these islands is home to at least one Divi Resort—we hope you have an opportunity to check them all out!

aruba aloe

Courtesy of Aruba.com

Aruba: Aloe products

Aruba Aloe is the oldest aloe company in the world. Founded in 1890, it’s also the only aloe company in the world that grows, harvests and manufactures its products right on-site. Its products are sold pretty much everywhere in Aruba. You can also visit the Aruba Aloe Museum & Factory Store.

Barbados: Pottery

Earthworks Pottery is worth the short trip to the Edgehill Heights section of the St. Thomas parish. Everything at this workshop is authentically Caribbean, handcrafted by local artists. It offers a range of plates, bowls and vases, available as unique pieces or as part of beautiful sets. Earthworks is also happy to ship fragile items back home if you’re worried about their survival in your suitcase.

bonaire cactus liqueur

Bonaire: Cactus liqueur

Cadushy Distillery, located in Rincon, is the only distillery on the island of Bonaire. It’s most well-known for Cadushy of Bonaire, a cactus liqueur with a cooling lime taste, the earliest entry in the distillery’s Island Liqueurs line. Sign up for a tasting and learn first-hand how the spirits are produced. Don’t forget to bring home a few bottles of your favorite flavors.

st. croix crucian love bracelets

Courtesy of GoToStCroix.com

St. Croix: Crucian bracelets

When you visit St. Croix, you’ll notice many local women wearing a unique type of bracelet. The St. Croix Hook or the Crucian Hook is a band-style bracelet with a horseshoe-shaped clasp. This clasp (or “hook”) represents true love on St. Croix. These bracelets come in a wide variety of styles, and you can find them in most local jewelry shops.

St. Maarten: Guavaberry liqueur

Although the wild-growing guavaberry can be found elsewhere in the Caribbean, locals speculate St. Maarten is the only place it truly thrives. It’s a central part of local folklore and traditional cuisine. The juice of these berries (no relation at all to guava) is mixed with rum and sugar and then aged to create guavaberry liqueur. Sample the sweet, light concoction and bring home a few beautiful bottles from Ma Doudou, a small shop just off Front Street in Philipsburg.

 

Fantastic Instagram Photos of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort

instagram photos of divi flamingoWe love seeing Divi Resorts through your eyes. We’ve started a new feature highlighting some of the best Instagram photos taken at each of our resorts. Our guests are amazing photographers who deserve a shoutout! Here are just a few fabulous Instagram photos of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort on Bonaire.

Our Crystal-Clear Water

You’d be hard-pressed to find more beautiful waters anywhere in the world. The ocean surrounding Bonaire is protected by the National Marine Park, and it’s easy to tell. Sometimes you can even see tropical fish from the balcony of your guest room!

It’s only been a week but I’m missing that water, sunshine and 80+ degrees

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When sitting next to the ocean makes you calm during busy days. ❤️ 👑#bonaire #internship #event #koningsdag #drink

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Our Stunning House Reef

Calabas Reef is located just off-shore from Divi Flamingo, and is accessible 24/7. The reef teems with vibrant marine life—it’s fun (and awe-inspiring) to see the broad diversity of sea creatures who call it their home, day and night.

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Our Laid-Back Vibes

At Divi Flamingo, we’re all about relaxing and letting it all hang out. We love our quirky, easygoing atmosphere and we love sharing it with you!

Island living 🌴

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#leadmetheway #lovethis #colours #bonaire

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which one to choose? #cocktails #cocktailsanddreams #bonaireisland #caribbean #islandlife

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Sun set on the ocean

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We’d love to see more Instagram photos of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort! If you’d like to share your memories with us, simply tag the resort as your location when you post Instagram photos of Divi Flamingo, and make sure your profile is set to public. We’ll be sharing more Instagram snaps from our other resorts in the following weeks.

25 Most Beautiful Places in the Caribbean

25 most beautiful places in the caribbean

Bonaire National Marine Park, Bathsheba Beach and Renaissance Island. Images courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler.

The Caribbean offers so much more than beaches in terms of beautiful scenery—although it’s also home to some of the best beaches in the world. Conde Nast Traveler published a list of the 25 Most Beautiful Places in the Caribbean, and we’re proud that three of our islands are featured in it.

The National Marine Park on Bonaire includes all waters surrounding the island. Its protected status is the reason Bonaire has the clearest water you’ll see anywhere, teeming with diverse marine life. Bathsheba Beach on Barbados is situated on the majestic eastern shore, a breathtaking stretch of rocky coastline and vibrant greenery. Renaissance Island on Aruba offers the perfect opportunity to view flamingos and take photos with these odd yet beautiful birds. Check out all three amazing entries on the list when you visit us in the Caribbean!