Kralendijk, Bonaire – (November 21, 2017) Bonaire’s reputation as truly a diver’s paradise continues to dominate the dive scene as the island secured 11 different awards in the Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards, including six #1 rankings. For the 25th consecutive year, Bonaire has maintained its reign as the #1 Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic region. Bonaire received first place in four other Caribbean Atlantic categories: Best Snorkeling, Best Macro Diving, Best Beginner Diving, Best Freediving and Best Healthy Marine Environment.
The second place rankings include Best Visibility, Best Advanced Diving, Best for Underwater Photography; third place rankings include Best Overall Diving and Best Technical Diving.
“Once again these top honors are a reflection of what today’s dive travelers want and what we as a destination can deliver to them with confidence.” commented Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. The awards that Bonaire won demonstrate the diversity of our dive product and the reach in attracting all skill levels from beginner divers to advanced and even to free divers. Maintaining an award for 25 consecutive years also speaks to the efforts of our private sector and Bonaire’s visitors; there is mutual respect for the underwater world and we therefore share that award with everyone who contributes to our keeping our marine park pristine.”
The Readers Choice Awards is made up of thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and web users that rated their dive experiences on a scale of one to five. Results of the 2018 Readers Choice Awards will be featured in the January/February issue of Scuba Diving Magazine.
Located outside the hurricane belt, eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers as it offers a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses and small inns. For those who prefer more luxurious accommodations, the Bonaire Villa Collection features the finest villas on Bonaire.
Bonaire is ranked #8 on the list of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Caribbean Islands, voted #1 in Islands magazine’s Editors’ Picks: Best Snorkeling in the Caribbean, one of the Best Places to Snorkel in the World by MSN.com and named one of the 10 Caribbean islands to visit in the spring by Caribbean Journal.
Bonaire placed in the Top 10 in three different categories for USA Today’s 10Best 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards: Klein Bonaire was ranked the 3rd Best Caribbean Dive Site; the Flamingo Sanctuary & Salt Flats were ranked the 5th Best Caribbean Attraction and At Sea Restaurant was ranked the 10th Best Caribbean Restaurant. Most recently, Travelocity named Bonaire one of the Top 6 Caribbean Islands to Visit Now, About.com Travel recognized Bonaire’s National Marine Park as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, one of the 10 Must Dive Destinations for 2017 by Forbes, the 4th best island in the world for snorkeling by Islands.com and Conde Nast Traveler named Bonaire the #3 most beautiful Caribbean island to Visit.
Bonaire has always been at the forefront of nature preservation and conservation and strives to be one of the top eco-friendly destinations in the Caribbean. The island accomplishes this by taking the environment and local culture into consideration when embarking on tourism initiatives. It’s no wonder that the Green Destinations Top 100 Team selected Bonaire as one of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations for 2017 for the 2nd consecutive year.