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Bonaire continues to shine
with awards in 2017

Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism. For the 24th consecutive year Bonaire was recognized as the number one Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic in Scuba Diving Magazine's Annual Readers' Choice Awards. This year, it received 12 awards. It was also voted number one for Macro Diving and Beginner Diving.

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, 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 Todays 10Best 2017 Readers 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, Islands.com named Bonaire the 4th best island in the world for snorkeling and Conde Nast Traveler named Bonaire the #3 most beautiful Caribbean island to Visit.

TripAdvisor has named Bonaire one of the top ten destinations in the entire Caribbean! This is the second year Bonaire has earned an award in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Caribbean Destination category.

Bonaire in the Top 10 Trip Advisor 2014 Traveller Choice Awards

Bonaire won the #5 spot in the Top Ten Trip Advisor 2014 Traveller Choice Awards Caribbean Islands. Bonaire was nominated amongst other popular Caribbean Island destinations such as Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos.

This shows that Bonaire’s uniqueness and natural charm amongst other Caribbean Destinations is becoming popular. Having Trip Advisor travellers nominate Bonaire as #5 certainly attributes to Bonaire’s marketing efforts internationally. More information click here.

2013 Travellers’ Choice® Destinations Awards

TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, announces the winners of its 2013 Travellers’ Choice® Destinations Awards, honoring the top Islands in the Caribbean as chosen by millions of travellers. Bonaire managed to finish on a very commendable fifth place, ahead of other islands in the Caribbean.

Caribbean World Magazine

Bonaire awarded Best Diving Island 2013 by Caribbean World Magazine.

Bonaire was awarded Best Diving Island for the year 2013 by Caribbean World Magazine based in the UK, featured in more than 100 countries. Bonaire continues to win awards internationally for the best Diving Destination as it continues to be the Divers Paradise.

Caribbean's Best Places for Snorkeling

Bonaire's Marine Park was named one of the Caribbean's Best Places for Snorkeling by Frommer's. Bonaire Marine Park (Bonaire): All the attributes that make Bonaire a world-class diving destination apply to its snorkeling, too. Snorkelers can wade from the shores off their hotels to the reefs and view an array of coral and colorful fish. In particular, the reefs just off Klein Bonaire receive rave reviews. More information click here.

CNN Travel named turtle diving in Bonaire one of the Top 10 Caribbean Secrets.

Protected for more than 30 years, the entire coastline around the Dutch territory of Bonaire has some of the clearest waters and most undisturbed coral reef on the planet.

The island was ranked number one in the Caribbean in the 2013 Global Sustainable Tourist Review, scoring a maximum 'green' rating for the condition and maintenance of its marine life, nature, landscape and coastline.

Turtles are the main draw.
You're all but guaranteed to see these graceful creatures gliding above the pristine white sands while parrotfish lurk among the orange cup coral.

Swim deeper and you'll find sea fans and anemones swaying with the cool current. Hawksbill turtles are what divers yearn to see the most, but you may find that the triangle-shaped box fish, hunting morays or schools of technicolor butterfly fish really steal the show. More information click here

For the 24th consecutive year, Bonaire has maintained its first place position with the #1 Shore Diving Destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic region. Bonaire received first place in two other Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Best Macro Diving and Best Diving for Beginners.

The second place rankings include Best for Underwater Photography, Best Snorkeling, Best Value, third place rankings include Healthiest Marine Environment and Best Free Diving, fourth place ranking includes Best Overall Diving, and fifth place rankings include Best Visibility, Best Advanced Diving and Best Cave/Cavern/Grotto Diving.

In addition to the Readers Choice Awards, Scuba Diving magazine also released their annual Top 100 Gold List and Bonaire received 10 rankings, #1 Dive Operator/Buddy Dive Resort, #2 Dive Site/Alice In Wonderland, #8 Dive Site/Something Special, #9 Dive Site/Bari Reef, #1 Dive Resort/Buddy Dive Resort, #9 Dive Resort/Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, #14 Dive Resort/ Captain Don’s Habitat, #1 Shore Dives/1,000 Steps, #5 Shore Dives/Buddy Dive House Reef, #2 Night Dive/Salt Pier.

Bonaire continues to shine with seven awards in scuba diving magazine’s readers’ choice awards 2014

Bonaire once again received top honors and secured seven different awards in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards, including three #1 ratings, underlining the island’s long held reputation as a diver’s paradise. For the 21st consecutive year, Bonaire has taken first place for the #1 Shore Diving Destination.

The #1 Caribbean/Atlantic region rankings received by Bonaire include Best Macro Diving, Best Shore Diving and Best Beginner Diving. The #2 rankings include Best Overall Destination and Best Marine Environment. Bonaire is also ranked #3 for Best Overall Diving and #4 for Best Visibility.

For the Readers’ Choice Awards, thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and web users rated their dive experiences on a scale of one to five. In addition to the Reader’s Choice Awards, Scuba Diving magazine also released their annual Top 100 Gold List and Bonaire continued its dominance with several high rankings, #1-Best 24/7 Dive Destination, #16 Best Dive Resort/Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire and #34 Best Marine Park. Rankings are based on the total number of responses, regardless of category and those listed are determined on a “popularity contest” basis. www.scubadiving.com/photos/top-100-readers-choice-awards-caribbean-atlantic

Quality Coast Award

Bonaire has been awarded with the Silver Quality Coast Award during the Bonaire Economic conference. During the past weeks various stakeholders were interviewed and during this time a green destination assessment of Bonaire took place. After successfully completing the assessment items Bonaire acquired the Silver Award. For more information on the Bonaire assessment you can visit: www.qualitycoast.info

Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic®, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of its first-ever Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, naming the top cruise destinations in the world, based on consumer ratings submitted with reviews on the Cruise Critic website. Bonaire was named Top South Caribbean Cruise Destination.

Bonaire was named #1 in Island's Magazine's, Editors Pick: Best Snorkeling in the Caribbean!

Bonaire is highlighted for offering elkhorn coral just below the surface, and thousands of silversides pulsing in the shallows. Island's Magazine receives 2,950,000 monthly page views. More information click here.