**Bonaire Shines With 7 #1 Ratings Including #1 Top Overall Diving in the Caribbean/Atlantic**
Kralendijk, Bonaire – (January 8, 2010) –The island of Bonaire has swept top honors while continuing its reign as one of the world’s top dive destinations. For the eighth consecutive year, Bonaire has been rated the Top Overall Diving (Caribbean/Atlantic) in Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2010.
Bonaire also received the #1 rating in 6 other Caribbean/Atlantic categories: Top Marine Life, Top Macro Life, Top Snorkeling, Top Shore Diving, Top Underwater Photography and Top Value.
“It’s an honor to receive 7 #1 rankings and remain one of the top diving destinations for eight straight years,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB). She continued, “Bonaire has always demonstrated a longstanding commitment to preserving and protecting the environment below the water, and these awards prove divers are continuing to support the community and inspire us to remain leaders in sustainable tourism. With just celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Bonaire National Marine Park in 2009, the park has set a high benchmark for today’s marine environmental standards. This certainly demonstrates that Bonaire is the Diver’s Paradise.”
For the Readers’ Choice Awards, thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and web users rated their dive experiences on a scale of one to five. Results of the 2010 Awards will be featured in the January/February 2010 issue of Scuba Diving magazine.
Located 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 thriving fish population in the Caribbean. Ideal for adventurers, explorers and sun-worshippers alike, Bonaire offers myriad eco-adventure activities including world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and seep sea and bone fishing. And with a selection of accommodations ranging from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guesthouses and small inns, Bonaire has something for every lifestyle and budget.
Bonaire is the recipient of the prestigious Islands Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization 2008 Sustainable Tourism Award and continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism as reported by National Geographic Traveler magazine (March 2004) and Islands Magazine (December 2007), and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for eight years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards. It was designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and as the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by About.com (June, 2008)
For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official website at www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook