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Bonaire Receives 11 Awards in the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards from Scuba Diving Magazine.

Each year, Scuba Diving Magazine collects reader input and then shares the results with the world. Bonaire has once again placed at the top of its region in the Caribbean and Atlantic, racking up an impressive list of 11 awards for 2018, including these very notable First, Second, and Third Place Awards.
Bonaire receives multiple awards in Scuba Diving Magazine's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards

First Place Awards.

  • Best Healthy Marine Environment
  • Best Macro Diving
  • Best Shore Diving
  • Best Beginner Diving
  • Best Freediving

Second Place Awards.

  • Best Visibility
  • Best Advanced Diving
  • Best Snorkeling
  • Best for Underwater Photography

Third Place Awards.

  • Best Overall Dive Destination
  • Best Technical Diving

Bonaire offers the Caribbean’s Healthiest Marine Environment.

A brain coral spawns on Bonaire.

A brain coral spawns on Bonaire.

The reefs around Bonaire form a narrow fringing reef, which begins practically at the shoreline and extends to a maximum of 984 feet (300m) offshore. This natural resource has been managed for many decades now by the Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) whose mission is to protect and manage the island’s natural, cultural and historical resources, while allowing ecologically sustainable use, for the benefit of future generations.

Early protection has been a key component to Bonaire’s healthy marine environment. Nearly 60 species of coral can be found on the reefs, but they do vary by habitat.

Bonaire offers the Best Macro Diving in the Caribbean.

Of course! Bonaire has been known for many years as one of the best places to view little creatures!

A pink frogfish awaits its dinner on a Bonaire reef.

A pink frogfish awaits its dinner on a Bonaire reef.

Underwater, we have an array of fun little critters to make you smile, like our famous frogfish. Frogfish are about 4 or 5 inches long but can be much smaller, and come in a rainbow of colors including bright yellow, red, green, white, black, and even pink. These little guys usually rest on sponges and move around by hopping along on finned feet. Ask your dive master where to look for one, and remember: Don’t touch the marine life!

Bonaire offers the Best Shore Diving in the Caribbean.

Another easy one, since Bonaire enjoys over 50 dive sites where you just pull up in your tank-laden truck, gear up, and walk into the water. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Nearly all dive operators offer drive-through tank service, so pick up a few tanks and head north or south for a day of diving.

Bonaire offers the Best Beginner Diving in the Caribbean.

Conditions couldn’t be more like an aquarium. Water temperatures average a warm 78-84°F (25.6-28.9°C), with visibility averaging over 100 feet (30m), and occasionally reaching up to 150 feet (50m). Water temperatures do vary widely by season and location.

Water temperatures are normally at their lowest in late December and January. By March and April, the water begins to warm up, usually peaking at its warmest from late August through November.

With a shallow shelf just a minute’s swim from your entry, there is no need to dive deep, and the shallows around Bonaire provide many opportunities for beginner divers to see a variety of marine animals.

Video Courtesy of Bonaire Vision Films

Bonaire offers the Best Freediving in the Caribbean.

With world-champion freediver, Carlos Coste, residing on Bonaire, freedivers can be assured of many events and competitions. Or, for those who want to give it a try, training in this specialized form of diving can be arranged.

We here on Bonaire are thrilled once again to receive so many honors, but those who have been visiting Bonaire for years know that none of these accolades are secret.  It’s the reason we love diving on Bonaire and continue to return again and again to enjoy Bonaire’s healthy reefs, with easy diving, at your own pace, with frequent animal encounters.

(Source:  Scuba Diving Magazine, images by Ellen Muller, video by Bonaire Vision Films)

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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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