Friday, May 17, 2024

Bonaire Celebrates 30 Years as Being Voted Best Shore Dive Destination


Bonaire has a lot to celebrate. It is no secret that the island is a worldwide destination when it comes to shore diving.

At the 2022 DEMA Show in Orland, Florida, they’re celebrating being voted the “Best Shore Diving Destination” in the Caribbean region for 30 years straight by readers of Scuba Diving Magazine.

Tourism Corporation Bonaire Board marketing and PR project coordinator Annette Emerenciana says the small island municipality of the Netherlands doesn’t plan to stop there. The Bonaire pavilion at DEMA Show had 15 organizations representing scuba diving and beyond.

“We are trying to diversify what Bonaire has to offer,” said Emerenciana. “Our divers will always come, but we want to highlight other opportunities for their non-diving family members that we hope will come with them,” she added.

Some of the activities for divers and non-diving friends in Bonaire include:

  • Sailing

  • Windsurfing

  • Landsailing

  • National parks

Bonaire is also celebrating a brand new boutique resort called Belnem House that will open in early 2023. The resort will be completely self-sufficient in energy thanks to a system of solar panels and batteries.

Finally, Bonaire has come a long way in coral restoration in the last 30 years. Buddy Dive Resort is a founding member of the Reef Renewal Foundation. They offer classes to help restore the reef that will keep the reefs in pristine condition for the next 30 years and beyond.

— By Robbie Harper

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.