Ten Hip Family Vacations

Bonaire: Life Under Water

Bonaire, a small island in the southern Caribbean, has bountiful reefs that begin just yards offshore, so kids don't need to endure long, stomach-churning boat rides to find the fish. At many resorts, children ages five to nine can strap on a modified vest to learn snorkeling during a Supplied-Air Snorkeling for Youths program, while wannabe divers ten and older can go underwater with a guide on a Discover Scuba course.

Kids seven and older can also spend time with Sea & Discover. Marine biologist Caren Eckrich combines classroom sessions on corals and fish behavior with snorkeling. She also books family tours.

Where to Stay:
Buddy Dive Resort offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with kitchens. Package deals typically include a rental vehicle, unlimited air for shore diving, and daily breakfast buffets. Children 12 and under can sleep on a rollaway or share a room with adults for free.


Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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