Top Ten Caribbean Classic Adventures

Bonaire: Dive into Heaven
By Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Most Caribbean islands have protected stretches of their most precious asset—sandy beaches fronting the sea—but none can top Bonaire's beach and marine conservation efforts. The entire coastline—from the high-water mark to the 200-foot depth—has been deemed the Bonaire Marine Park. The result: marine life so plentiful a recent study showed the island had one of the world's most diverse fish populations.

Bonaire's tourist appeal is built almost entirely around diving and snorkeling, and it ranks as some of the best in the Caribbean. The reef starts within walking distance of the beach so you can forgo pesky dive-boat schedules. Visibility tops 100 feet—perfect for viewing colorful parrotfish and tangs as well as attractions like the wreck of the freighter Hilma Hooker, which now lies, enshrouded by swarms of fish, at a depth of about 90 feet.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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