Vacation Travel Destination Harbour Village Beach Club Has Prime Location on Bonaire, Island Voted Top Caribbean Dive Destination by Readers of Scuba Diving Magazine

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Vacation Resort Harbour Village Can Now Claim Bragging Rights for Being the Premiere Vacation Resort on the #1 Caribbean Diving Destination in the World Three Years Running.

Scuba Diving Magazine Readers named travel destination Bonaire as 2005’s Top Caribbean Dive Destination, making it a 3 time winner after receiving the same honor in both 2003 and 2004.

The Reader’s Choice Awards were announced in the magazine’s January/February issue with Bonaire also taking home top honors for Top Marine Life, Top Shore Diving, Top Snorkeling, Top Destination for Underwater Photography, and Top Beginner Diving.

Editor of Scuba Diving, Buck Butler says that for this issue of the magazine, the readers acted as the reporters, going out and making observations first-hand and then sharing their accounts with other diving enthusiasts.

Readers, ranging in the thousands as both subscribers and non-subscribers, rated their experiences at various diving destinations from one to five, giving other divers an idea of what to expect when visiting a particular dive destination.

It is probably no surprise that Bonaire, located just 50 miles north of Venezuela and about 85 miles east of Aruba rates so highly with visitors. The island is ideally situated surrounded by prime diving spots, a warm average temperature of 82 degrees, and average water temperature of 81 degrees.

Bonaire, since 1971, has taken a strong stand to protect its off-shore underwater world by designating its surrounding waters as a marine park. It introduced a ban on spear fishing and on the touching or collecting of corals, and has steadily added reef-protective mooring buoys, which eliminate the risk of boats throwing damaging anchors onto the fragile reefs.

Harbour Village, which serves as the prime vacation resort on the island has done its best to ensure that diving enthusiasts and vacationers to Bonaire have a chance to take advantage of its premiere diving opportunities and luxurious accommodations by creating packages like the Dive Into Luxury Package, which offers divers: airport transfers to/from Harbour Village, a 7-night stay in a one or two bedroom suite, daily full American breakfast, unlimited use of the fitness center, tennis courts, kayaks and sailboats, And most importantly 6-days of diving (unlimited shore diving and 1 tank boat dive per day) with tanks, weights and belts. For arrivals during the months of May, June and September 2005 the second diver dives free.

In addition to catering to the upscale diver, the resort also features luxurious beachfront villas and suites, a top-notch restaurant with a breathtaking seaside location, full service marina and a host of activities including tennis, kayaking, sailing, deep sea fishing, spa and salon services, fitness center & classes including yoga on the beach, and daily trips to an offshore island.

But their main attraction, diving, is offered by Great Adventures Bonaire, an on-site International Gold Palm Five Star resort and water sports center offering personalized dive services, instruction and dive equipment.

Their two custom dive boats leave three times daily with certification courses offered from beginner to advanced through which guests can earn their “C” cards and become divers while vacationing at the resort. SASY, or Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth, is also offered for kids ages 5 and up looking to follow in their parents footsteps.

Harbour Village now has even more to offer divers with the sinking of one of Bonaire’s historic vessels, the Our Confidence, just 150 ft. west of the resort. The 60-foot boat has a long history with the island, first as a Danish fishing boat, then as a transport for WWII refugees, then as a Caribbean inter-island freighter, and finally as the first vessel to bring aid to the victims of the hurricane that devastated St. Maarten. However unfortunate it is that this piece of history has found its final resting place fifty-five feet at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, it will no doubt still be useful as a playground for the many divers who visit and love the island of Bonaire.

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About Harbour Village Beach Club

Harbour Village Beach Club is a luxurious residential resort community and club on the Caribbean island of Bonaire located just off the northeast coast of South America and named the Top Caribbean Dive Destination of 2005 by Scuba Diving Magazine’s readers. Harbour Village offers luxurious amenities and countless beach activities such as, diving, snorkeling, boating, kayaking, sun-bathing for families, couples, and individual travelers. Harbour Village provides more than the typical Caribbean vacation experience – it will give you a lifetime of memories.

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