Ever since Capt. Don Stewart began his program of reef protgection in the early 1970s, Bonaire has been a recognized leader in Caribbean marine conservation and awarded a string of awards.
One of the most recent is the Islands Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization Sustainable Tourism Award (2008) in recognition of its longstanding commitment and leadership role in marine conservation and protection.
The Sustainable Tourism Award recipient is selected by a panel of judges from Islands Magazine and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), who review all entries submitted by CTO member countries.
Previously, 3 of Bonaire’s eco-programs were honored in the Islands Magazine Hot 100 Blue List, and in 1994 the Bonaire National Marine Park won the Islands Magazine Ecotourism Award.
Bonaire also has been recognized as one of the top worldwide destinations for sustainable tourism as reported by National Geographic Traveler magazine (March 2004) and Islands magazine (December 2007).
Bonaire is consistently named one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean in the Scuba Diving magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.