Plaza Resort Bonaire

1. Ocean view from the Tropical Splash pool bar 2. 18 Palms Beach 3. Shore and boat diving available

If there were ever a place worthy of being called a "diver's haven," it's Bonaire. Stand on the beach at Plaza Resort Bonaire and look in any direction, and you'll be staring at a string of dive sites that stretches miles along the coast. A short boat ride will get you to dozens more around the uninhabited nature preserve of Klein Bonaire.

You can begin right on the beach with the Plaza's 18 Palms shore dive. An easy sand entry and a short swim bring you to the site where lush coral heads become larger and more numerous as you approach the edge of the drop-off. Beyond that the hard corals give way to sponges and soft corals, all flourishing in the balmy, calm water. Bonaire's variations on this profile and the prolific fish life will keep you coming back for more.

Toucan Diving is Plaza's on-site dive operator. This PADI 5-star IDC facility features three 32-foot Island Hopper boats carrying a maximum of 12 divers each, plus one larger boat carrying 18 divers and a flexible dive schedule offering guests a choice of departure times and destinations. Two night dives are also scheduled each week.

After all that diving you couldn't ask for a better place to relax. Plaza Resort Bonaire has the ambience of a grand

1. Ocean view from the Tropical Splash pool bar 2. 18 Palms Beach 3. Shore and boat diving available resort and the grounds of a charming villa. It is a vacation destination in its own right with an expansive seaside pool, private white-sand beach spread over lushly landscaped grounds, spacious accommodations and scenic walkways. If you need more, the resort staff and Tropical Travel associates located in the lobby of the hotel can assist you with every kind of custom excursion, from private honeymoon dinners to overnight sailing adventures. All you have to do is ask.

Accommodations: 12 acres of waterfront featuring 174 spacious standard and ocean-view air conditioned suites with mini-fridge as well as one-and two-bedroom air-conditioned villas with kitchens

Amenities: Three restaurants: the Caribbean Point, the Banana Tree and the Tipsy Seagull provide a full range of dining experiences; Plaza Resort's year-round AquaKids program for children 5-15 years old featuring water-related and creative activities; beach, casino, tennis, day spa and fitness; seaside swimming pool with swim-up pool bar; man-made lagoon, conference facilities and concierge services Contact Information: Toll-free: 800766-6016; tel.: 781-821-6016; fax: 781821-1568; website: plazaresortbonaire .com; e-mail: [email protected]

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