Plaza Resort Bonaire
Activities, Natural sights
Plaza Beach Resort Bonaire is the largest diving resort in the southern Caribbean Island of Bonaire, located at 80 Julio A. Abraham Boulevard, south of Kralendijk, just north of Flamingo International Airport (about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) away). It is operated by the Van der Valk family of hoteliers and is also known as the Plaza Resort Van der Valk. American divers have reportedly voted it one of the top 10 dive resorts in the world. The resort, which claims to be five-star, although this is disputed by several independent publications, is situated on a peninsula, at the mouth of a human-made lagoon with turquoise blue waters.
Its beach is 500 meters (1,600 ft) long and 50–100 meters (160–330 ft) deep and is a notable scuba diving location, known as Toucan Diving.
The hotel also contains a large freshwater swimming pool, a casino, a fitness, and a watersports facility & three different conference rooms. A turquoise lagoon meanders its way through the resort. The main restaurant of the hotel is known as Tipsy Seagull. For ordering drinks and small snacks you can go to the beach bar, known as Coconut Crash.
Toucan Divers of the resort arrange a special diving near the Town Pier, which is a shallow dive site with colorful and varied marine life.
The 10 feet (3.0 m) seaquarium built into the lagoon is the hub of training activities of the Dive and Sports Center of the resort. Boats, yachts, and Whalers are operated from the marina attached to the resort; the marina is planned in such a way that it does not disturb the marine environment near the lagoon.