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Diving Reviews of Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire

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For Experienced Divers:  4 stars For Inexperienced Divers:  4 stars
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Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   "Great week at Buddy Dive"
Great week at Buddy DiveI've been to Bonaire many times and always enjoy the wonderful and healthy reef. Yes the western Pacific is even better, but Bonai... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2016   Scott Cray
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort/ Caribberan Club Bonaire N   [N/A]   "Great Bonaire Diving but a Disappointing Resort Experience"
Great Bonaire Diving but a Disappointing Resort ExperienceThe good: Diving in Bonaire, one of my all time favorite locations. The bad: Having our 7:00 a.m. flight canceled at 4:30 a.m.,... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
10/2015   Kendall Valentine
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   "Great shore diving in Bonaire"
Great shore diving in BonaireWe stayed at Buddy Dive as part of a REEF group of 20+ divers. We had a package that included our condo, a rental car (pickup tru... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
8/2015   Alice Ribbens
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   "Still good diving in the Caribbean"
Still good diving in the CaribbeanDirect flight from Newark made getting there easy although United charges for every bag so we paid $180 extra (r/t) in fees. Overh... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
11/2014   Gary & Robin Schiendelman
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   "Another Strong Review"
Another Strong ReviewFor good reason, Bonaire and Buddy Dive receive strong reviews. We do four dives a day, and, if we're tired, or want an easy night... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2014   David Lefever
100+ Dives
 
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Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   "Exceptional diver-oriented resort"
Exceptional diver-oriented resortBuddy Dive Resort continues to be one of the best bargains available, with its free nitrox, drive-through tank pickup/drop-off fac... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2014   D. S. Davis
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   "Excellent"
ExcellentFourth time to Bonaire - 2nd to Buddy. More fun with son-in-law who is a dive instructor (4-5 dives a day for him & our daughter).... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
1/2014   Courtenay Weldon
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   n/a   "Buddy Dive: Hard to beat for a relaxing dive trip"
Buddy Dive: Hard to beat for a relaxing dive tripWe've been to Buddy Dive twice, and each time we marvel at how easy it is to get a week's diving in here while also being almost a... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
4/2014   Lori Pottinger
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   Bonaire diving is almost always outstanding but noticed with the aging of divers the various shore entries getting progressively h... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
5/2014   D.Demming
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort/ SunRental Ocean Front Apartments N   [N/A]   Bonaire is quite nice, a rather small island, easy to get around and not any more expensive than most other Caribbean islands. We ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
1/2014   Henry O Ziller
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   Although this was my first visit to Buddy Dive Resort, I have made several trips to Bonaire over the last 20 years. Buddy is the b... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2013   D. S. Davis
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort/ Cas Thomas N   Shore dives west coast   Bonaire is the quintessential shore diving mecca, suitable for relative beginners and experts alike. This was our 6th trip to the ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2013   Jamie Barber
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   [None]One bedroom units only have air conditioning in the bedrooms.... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2013   Cathy Sutherland
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort/ Buddy Dive N   [N/A]   Over the last two decades I've been visiting Bonaire, I've watched Buddy Dive evolve from a Motel 6 style resort to one of the fin... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2012   T Murphy
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort N   [N/A]   This trip was my 5th to Bonaire and my 4th stay at Buddy's. The diving was excellant for my 13 year old son. As always, I was gla... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
3/2013   Mark Etter
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Returned for the second year in a row with 31 divers under Dave Haas's watch versus the 12 we had the year before. Easy diving wit... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2012   D.Demming
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This was our tenth trip (or so, I lost track) to Bonaire over that last 30 years. We may be getting jaded but the coral and fish ... Full report  
2 stars
5 stars  
3/2012   Steven Y Davidson
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Bless me oh Dan, for it has been three years since my last dive. Something always preempted dive plans. Such a long layoff. D... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
2/2012   Richard Sziede
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort/ Coral Paradise Resort Full report N   [N/A]   We stayed at Coral Paradise Resort. A prearranged taxi picked us up at the airport and our pick-up truck was waiting at the resor... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
2/2012   Brigitte Lacouture
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   dramatically better trip than the disastrous millennium trip to Buddy's in 2000. Good dive operations and layout,mediocre food fo... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2011   D.Demming
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This was my third and last visit to Buddy Dive Resort.Although the 2 bed room apt was recently renovated the toilets did not flush... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
8/2011   Daniel S Camara, MD
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   I had heard that Bonaire was easy diving and good value for money. Buddy Dive had very nice accomodations since we were in a recen... Full report  
2 stars
5 stars  
5/2011   Alan Jones
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Bonaire but first stay at Buddy Dive. It was an RCI trade and it trades much better than Divi Flaming... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
6/2011   John E. Keith
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   4th time to Buddy dive. It's best features continue to be the drive through air/nitrox and the 24/7 diving access. The resort is... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
3/2011   tim heenan
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This was my 6th trip to Bonaire and 5th stay at Buddy Dive. The weather conditions were the worst that I have experienced there wi... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
10/2010   Michael J. Millet
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort/ Captain Don's Full report N   [N/A]   We returned to Bonaire for Easter 2010. Easter 2009 worked out so well that we booked one of Captain Don's 10 bungalows the d... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2010   Timothy A Kolakowski
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   I found Bonaire to have the BEST reef diving in the Caribbean so far in my travels. I would go back there in a heartbeat! The vari... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
9/2010   Brian F Vickery
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This is a first class dive operation. They make shore diving very easy. They have a drive through tank drop off and pick up area... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
12/2009   Bear Johnston
500+ Dives
 
buddy dive Full report N   [N/A]   We rented a 4 bedroom house called "Eldakia" through Sunrentals. I'll never do that again. It costs us $400 per day and the hous... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2009   Connie Thousand
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   This was our sixth trip to Bonaire with the last being 2006. We noticed a definite decline in the reef since our 2006 trip. There ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2009   Bob & Pat Thompson
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   I had heard that another hurricane had hit Bonaire. The last one did quite a bit of damage - but I think this one did more. Basi... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
5/2009   Jan Culbertson
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   I just read a recent report on Undercurrent describing the damage to the reefs around Bonaire and, unfortunately, I have to report... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
3/2009   Hal Berson
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Bonaire is possibly the best overall diving that I have ever done. The reefs are the healthiest that I have ever seen. The ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2009   Joel Solomon
<100 Dives
 
BUDDY DIVE Full report N   NA   The Dive Operation has improved since my last visit as the crew now puts the tanks on board instead of the divers. The crew themse... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
11/2008   Ernie Plourde
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Fantastic, easy shore diving. Boat dives were a mixed bag. The sites we went to on Klein Bonaire were a little disappointing - dec... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2008   Jim MacKenzie
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   OK, so I learned a lesson on this trip, finding out I just wasn't as smart as I thought. Somehow, in my mind I had the idea that ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2007   Karen Gordon
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   My partner and I had a chance to spend more than a week in Bonaire and jumped on it. It was my second time there, her first. We wa... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
8/2008   Jesse Scott
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Bonaire diving was fantastic. Buddy Dive was disappointment. Paid for boat dives, but boats were full most of the time, so t... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
7/2007   Jim
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Bel-Mar Apartmments Full report N   [N/A]   Getting to Bonaire for us WestCoasties is as long as it is to travel to much of the South Pacific. My total travel was 28 hours, ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
7/2008   April Anderson
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Our family group of five stayed at Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire for a week in January 2008. Their slogan is Eat, Sleep & Dive, ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
1/2008   John
250+ Dives
 
Buddies Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   [None] Just back from our 6th trip to Bonaire and the 3rd stay at Buddies. It has been a while and some things have changed. They... Full report  
1 stars
5 stars  
1/2008   Gary Evans
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Caribbean Club Bonaire Full report N   [N/A]   We've been to Bonaire at least 1/2 dozen times. Every time except the first visit we have rented a car and strickly shore dived. ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2007   Dan Root
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   We booked through a Dive Travel agent who was very helpful. My wife accompanied me (less experienced as a diver with 30 dives) an... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2006   Tom Thompson
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Belmar Apartments Full report N   [N/A]   This was a family holiday trip with three kids ages 15 - 21. Stayed in a three bedroom, two bath apartment at the Belmar which wor... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
12/2006   Steve Johnson
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Forty divers took this trip which was offered by Huron Scuba in Ann Arbor, MI. Buddy Dive is a nice resort - not fancy or luxuriou... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
12/2006   Marilyn Mitchell
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Our direct round trip flights from Indy to Bonaire and return were very comfortable. The departure was delayed 1 hour so we were ... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
12/2005   Jody and Stan Ortman
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Very good operation, especially for beginners. Slight current. Drive-thru for tanks was very convenient. Helpful with arranging di... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
6/2006   Lisa Strickland
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Belmar Apartments Full report N   [N/A]   This is my 4th time to Bonaire, but first time at the Belmar apartments. Previously, the only time we've been bothered by bugs was... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
1/2006   Irv Kaplan
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Sun Oceanfront Apts Full report N   [N/A]   The shore diving, obviously, is what drives the diving style on Bonaire. Divers must have thich-soled booties for the sharp, hard ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2006   Bill and Donna Goodwin
1000+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The Good: The diving. There was complete freedom to dive when and where you wanted. The reef off the resort was quite nice. We... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2005   Marjorie Griffing
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N     Pack light, quick dry stuff, only a dive skin or .5mm (no sea lice encountered). Water shoes/booties a must for sharp coral. Ca... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2005   Diane Kipp
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   This was our first trip to Bonaire. I searched the internet and "Trip Advisor" for comments on where to stay. Buddy Dive seemed ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2005   Colleen Kabat
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   We did 18 shore dives and 6 boat dives in 7 days. Wind reversal allowed diving at Wilemstoren Lighthouse, unaffected by 2004 hurr... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2005   Robert Banker
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The good: The diving. We saw turtles on most dives, frog fish, sea horses, octopi, scorpion fish, a trunk fish that changed colo... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
3/2005   Marjorie
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Our 4th visit to Buddy Dive Resort in the past 3 years. We make Bonaire and Buddys an annual pilgrimage. Resort staff are friend... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2004   James & Linda Dyer
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The Bad: Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) was terrible and cost us a day and a half of diving due to passenger delays and even longe... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2003   George Wilkens
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Overall, the resort is very nice. As a group of nineteen, we stayed in several three-bedroom "apartments". All of the bedrooms are... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
5/2004   Marsha Stout
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   First trip to Bonaire, will come back. Really enjoyed the shore diving. No crowds, take as many tanks as needed. Town Pier nig... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
10/2003   Mike Hill
<100 Dives
 
Buddy's Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Our first trip to Bonaire. Hard to imagine that any operation can be any more accomodating to serious divers than Buddy's Dive Res... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
12/2003   Michael Ewing
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive resort Full report N   na   After reading nearly every reader report in Undercurrent, we finally decided to make our first real dive trip to Bonaire with the... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2003   Mark Y. Yamanaka
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Huricane damage from Nov. 2000 is apparent from 0 to 30 feet. The sites in Washington Park were badly damaged. The sites alon... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
2/2003   Mark S. Reckman
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive/ Lion's Dive Full report N   [N/A]   We stayed at Lion's and the room was good. Full kitchen. Cleaned daily and nice balcony/view. Regency rooms are better than the Ro... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2003   Debbie Anderson
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Bonaire is an excellent dive site. The reefs are very well developed and don't have the open and sandy area that more northern lo... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2002   T Michael Garrison
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Bonaire is an excellent dive site. The reefs are very well developed and don't have the open and sandy area that more northern lo... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
11/2002   T Michael Garrison
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   This was our third trip to Bonaire and Buddy Dive. There was an unlimited boat dive package for Free in October. Our stay carrie... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2002   Pat and Charlie Nash
250+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Buddy Dive the first having been in '99 before the Island was hit by the surge for Lenny. There is sti... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
9/2002   John White
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   This was our second trip to Buddy Dive, and both were very enjoyable trips. There is noticable change above the 30' line since the... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
9/2002   John White
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Resort Full report N   [N/A]   Good for beginners but currents and wind-driven surge made shore entry and exit an unexpected challenge even for the physically ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
2/2002   Ron Larkin
<100 Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   Our only problem of the trip was getting to Bonaire. Although I had used Maduro Dive Travel successfully before, they were initia... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
6/2002   Gary DeBarba
500+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   The staff at Buddy Dive and Resort were helpful and friendly. Thanks Heleen! Good selection of gear and true 24/7 diving availabl... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2002   Fiona Rattray
100+ Dives
 
Buddy Dive Full report N   [N/A]   The staff at Buddy Dive and Resort were helpful and friendly. Thanks Heleen! Good selection of gear and true 24/7 diving availabl... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2002   Fiona Rattray
100+ Dives
 
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