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Dive Review of BUDDY DIVE in
Bonaire/NA

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ernie Plourde, Ct., United States
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 4530
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
CAYMAN,ST.LUCIA,AUSTRALIA,BELIZE,MAUI,OHAU,GALOPAGOS,CURACAO,CHUUK
LAGOON,FIJI,
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 FT. FOR 60 MINUTES, NOT REALLY ENFORCED  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
WE HAD 18 DIVERS ON OUR BOAT, MOST WITH CAMERAS, SOME WITH LARGE CAMERA
HOUSINGS. THE CAMERA RINSE BUCKETS FILLED QUICKLY AND WERE OVER=FULL.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The Dive Operation has improved since my last visit as the crew now puts
the tanks on board instead of the divers. The crew themselves were great,
they gave the dive briefing and then you didn't see them again until you
surfaced or needed them. The reef itself was noticeably beat up with
toppled coral heads and dusting due to OMAR. The fish life was still
abundant including the turtles and sea horses. We also came across a large
eagle ray feeding in the sand and were able to get decent video. The tanks
were a little light, usually between 2400 and 2800, so if you have to have
3000 psi, make sure you tell them. Our first boat needed service but got us
there and back with little problem as long as you didn't mind the diesel
smell, we changed boats on Friday. Pepe, Carlos and Francesca, the dive
crew let us pick the dive sites if we wanted to, very free diving.The food
was good at the pool bar, the Lion's Den however had issues, poor service
and nights in the bath room, not good. At the pool bar the service was also
good and if you had problems anywhere besides the dive operation, Irma
would get it taken care of to your satisfaction. As usual, the shore diving
was great although the entry and exit could be tricky.They are still
requiring permits to do SALT PIER and TOWN PIER. I could see it for TOWN
PIER as it is a overhead environment, but not SALT PIER, that needs to be
changed. All and all, it was a very good trip which I will do again.  
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