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Dive Review of Buddies Dive Resort in
Bonaire

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Evans, Az, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3819
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]All over the Caribbean, Oz, Figi, Kona, Truk
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 150    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]No restrictions for shore diving but on boats you follow the
DM and novice divers.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
[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 still have the excellent
drive through tank pick up for shore diving but the rooms (at least the
ones we used/originally Lions studio) are slowly decaying (eg. appliances,
exposed wiring, broken shower doors)and while some of the rental cars are
new some would best be sold for scrap. The worst change is that all boat
dives are now guided regardless of your experience level. I expressed my
dissatisfaction on this issue with the boat operations manager and was told
that liability and his job were more important. Captain Don's Habitat is
however right next door and still has a sign that states "Home of
diver freedom". While guided boat diving isn't a bad idea for low time
divers those experienced may want to give Don some boat and/or hotel
business. 

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