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Dive Review of Buddies Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddies Dive Resort, Jan, 2008,

by Gary Evans, Az, USA ( 1 report). Report 3819.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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