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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Marjorie, MN, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 1588
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Florida (various places), Bermuda, Minnesota
(various places), St. Thomas, St. Maarten
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth and time on boat dives, shore dives were on your own   
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
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
Rinse tank and table on boats.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
The good:  The diving.  We saw turtles on most dives, frog fish, sea
horses, octopi, scorpion fish, a trunk fish that changed colors, angel fish
of various sorts, trumpet fish, blue tang, flounders mating, tarpon on the
night dives (they thought our lights would help them find dinner), and the
rest of the small fish population.  The breakfast buffet was good -- wide
assortment of breads, omlets made to order, fresh fruits and juices.  We
went with a group and had schedule boat dives -- the boats were good sized
for our group.  The dive masters did a great job finding the less obvious
fish.  Dives off the dock at the resort were great -- we did other shore
dives, but could have been happy just diving at the resort.  Of course,
this could be colored by diving in MN where the visibility is 20 feet on a
good day.  The baskets provided in the bathrooms made moving wet gear
around easier.  There was plenty of space on the balconeys for drying gear.
 Generally, the drive through fill station worked well.  If you sign up for
unlimited Nitrox, get your tanks early in the day.  They were frequently
out of Nitrox by 2 or so, or were limited to 63 cf tanks.

The bad:  The resort is in a state of disrepair.  There was water leaking
into our bathroom from the ceiling during most nights -- we were on the top
floor, so can't blame it on an overflowing shower.  Lights didn't work. 
The stove could not get hot enough to boil water for pasta.  The large
burner wouldn't light at all.  The truck we were assigned had lost its
power steering and the transmission was on the way to being out.

What we wish we knew:  Put on bug spray.  The no-see-ems didn't hurt while
there, but the bites itch now that we are home.
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