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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bear Johnston, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5334
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Saba, St. Maartin, Cozumel, Socorro, Riviera Maya, Tobago, Florida
Keys. California
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
limit to one hour bottom time, but they never made me surface when the hour
was up.    
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
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
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Boats had a 2 large dedicate rise buckets plus a large table.  There was
also a large dedicated rise tank for camera on shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
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 with nitrox
available as well.  Staff is very friendly and try to learn everyone's
name.  Dive briefings are professional and complete and can be entertaining
if you are lucky enough to have the right instructor/divemaster.  Divers
can pick the dive sites and they will do everything to make sure that
happens if conditions allow.  They allow you to dive as a group or with
your buddy as longe as you all go the same way.  Because of the reef
structure on Bonaire, it is not hard to find your way back to the boat.

The resort is nice.  Our room was clean and well maintained.  Food at the
Lions Den and the pool bar is very good.  

There was some confusion when we to check it.  They didn't have my
reservation, but made things work.  There was also some confusion with my
dive package as well, but the manager made it right.  I would return if the
opportunity offers.
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