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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort, Dec, 2009,

by Bear Johnston, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5334.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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