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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Brian F Vickery, AZ, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5726
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau,Fiji,Roatan,Curacao,Turks & Caicos,Belize,Cozumel,Sea of
Cortez,Hawaii,California
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy  
Seas
calm, surge  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
There were no limits set since most of the diving is from shore and
unguided. You're on your own to set your limits.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
I'm not a photographer, so I can't gage their set-up. But from what I saw
it was VERY camera friendly set-up.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
I found Bonaire to have the BEST reef diving in the Caribbean so far in my
travels. I would go back there in a heartbeat! The variety and abundance of
reef fish was unbelievable. Turtles were seen on many of the dives. Squid,
octopus and many variety of eels were found. I only saw one seahorse, but
it was the biggest one I've ever seen. The tarpon and barracuda were
ENORMOUS! The corals are beautiful, but bleaching was evident on every
dive! You can also see the damage inflicted by Hurricane Omar, the sea fans
look like somebody took shotguns to them. I found the northern dives sites
to be the more pristine reefs: Oil Slick, 1,000 Steps, Weber's Joy,
Karpata. They all have tougher entries and a bit more surge than the
southern sites, but it's worth the extra effort. The boat dives off Klein
Bonaire were very nice too. The air temp was 80-85 degrees, afternoon
thunderstorms virtually every day, but only lasting a few minutes. The
water temp was 84-86 degrees, a 3mm wetsuit was plenty warm. The visibility
was anywhere from 40ft to over 100ft depending on the dive site. The
northern sites had the 100ft viz, the southern had the lesser viz due to
the sandy beaches and spawning sponges.

Buddy Dive Resort really has a nice set-up when it comes to accommodating
divers. Multiple gear lockers and gear rinse tanks, both dock side for easy
boat diving, and road side for shore diving. Tanks are easy to get, both
air and nitrox, both dock side & road side. The drive-thru tank station
is ingenious. The dive shop is fully stocked with gear and accessories, and
the people there are friendly and helpful.

The rental trucks provided by Buddy Dive were all in good condition. There
were no issues with break-ins or theft with our group, everybody followed
the guidelines (windows down & doors unlocked at all times) so there
were no incidences.

The rooms at Buddy Dive were very comfortable and set up for divers. Tile
floors and large patios were perfect for wet gear. The full kitchen in our
unit was fully stocked with accessories and utensils. The A/C unit in the
bedroom was powerful enough to cool the entire condo if you leave the
bedroom door open.

The breakfast buffet is really good with lots of variety. But I didn't care
much for the lunch selection at the Buddy Dive Pool Bar. The pizza next
door at Captain Don's Habitat was fantastic, they're served after 3pm, so
you have to eat a late lunch if you want pizza. We ate dinner at a variety
of restaurants downtown, the best being Donna and Giorgio's Italian
Restaurant and Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant (The best filet mignon I've
EVER eaten!), they were so good that we went twice to each!

When we return to Bonaire, we'll definitely stay at Buddy Dive again!
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