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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort/Captain Don's in
Bonaire

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Timothy A Kolakowski, PA, US
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Report Number 5779
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Grand Bahama, Curacao, St. Vincent, Provo, Grand Turk, Salt Cay,
Saba, Jost Van Dyke, Montserrat, Fla Keys, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Big Island.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided dives  
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
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Bucket on boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
     We returned to Bonaire for Easter 2010. Easter 2009 worked out so well
that we booked one of Captain Don's 10 bungalows the day we got back. We
echo the reasons that everyone loves Bonaire, with the addition of Buddy's
Seal Team program for kids. Son James took the class in '09, and repeated
it in '10. Tina and the others at Buddy's are outstanding with kids. Maybe
he didn't really need to repeat it, but nothing wrong with a little extra
instruction. Now he's ready to get certified!
     Augusto, German, Carlos, etc. at Buddy's are great to dive with.
Unexpected treat was eating at Carlos' family's restaurant, "Mi
Banana". DO NOT miss this. Only 7 or 8 tables, feels and tastes like
the family has brought you into their home as the kids wait on you and the
parents cook. Our only regreat was eating there just once because we saved
it for the last night, going with a great family whose son was in the class
with ours.
     The donkeys are adorable, the Chinese-owned grocery up the street is
well stocked and convenient. Very nice newly opened gym across the street
from Sand Dollar. Red-eye flight is a pain but lately heard that a local
carrier started daily late afternoon flights from Aruba. Only one
compalint.....Bonaire Customs, PLEASE add more agents to process the
visitors when the red-eyes arrive!!! Those at the end of the line must've
waited 2 hours plus.
     See ya next Easter! Once again, reservations were made as sson as we
got home. Can't wait! 
 
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