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

Buddy Dive Resort/Captain Don's, Mar, 2010,

by Timothy A Kolakowski, PA, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5779.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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