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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5858
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Solomon Islands, GBR, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, Galapagos, Fiji,
Vanuatu, Revillagigedos, All over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour dives with 100 ft limit  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
There are large dedicated camera rinse tanks dockside. The boats had rinse
tanks that sometimes could not accommodate all the cameras. A rinse bucket
crammed with cameras and strobes is asking for damaged gear.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
This was my 6th trip to Bonaire and 5th stay at Buddy Dive. The weather
conditions were the worst that I have experienced there with rain, clouds
and wind. As a result, the viz was low and the dive sites restricted. We
boat-dived Klein several times due to the conditions. 

It appeared to me that the reef life at Bonaire has diminished a bit over
the past several years. I encountered no green morays or juvenile spotted
drumfish. I did have an excellent encounter with 8 reef squid, 2 of which
were mating. The town pier is still closed to diving. I did a night dive at
the salt pier that was very disappointing. It has only a fraction of the
marine life as the town pier. Furthermore, the mosquitoes were ferocious.

As usual, the dive staff was very helpful and friendly.

It appears that Buddy Dive is in the process of remodeling the units. This
is a good thing because the unit I had can sure use it.
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