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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort, Oct, 2010,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 65 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 5858.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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