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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort, Mar, 2011,

by tim heenan, NY, US ( 1 report). Report 5997.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Curacao, Keys, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50 to 60 minute dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 4th time to Buddy dive. It's best features continue to be the drive through air/nitrox and the 24/7 diving access. The resort is going under renovation, but it wasn't an issue unless you were in the building being renovated (we were not). The staff are friendly, but a bit disorganized. Its clear that don't have or don't use a software program to keep customer information to assign room, set up pick up from the airport etc. Don't expect things to go perfect for anything not related to the diving. I suggest you triple communicate in hopes one message gets through.

I would not recommend this hotel for any non divers - its non diving activities, rooms and layout are only average. The food was OK, but I would say the service was quicker than prior years. The Lions Den just closed and I understand Buddy's will be opening another restaurant in its location in addition to the pool bar where they serve both lunch and dinner. Breakfast is your basic food.

Pasa bon Pizza makes a decent pizza (open wed. through Sunday) and Captain Don's Pizza is OK as well. I would not recommend Buddy's Pizza.

Consider the 3 tank dive ($129) to the North end. These dives were easily the best of the week and the boat ride gave us a view of a part of Bonaire we hadn't seen before. Keep in mind no head on board and don't expect a great lunch - you may want to bring a couple of snacks/drinks.

The dive sites are definitely showing some wear, but still offer plenty to see.
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