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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by tim heenan, NY, US (1 report)
Report Number 5997
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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