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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by John E. Keith, UT, US
Contributor   (19 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6102
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Canary Islands, Cabo, Cozumel, Saba, Turcs and Caicos, Calif, Big
Island Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
28   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On boat dives, the DM wanted you to descend and ascend with the group, but
other than that, you were pretty free to dive your own profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
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  
My wife and I took the 1/2 day course on UWP from John at the photo center.
 We're just rank amateurs at UWP, but John's course REALLY helped.  I would
recommend it to anyone who is not happy with his/her underwater photos
(color, focus, etc.).  Worth every penny of the $75 pp.  On other matters,
there were always camera buckets on the boats and at the resort.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second trip to Bonaire but first stay at Buddy Dive.  It was
an RCI trade and it trades much better than Divi Flamingo(two years ago). 
That may be because of the economy, however.  We had a 2 bdrm upper apt
overlooking the pool w/ocean view for a 1 bdrm trade.  Only problem was a
bit of sewer odor from one bathroom and whiffs around the outside of the
apt.  The tank drive through is great.  Had wifi in the room, but that
isn't true everywhere on the resort, according to the staff.  There are
some very fine restaurants in the city - much better than at the resort. 
Unbelievable was quite good.  El Mundo's goat stew for lunch reminded us of
Moroccan and was very tasty.  Probably our favorite was lunch at the Bistro
de Paris.  Patrice, the owner, is great.  The onion soup was excellent, and
I had "Mediterranean bouillabaise" which was more like a fish
stew, but Patrice was quick to supply my favorite garlic/saffron mayonaise
with it.  Yum!  Did two 2-tank boat dives.  Klein Bonaire had fantastic
corals and critters and the main island corals were very nice, as expected.
 Boat dives were a bit of cattle-boats (12-16 divers with one DM per dive).
 They could improve this by adding a second DM, it seems to me.  The DMs
were great, though, given the size of the groups.  Shore diving presented
some problems for us - fairly strong surf on several dives, resulting in
some skinned knees and elbows.  The Boniare Dive Book's "Easy"
can be deceptive with wind and surf.  Back to Oil Slick Leap for several
dives (probably the easiest that we found on the island).  Still some of
the best diving in the Carib and we will return (to Buddy Dive if the
trades come up)!
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