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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Alan Jones, AB, CA (1 report)
Report Number 6129
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Belize, French Polynesia, Britsh Columbia. Alberta
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
24   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour  
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
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
I had heard that Bonaire was easy diving and good value for money. Buddy
Dive had very nice accomodations since we were in a recently renovated
room. The dive shop staff were great. The DM's were professional in all
aspects. Food was mediocre, we had better food in the town. I would
recommend, Casablanca's, It Rains Fishes and especially the Gelato place on
the main drag...mmmm love the green apple gelato.

If you want an off road adventure check out the National Park on the north
end of the island, what a wild ride and rugged coastline! Loved the
volcanic rock and wild "logging roads". 

Night diving on the "Salt Pier" was great (maybe because this was
my first night dive, but...) we saw lobster, squid, cuttlefish, octopus, a
bunch of stuff I don't even know about on the pier structure.

The whole island was nice but it needs an update, especially the roads.
Apparently the technique of pothole patching is unknown to the Dutch.

If you fly Continental and can afford it then fly business class. Flying in
'steerage" or 'economy' class is like pretending you are a sardine for
4 1/2 hours. It is NOT fun.

Final word. Kudos to Buddy Dive's dive staff. I saw them in action with 2
emergencies and in both instances they were calm, cool and professional.
The outcome was not favourable but the staff acted as they should. 
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