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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort, May, 2011,

by Alan Jones, AB, CA ( 1 report). Report 6129.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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