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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Daniel S Camara, MD, NY, US (1 report)
Report Number 6174
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Belize, Fiji, Noronha Brazil, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
Small water container for camera equipment . Boats were small and extremely
crowded particular one called Bayetta. No room at all and this was the main
boat for the non group divers for several days (8:30 and 10:30 Dives)
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
This was my third and last visit to Buddy Dive Resort.Although the 2 bed
room apt was recently renovated the toilets did not flush properly and
needed 2 maintenance repair visits. I had to kill at least 3 large
cockroaches in the apartment and the building grounds was swarming with
these creatures every night. 
In one of the dives during a Dive briefing I try to get a cup of water and
was rudely admonish by the dive instructor , a military "want to
be" by the name of JOB, to sit down imediately . As I returned to the
resort,to my surprise,I was called in to the office of the Dive manager
(Augusto)and told that I was displaying a disruptive behavior and I may
have my diving privileges suspended. This whole incident is reminiscent of
a scene during a flight  from the movie  "Anger Management" with
Jack Nicholson. I protested this event with the manager the resort
(Michele)with no results. I am  a 62 years old Physician with 490 logged
dives and have never reprimanded during a diving vacation. There are
excellent Dive instructors at this resort such as Franchesca, Irene,
Martin, Scott and Murphy to mention a few . However the military and
inappropriate style of the one I mentioned above and the treats form the
dive manager took away my fondness for the resort.I will never return. I
would suggest the readers to consider Harbor Village, the Plaza or Habitat.
I also recommend highly the Paris Bistro for Dinner.
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