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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort/Coral Paradise Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort/Coral Paradise Resort, Feb, 2012,

by Brigitte Lacouture, AK, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6472.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Saba, Cayman, St. Vincent, Cozumel, Tahiti, Fiji, Borneo, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 26 to 26 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 20 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We stayed at Coral Paradise Resort. A prearranged taxi picked us up at the airport and our pick-up truck was waiting at the resort. The grounds are very clean and well maintained. Our room had plenty of towels and a large, shaded, patio for spreading out the dive gear to dry. Also a well equipped kitchen, though being so close to Captain Don's Habitat you could easily always eat at a restaurant if you so chose. There was a large, well stocked supermarket in town. We shore dove on our own and used Dive Buddys drive-through tank pick up. The drive-through worked well, but check the tank pressures before you load them as about a third were under filled or had leaked. Saw very few Lionfish on the dives, sometimes none, unlike on Curacao the week earlier. Lots of the usual Caribbean fish and some slightly rarer (scorpionfish, porcupinefish, spotted drums, cowfish, hamlets, blennies, lettuce sea slugs). Very relaxed diving usually between 10 and 20 m with no significant current. Liked the dives at Karpata, 1000 Steps, Angel City, The Invisibles, White Slave, and Vista Blue sites the best. The double reef is interesting. Hilma Hooker was OK, not that much growing on it yet, but did see a large lobster and a large green eel by the wheelhouse and interesting territorial behavior by Sergeant Majors on the side of the hull.
We were worried about the petty crime reported on Bonaire. Whenever we parked we did not lock our truck up. We were told dont take expensive sunglasses or electronic devices to the dive sites and we had no problems, seemed like you just needed to be reasonable. For nondiving activities, Washington Slagbaai National Park was well worth hiking and driving, plan for a full day there is a lot to see and the road is slow. For birders, saw a good variety of shore birds and a raptor along the last few km of road around the mangroves on the northeast side of Lac Bay.
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