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

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Brigitte Lacouture, AK, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6472
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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