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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Sziede, VA, US
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Report Number 6486
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Truk
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
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
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Bless me oh Dan, for it has been three years since my last dive. 
Something always preempted dive plans.  Such a long layoff. 
Doubting my dive skills for another high adventure outing, we
opted for a Dive Shop group trip to Buddy Dive on Bonaire.  Tame
and safe.

All went well.  Buddy Dive is well run.  The dive shop and the car
rental belong to Buddy Dive.  (This latter is important.  The
captive car rental means they won't try the scratched bumper scam
that sadly, one sees even at major car agencies.)  John and Susie
Wall, former owners of The Dive Shop in Fairfax VA, are now
semi-retired running the photo shop at Buddy Dive.  The close
relation between shop and resort makes all smooth.

Rental truck, buffet breakfast, 2-bedroom condo, 3 boat dives,
unlimited air or Nitrox were all part of the package.  Didn't opt
for additional boat dives, because shore diving is the thing at
Bonaire. 

As in most of the Caribbean, reefs have taken a beating from over
use and/or global warming.  They seem to be holding their own
compared to my last visit 10 years ago, but are sadly diminished
from the abundance of my first Bonaire trip, 20 years back.  No
more storms of Creole Wrasses, few big critters.

Lion Fish abound.  Thus there is a new wrinkle at Buddy Dive.  A
Lion Fish hunter course and rental spears.  The mandate is kill,
kill, kill.  No limit.  One even gets to wear gloves.  Heavy
gloves.  One happy note.  I saw a Yellow Tail eat a slain Lion
Fish.  One hopes that the effect will be to train a Lion Fish
predator.  I watched our Yellow Tail for several minutes after he
ate the Lion Fish.  He seemed to suffer no ill effects. 

Another wrinkle new to me.  A florescent night dive.  Not
phosphorescent, florescent.  You carry a blue/UV flashlight, and 
wear a yellow, polarizing filter over your mask.  The flashlight 
is polarized.  The filter attenuates the polarized light.  
The non-polarized florescence from the corals, jellyfish, and 
even fire worms comes through.  Way cool light show!

The dive boats are well-run if a tad crowded.  The whole crew is
friendly, capable, and quite trim.  Wore bikinis like the one
recently on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  Don't know how they
stayed on.

Give extra props to the bar/restaurant at Buddy Dive.  Food is 
quite good.  That is unexpected for a captive beanery.
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