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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Y Davidson, GA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 6513
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Bonaire, Utila, Roatan, Cocos, Tahiti, Fiji, Cayman, Tobago, St.
Lucia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None  
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
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
This was our tenth trip (or so, I lost track) to Bonaire over that last 30
years.  We may be getting jaded but the coral and fish life seemed to be
lacking.  Lionfish are a problem, like everywhere in the Caribbean.  They
have a "Lionfish Catching Course" or something like that, for
$250.00 that allows you to wear gloves and harvest Lionfish.  I would be
glad to help them get the Lionfish out of the reefs but I'm not that
interested in paying them for the privilege.  I was surprised to see Pink
Beach is gone.  Its ironshore now.  One positive, most of the shore dive
sites have markers showing the best entry point.  

Ionly did shore dives but the resort has a very nice boat and most in our
group loved it. They do two tank dives instead of the one tank dives they
did on the smaller boats.  Much more efficient.  They advertise a day trip
to Washington Slaagbai but I don't think they actually do it.

Buddy Dive Resort is well managed as is the dive shop.  You won't go wrong
with Buddy Dive.  The one weak spot is the restaurant.  Breakfast is
included and its pretty good.  Eggs the way you want them, pastries, etc. 
Lunch and dinner range from pedestrian to nasty.  The  Buddy Club Sandwich
with three day old bacon and stale bread was nasty.  Captain Dons next door
has much better, but still expensive, food and you used to be able to get
to it pretty easy through a gate between the properties.  Buddy Dive locked
the gate so you have to go out and around down the street.  

Security on the island continues to be a problem.  Several divers
volunteered that they had lost personal items from their trucks.  Our group
of 20 had a regulator/computer stolen as well as a high BC from their
porch.  Get a second floor room.  If you are on the first floor, don't
think your stuff is safe drying on the patio.  Its not.  Its probably
significant that our divers had their stuff stolen on the last day.  The
last night, one of your party had the battery stolen from their truck
downtown.  I doubt anything is safe in Bonaire that is not locked down.

I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge modern grocery store on the
island.  Nice.  Restaurants on Bonaire have always been expensive but they
have gotten sky high.  

Bonaire is still a great dive destination for newer divers or divers who
like shore diving.  But its expensive and risky.  Little Cayman and Cozumel
have more appeal to me.



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