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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort/Caribberan Club Bonaire in
Bonaire

October, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Kendall Valentine, DC, US (2 reports)
"Great Bonaire Diving but a Disappointing Resort Experience"
Report Number 8576
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Galapagos, Australia, Indonesia, quarries.
Closest Airport
Getting There
Delta, United, American &
Insel from other Caribbean
locations.  US carriers have
reduced number of flights so
any canceled flight causes
huge problems.  

Dive Conditions

Weather
 
Seas
 
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive staff said there was a 100 foot limit but it did not seem to be
enforced on our boat dives.  I did observe a DM picking up plastic bags.    
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
Boats had separate wash buckets for cameras but little else.  Some photogs.
complained of ambient particulent count and back-scatter.  To me their
photos look great.    ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

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Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
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Comments  
The good:  Diving in Bonaire, one of my all time favorite locations.  The
bad:  Having our 7:00 a.m. flight canceled at 4:30 a.m., as we were ready
to leave for the airport.  A disappointment:  Caribbean Club Bonaire's
operation needs improvement to reach its full, first class potential.  

The Good/Great:  For me, the spectacular Bonaire diving rivals anything
I've experienced so far.  This is my fourth trip there; on previous ones,
I've stayed at Buddy Dive and Captain Don's.  This time, I found a
generally healthy reef and an abundance of aquatic life.  We did shore
diving on our own and three days of 2 tank afternoon boat dives at Buddy
Dive.  On previous visits, I've been impressed by Buddy's organization and
efficiency. This time, it was a swirling circus of boats and divers coming
and going.  The dive crew was professional and hit all of their briefing
and safety targets but they seemed rushed, tired a tad overwhelmed.  In the
water, DM's were att ...
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