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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort: "Busy week but better than expected after Matthew", Oct, 2016,

by David Bader, NC, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 9162.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Various sites in the Caribbean Islands, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans
Closest Airport BON Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions You must buddy up but can dive your own profile within boat limitations and within sight of the dive guides. All dives were guided with two dive guides. Max depth was 100ft with a time limit of one hour.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Boats had no tables and only two small buckets for cameras. Each bucket cou ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We were concerned about this trip given that Hurricane Matthew had just passed through the area the week before and the storm was headed straight for us in NC. Fortunately, we were able to bypass the storm with only slight delays. We arrived in Bonaire at 3PM and were at the resort by 3:30. The first problem we ran into was that we had booked our week at the same time as Bonaire Tek Week at Buddy Dive and the annual Regata headquartered at a park near the resort.

We checked in by 4 and took our bags to the room and headed for the dive shop. After standing in line for about 15 minutes, I reached the front desk with my completed paperwork in hand at 4:40. The employee took my paper work when someone came in from the back room and said they were no longer checking in any divers. We protested but to no avail. We were told to re ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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