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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Banker, GA, USa
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 1704
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't leave less than 500 psi in the tank.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Rinse tanks for cameras and for cameras and regulators on land.  Camera
bucket on boat used for masks too.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
We did 18 shore dives and 6 boat dives in 7 days.  Wind reversal allowed
diving at Wilemstoren Lighthouse, unaffected by 2004 hurricane Ivan.  This
was our fifth year at Buddy Dive for a reason -- they are great!  No
hassles.  Fruit, cereal, eggs, omelets, sausage, juice, breakfast (comes
with the Drive and Dive package), take two tanks in the truck to dive
twice, lunch in our room usually PB&J, take two tanks to dive twice
more, dinner -- Lions Den, It Rains Fishes, Richards, Buddy's Friday night
BBQ, buy fish from Hispanic folks and bake it in the apartment, cook
spaghetti brought from home, go to bed, and repeat.  Free Nitrox this
month! 32% and 36%, our choice (saved $99 each).  Variations -- boat dive
to sites not reachable from shore, again no hassles.  Night dive on house
reef with the resident tarpon.  Dusk dive to see fish go to bed (yellowhead
wrasses dive into the sand -- awesome!).  Church service Sunday morning at
Trans World Radio.  Only bad thing was that our Olympus C-750 pictures
colored some underwater stuff with a reddish cast not seen in above water
pictures.  It allowed a picture to clearly show a frogfish; whereas
underwater the fish was so perfectly camoflaged such that a divemaster had
to make it move before either of us saw it.  If we had known about the wind
reversal before leaving home, we could have made arrangements to dive the
two East side dive sites.  It's unfortunate that Air Jamaica will cease
service to Bonaire in August.  They have been competent, reliable, and
courteous for the past five years.
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