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Buddy Dive, May, 2005,

by Robert Banker, GA, USa (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 1704.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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