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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive, Mar, 2005,

by Colleen Kabat, WI, USA . Report 1813.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving 10 years diving. Cozumel, Akumal (ocean & cenotes), Grand Cayman, Belize, Aruba, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None - shore dives are shallow, permitting 2 or 3 dives each day, including 2 night dives.
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate dunk tanks at dive shop for cameras.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our first trip to Bonaire. I searched the internet and "Trip Advisor" for comments on where to stay. Buddy Dive seemed to have what we needed. Upon arrival, the office staff seemed "scattered." We never found continuity with personnel. The resort has pretty shabby looking grounds and a moss covered pool. Their rooms are getting old, but they are huge. We had a beach front room with a kitchen & living room and nice walk out patio. We were told by other guests that the resort was recently sold and that the owner is not on the premises. This is obvious. The staff is not very friendly and don't look for many smiles among them!

We soon realized that a lot of the resort's guests are return customers and meet up with the same people year after year. This was a hassle when it came time to putting our names on the board for boat dives. Some people were there as soon as they could sign up and filled most of the spaces. Watch for this! Get down to the dive shop early! Find out when they set up the roster and BE THERE! My husband and I had only 6 boat dives each and had a hard time getting on the lists!

The resort is located next to Captain Don's and they are virtually on the same reef. The restaurant between, Lion's Den, is excellent! We think it's the best restaurant on the island. Next time we're there we will probably eat there every night.

The diving in Bonaire is awesome. We've been all over and have never seen schools of fish like we did there. Klein Bonaire was okay, but they had just had damage from a storm, so the reefs weren't as spectacular as we thought they would be. We actually liked the house reef at Buddy better. The night dives there were great. We were accompanied by "Charlie," a 6-1/2 foot long tarpon that lives on the reef and likes to "hunt" with the aid of divers' lights. I had heard about him, but my husband hadn't - was he shocked when this huge, silver, mirror-like fish came swimming between us! He followed us back to the pier and when we went up to Lion's Den for dinner, divers were all excited that they saw a huge tarpon and some divers - we cracked up and told them it was us. They were amazed and several of them had never done a night dive. I think we sold them on that idea!

We did take our truck to other shore dive locations and we LOVED those dives! We went down to Invisibles and found the eagle ray down there. We had a close encounter with him and got nice pictures.

Make it your goal to look for the frogfish on the shore reefs. We found a pink one after about an hour's search!

Some very nice, wise divers told us something that really made an impact on our diving in Bonaire. They said "Let the reef come to you." We did - it worked! We saw more turtles, eels, scorpion fish, sea horses, shrimp, etc., than we could count.

Guess where we're going diving next? You guessed it! Bonaire!!!
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