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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Colleen Kabat, WI, USA
Report Number 1813
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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

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None - shore dives are shallow, permitting 2 or 3 dives each day, including
2 night dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Separate dunk tanks at dive shop for cameras.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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