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Dive Review of Buddy Dive/Sun Oceanfront Apts in
Bonaire

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bill and Donna Goodwin, AL, USA
Report Number 2293
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Grand cayman, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Bequia, Roatan,
Key West, New Providence Is(Bahamas), Fernando de Noronha (Brazil), San
Blas Is (Panama), Galapagos Is, Soccoro Is (Mex), Maui, Red Sea (Aqaba,
Yanbu), Southern California    (Channel Islands, coast), Cabo San Lucas,
Loreto, La Paz  
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No gloves, no touching reef - otherwise no enforced restrictions  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
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
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
All resorts we "passed through" (most allow divers not staying
there to use the facilities) had dedicated camera rinse tanks and photo ops
on site.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
5 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  
The shore diving, obviously, is what drives the diving style on Bonaire.
Divers must have thich-soled booties for the sharp, hard shore. Entries are
easy unless surf is up (seldom is). Infamous Bonaire petty thievery seems
to occur most at sites in town and north of town. When going to those
places we never leave anything of value in the car. To the south we have
never seen or heard of thieves working the divers' cars. Our truck is
always recognizable at the dive sites: "There's that truck again, the
one with all the water bottles stacked up on the roof being warmed by the
sun. When we go out for a day on Bonaire, we have 3 tanks apiece, lots of
water for rinsing off and drinking, a cooler, cheese, baguette, cookies,
etc, and spend the entire day either south or north. The "secret"
to Bonaire diving (maybe ALL rec diving) is SLOWNESS. We had two dives that
went significantly longer than 100 minutes this trip - it's those long last
thousand pounds in the shallows where SO MUCH is going on. An excellent way
to do it in Bonaire since there isn't too much topographical difference
between sites is to find a place you like (above and below water) and do 2
or 3 dives there EVERY day, being sure to include one late in the afternoon
for "rush hour" on the reef. This way you get to really see
what's going on in the reef community. We discovered a phenomenon that
happened every day between 5 and 5: 15 at a far south site: in about 12
feet of water we would suddenly find ourselves in the midst of what we
began calling a "meteor shower" - an absolute avalanche of very
fast swimming scads (rather largish bait fish) by the zillions who would
come racing toward and past us, audible as they passed, and absolutely
dazzle us for maybe 45 seconds. On the best days three such meteor showers
would occur in the space of 15 minutes. Bonaire is the best for pure and
easy fun diving, incredibly healthy reefs, and huge quantity and variety of
fish life. SunOceanfront Apts have a perfect location downtown, walking
distance to many good restaurants, and a very attentive management (Josie
and Muys) and convenient, excellent dive operation (the great Bert for
Buddy Dive).
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