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Dive Review of Buddy Dive/Belmar Apartments in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive/Belmar Apartments, Jan, 2006,

by Irv Kaplan, NV, USA . Report 2319.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Through out the Carribean, Tahiti and Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The DMs were very accomodating about giving us our cameras once we entered the water and taking thame when we were exiting. No camera table, just a dunk bucket.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is my 4th time to Bonaire, but first time at the Belmar apartments. Previously, the only time we've been bothered by bugs was eating dinner at Richards (still good food, but expensive). We had 2 2-bedroom apartments on the first floor and all eight of us got badly bitten, by no-seeums, and we believe by spiders. Bug spray did little to releave the problem. Friends of mine, who arrived at the Belmar the day we left, had a second story apartment and had no problems with bug bites. If it wasn't for the bugs, our accomodations were very nice (AC in bedrooms only). I would recommend that they find a different place for their refigerator, since it pretty much blocked the hallway.

I was disappointed in the diving. Previousily we were there during Spring/Summer seasons, when visibility was in the 100' plus range. In January we experienced the raining season, so seas were up and visibility was down. We saw one turtle off the Belmar, no lobsters or crabs. We finally saw the house octopus out hunting, and we did get see a large Green Moray free swimming in the water column over the top of the reef.

No problems with crime, but then there really weren't many tourists to attract the thieves. Food is still expensive and the diving is easy. I will return, back not in January.
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