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Dive Review of Buddy Dive/Belmar Apartments in
Bonaire

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Irv Kaplan, NV, USA
Report Number 2319
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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