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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive, Jun, 2006,

by Lisa Strickland, IL, USA . Report 2782.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Very good operation, especially for beginners. Slight current. Drive-thru for tanks was very convenient. Helpful with arranging dive at Salt Pier with one of their own divemasters leading us. She was great and was very attentive to the 15 yr old so he could see everything and finally have a 45 minute dive for the first time. She helped with his air consumption and relaxing. Shore dive to the Hilma Hooker was rough with a surf that beat us up on the return. The one boat dive we did, the DM pointed out 3 frogfish. Otherwise, we could dive our own profile as long as less than 60 minutes and 100 ft.
Nice breakfast buffet with omlettes to order. Theme night buffets in the bar on three nights. 3 pools with one at the bar so you can sit on stools in the pool under a cover. Dive shop is small in size and a tight squeeze when there are more than a few people in there at a time. 3 BR apts. are nice, but housekeeping was a little lax. Some days, the room would not be attended to until late afternoon and two days was never done.
Topside, we went on a 1919 sailing fishing vessel from Holland -Waanzinnig VD-17. Beautiful ship. Very courteous crew, beverages, cheese and sausage snacks. Sailed up and down coast for 2 hours. Could assist with the sails if wanted to. Arranged by Buddy Dive. Picked us up from the resort. The Samir was not sailing that month.
Overall, looking forward to returning.
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