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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Marilyn Mitchell, mi, USA
Report Number 3143
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Both of us have experience all over the Carribean, Mexico, Honduras and
Grand Cayman.  Gary has experience in The Great Lakes, Vancouver, the
Channel Islands of California and Truk Lagoon. 
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were limited to one hour with the exception of the Hilma Hooker,
which was limited to 45 minutes.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Forty divers took this trip which was offered by Huron Scuba in Ann Arbor,
MI. Buddy Dive is a nice resort - not fancy or luxurious, but clean and
neat. Lion's Dive used to be next door but it has been taken over by Buddy
Dive. There are three pools, a beach bar and a restaurant. The food was
very good, especially in the restaurant, although the service was slow. Our
one bedroom condo was roomy and comfortable. Only the bedroom has AC but a
great breeze is always blowing, keeping things comfortable. Take DEET - it
got rid of the mosquitoes and sand fleas. The dive operation is very good.
We did 6 or 8 boat dives. Buddy Dive has three boats and the 36 footer we
were on was very comfortable, with easy giant stride entries off a large
swim platform. The captain and divemasters were helpful and always asked
where we wanted to go that day. We also did a number of shore dives,
including Oil Slick Leap (giant stride entry off a ledge and a ladder for
exit), Angel City, Bari Reef, the Town Pier (night dive) and Windsock.
Also, the house reef is pretty good, especially at night when Charlie the
Tarpon accompanies divers or when the big grouper hunts using divers'
lights to find food. Although we saw no sharks, turtles or rays, there were
LOTS of reef fish of all kinds and three or four kinds of eels. Also, we
saw a huge octopus during a daytime dive as well as two or three on the
house reef during night dives. 
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