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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive, Dec, 2006,

by Marilyn Mitchell, mi, USA . Report 3143.

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 Getting There

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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