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Dive Review of Buddy Dive/Belmar Apartments in
Bonaire

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Johnson, IA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3144

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Reporter
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, BVI

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 79    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No commercial dives were made.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
As novice divers and underwater photographers Bonaire seems to be the best
of all possible destinations. Total lack of current at the locations we
dove combined with abundant subjects and excellent visibility made it
possible to safely dive, take modestly good photos and generally have a
wonderful time. We'll go back.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 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
5 stars    
Comments  
This was a family holiday trip with three kids ages 15 - 21. Stayed in a
three bedroom, two bath apartment at the Belmar which worked quite well for
this visit. Ate all breakfasts, most lunches and half of dinners in the
apartment. Local groceries are quite acceptable, but selection and price
are both factors.

Buddy Dive is associated with Belmar and maintains the on-site dive
operation. This was very satisfactory and dove the house reef several
times. Also dove the house reef at Buddy Dive twice and found that it was
also an excellent site.

Bonaire's shore diving was everything advertised and we all had a
"wee" of a time. None of us have enough experience to make any
sweeping claims, but everyone enjoyed themselves and would be willing to
return any time. About as good as it gets with this jaded group!
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