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Dive Review of Buddy Dive/Belmar Apartments in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive/Belmar Apartments, Dec, 2006,

by Steve Johnson, IA, USA . Report 3144.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, BVI
Closest Airport Getting There

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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