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Dive Review of Buddy Dive/Caribbean Club Bonaire in

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Dan Root, oh, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3705
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Palau, Truk, Lots of Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All shore diving, no restrictions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
After first couple of days, they lost the garden hose to fill the camera
bucket.  For the next 8 days they never found it, or filled the camera
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
We've been to Bonaire at least 1/2 dozen times.  Every time except the
first visit we have rented a car and strickly shore dived.  Can't write
enough on how nice it is to NOT be on a boat dive schedule.  It's a real
vacation when you can dive as much or as little as you want - whenever you
want.  We've never had problems with crime, but we listen to the local
recommendation on not leaving anything in your car, and leaving it unlocked
with the windows down.  We love Bonaire for the reasons stated above!  

We tried for the first time the Caribbean Club Bonaire, one of the northern
most places to stay - it's right next to Oil Slick (dive site).  With
better management, I would recommend this place.

The good:  Very good breakfasts, and great kitchen/bar staff.  A very nice
pool. Excellent location for northern dive sites (Oil Slick, 1000 Steps,
Karpata...).  Excellent local dive shop representative (Rita). Good
security. A nice Dutch atmosphere.

The bad:  Paid extra for an Ocean view - which means your patio faces the
ocean and you can see (barely) a small bit of water over the top of the
nearby vegetation and buildings.  Their Kitchen are very modest.  Hot
plate, broken toaster, 1/2 fridge.  Was told by manager that house keeping
came ever other day, in 10 days we saw them on the 2nd day, and not again
till the last day.  Asked for them to replace our patio light, and our
light outside the front door - they told me no problem, and never did
replace them.  The wall tile in the bathroom was literally about to fall
onto the floor, it was detached from the wall and barely staying up.  I
showed the manager this, and he told me maintenance would be there tomorrow
- tomorrow never came I suppose.

In general, with a manager who would do what he said he would do, and
follow-up on his own staff (house keeping), I would recommend this place
(keep in mind their were two managers and these problems were only reported
to the one manager).  However as is, I am not recommending this place. 
Bonaire has many nice places to stay, at reasonable rates.
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