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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John, GA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3821
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Cozumel, Puget Sound
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
76   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
For boat dives: 
Maximum depth 80-100 feet.
Maximum dive time 1 hour.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Our family group of five stayed at Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire for a week
in January 2008.  Their slogan is Eat, Sleep & Dive, so well report

EATING:  We liked the daily breakfast buffet, which was part of the resort
package.  There was an assortment of prepared hot and cold items, plus eggs
cooked to-order.  Lunch at the Pool Bar was convenient and pretty good.  We
preferred to go into Kralendijk for dinner.  Restaurants we liked included
City Café, Cactus Blue, Capriccio & Paris Bistro.  Pick up a
tourist magazine to find out what days different restaurants are closed. 
Most restaurants where closed from 2 to 5 pm and practically everything was
closed on Sunday.  You should probably make reservations to get in the most
popular places.

SLEEPING: We had a 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartment, with living room and
kitchen.  The unit was showing its age but was comfortable enough. Each
bedroom was air-conditioned and had two twin beds pushed together to form a
double.  There was no air conditioner or ceiling fan in the living room, so
it could get stuffy.  Sometimes there was not enough hot water. The kitchen
was outfitted to prepare and serve meals.  Front desk operations seemed to
be a weak point.  We were not met at the airport as we had arranged, it
took a couple days to repair the apartment door lock, and we encountered
another guest who found them less than helpful in resolving a lost luggage
situation. The resort has wireless internet service, but if you dont bring
a laptop you will need to use an internet café down the road.

DIVING:  We did about half boat dives and half shore dives.  Bottom
conditions were similar at all the sites we saw, consisting of a sandy
shelf to about 30 feet and then a steep slope to over 100 feet.  Reef
conditions were very good, with an abundance of corals, invertebrates and
the usual fish.  We also encountered some seahorses, eagle rays, turtles,
eels and tarpon.  Dive staff was friendly, capable and helpful.  The shop
was well-stocked, has rental gear available, provides storage for dive gear
and there is also a digital camera center.  Boat dive sign-up is a chalk
board system.  Most trips were less than full, but we were careful to
sign-up quickly to make sure we got the trips we wanted.  The boats go to
sites not accessible from shore.  A divemaster goes in the water and leads
a loose group, with dives limited to 80 feet and one hour.   For shore
diving, you are completely on your own, using a vehicle included in the
resort package.  We had a low-mileage, seven-passenger Mitsubishi van. 
Smaller groups get a crew-cab pickup and all that we saw appeared near-new,
with manual transmissions.  There is a convenient drive-thru for dropping
off empty tanks and picking up full ones.  Take a look at the notebook of
air photos of each shore dive site in the dive shop to help plan your shore
diving.   Most sites are well-marked, but we did encounter another group
using a map that had different site numbers than on the markers.  

OTHER STUFF: We also enjoyed the mangrove snorkel trip and a night at the
casino.  The cave exploration trip is interesting, but be prepared for some
rock climbing, a few fresh water shrimp that bite, and bees.
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