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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Mark S. Reckman, Ohio, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 401
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Entire Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
"soft" limit of one hour per dive.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
There is only one half decent photo shop on the island - Fish Eye Photo
(formerly Sand Dollar Photo). It was totally wiped out by Huricane Lenny
and is rebuilding. Look for much improvement in 12 months.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
     Huricane damage from Nov. 2000 is apparent from 0 to 30 feet. The
sites in Washington Park were badly damaged. The sites along the
"middle" of the east coast are actually still in good shape. The
damage above water has been largely repaired.
     We think the dive operation at Buddy dive is great. Their "drive
thru" is great for shore diving. We liked the staff. The rest of the
resort operation is OK. The units are small but clean and funcional and
have kitchens. A truck comes with each room - great for shore diving. Buddy
Dive was just purchased by the Plaza.
     We looked at rooms at the Lion's Den and Captain Don's (the new
rooms). Those resorts look a little better than Buddy Dive. But, Buddy
Dive's dive operation is as good or better.
     We also stayed two nights at the Plaza. Typical 5 star resort - nice
big rooms, good service and fancy. Food is just so,so. Mostly European
guests. Big dive operation at the Plaza. We liked it but, it is expensive.
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