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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jim MacKenzie, WA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4439
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound, Cozumel, Akumal, La Paz, Jamaica, Maui, Kauai, Lanai
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Fantastic, easy shore diving. Boat dives were a mixed bag. The sites we
went to on Klein Bonaire were a little disappointing - decent, but not as
good as the other dives. Buddy's system was easy and quick to check out
cylinders with EAN32 nitrox at no extra charge. Their pickup trucks were in
great condition. Favorite dive sites were Invisibbles, a double reef with
two fields of garden eels and a school of little barracuda that hung out
with us, and Karpata, a great wall dive. Salt Pier with the big tarpon and
the Town Pier night dives were definitely worth the price of the dive
guides. Good idea to reserve as soon as possible upon arrival because of
limited space and not always available for diving. The house reef was nice
and extends way beyond the property both north and south. Susan Porter's
Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy and Lonely Planet's Diving & Snorkeling
Bonaire were definitely worth bringing. Five of us stayed in the three
bedroom apartment and found it in good shape. Care had to be taken when
using the showers though as there were no shower cutains. The food at the
resort was good at the pool bar and excellent and expensive at the Lion's
Den Restaurant. The breakfast buffet was also good. I would recommend E
Terras for great local food at very cheap prices - and they were the nicest
people. After a night dive and not finding anything open they made us
dinner after the kitchen was technically closed. The goat stew was great.
They are off the beaten path by the stadium, but worth finding. Garden Cafe
on the main drag into Kralendijk is also recommended, having an eclectic
menu with a chef who has done it all and does it fantasticaly. Nice jazz
sundtrack when we were there too. Mi Banana was also good. The Buddy
negatives were how long it took to be able to move into our room with not
very good communication about what was going on, and the large number of
tanks with bad orings that would then leak (although dives averaged over an
hour). We didn't dive with them, but I think next time I would check out
and make reservations with LarrysWildsideDiving.com to dive the windward
side of the island. We were referred to them by Buddy's, but didn't get
around to it. They board on that side of the island, make a quick rough
crossing out of the bay into the open water and are quickly at the dive
site.
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