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Buddy Dive, Mar, 2009,

by Hal Berson, NY, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4674.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Zanzibar, Cozumel, Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions While with Buddy Dive, 100 feet was the max.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I just read a recent report on Undercurrent describing the damage to the reefs around Bonaire and, unfortunately, I have to report the same observations. Much of the coral was dead and most of the inhabiting fish were juveniles. It was apparent that before the destruction, these were magnificent reefs, but the truth is that they will take quite some time to return. The direct flight from NYC and the accomodations make Bonaire a cheap and very easy destination and therefore worth a short trip if you need to get away. Buddy Dive itself was a good operation. The divemasters were all pretty laid back and were, for the mostpart, willing to help out in any way they could, especially Tina. We went on boat dives for the first day and the night dive, but quickly learned that the shore diving was much better and easier. We had a package that included a pickup truck so we just loaded up the tanks at the drivethrough and went where we wanted. One interesting observation we made was that the divemasters seemed to favor the north part of the island, but we found that the south was much better. It seemed that the reefs were not hit as hard the further south we went and there were far more schools of fish. Also, we chartered the recently revived Wild Side dive operation to take us out on the east side of the island where we finally saw a number of rays and turtles. All in a positive experience, but not nearly as good as the #1 ratings Bonaire achieves year after year in SCUBA magazine.
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