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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Hal Berson, NY, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4674
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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