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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jan Culbertson, WA, USA
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Report Number 4942
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Curacao, Mexico, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive our profiles/computers - did not push any limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
There are 2 rinse tanks specifically for cameras at BDR.  They are kept
very clean and if they aren't, there doesn't seem to be any problem with
changing the water as hoses are always available.  The only issue - the
tanks are small so if you happen to be rinsing when a boat comes in, your
camera could get tangled up and hit by other gear.  Most people I saw took
care around other folk's cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
I had heard that another hurricane had hit Bonaire.  The last one did quite
a bit of damage - but I think this one did more.  Basically there is not
much to see in many sites until you break over the reef.  Snorkeling is
just about non existant anymore.  One of my favorite dives - Oil Slick Leap
- really took a hit and really has been destroyed.  There is lots of sand
in the shallows that has covered up anything left in many sites.  There is
lots of building going on on the island - many of the locals we talked to
were not too happy about it - they think it is just a big waste.  I hear
more cruise ships are coming in, not sure why, unless Bonaire changes some
of its shopping policies - when we were there downtown was
"closed" for 3 days straight due to holidays and festivals - then
the locals complain that the cruise ships don't buy anything...

That said, I love Bonaire, I love the diving, the resort, the freedom to go
where I want.  I know it is not fantasy diving like Fiji - I come knowing
that, but I cannot go a year without planning my next trip back.  I have
made over 20 trips to Bonaire - I just wish it was a little easier to get
to - from Seattle it is a day long affair.  I recommend if you take the
Houston flight to reserve your room for the night before so you can be
assured to have a room when you arrive - else you might be waiting until
afternoon to get your room.  The resort is in pretty good shape, needs a
little paint here and there and some of the rooms could stand a real
overhaul - our room had doors missing on cabinets in the kitchen and only 2
burners worked.  On the flip side - the bathroom had a tub with great hot
water and great water pressure.  Food at the resort is good, a little
spendy, but BDR had a special last spring where we got 50% off up to $75
each and that was nice.  We never get the breakfast although it seems
plentiful - and I don't blame them for being "breakfast spies" -
making sure you don't take extra sandwich fixings for your lunch - or sneak
an extra yogurt.  We just make a joke about it when we see the ladies
telling people they can't take extras.

I am going back next spring - just can't stay away - 
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