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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Fiona Rattray, ON, Canada
Report Number 77
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Curacao, Roatan, St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River, Nassau,
Florida, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computer  
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
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The staff at Buddy Dive and Resort were helpful and friendly. Thanks
Heleen!  Good selection of gear and true 24/7 diving available.
Great variety of non-dive activities offered through the dive shop:
mangrove snorkel, kayaking, bicycling. We did only 
shore diving, and used the drive-through fill station. All fills were 3100#
except one at 2800#. We left the windows down on our Toyota Hilux, 
and always returned to find our clothes, mini-first aid kit, coffe mugs,
water, shoes just as we had left them,  no matter what time of day or
location we
dived at. Saw turtles, wahoo, tarpon, lots of baitfish, stingray, octopus,
plus the usual tropical suspects in abundance. I expected to
notice more damage from Lenny than I did. Took a resort rebreather course
from Walt at Rec Teck Scuba -thanks Walt. It was great - fish came right up
to you since there are
minimal bubbles from the semi-closed rebreather. We ate at a lot of good
restaurants - the restaurant association now publishes a 
guide to restaurant hours and locations which is helpful. Minimal mosquitos
at this time of year. Flew American from Toronto to Miami, Dutch Carribean
(formerly ALM)
from Miami to Bonaire; minimal airport transfer hassles and our luggage
arrived with us.  This was a nice relaxing dive vacation.
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