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Dive Review of Buddy's Dive Resort in
Bonaire

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Ewing, va, USA
Report Number 914
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
80   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
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 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
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Our first trip to Bonaire. Hard to imagine that any operation can be any
more accomodating to serious divers than Buddy's Dive Resort in Bonaire. 
Boat diving was excellent and divemasters Murph and Zoo were the absolute
best!  Daytime water temp was 81 F top to bottom at most sites and 79 F at
night.  Visibility probably exceeded 100 ft on most dives, down to maybe 80
ft at Salt Pier.  The "drive thru" part of Buddy's is a much
better service than we anticipated.  Shore diving in Bonaire is, of course,
primo and after 6 intensive days of diving, we're anxious to get back for
the gazillion sites we couldn't make this trip.  The reef life was
spectacular.  The only negative we can think of has nothing to do with
diving, but rather calling cards.  Don't waste your money on a pre-paid
calling card purchased in the US.  We purchased one from "Is
card", an internet company I wouldn't give another dime to!  The card
was non-refundable and an absolute waste because we could not find a phone
on the island that would accept this card.  Complaints to "Is"
when we returned were basically answered with a 'too bad'.  Pre-paid
telephone calling cards can be easily purchased on the island and at very
reasonable rates. Bon Dia!  Michael & Cindy E.
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