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Dive Review of buddy dive in
Bonaire

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Connie Thousand, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5046
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel Mexico, Maui Hawaii, Southern California, Aruba
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
none  
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
5 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  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
Snorkeling
3 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
We rented a 4 bedroom house called "Eldakia" through Sunrentals. 
I'll never do that again.  It costs us $400 per day and the house was in
poor shape.  Here were a few of the problems:

1.  There was no hot water in the kitchen or the front
 bedroom during waking hours.  I could have saved a lot of money if I
didn't need the house to have hot water.

2. There was an ant infestation in the kitchen when we
arrived.  The house should have been checked before we got
there.  They fumigated after we complained, but the house
smelled for 2 days thereafter.

3.  The stove/oven is very rusty and the oven
didn't work at all.

4.  The roof in the front bedroom leaked on my friends
head the first night we were there.

5.  The air conditioner in the back bedroom leaked on
our heads.

6.  There wasn't adequate lighting in the dining
room or the living room. There is only indirect
"mood" type lighting.  We couldn't read or
fill out our dive log books in the kitchen or den.

7.  The laminates on the kitchen cabinets were coming
off.

8.  The sliding glass door was sticking most of the
time we were there.

9.  Light bulbs were missing.

I did not expect luxury, but for almost $400/night, I
didn't expect a house in that poor of shape.

I sent Sunrentals my list of complaints and the answer that came back was
"too bad".  Renting a house wasn't great anyway because there was
no real reef off of the house to dive.  So, we had to pack up the truck and
drive everywhere.  This took time to get 6 people going.  I will stay at
one of the dive resorts on the water in the future.  

We did only shore diving and renting a truck is a must.  We rented through
Budget and it took forever to get through their process.  Expect to spend
an hour getting your truck.  Give youself plenty of time at the airport to
return the truck - even if you are returning it at 2 a.m. They are
painfully slow.

We did an unlimited shore dive package through Buddy Dive.  We had 6 people
in our group.  One was a snorkeler only and one other only wanted to dive 2
or 3 days.  Buddy dive would not make accomidations for those who didn't
want the unlimited package.  They said either all of us do the unlimited or
no one does.  This is understandable because some people cheat the system
and only buy one package and share their tanks.  But, it put us in a bind. 
So, if you have someone who doesn't want the unlimited package, don't show
up with them when you purchase yours. Have them go separately.  The drive
through tank pickup policy was great.  Originally, Buddy Dive had said they
would drop off tanks at our house every morning.  They did so for two
mornings but stopped after that.  Also, they never got the tanks there by
the time we were ready to go.  So, it's better to just plan to go up to
Buddy Dive and pick up your tanks for tomorrow.  But, don't forget that the
drive through closes at 6 pm.   

Every shore dive spot was awesome.  It cracked us up though that every 100
yards down the beach was a new "shore dive" site.  Shoot, it's
all the same reef - nothing is different.  But, it's all good.  Guess they
have to do that to sell the shore dive book.  We also laughed at their
"rocky entry".  We're from southern california.  Their rocky
entry looks like pebbles to us.  Even my 64 year old mother had no problem
with the "rocky entry".  Do your north end diving in the morning
and your south end diving in the afternoon.  Less windy that way.

The house reef off of Buddy's was excellent, particularly for night
diving.

We went to the national park the last day.  Skip it.  It's basically a hot,
dusty, desert.  We did go by the land wind surfing site which looked fun,
but they were booked for the day.  

Our cell phones only worked on Roaming.  My blackberry didn't work at all. 
Friends who stayed at Buddy Dive Resort said the internet access was spotty
at best.  


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