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Dive Review of BUDDY DIVE in
Bonaire/NA

BUDDY DIVE, Nov, 2008,

by Ernie Plourde, Ct., United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 4530.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving CAYMAN, ST.LUCIA, AUSTRALIA, BELIZE, MAUI, OHAU, GALOPAGOS, CURACAO, CHUUK LAGOON, FIJI,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 FT. FOR 60 MINUTES, NOT REALLY ENFORCED
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments WE HAD 18 DIVERS ON OUR BOAT, MOST WITH CAMERAS, SOME WITH LARGE CAMERA HOUSINGS. THE CAMERA RINSE BUCKETS FILLED QUICKLY AND WERE OVER=FULL.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Dive Operation has improved since my last visit as the crew now puts the tanks on board instead of the divers. The crew themselves were great, they gave the dive briefing and then you didn't see them again until you surfaced or needed them. The reef itself was noticeably beat up with toppled coral heads and dusting due to OMAR. The fish life was still abundant including the turtles and sea horses. We also came across a large eagle ray feeding in the sand and were able to get decent video. The tanks were a little light, usually between 2400 and 2800, so if you have to have 3000 psi, make sure you tell them. Our first boat needed service but got us there and back with little problem as long as you didn't mind the diesel smell, we changed boats on Friday. Pepe, Carlos and Francesca, the dive crew let us pick the dive sites if we wanted to, very free diving.The food was good at the pool bar, the Lion's Den however had issues, poor service and nights in the bath room, not good. At the pool bar the service was also good and if you had problems anywhere besides the dive operation, Irma would get it taken care of to your satisfaction. As usual, the shore diving was great although the entry and exit could be tricky.They are still requiring permits to do SALT PIER and TOWN PIER. I could see it for TOWN PIER as it is a overhead environment, but not SALT PIER, that needs to be changed. All and all, it was a very good trip which I will do again.
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