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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in

Buddy Dive Resort: "Buddy Dive: Hard to beat for a relaxing dive trip", Apr, 2014,

by Lori Pottinger, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 7799.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We've been to Buddy Dive twice, and each time we marvel at how easy it is to get a week's diving in here while also being almost as relaxed as on a liveaboard. Great diving from the house reef, breakfast in the open air, decent little kitchen to cook lunch and the occasional dinner, and a fleet of boats to take you to farther locales. Of course, you can do nothing but shore diving here, too--tank up on site in a rental car arranged by Buddy Dive, and off you go to one of the many shore diving sites, conveniently marked up and down the coast. We've taken to doing more boat dives than shore dives at this point (though the house reef is worth a few dives!). The boats are comfortable and the crews are professional and fun, though in a week you may run out of new places to dive if the seas are high and the wind up (as we experienced)--because the captains will forgo the far northern sites if it's too rough. On-site UW photography classes by John are worthwhile. We had interesting chats with a crew of young marine biologists from Europe who were working on a project on Klein Bonaire, and would go out with us most mornings--Bonaire really is a great place for sustainable reef management.

Rooms here are comfortable, not fancy but kept in good shape (and staff ready to solve problems that arise). We didn't try the new 'fancy' dining room, but hear good things. There are pools, a few nice sitting areas, decent if often crowded diving gear storage rooms, and a great bar area (with a fun happy hour for all guests once a week, I think).

Websites Buddy Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Solomons, Hawaii, Florida Keys, Cozumel, Wakatobi
Closest Airport Flamingo Getting There From SF Bay area, fly through Houston

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats have camera tank, divemasters hand camera to you. On land, a tank for cameras only. U/W classes available, and photo shows by the dive shop.
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