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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort: "Four visits - four almost failed vacation", Oct, 2019,

by Timothy J Hedrick, IL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 11202 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments I sent this letter to Buddy Dive and their response is below. Odd how they stated that based on our other concerns verified by Buddy Dive had also received this a similar letter. I feel that Buddy Dive doesn’t care if we ever go back. No customer service and no concerns from Buddy dive. Read my summary and their letter…

A week ago (10/2019) we visited and dove Bonaire. It was our fourth time diving in Bonaire and staying at Buddy dive. We love the atmosphere and the idea of being totally on your own to plan and dive around the island. Over time, the reefs seem to have lost a little color (Bleaching is my best guess) but the abundance of fish has not changed. If you have been to Bonaire, you understand how much fun the island can be for a diver. Stopping at the Donkey Sanctuary between dives, taking in the history and the Cargill facility is always a must. This is a beautiful island and of course a diver’s paradise. According to their license plates. Or it should be…
In our four trips to Bonaire, only one trip was perfect. For your edification we always stayed at Buddy Dive. Our first trip as stated was perfect! We were on the north side of the resort (aka, the Lion’s Den). The apartment was perfect, our car had no issues and we met lots of great people.
Our second trip, they placed us in the original resort; which only had air conditioning in the bedroom. In addition, the doors would not lock, and the AC did not work. After a day of discussion with the Buddy dive staff, we were moved to a different room. Lost day of diving as we had to pack and unpack again.
Our third trip also had a few issues that took away from our dive time on the island. In our first car, the truck gate would not close, allowing for all our equipment and tanks to slide right out. After a one day of discussions with the staff, they replaced the truck. This truck worked well for one day, then the engine and oil light came on around Karpata. If your familiar with Bonaire, this is quite a distance from Buddy dive as the road is one way at this point. Upon returning to Buddy dive after a very slow drive to make it back, we had another discussion with the Buddy Dive staff. Again, they replaced the truck… One day of diving lost amid the truck issues.
Recently in October 2019, our last and most likely the final trip to Buddy dive was a disaster. The first truck they gave us was a deat ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Buddy Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Worldwide
Closest Airport Flamego Getting There For us, Chicago to houston - Houston to Bonaire

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, surge, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-100 Ft/ 30-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions NONE - Posted rules, but no one followed any of them.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments All they want to do is sell stuff at the camera shop. Rinse tanks were nicer, but they need to invest in plugs as they used tank caps to block t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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