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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort: "Bonaire CCR Trek With East Coast Divers, 2021", Nov, 2021,

by Matthew Glass, MA, US ( 2 reports). Report 11757.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 In early November of 2021, East Coast Divers (ECD) of Brookline, MA sponsored a weeklong dive trip to Bonaire for a group of closed-circuit rebreather divers. This was a unique opportunity as almost all of the members of the trip team were newly certified on the units (Hollis Prism2). So we would all be learning to pilot our rebreathers without the strict supervision of our instructor Alex Dulavitz for the first time, together. We did have Nick Fazah of ECD as our trip leader. Nick is also an instructor on the Prism2, so it was great to have a pro with us to ensure we got our kit sorted, our weighting and trim dialed in, and our first experiences diving without bubbles executed with ease. The trip was an absolutely fantastic time!

Bonaire - Bon Bini!
For those of you who have been, you know that Bonaire has easily earned its semi-official title of “Diver’s Paradise” (it says so right on the license plates). Many years ago, the local government realized that diving was a substantial source of tourism and revenue. So, with the strong urging of a few of the local dive operations like Captain Don, they set about to create large protected reef habitats to ensure amazingly great conditions for their visiting dive friends. Nearly all of the “named” dive sites have a mooring affixed to the ocean floor for dive boats to tie up, and dropping anchor is strictly forbidden. This has helped maintain damage-free reefs for all to enjoy. Bonaire has a Dutch history, and there are many influences in the local culture. But it is without question, a Caribbean island, with all the pleasures and pitfalls that accompany such status.

The pleasures are; warm air and water (90F air and 84F water, when we were there), amazingly clear viz up to 80 feet, tasty fruity tropical beverages available at most restaurants, and a local economy largely geared toward tourism. The pitfalls; well, for me, there was just one. Bonaire (like many islands) bills itself as a place of “unhurried pace”. Any traveller (especially us fast-paced Northeasterners) to the Caribbean is aware of the slower, “island time” speed at which things happen, and Bonaire seems to take that concept to a professional level. Pro-Tip: don’t let yourself get too hungry by the end of the day, as dinner was often a lengthy affair, with order-to-appetizer taking an hour or more. I believe some of this was due to staffing and being in a late-stage pandemic situation. But that was truly my only complaint.

Getting there: At the writing of this article, Bonaire considers the US a “High Risk” country, and has somewhat s ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Buddy Dive Resort   [Hamlet Oasis

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving I've dived all over South Florida, New England, The Great Barrier Reef and parts of the Caribbean.
Closest Airport BON Getting There Boston, Through Atlanta to Bonaire.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 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 > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By Christopher Watt in MA, US at Nov 23, 2021 09:59 EST  
Nice review Matt!
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