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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort, Feb, 2005,

by Marjorie Griffing, MN, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 1966.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Florida Keys, Bermuda, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, various sites in MN and WI
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On boat dives, time and depth. On shore dives, none.
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 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Boats had rinse tanks but no tables. But boat diving isn't the reason to come to Bonaire.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Good: The diving. There was complete freedom to dive when and where you wanted. The reef off the resort was quite nice. We dove it several times, including at night. Large tarpon followed us at night hoping our dive lights would help them locate dinner. This is the place to look for small things -- seahorses, frog fish, etc.

The Bad: The accomodations were somewehat run down. We had a problem with water leaking into our 3 bedroom unit. The bedrooms are air conditioned, the rest of the units are not. If you leave the doors open to get ventilation, the no-see-ems would be vicious. Don't forget the bug spray!! During the time we were their, it seemed they had more Nitrox divers than usual. Frequently, Nitrox (which was to be unlimited) was very limited.

What I Wished I had Known: Getting to Bonaire is a long haul from MN. We will go back, but will stay for more than one week given that it took us about 18 hours to get there including the 4 hour layover in Aruba.
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