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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort, Aug, 2011,

by Daniel S Camara, MD, NY, US ( 1 report). Report 6174.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Belize, Fiji, Noronha Brazil, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Small water container for camera equipment . Boats were small and extremely crowded particular one called Bayetta. No room at all and this was the main boat for the non group divers for several days (8:30 and 10:30 Dives)

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments This was my third and last visit to Buddy Dive Resort.Although the 2 bed room apt was recently renovated the toilets did not flush properly and needed 2 maintenance repair visits. I had to kill at least 3 large cockroaches in the apartment and the building grounds was swarming with these creatures every night.
In one of the dives during a Dive briefing I try to get a cup of water and was rudely admonish by the dive instructor , a military "want to be" by the name of JOB, to sit down imediately . As I returned to the resort,to my surprise,I was called in to the office of the Dive manager (Augusto)and told that I was displaying a disruptive behavior and I may have my diving privileges suspended. This whole incident is reminiscent of a scene during a flight from the movie "Anger Management" with Jack Nicholson. I protested this event with the manager the resort (Michele)with no results. I am a 62 years old Physician with 490 logged dives and have never reprimanded during a diving vacation. There are excellent Dive instructors at this resort such as Franchesca, Irene, Martin, Scott and Murphy to mention a few . However the military and inappropriate style of the one I mentioned above and the treats form the dive manager took away my fondness for the resort.I will never return. I would suggest the readers to consider Harbor Village, the Plaza or Habitat. I also recommend highly the Paris Bistro for Dinner.
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