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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort/Caribberan Club Bonaire in

Buddy Dive Resort/Caribberan Club Bonaire: "Great Bonaire Diving but a Disappointing Resort Experience", Oct, 2015,

by Kendall Valentine, DC, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8576.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Galapagos, Australia, Indonesia, quarries.
Closest Airport Getting There Delta, United, American & Insel from other Caribbean locations. US carriers have reduced number of flights so any canceled flight causes huge problems.

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive staff said there was a 100 foot limit but it did not seem to be enforced on our boat dives. I did observe a DM picking up plastic bags.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Boats had separate wash buckets for cameras but little else. Some photogs. complained of ambient particulent count and back-scatter. To me their photos look great. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The good: Diving in Bonaire, one of my all time favorite locations. The bad: Having our 7:00 a.m. flight canceled at 4:30 a.m., as we were ready to leave for the airport. A disappointment: Caribbean Club Bonaire's operation needs improvement to reach its full, first class potential.

The Good/Great: For me, the spectacular Bonaire diving rivals anything I've experienced so far. This is my fourth trip there; on previous ones, I've stayed at Buddy Dive and Captain Don's. This time, I found a generally healthy reef and an abundance of aquatic life. We did shore diving on our own and three days of 2 tank afternoon boat dives at Buddy Dive. On previous visits, I've been impressed by Buddy's organization and efficiency. This time, it was a swirling circus of boats and divers coming and going. The dive crew was professional and hit all of their briefing and safety targets but they seemed rushed, tired a tad overwhelmed. In the water, DM's were att ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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