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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort: "Still in love with Bonaire and Buddy Dive Resort", Oct, 2015,

by Paul S Jacobsen, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9310.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, California, Caribbean, Micronesia
Closest Airport BON Getting There United. Check In on departure is very long and slow.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Ask you to do a self check out dive on house reef as the first dive. Boat dives are guide about 60 minutes, but you can do what ever profile you want.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... 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 4 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 My dive buddy a life long friend and I booked with Buddy Dive resort on short notice. We were flexible and Buddy had an opening, with the proviso that we had to change rooms the last day. We found out once we arrived that it was the second week of Bonaire Tek 2015 so the resort was sold out with Tek divers. However even sold out the resort didnt feel crowded and we had no issues with service. We booked the Unlimited Shore dive package that comes with a truck rental, breakfast, and Transfers. The pricing on that package is a great value. We did get sort of the bottom of the barrel truck for our rental, since the tailgate didnt open, which Buddy did change trucks after we noted that it wouldnt work for shore diving. I assume that all of the better trucks were already booked.

We flew on United and had to overnight in Newark, but the flight from Newark arrived Bonaire early afternoon. No need to be the first through immigration as the Buddy Dive transfer is a bus and waits for all guests from that flight. Your luggage is put on a separate truck and is delivered to you at the resort. With the flight schedule we were able to get checked-in, get our truck rental, unpack, grab lunch, buy our dive tags, make the mandatory orientation briefing, get our weights, set up our gear, and do an equipment check dive on the arrival day. It could ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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