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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort: "So so operation at Buddy Dive", Dec, 2016,

by Bogdan Alexandrescu, MD, US ( 2 reports). Report 9950.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Buddy Dive operation was very disorganized. This is clearly too large of an operation and the different departments (booking, diving, concierge, etc) DO NOT work well together at all. There is an overall lack of communication between the departments and little attempt to please the customer when something doesn't go well.
This was our second time to Bonaire (first time to Bel Mar Apartments was much better in 2013). Our reservation was not handled properly as we were told that we could do our checkout dive on the afternoon of arrival however when getting there we were told that check out dives were only done in the morning. They acknowledged that the reservations person had made a mistake but made no effort to accommodate us that afternoon.
On several occasions they made faulty reservations (wrong times) at both an outside restaurant and they're own restaurant for a holiday dinner party.
They were certainly pleasant enough, but for some reason could not communicate or coordinate effectively with other entities, whether it was outside restaurants, other dive shops or even their own restaurant.
Probably the best part of the week stay was the breakfast especially the delicious omelettes.
Websites Buddy Dive Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia-GBR, Maldives, Caribbean (Saba, Bonaire, Cozumel, T&C, Bimini, Dominica, Little Cayman, Belize, Bahamas), Florida, Kauai, Maui, Kona, Iceland, Anilao, Socorros, Palau, California Channel Islands, North Carolina wrecks, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Bonaire Getting There US connection

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions - shore diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The critters were great especially at Salt Pier. However, in general the quality of the reef (corals and sponges) was substantially decreased vs out prior visit in 2013. This is not unique to Bonaire but seems to be the case across the Caribbean.
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