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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort/Coral Paradise Resort in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive Resort/Coral Paradise Resort: "Bonaire's changed after 25 years", May, 2017,

by Bruce C Meissner, MD, US ( 1 report). Report 9981.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Ocean City, MD, North Carolina, Florida Keys, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There No direct flights from Maryland. Just one stop each way, not terrible.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On the boat, limited to 100 feet. General Buddy rule was don't go below 100, however when diving from shore, who's going to know? Realistically, not too much reason to go below 100 when diving Bonaire.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments 25 years ago I went to Bonaire as part of an Earthwatch group studying the reef off Bachelor's Beach area. I remember very laid back, no worry on crime and low development. Diving was great, but didn't have that many dives in warm water, so everything was great. Jump ahead 25 years, unbelievable amount of building and cruise ships arriving just about every day.

Stayed with Coral Paradise which is located easy walking distance to Captain Don's and Buddy's dive resorts. 8 rooms in the resort and run by the nicest people. Rooms clean, free wifi, airport transfer, and packages come with a pickup truck. Dive package could be from either Buddy's or Captain Don's, we chose Buddy's for no particular reason. Package was for a week.

25 years ago we got tanks from Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn, Buddy's has a nice drive thru to pick up tanks and package came with nitrox. 25 years ago didn't have the required orientation to protect the reefs and get your dive tag. Would have been nice to get a dive in t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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