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Dive Review of Buddy Dive Resort in
Bonaire/west and SW

Buddy Dive Resort: "Shore Diving", Sep, 2016,

by David Grenda, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 9410 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Southeastern/Western USA, Bahamas, Caribbean, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Eastern Australia, Chuuk, and Yap.
Closest Airport Getting There Delta Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions For boat dives the staff wanted you back within 60 minutes. Shore diving was unlimited.
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 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 3 stars
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 4 stars
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Comments We go to Bonaire every three years or so because of the fantastic shore diving. The last few times we've stayed at Buddies (nice accommodations, super house reef, drive-through tank pickup). As soon as you leave luggage claim at the airport, look for a Buddies representative for your ride to the resort. They will take your luggage directly to your room while you check-in at the front counter of the resort. We got a room on the ground floor (the first floor rooms are actually one level up, so be aware of that to avoid confusion). There was a sole A/C unit above the outside door to the bedroom and a ceiling fan in the main room (not all units have ceiling fans - the fan made things much more comfortable). The place was clean and there was plenty of room for us. The kitchen had a stove, microwave, and standard kitchen utensils/dishes. We've been told that dive gear can sometimes walk away if you leave them unattended to dry on the ground floor patio (it didn't happened to us, but we've heard stories of people losing stuff on their last day as they dried things before packing). The resort discourages parking vehicles along the driveways (they've added large rocks in the gravel along the shoulder) but some people still do. They've constructed individual gear lockers by the dock, in lieu of open rooms with pegs along the walls to hang gear. There are some individual (smaller) lockers, but generally you share one. There are two cabled BC hangers attached to a cross rod so it can be tough for a shorter person to hang their BC in an upper locker. On the other hand, the lower lockers tend to get dripped on by gear in the upper lockers. Also, not all lockers have the same space, so it might be good scout out the lockers and request a spe ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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