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Dive Review of Buddy Dive in
Bonaire

Buddy Dive, Feb, 2003,

by Mark S. Reckman, Ohio, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 401.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Entire Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm
Water Temp 76 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions "soft" limit of one hour per dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There is only one half decent photo shop on the island - Fish Eye Photo (formerly Sand Dollar Photo). It was totally wiped out by Huricane Lenny and is rebuilding. Look for much improvement in 12 months.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Huricane damage from Nov. 2000 is apparent from 0 to 30 feet. The sites in Washington Park were badly damaged. The sites along the "middle" of the east coast are actually still in good shape. The damage above water has been largely repaired.
We think the dive operation at Buddy dive is great. Their "drive thru" is great for shore diving. We liked the staff. The rest of the resort operation is OK. The units are small but clean and funcional and have kitchens. A truck comes with each room - great for shore diving. Buddy Dive was just purchased by the Plaza.
We looked at rooms at the Lion's Den and Captain Don's (the new rooms). Those resorts look a little better than Buddy Dive. But, Buddy Dive's dive operation is as good or better.
We also stayed two nights at the Plaza. Typical 5 star resort - nice big rooms, good service and fancy. Food is just so,so. Mostly European guests. Big dive operation at the Plaza. We liked it but, it is expensive.
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