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Dive Review of Buddy Dive/Caribbean Club Bonaire in
Bonaire/whole island

Buddy Dive/Caribbean Club Bonaire: "20+ years experience and over 600 dives in Bonaire", Feb, 2016,

by Greg Oppenhuizen, MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 9352.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Multiple locations in the Carribean, Atlantic, North, Central, South American Pacific, Indian Ocean Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hawaii, Malaysia and Great Lakes.
Closest Airport Divi Flamingo Getting There Delta via Atlanta. There are lots of ways. Baggage is a problem on Insel - you've been warned!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions If you want to do anything you want without somebody bugging you; shore dive in Bonaire. Just use your head. You will experience degrees of harassment and fellow diver incompetence on the boats.The solution is: don't boat dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 I have thousands of Bonaire images. It is a good macro location. To truck/shore ... 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 5 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 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments I have gone to Bonaire at least once a year for over 20 years. I have stayed at many locations, rented vehicles from many sources. I have well over 600 dives on Bonaire. Some of the best dives don't have yellow rocks. Get the Book, 'Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy' if you are new to the island. Rent a pick up, have a designated non-diver stay with the truck at all but the most obscure sites(work it out), get groceries from Van Den Tweel, eat breakfast at your resort then spend the day on the road. It's easy to do 4 dives a day, or more. Only use a boat for Klein Bonaire, if you must. Dive where you want, when you want, how you want.

Take larceny seriously or they will get you, I guarantee it. I have stories...more than one.

February weather is predictably and reliably 82F, sunny to partly cloudy, with very brief isolated showers. You will do worse than this weather in February further north in the Caribbean. It cools to the mid 70's at night. There is a steady trade wind, it's not a breeze - its a wind which keeps the bugs down.

English is spoken everywhere, but there are more Europeans than Americans. The dollar is the official currency. Prices are reasonable by Caribbean standards. They used to be 30% cheaper when the currency was Antillean Guilders but Bonaire is a great buy compared to Cayman.

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By Greg Oppenhuizen in MI, US at Nov 26, 2016 13:34 EST  
Important!!!: Bloodlet to Rapel is 30 minutes one way, but you MUST swim back to Bloodlet to get out. You cannot exit the water at Rapel (cliff). Total dive time is 60 minutes. DO NOT TRY THIS IF YOU ARE A HEAVY BREATHER!!!
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