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Dive Review of buddy dive in

buddy dive, Apr, 2009,

by Connie Thousand, CA, USA ( 1 report). Report 5046.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We rented a 4 bedroom house called "Eldakia" through Sunrentals. I'll never do that again. It costs us $400 per day and the house was in poor shape. Here were a few of the problems:

1. There was no hot water in the kitchen or the front
bedroom during waking hours. I could have saved a lot of money if I
didn't need the house to have hot water.

2. There was an ant infestation in the kitchen when we
arrived. The house should have been checked before we got
there. They fumigated after we complained, but the house
smelled for 2 days thereafter.

3. The stove/oven is very rusty and the oven
didn't work at all.

4. The roof in the front bedroom leaked on my friends
head the first night we were there.

5. The air conditioner in the back bedroom leaked on
our heads.

6. There wasn't adequate lighting in the dining
room or the living room. There is only indirect
"mood" type lighting. We couldn't read or
fill out our dive log books in the kitchen or den.

7. The laminates on the kitchen cabinets were coming

8. The sliding glass door was sticking most of the
time we were there.

9. Light bulbs were missing.

I did not expect luxury, but for almost $400/night, I
didn't expect a house in that poor of shape.

I sent Sunrentals my list of complaints and the answer that came back was "too bad". Renting a house wasn't great anyway because there was no real reef off of the house to dive. So, we had to pack up the truck and drive everywhere. This took time to get 6 people going. I will stay at one of the dive resorts on the water in the future.

We did only shore diving and renting a truck is a must. We rented through Budget and it took forever to get through their process. Expect to spend an hour getting your truck. Give youself plenty of time at the airport to return the truck - even if you are returning it at 2 a.m. They are painfully slow.

We did an unlimited shore dive package through Buddy Dive. We had 6 people in our group. One was a snorkeler only and one other only wanted to dive 2 or 3 days. Buddy dive would not make accomidations for those who didn't want the unlimited package. They said either all of us do the unlimited or no one does. This is understandable because some people cheat the system and only buy one package and share their tanks. But, it put us in a bind. So, if you have someone who doesn't want the unlimited package, don't show up with them when you purchase yours. Have them go separately. The drive through tank pickup policy was great. Originally, Buddy Dive had said they would drop off tanks at our house every morning. They did so for two mornings but stopped after that. Also, they never got the tanks there by the time we were ready to go. So, it's better to just plan to go up to Buddy Dive and pick up your tanks for tomorrow. But, don't forget that the drive through closes at 6 pm.

Every shore dive spot was awesome. It cracked us up though that every 100 yards down the beach was a new "shore dive" site. Shoot, it's all the same reef - nothing is different. But, it's all good. Guess they have to do that to sell the shore dive book. We also laughed at their "rocky entry". We're from southern california. Their rocky entry looks like pebbles to us. Even my 64 year old mother had no problem with the "rocky entry". Do your north end diving in the morning and your south end diving in the afternoon. Less windy that way.

The house reef off of Buddy's was excellent, particularly for night diving.

We went to the national park the last day. Skip it. It's basically a hot, dusty, desert. We did go by the land wind surfing site which looked fun, but they were booked for the day.

Our cell phones only worked on Roaming. My blackberry didn't work at all. Friends who stayed at Buddy Dive Resort said the internet access was spotty at best.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel Mexico, Maui Hawaii, Southern California, Aruba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77-80°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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