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This was my first time in Bonaire and Buddy Dive. Couldn't have asked for a better place. I loved the fact that everything was well organized from the Buddy Dive side. My room, 502, had sliding doors straight to the pool and right up from...More
We spent 2 weeks from 5/19 through 5/31 at Buddy Dive. It was our 4th visit over the last 3 years. We consider it our adult sports camp vacation. Accommodations keep getting better. Rooms are simple and I think designed for divers with their dive...More
My husband and I stayed at Buddy Dive Resort, Bonaire ( room 306 V) from May 3 through May 10, 2014. It has been our best diving trip ever! This Resort offers everything a diver could dream about: spacious accommodations, well-equipped rooms, a nicely landscaped...More
We had some lovely diving on Bonaire and were happy to see reefs still in
good shape. It has been a number of years since we visited Bonaire and this was
our first time to stay at Buddy Dive. I would say that business is...More
My wife and I stayed at Buddy Dive from 26APR2014 through 10May2014. We started out in a ground floor 1BR apartment and immediately requested a second floor unit as I was concerned about having neighbors trampling above. It took a couple days before we moved,...More
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You can find everything from grocery stores to expensive restaurants. Buddy dive has a kitchen with cooktop microwave and standard size fridge. So you could cook your meals yourself and save a lot. Sorry for the delay. I... More
You can find everything from grocery stores to expensive restaurants. Buddy dive has a kitchen with cooktop microwave and standard size fridge. So you could cook your meals yourself and save a lot. Sorry for the delay. I just saw this.
I don't think Buddy Reef is designed to impress, it's just there for check-in dives and for the convenience of students getting certifications. I'm not sure anyone would actually recommend diving there for any other... More
I don't think Buddy Reef is designed to impress, it's just there for check-in dives and for the convenience of students getting certifications. I'm not sure anyone would actually recommend diving there for any other reason.
As a certified diver, it's always your responsibility to check tanks, analyze your nitrox, make sure its on, etc. Other places do it as a courtesy, but I would expect that an island (and especially a resort) that allows you to check out your own tanks for unaccompanied shore dives would also expect you to be willing and able to take responsibility for your own equipment and gear on the boat as much as on the shore.
The best boat dives were on the Northwest side of the island, in the general area of the Marine Park. I don't specifically remember which ones I found especially good, but some of the boat dive sites we dove on our visit were Country Garden, Small Wall, Captain Don's Reef, Monti's Divi, A Thousand Steps, Jeff Davis Memorial. I'm pretty sure that Jeff Davis Memorial was one of my favorites although I don't recall why. But I found most, if not all, of those boat dives much better than Salt Pie, Angel City and Atlantis.
We did have a couple guides that pointed out stuff in the water- if you stayed with them. A lot of our group spread out a good bit to see what they could find on their own (a few of our group were lionfish hunters) and didn't stick real close with the guides. I missed a few things that our guides pointed out because I was too busy looking for stuff with my partner. But I do remember Dani (possibly spelled wrong) because she pointed out a seahorse (the only one I saw on the this trip, and probably would have missed altogether if it wasn't for her) and some other small sea critters. Only because I stuck close and paid attention though- many of the rest of our group missed it.
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