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This was my fifth year at Buddy Dive, and I am more impressed every year. It is a diver-focused resort. When I started, amenities were okay but nothing to crow about. That's been changing. My rooms were very comfortable, well appointed, and daily cleaning excellent....More
The place is clean and relatively modern. Nice kitchen and utensils. Vehicles that come with the rooms are nice and useful. As for the diving it was like being in the dentist office aquarium. Nothing big in one week no sharks 3 turtles a few...More
This was our second time to Bonaire and staying at this Resort. This year we were in room 103 and it is a one bedroom with a kitchenette. This Resort is similar to most dive resorts and the rooms are very clean (thanks to Elsy)...More
After years of saying we would go to Bonaire we finally made it. We chose Buddy Dive on the recommendation of friends and reviews, we were not disappointed.
The booking process is pretty straight forward and the overall cost is reasonable. The dive package options...More
Came here with a group and I have to say, Buddy Dive Resort had everything figured out for us. To the rental trucks to the drive through air station to the boat diving. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We can't wait to come...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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