Buddy Dive Bonaire Resort

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BudDy Dive Bonaire REsort, Dutch Caribbean

Kaya Gob Nicolas Debrot #85, P.O. Box 231, Kralendijk, Bonaire | Room + breakfast only + 2 dives from $178/ppn

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Buddy Dive Bonaire Resort In a nutshell

Buddy Dive Bonaire is one of the largest dive resorts in bonaire, offering 1 to 3 bedroom apartments and studios, each with ocean or garden view. All the apartments are well-suited for solo couples, group of friends, and families alike. 

 

What You'll Like About Buddy Dive Resort 

  • Various package options to fit your travel needs, from dive and stay to room only packages!
  • Full range of diving services including dive courses and technical diving
  • A unique "Drive Thru" diving service with a two-lane air/Nitrox fill station
  • On-site dive center: PADI 5-Star Career Development Center
  • Car rentals available
  • Carefully calculated surface intervals, allowing repetitive diving ALL DAY and into the NIGHT!
  • Kids diving programs available  

 

How to Get There

The island is located in the southern Caribbean, outside the hurricane belt close to Aruba and Curacao which are only respectively 86 and 30 miles (138 and 48 kilometers) away. Bonaire is just a 3-hour flight from Miami and approximately a 9-hour flight from Europe.

 

Buddy Dive Bonaire Diving Overview 

Bonaire is the shore diving capital of the world! Consistently rated as the top dive destination in the world and with over 80 marked dive sites, you will find that the type of dive you encounter in the south will be distinct from the type of dive you encounter in the north, or at Klein Bonaire.

Buddy Dive Bonaire is known for its signature 'Drive Thru' scuba diving service (for air and nitrox tanks) and unlimited shore diving package. Buddy Dive also offers morning and afternoon boat dives on Klein Bonaire which is only 10 minutes away by boat from the resort. Night diving at Klein Bonaire is also available.

Learn more on Diving in Bonaire or check out Buddy Dive Resort's Dive Sites


Why Dive with Buddy Dive?

Check out what they have to offer in less than 2 minutes! Eat, Sleep, (Buddy) Dive!

 

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Accommodations

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Buddy Dive Resort Overview

Buddy Dive is located on the waterfront north of town, just a couple of steps from the crystal clear ocean and its many dive sites. The resort has eleven buildings with spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, a complete dive center, two swimming pools, two restaurants, vehicle rental and the famous drive-thru fill station. Whether traveling as a single, couple, with friends and family, or a whole group of dive buddies, we will find the right accommodation for you.

 

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Resort Facilities 

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Buddy Dive Resort Features 

  • On-site PADI 5-Star Career Development Center / Universal Referral Center with various unique diving services
  • 2 swimming pools and a seaside pool bar
  • 2 restaurants and 2 bars: Blennies with daily a la carte lunch & dinner & ingredients with Mediterranean cuisine and breathtaking ocean views
  • Various non-diving activities including snorkeling and mangrove snorkel
  • Laundry service
  • Ocean or garden view from every room

 

Blennies Restaurant Photos  

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Ingredients Restaurant Photos

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Non-Diver Activities 

  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Kiteboarding
  • Sportfishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sunset Cruise

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Schedule & Rates

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Buddy Dive Resort Package Rates

Buddy Dive offers various packages to fit all your vacation-related wishes. The Drive & Dive package caters to all diver's needs, no matter how long you have been diving and your certification level. Non-divers can also benefit from the complete activity and snorkel packages. Please contact us to make sure that you get the package that matches your travel needs!


Drive & Dive: 6 Days Unlimited Shore Diving

All prices are per person per week. 

AccommodationOccupancyLow Season 2020High Season 2020/2021Low Season 2021
Studio2From $1,072.25From $1,162.98From $1,073.05
1-bedroom apartment2From $1,157.10From $1,260.55From $1,158.10
2-bedroom apartment4From $936.88From $1,044.98From $985.13
3-bedroom apartment6From $843.35From $910.71From $844.35

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Drive & Dive: 6 Boat dives & 6 Days Unlimited Shore Diving

All prices are per person per week.

AccommodationOccupancyLow Season 2020High Season 2020/2021Low Season 2021
Studio2From $1,247.05From $1,372.98From $1,283.05
1-bedroom apartment2From $1,332.10From $1,470.55From $1,368.10
2-bedroom apartment4From $1,111.88From $1,254.98From $1,195.13
3-bedroom apartment6From $1,018.35From $1,120.71From $1,054.35

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Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire Bed & Breakfast

Includes all Drive & Dive benefits but NO diving. Only applicable when 50% of the party books one of the packages that include diving. All prices are per person.

AccommodationOccupancyLow Season 2020High Season 2020/2021Low Season 2021
Studio2From $111.50From $125.78From $111.50
1-bedroom apartment2From $125.00From $141.26From $125.00
2-bedroom apartment4From $103.00From $120.00From $110.50
3-bedroom apartment6From $89.17From $99.70From $89.17

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Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire Room Only

All prices are in US Dollar ($) per person per night. All rates are subject to change without prior notice.

AccommodationOccupancyLow Season 2020High Season 2020/2021Low Season 2021
Studio2From $92.50From $106.78From $92.50
1-bedroom apartment2From $106.00From $122.26From $106.00
2-bedroom apartment4From $84.00From $101.00From $91.50
3-bedroom apartment6From $70.17From $80.70From $70.17

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Drive & Dive Packages Include (Unless Otherwise Stated) 

  • 7 nights in selected accommodation
  • 7 days rental vehicle
  • 6 days of unlimited shore diving (plus optional 6 boat dives )
  • Free Nitrox upgrade
  • American style breakfast buffet daily
  • Welcome drink
  • Free Wifi
  • "Manager´s Rum Punch Party"
  • Airport transfers
  • All government taxes 

 

EXCLUSION

Nature fees for the Bonaire National Marine Park are $25 per calendar year for non-divers and $45 per calendar year for divers. Note: Fees should be paid with a credit card or Maestro, as cash is no longer accepted.

 

Season Calendar

  • Low Season 2020: April 18, 2020 – December 18, 2020
  • High Season 2020/2021: December 19, 2020 – April 9, 2021
  • Low Season 2021: April 10, 2021 – December 17, 2021

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Buddy Dive Resort Rates & Availability

For more information on rates, latest deals, availability and to book, drop us an email at bookings@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us today at 310-915-6677. We are always glad to help!  

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Bonaire Dive Overview

  • Visibility: 100 feet (30 meters)
  • Water Temp: 80F (29C))
  • Highlights: Shore diving (with reefs requiring only 30 feet of swimming), minimal currents, abundant marine life with a variety of multi-colored tropical fish 

 

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Bonaire Marine Life Overview

Below are some of the marine creatures you can expect to encounter during your dive in Bonaire!

 

Bonaire Marine Life

 

Learn more: Bonaire Diving - Dive Travel Guide

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Dive Center Information 

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Buddy Dive Resort Dive Center

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LEFT: The Drive-Thru Service & RIGHT: Digital Photo Center 

 

Dive Center Facilities 

  • A fleet of custom dive boats
  • Well stocked 'Drive Thru' service offering air and Nitrox tanks
  • Good for all skill levels
  • A good selection of equipment to rent or purchase
  • Digital Photo Center where you can rent photo equipment and take courses on UW Photography/Videography
  • Tec Diving Center
  • Tank delivery service to your own private villa
  • Dive & Travel Insurance available
  • Various excursions available
  • Kids diving programs available
  • Private dive guide service available


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Practical Information 

  • Language: English is widely spoken. Dutch is the official language but the native language is Papiamentu, a language unique to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao).
  • Electricity: 110/220V/50Hz
  • Distance from Airport: 4 miles
  • Distance from Town: 3 miles
 

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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us bookings@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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Reviews (6)

  • Reviewer
Chino Hills, CA
United States
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Diving in Bonaire is so easy and comfortable. The water is around 80 degrees F all year round. There are dive sites all around the island, marked with a yellow rock near the road, and a yellow buoy at the site. Buddy Dive Resort provides a truck that will seat four people along with the accommodations. The shore diving is unsurpassed, but if you want more, they also have a fleet of boats that will take you to sites not easily accessible from shore. Buddy dive provides breakfast daily, and has a restaurant on site for other meals. The rooms have kitchens in them as well, if you want to cook your own meals. Buddy Dive resort also has a great house reef, with a coral restoration site, a small wreck, and several "hoops" you can swim through to test your buoyancy.. You can see beautiful seascapes, the wreck nicknamed the "Hilma Hooker" and all kinds of marine life, such as Trumpet fish, Barracuda, Morey eels, garden eels, lobster and slipper lobster, and small critters such as hermit crabs and the lettuce leaf sea slug. It's the kind of resort you will want to return to again and again.

Visited on - Submitted on 01/13/2014
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San Diego, CA
United States
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Buddy dive was great !
Our room was actually a suite and had a seperate bedroom , living room and kitchenette .
The breakfast was sufficent to fill the belly with the typical resort buffet style set-up.
The coffee was good and strong, just like I needed in the early A.M.
Having the drive and dive package was fantastic, and the drive-up tank staion was nice.
They didn't fiil them and you waited, just had enough tanks available to swap out.
The rules were 2 tanks each time, but I aske for 3 and they were cool with that.
The bar was a nice outdoor gazebo style and they served a decent (although expensive) dinner.
The diving was good and I really enjoyed the freedom to go where I pleased and dive as I wanted.
The photography oppurtunitys were typical Carribean fish stuff with fairly healthy reefs,plentiful reef fish , Wide angle,not much macro or large fish though
EXCEPT.. the house reef at night has a group of Tarpon that live to hang out feeding on critters shining in your lights.. Great for Photo ops !!
We did a couple night dives and the resort made sure that we had tanks available as we asked .
They were reasonable priced, had pony bottles for rent ($7 a day ) and went out of thier way to accomidate us.
If I go back to Bonaire, I would definetly go to Buddy dive resort again.

Visited on 10/2011 - Submitted on 01/20/2014
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I really enjoyed my time at Buddy Dive Resort.

But the first room we got at the resort were horrible! It was like a concrete bunker with no sunlight at all. We then asked if we could change room, which we could, we just had to wait a few hours so they had a chance to make it ready for us.
The second room we got which we stayed a week in was just perfect. View over the pool area and the ocean, afternoon sun on the balcony, great bed, great kitchen and a nice clean bathroom.

We made our own breakfast every morning, we also made dinner there every other evening to save some money. Perfect for us.
The resorts barbecue evening was great and well worth the money, lots of grilled meat and fish to choose from. Fresh and clean.

The shore diving was fun and easy, even for beginners like us. We had only done about 40 dives so far.
We bought a book at the dive shop at Buddy Dive. I can highly recommend that book, it included all the shore diving spots with explanations for example on how and where to get in the water, what could be expected to see and if there were any known difficulties on a certain dive spot, for example currents, sharp rocks and so on.
Buy the book and make the diving easier to enjoy is my suggestion, it cost somewhere around $20.

We saw alot of marine life that was new for us. Several large green Morays and my best memory from Bonaire was a curious gigant manta that came up very close to us several times. Wish I had a camera for that.
We also lots of large parrots fish, they where seen on almost every dive. Puffers, really large ones and several trunkfish.

What I didn't like was our first room, we didn't spend any time there but just the thought of living there for a week is not fun. But the staff is very helpful and seems to do everything they can to make the guests satisfied.

One negative thing was that our beach shorts got stolen from our pick up truck at the Karpata dive site. So don't leave any stuff of value in the car! We brought all our stuff with us down to the shore and what we couldn't bring with us in the water we hide near the exit point from the dive.
Bonaire is a small island and Buddy Dives location near the main road makes it easy to go back to the resort to pick up full tanks of air or just to have lunch before you go out diving again.

Visited on 12/2012 - Submitted on 04/22/2014
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An awesome scuba diving experience. I went in October and the water was clear and warm. Saw big eels, sea horses, nudibranchs, sea snakes, and an octopus. The Hilma Hooker dive site was one of my favorites because it was a nice wreck dive with lots of corals growing on the sides. We saw 2 large lobsters there. The salt pier was also a nice site with corals growing along the wooden beams holding up the pier and large schools of fish. Even just diving off the pier at the dive resort was a good dive with lots of coral and fish to see. The dive staff were very nice and helpful. The dive shop offered a variety of dives such as boat dives, night and fluorescent dives, and shore dives. I rented all my gear from the resort and it worked well and was in good condition.

The accommodations were clean and had decent amenities. There was a kitchen so we got some groceries and made lunches in the room. There was also internet access that was strong enough for me to do school work. However, the focus was more on diving than the rooms or on land activities. The food from the resort was alright and I only really ate breakfast there. I would definitely recommend going out to eat downtown as there were more options and better food. We rented a truck so on the last day, we toured the island and saw flamingos at the salt fields south of the island. We also saw a small lighthouse and historical slave huts.

Overall this trip was very enjoyable for me. I was an intermediate diver at the time of the trip and got my advanced open water and nitrox diving certifications while on the trip.

Visited on 10/2017 - Submitted on 05/28/2020
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Our accommodations were in a 3 bedroom with 5 people. The space was tight, but comfortable. There was a room on the first floor shared by 2 people with twin beds. The bathroom was a main floor bathroom where the kitchen and dining/living/tv area were located. There was a balcony off from the living area with a dining table for 6. Upstairs there were 2 bedrooms with attached bathrooms. Each room had small balconies. Internet service was strong.

A simple buffet breakfast was included every morning. The beach bar had a nice selection of food like coconut shrimp, tuna, tacos, sandwiches and salads.

We also got a truck from the dive resort to drive around the island. Driving and shopping downtown was fun. On the last day, we enjoyed some sightseeing. Went to the slave huts, the flamingo sanctuary, and the rum distillery. Wish I had bought more rum! The resort also has a little shop off from the dive center. We rented our dive equipment from the dive shop. Be sure to bring you own batteries as theirs are expensive. Otherwise, prices are reasonable.

The main draw is the scuba diving! The location is centrally located to a lot of the dive sites and diving from the resort itself is enjoyable. We had about 14 dives in 6 days. Others in our group had many more, but that was good for us. We got to see lots of different fish. Really enjoyed seeing the seahorses. The phosphorescent night dive was a fun experience. Highly recommend this as most places don't offer and the colors there are great.

Visited on 10/2017 - Submitted on 05/28/2020

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