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‘Diving freedom’, een term die op Bonaire vaak wordt gebruikt, is hier volledig van toepassing; het hotel beschikt zelfs over een heuse ‘drive through’ waar u tanks kunt wisselen!


Buddy Dive Resort

Het Buddy Dive Resort is een comfortabel en gezellig resort, met een uniek onderwaterpark, waarbij alle onderwaterroutes zijn uitgestippeld om de duikers voor te lichten over het belang van koraal voor de riffen. Hier kan men optimaal genieten van Bonaire en zijn tegelijkertijd alle geavanceerde duikfaciliteiten  voorhanden. Het Buddy Dive Resort ligt op ruim 6 kilometer van de luchthaven en op circa 3 kilometer van de hoofdstad Kralendijk. Het strand is op circa 500 meter afstand gelegen.

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  • Buddy Dive Resort, zwembad
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Buddy Dive Resort, zwembad
Buddy Dive Resort, zwembad
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Buddy Dive Resort, een van de duikboten
Buddy Dive Resort, slaapkamer


Over Buddy Dive Resort

Het Buddy Dive Resort staat te boek als een aangenaam appartementencomplex met een ongedwongen sfeer. Met de aanwezigheid van het onderwaterpark en eveneens een volledig uitgeruste professionele duikschool en winkel kunt u hier als duiker ruimschoots aan uw trekken komen. Ook voor de niet fervente duikers zijn tal van faciliteiten aanwezig. Zo is het complex uitgerust met twee zwembaden met gezellige bar en comfortabele ligstoelen, twee eigen opgehoogde stranden die middels een trap toegang bieden tot de zee en twee uitstekende restaurants, welke u een fantastisch uitzicht bieden op achtereenvolgens de Caraïbische Zee en Klein Bonaire. Verder worden in de avonduren regelmatig thema-avonden georganiseerd. Tevens kunt u gebruik maken van de babysitservice, welke service u als dienst (tegen betaling) wordt aangeboden.

Kenmerken

  • kindvriendelijk
  • beachfront
  • hotspot
  • sport en actie

Insiders tip

‘Diving freedom’, een term die op Bonaire vaak wordt gebruikt, is hier volledig van toepassing; het hotel beschikt zelfs over een heuse ‘drive through’ waar u tanks kunt wisselen!

Hotelnaam:
Buddy Dive Resort
Plaats/regio:
Bonaire
Code:
H0951
Klasse:
Vanafprijs:
v.a. € 95 (per persoon, bij een 2pk)




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Kamerbeschrijvingen


De 78 kamers, appartementen en studio's zijn modern, ruim en comfortabel ingericht en beschikken alle over airconditioning in de slaapkamer(s).

Studio: zoals hierboven, met slaap-/woonkamer.

Appartementen (2, 3 of 4 kamers): zoals de Studio, met tuinzicht en standaard uitgerust met een televisie en een kluisje. Slaapkamers zijn voorzien van airconditioning, een eigen badkamer met douche en toilet en een comfortabel balkon of terras met gezellig zitje. Daarnaast vindt u er een volledig ingerichte keuken met oven, koelkast, magnetron, koffiezetapparaat en broodrooster.



Ligging

Het Buddy Dive Resort ligt op ruim 8 kilometer van de luchthaven en op circa 3,5 kilometer van de hoofdstad Kralendijk. Het strand is op circa 500 meter afstand gelegen.
 
 

Faciliteiten

• Onderwaterpark en professionele duikschool
• 2 Zwembaden
• Bar
• Ligstoelen
• 2 Stranden
• 2 Restaurants
• Thema-avonden
• Babysitservice (tegen betaling)

Activiteiten

• Duiken
• Duiklessen
• Snorkelen
• Kajakken
• Vissen
• Mountain bike
• Windsurfen
• Kitesurfen


Tijdens uw vakantie Bonaire zijn vele mogelijkheden: u kunt er heerlijk genieten van een ontspannen strandvakantie, maar ook kunt u heel goed duiken en snorkelen op Bonaire (Bonaire Marine Park). De natuur is eveneens prachtig en u kunt dan ook prima een auto huren op Bonaire om het eiland te verkennen.

"Two Weeks of Diving"

   25-03-2017
Our group of 6 were going to rent a house, vehicle, and do two weeks of shore diving. After doing a lot of house viewing, pricing, and thought we decided to go to Buddy's Dive Resort and boat diving. We rented an apartment with 3 bedrooms. We chose a van as our vehicle. We flew into country and were met at the airport by a resort rep. Our bags were taken and we got into other vehicles and transported to the resort. There were multiple groups of people checking in but it went quickly. There is a $350 deposit per person for key, towel and misc expenses. The reception ladies were great. Check in easy. After getting to the room we settled in and our bags arrived. Two bedrooms were upstairs. The steps to upstairs were very steep. The young men even packed the bags up all the stairs. We then took our dive cards down to the dive shop to check in. We paid our park fee, got a locker, and headed to Blennies for a nice beverage. There is an introduction gathering at the bar for a tour of the grounds and the process of how the diving works. Our package included 13 boats dives and unlimited shore diving. After about the 4th time of being told we're in a park and don't touch anything it got a little old. So we would tease the dive masters by giving them the message before they could tell us again. All the dive associates were very helpful if you had an issue. If you go with a large enough group 10+ you will be able get your own boat. Otherwise, There are bulletin boards where you would sign up for boat dives. The best dive masters were the ladies. Danny and Tess were the best. Danny was known as the seahorse whisperer and the best at finding seahorses. The guys it seems just led the pack and didn't put much effort in pointing out anything. A few of the younger guys just blew bubble rings! It was rather disappointing. We did a few shore dives but we had a few ladies with injuries with our group so our entrance and exits were a little rough plus the south end of the island below town had quite a few wind waves. So, we just did a few drift dives and kept to the boat dives. What ever you do, when you first get on the boat, SIT DOWN! You'll see what I mean. The dive store is the best I've seen at a resort. It's nice to have something just added to ones room bill. I also took photo class from the resort photo master John. He was very helpful. The Buddy House Reef actually was a good dive. We never did see the frog fish right out front but the huge tarpon swimming around are very cool. Make sure to do a drift dive from Buddy's to Coco Beach. We'd load up extra tanks, shuttle the van down to Coco, then go on a single tank boat dive then come back to the resort and then drift to Coco where we'd get out and have lunch for a surface interval. There a great little BBQ place right there. Exit in and out is sandy or up the ladder to the dock. We'd then dive right there again. We were very lucky, from what I understand, to see a sand eel there. Anyway back to the resort review... I can't say enough about reception. Juni went above and beyond to make sure we had what we wanted or needed! Thank you! The breakfast was also included in our package. It was buffet with coffee, teas, fruit juices, pastries, fresh fruits, meat cheeses, cereals, bacon, sausage, potatoes, eggs, pancakes, waffles or a cooked to order omelette! I'll review Blennies on its own. Yes, we'd all return again.

"An operation getting to large to maintain a high level of service"

   24-03-2017
We stayed at Buddy Dive because we had a positive experience with affiliated property (Belmar Apartments) 3 years ago. We knew Buddy Dive would be more of a typical hotel stay, but we were frustrated with a number of incidents during our week there. The room was structured like a one-bedroom apartment, and we found it to be fine overall. There were only a few minor things we didn't like such as the shower shampoo pump wasn't working and the shower door was flimsy. The front desk staff overall was nice and always smiling. However, the biggest problem we encountered was a big lack of communication between the booking agents we spoke to, the dive shop, and the front desk staff. When we booked our stay, we specifically asked (due to our prior experience) and were told that we would be able to do our check-out dive and orientation on the day of arrival. The booking agent had our flight information since they arranged the airport transfer as well so they knew we were arriving at 2pm. We structured the rest of our week on that understanding and booked diving on the east side of the island with another operator for first thing the next morning. When we arrived, we were told by the dive shop that the last orientation for the day was at 2pm, and they weren't doing any more. They actually blamed the booking staff saying they don't always know how the dive shop runs! They did not even mention that they would follow up with the booking staff to inform them of this situation to prevent this from happening to others in the future. The dive staff at the desk was completely nonchalant about our situation. The attitude was one of "too bad they [the booking department] misinformed you, but tough, you'll just have to restructure your trip around our error." They even said, "Oh, you'll have plenty of time to dive so what does it matter" and "You have 300+ dives. That's a lot so what difference would a few make." This condescending attitude was not acceptable. (There were plenty of staff at the dive shop who could have done the orientation at the time and no one offered to help. Plus, we found out the next day that the orientation was very informal. They didn't even take attendance at all or mark anyone down as having completed it.) We overheard a whole family the next day who unfortunately had the exact same issue that we did and met divers at various dive sites during the week who said they had similar issues with misinformation from different departments within Buddy Dive. On two other occasions, the front desk staff made errors in booking our dinner reservations, one of them being their own New Year's Eve dinner. We had booked dinner prior to our arrival, but on the day of, we asked for a later opening if possible instead of 7:30pm which seemed quite early. The front desk called Ingridients and told us would could go at 9pm. It turns out that was really not okay. We found out when we arrived at the restaurant at 9pm that there was only one seating time for everyone which was at 7:30pm. Since it was a prix fixe menu, they had to catch us up to the rest of the dinner service. How this information was not known by the staff or not relayed at all to us is still incomprehensible. The whole operation just felt very big and not attentive to individual customers. Buddy Dive is of course known as a large operation, but they should nevertheless try to convey the feeling that they still appreciate their customers. The drive-through tank service was nice. However, we had to be sure to get tanks the night before (before 6:00 pm) if we wanted to do an early morning dive. It's not always easy to get back before 6:00 pm when we did afternoon dives. Also on the good side, the breakfasts were a full spread with a surprisingly better range than we had expected. We would highly advise anyone to double-check and triple-check any information that comes from the booking or front desk staff. In fact, it'd be best to ask to be transferred to the dive shop directly to ask any specific dive-related questions.

"Great diving operation and a few other observations"

   20-03-2017
The best way for me to describe Buddy Dive is that the focus is on the dive operation and restaurants. The hotel staff are amazingly friendly and helpful. The dive shop staff were not quite as friendly and helpful, but certainly not rude either. Just a little worn out by the machine is my perception. I would say the dive operation is a machine that's designed to receive guests on Saturday, push them through a process on Sunday, cut them loose over the week, and return gear on Friday. Individual service or issues are not at the top of the priority list. I have broken down my thoughts on the resort in a few areas. Grounds: Very worn out. Not resort like at all. Pools: The staff recommended we not get in them. Something about getting ear infections. Needless to say we avoided them Rooms: Comfortable with updated bathrooms and nice kitchens. The rooms seemed pretty worn otherwise, but the ac worked well. We had one major security issue that never did get resolved. The sliding glass door would not close. I called the front desk and asked for help and was told a lot of the doors have this problem and there wasn't anything they could do. This is simply unacceptable given both physical security and it seems a little disingenuous to have signs talking about the environment in your room when you're literally cooling the outside from your room. I do owe a glowing review to the housekeeping staff. They did an amazing job and somehow managed to remove all the sand we kept tracking in. Trucks: At first glance I was wondering why folks were complaining. Then I understood. The majority of their fleet is Chinese trucks with zero suspension and worn out seats. These trucks get beat up hard by the roads and guests. We didn't have any real issues with ours, just that it put a hurt on my backside. Boats: Excellent condition and well provisioned. The fresh fruit was a nice touch. Dive Masters: A good lot. Not overly chatty since I'm sure we were just another wave of guests coming through, but nice enough when you engaged them directly. Drive through: Great staff here who were very helpful and nice. They worked their butts off filling tanks and keeping the area up. Great smiles from them as well. Made you feel welcome. That's about it. I would say if you're looking for a place to sleep in-between dives than this is a great place at a good price.

"Fabulous - Excellent Value"

   20-03-2017
I took my son and elderly parents for a week of vacation. It exceeded expectations on all criteria. Beautiful, friendly, great diving, good food options, excellent value. The accommodations were not fancy, but they were clean and comfortable. Exactly what I hoped for. Staff very friendly. There are two onsite restaurants - the upper scale Ingredients was memorable.

"Really? This is the famed Buddy Dive?"

   19-03-2017
It wasn't all bad. Our room was nice, clean, mostly updated. We had one of the rooms without a/c in the main living area, but that wasn't an issue for us. Housekeeping was fastidious. Food at Blennies was usually fresh and tasty. Not a wide selection, but, hey, it's an island. Friday night BBQ party was really a nice touch. I was expecting some of the dive crew to come and mingle as is common on other dive resorts we've visited, but only one showed up. What shocked me was the condition of the resort grounds. The advertisements for the resort include a sand volleyball court. We found two nubs where maybe the posts used to be and a weed field. There were planters everywhere without plantings, unless you count weeds. There were dead trees and palm tree stumps, rotting hammocks, dead bushes etc all over. There was a huge monstrosity that looked like maybe it was a water feature at one time, but it was filled with weeds, old dead palm fronds and surrounded by piles of dead leaves. There were pieces of trash that stayed in the same spot the entire week we were there. Some examples: a large discarded cigar outside our room in the weed garden and an empty coke plastic bottle next to the "water feature". They were there all week. One of the pools was a slimy, murky color all week. Gross. There were maimed birds everywhere. I'm assuming they are being injured on the netting and wires they have around the restaurants to try to keep the birds out. Sad. Parts of the dive operation are really nice, such as being able to get tanks whenever you want, nice easy night diving on the house reef, drive through tank pick up, rental truck with room. However it ends there. While there were a few exceptions, most of the dive staff were not really there to serve guest or aim to please. They walk by you on the dock and don't even make eye contact. Heaven forbid they greet a guest with a good morning or even a nod. I stood at the photo center window for several minutes, while the photo expert played on his phone/tablet or whatever. Never even a "can I help you" or anything. Safety was a bit lax as well in my opinion. On the majority of our boat dives, there was never a roll call after the divers re entered the boat after a dive. Several surface intervals were too short, just to get us back in the water for the next dive and then back to the dock to be on time for their next scheduled group. During surface intervals, the dive masters would head to the upper deck and talk amongst themselves instead of interacting with the guests. Like I said, there were a few exceptions on the staff that really did stand out and do a great job, but for the most part the staff were disengaged, standoff-ish, and sometimes just plain unfriendly. One glaring example was a dive master who admonished several divers because there was allegedly "slime" on their fins when they surfaced indicating the fins had come in contact with soft corals on the reef. Funny, I usually follow behind the dive masters when I dive. On one dive I counted 9 times a certain dive master's fins brushed the reef as he finned past. On another dive, 6 times. Now I'm not discounting their diving ability. They all displayed great buoyancy and trim in the water. They were great divers. I just found it ironic that we were chastised for doing exactly the same thing they were doing on each dive. I could go on---there were so many things that happened that disappointed me. And as you can see by my other reviews, I'm pretty easy to please and rarely leave a bad review. So I guess I have to say that Buddy Dive really did not live up to their reputation in my opinion.


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