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Ned & Anna DeLoach at Buddy Dive
Friday, 13 May 2011 14:38

In conjunction with our Marine Life Education Programs, we are pleased to announce the return of Ned and Anna DeLoach for the eighth consecutive year to Buddy Dive Resort. World-renowned naturalists and marine life authors, Ned and Anna will offer seminars and slide shows on fish behavior, coral and fish identification, as well as guide dive trips.

Most of Bonaire’s coral spawning will occur during the time that Ned and Anna are here. Divers who are interested in the coral spawning and other phenomena which occurs on the reef should not hesitate to approach Ned and Anna with their questions. They are specialists and love to share their expertise!

Stay at Buddy Dive Resort and meet Ned and Anna Deloach! To celebrate their stay with us every second diver dives for FREE when booking the Drive & Dive package. Valid for travel between: September 3rd – October 1st 2011 (please note that the dates of Ned and Anna their stay differ from the travel window).

Click here for information about the schedule of activities and the second diver dives for free special.

PADI Member Recognition Award – Buddy Dive Resort
Monday, 11 April 2011 19:27

Buddy Dive Resort and Academy was nominated and selected as one of the regional winners in the PADI Regional Awards 2010.

The PADI Recognition Awards were given to PADI Dive Centers and Resorts who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of diving. All PADI Dive Centers and Resorts within eleven regions were considered for nomination by PADI staff, who then selected finalists for each of the regional awards.

We are pleased to announce that Buddy Dive was nominated for the Regional Instructor Development Award and was awarded a framed certificate for this achievement.

Also, Buddy Dive was nominated for the Outstanding Business Award, which recognizes outstanding business performance, initiatives and achievements across all areas of business operations.   We are even more excited to announce that Buddy Dive was chosen as the Regional winner and received a plaque in recognition this high achievement!

Buddy Dive would like to thank PADI for this nomination and subsequent selection as one of the winners in the Regional Recognition Awards 2010.




Brand new pick-up trucks at Buddy Dive Resort
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 19:47

We are very proud to announce we expanded our fleet of rental vehicles with 5 brand new pick-up trucks!

Buddy Dive Resort has the convenience of its own rental car fleet, now existing of Mitsubishi Pick-up Trucks (4pax), Mitsubishi Mini Van’s (6pax) and the new Nissan Frontier DBL Air 2.4 Trucks (4pax) that will allow you to explore the unspoiled and untouched nature of Bonaire. With plenty of room left for dive gear, all vehicles are perfect for handling the terrain and transporting you to the multitude of shore dive and touring locations around the island. 

Plan your Bonaire holiday ahead. Purchase our affordable Drive & Dive package and receive the vehicle automatically at a discounted rate. When booking our Drive & Dive package, you have everything you need in one package: accommodation, unlimited shore diving, 6 boat dives (optional), free nitrox, daily breakfast, transfers from/to airport, government taxes and a rental car. Our non-diving guests can exchange the diving for some great activities like mountain biking, a boat snorkeling trip, a guided mangrove kayak tour, a national park tour and much more.

Click here for more information about our rental cars.


Buddy Dive Proudly announces, Buddy Dive Freediving Event 2011
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 20:00

- Freediving clinics (AIDA* Certification)
- Presentations
- Workshops
- Adventure freedives, 2 dives program!

For the third consecutive year, Buddy Dive Resort is proud to present the Buddy Dive Freediving event 2011, hosted by the famous Brazilian freediving, Karol Mayer. Karol broke 7 world records in her career (e.g. Guinness Book of Records 2011 - Static Apnea 18min and 32sec, World Record - Tandem no Limits 121m of depth,  South American Record - Variable Weight 93m of depth) and she is considered one of the most complete athletes in the sport history.

From July 31st till August 14th 2011, Buddy Dive welcomes Karol again as their guest. This year she will host evening presentation to share her exciting adventures, special workshops “Breathing/Apnea Tips” where you’ll share special moments with the champion and also 2-days of Freediving Clinic, for those interested. For only $195*!

Come to Bonaire and Buddy Dive to cheer Karol on and join in her freediving blue and peaceful world.


Don’t miss it! Don’t miss it! Click here for more information. Contact Adventure Travel ( or Vectra Travel (, official travel partners within this event, for our affordable Drive & Dive package including accommodation, daily breakfast, unlimited shore diving (air & nitrox), rental vehicle, airport transfer and all government taxes.

We are also proud to welcome Avianca ( and Insel Air ( again as our airline sponsors. Avianca, who also sponsored the event in 2009, can be considered as Brazil’s gateway to Bonaire with daily flights from Sao Paulo to Bogota, connecting to Curacao 5 times per week. With a future interline agreement with Insel Air, who operates flight from Curacao to Bonaire multiple times per day, our guest can check in at Sao Paulo all the way to Bonaire in the near future. Avianca is proud to announce to invest in their flights to the Caribbean with expanding their passenger and luggage capacity by replacing the current planes by Airbus 318 planes on the flights to Curacao in the second semester of this year. Additionally they plan to schedule daily flights from Bogota to Curacao in the second semester. All great news for those Brazilian who are eager to dive our pristine Bonaire reefs! Deco Stop Magazine ( and Brasil Mergulho ( are our loyal Brazilian media partners within this event for the third year in row. Check out their websites to read the great articles with beautiful pictures they published regarding last year’s freediving event and Bonaire! Last but not least we thank Mormaii ( for being Karol’s personal sponsor and Tourism Corporation Bonaire ( who contributed in making the event in 2009 and 2010 a big success!

*$195 for participants staying at Buddy Dive Resort, Belmar Oceanfront Apartments and Caribbean Club Bonaire. Non-hotel guests pay $ 275 for the total clinic.
** Freediving Clinic including Aida International Certification, 2 practices in swimming pool and sea, and one special “Freediving Adventure” by boat.


Stay at Buddy Dive in May 2011 and Dive the East Coast for Free!
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 21:09

Bonaire Dutch Caribbean is better known as “Divers Paradise” for a reason! This year, Bonaire is voted #1 Top Overall Diving in Scuba Diving Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award 2011. Next to this, Bonaire received first place in three other Caribbean / Atlantic categories: Top Health of Marine Environment, Top Macro Life and Top Shore Diving. The reason Bonaire has become such a popular destination is the wide variety of marine life, coral and crystal clear water.  The underwater world of Bonaire is highly protected and because of that untouched and unspoiled.

Bonaire, famous for its over 60 easy accessible shore dive sites all located at the calm west coast and unique diverse marine life also has a “Wild Side”, on the east coast of Bonaire.
Bonaire East Coast Divers is the only specialized dive operation on the East Coast of Bonaire and they will take you there for a different –amazing-diving experience. Expect to see all exciting creatures you don’t often see on other dive sites, like Southern Sting Rays, Sharks, Green Morays Eals, Lots of Turtles and do not forget the pristine coral formations.

Bonaire East Coast Diving is the only owner of a Zodiac-boat, especially designed for the East Coast of Bonaire. This boat can accommodate 10 passengers and will be used for daily excursions: a two-tank dive in the morning and –upon request – a one-boat tank dive in the afternoon, to a growing number of dive sites on the East and North of Bonaire.

To share this amazing experience with our guests, Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire lauched a special for all our guests in association with East Coast Divers.
Book a Dive & Drive package at Buddy Dive Resort (including 6 days of unlimited air/nitrox fills and 6 boat dives to discover the underwater world of Bonaire), between April 30th and June 10th and get 50% discount on your total food bill (max. $75pp per week) plus an additional FREE “Wild Side” 2-tank boat dive with Bonaire East Coast Divers!!

Click here for more information about this special.


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