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Dr. Eugenie Clark at Buddy Dive Resort
Thursday, 16 September 2010 19:14

Thursday evening August 26th, Buddy Dive Resort and guests welcomed Dr. Eugenie Clark, alias “The Shark Lady”, a world-renowned ichthyologist and authority on sharks.  Dr Clark gave a presentation at The Poolbar entitled “Sea Monsters I Have Known”.

Now retired from teaching, Dr. Clark joined the faculty in 1968 at the Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, where she still holds the title of Senior Research Scientist and Professor Emerita. She currently conducts her research at the Center for Shark Research at the Mote Marine Laboratory, where her title is Senior Research Scientist and Founding Director.

She has held positions as a research assistant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the New York Zoological Society, and at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She was the founding director (1955 to 1967) of the Cape Haze Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, now a leading center for shark research called the Mote Marine Laboratory with which she is still affiliated.

Dr. Clark is the recipient of three honorary D.Sc. degrees and numerous awards from the National Geographic Society, the Explorers Club, the Underwater Society of America, the American Littoral Society, the Gold Medal Award of the Society of Women Geographers, and the President's Medal of the University of Maryland. She has authored three books and over 160 scientific and popular articles.

She has conducted 71 deep submersible dives. Her latest research projects concern the behavior of tropical sand fishes and deep sea sharks. These studies have been featured in 12 articles she has written for National Geographic magazine.

All these experiences led to a very interesting photo presentation about underwater creatures that most people had never seen before. The presentation was well attended as our guests quietly enjoyed the stories told by the 88 year old shark expert. Afterwards, Dr Clark signed copies of one of her books, “The Lady and the Sharks”.

Last, but not least, we would like to congratulate Dr. Eugenie Clark who received the second Bonaire Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to her by Bonaire's Lt. Governor, Dr. Glenn A.E. Thodé. Dr. Sylvia Earle received the award last year. We already look forward to welcome next year’s award winner to host another presentation at Buddy Dive Resort.
Dive Number 1000 at 1000 Steps!
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:44

Luis Pabon, certified on 9/28/02, completed his 1000th dive on 9/7/10 here in Bonaire. With careful planning and the help of his dive group, Luis complete dive #1000 at 1000 Steps dive site, with a sign to help commemorate the event.

Luis is a staff instructor with Gypsy Divers in North Carolina and lead 12 Gypsy Divers to Buddy Dive for a week of diving. During his week stay he managed 60 dives - which comes out to about 10 dives per day - whew! At this rate, Luis should be back here in 5 years for his second millennium dive! Congratulations, Luis!
Digital Photocenter offers New u/w Camera Systems
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 20:38

BDR Digital Photo Center  has upgraded its rental fleet of underwater digital camera systems with the addition of the popular Canon SD 1400 IS. The camera features a 14 MP image and sharp 28 mm lens. Of course, optimal settings for easy u/w photography have been entered into the camera,  so even new photographers are able to get excellent pictures with our popular philosophy of “get close, auto-focus, take the picture…” Rounding out the system is the rugged Ike-lite ultra-compact housing.

We’ve also adopted a Good, Better, Best System approach to better serve Buddy Dive guests…

Good System – This is our basic point & shoot  camera system described above which is ideal for the beginning or casual photographer. The system records high quality, colorful images using the convenience and simplicity of the onboard flash.

Better System – Our Canon SD 1400 IS/Ikelite housing with a digital strobe, arm and tray continues  the simplicity of point & shoot photography with the added benefit of directional lighting. The digital strobe uses an optical sync cord and mimics the on-board flash. No camera or flash adjustments are necessary, just aim the camera and strobe at your subject and take the picture. Directional lighting helps to create dramatic underwater photos by introducing  shadow and increased texture.

Best System – Advanced point & shoot camera (Canon A650) w/ external digital strobe. This camera can be set to shoot in full manual or aperture priority which gives a photographer even more creative control when exposing images underwater.

The Digital Photo Center is located on the waterfront at Buddy Dive Resort. In addition to digital camera and video rentals, we feature digital photo instructions at all levels. Be sure to see our selection of ready made, “Grab n Go” driftwood sign art. Custom made driftwood art is also available.


Ned & Anna DeLoach at Buddy Dive Resort
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 18:31

Popular marine educators and coral spawning experts return to Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire, September 11th - October 2nd 2010

We are very pleased to announce our Marine Life Education Program which brings world-renowned naturalists and marine life authors, Ned and Anna DeLoach, for the seventh consecutive year to Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire. During this one-month event, Ned and Anna will give seminars and slide shows on fish behavior, coral and fish identification, as well as guide dive trips.

Divers who are interested in the coral spawning, which this year occurs on Bonaire 26th of September till 2nd of October should not hesitate to ask anything they like to know about this magnificent occurrence to Ned and Anna; they are the specialists and love to share their expertise!

The activities start on Sunday 11th of September and will carry on until Friday the 1st of October, and are scheduled as followed:

7:00 pm
Ned & Anna DeLoach Slide Show at The Poolbar
2:15 pm
Guided Boat Dive
2:00 pm
Mangrove Snorkel
2:15 pm
Guided Boat Dive 
5:30pm - 6:30 pm
Book Signing during Happy Hour at The Poolbar

All activities are free of charge for guests staying at Buddy Dive Resort. A limited number of people can be accommodated on the guided boat dives and snorkel tours, so please sign up at the dive shop upon check in.

The Reef Fish Identification and the Reef Fish Behavior books are for sale at our dive shop. Buy yourself a copy, and have it signed during our weekly Free Manager’s Rum Punch Party & Happy Hour every Friday between 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm.

To celebrate that Ned & Anna are our guests we offer the special BUDDY DIVES for FREE*, which means that every second diver dives for FREE, when booking our Drive & Dive package!!

The Drive & Dive package includes accommodation for 8 days (7 nights), a RENTAL VEHICLE (double cabin pick-up truck or van) for 7 days, 6 boat dives, 6 days of unlimited air fills, FREE NITROX, daily complete breakfast buffet, a welcome drink, free “Manager's Rum Punch Party”, airport transfer and all government taxes.

From $719 per person for the whole week (based on 6 persons in a 3 bedroom apartment)

This special is valid for travel between: September 4th - October 2nd 2010, and can not be combined with any other special. Certain restrictions may apply.

For reservations and/or more information:
Call: 1-866-GO-BUDDY
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
First PADI IDC at Buddy Dive a Huge Success!
Thursday, 15 July 2010 18:59

Pepe Mastropaolo, Buddy Dive Academy’s Course Director, is more than happy to announce that Buddy Dive Academy its first inaugural PADI Instructor Development Course is recently completed with all candidates finishing the IDC successfully. One of the ambitious IE candidates even participated in our pro-level package, going from PADI rescue diver all the way to PADI instructor.

Mike Hill, PADI’s Regional Manager Gulf Coast & Caribbean, especially visited Buddy Dive to attend this first IDC certification ceremony, and to hand over the certificates to the candidates at Buddy’s Poolbar on Friday evening during the famous Happy Hour and Manager’s Rum Punch Party.

Buddy Dive Academy is very happy to welcome the new group of candidates that will participate in our next PADI Instructor Development Course starting on November 25th 2010.

Who doesn’t want to become a pro at the best location in the world? Just one step from the classrooms and the candidates will be immersed in the famous warm waters of Bonaire, best known for its amazing visibility, calmness, beautiful healthy reef, and unbeatable aquatic life. Together with a facility run by a dive operation that has earned an industry-wide reputation for excellence makes a successful Instructor Examination possible. Workshops and instructional scenarios during the IDC will prepare the candidates for real life as a professional within the diving industry as a PADI instructor.

Become a PRO in Paradise!

For more information contact coursedirector(at) or visit
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