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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
Washington Slagbaai 3-Tank Boat Dive
Thursday, 15 July 2010 18:39

This year Buddy Dive Resort has opened up new opportunities for diving in Bonaire with its 3 Tank Boat Dive Safari to Washington Slagbaai Park. This area of Bonaire has historically been challenging for guests to dive, be it difficult shore entries or just not enough time in the week to get there.  With the help of the powered catamaran, Dive Buddy (Buddy Dives’ newest member to the fleet) guests can glide along the scenic coastline of Bonaire’s northern region comfortably, quickly, and with no difficulties at all.

Since January this trip has had a colorful range of creatures featured during the dives that are not always easy to find on other dive sites around Bonaire or Klein Bonaire, for example a few Nurse Sharks have been seen and even a Hammer Head Shark (very rare indeed)! This 3 Tank Boat Dive Safari is a wonderful way to experience the Park, for those guests who have never been there, and also for those who have been there and wish to dive it again.  Make sure that the next time you visit Bonaire and Buddy Dive that you sign up for this newest adventure, it would be a shame to miss out on this experience!
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