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:

Sunday
7:00 pm
Ned & Anna DeLoach Slide Show at The Poolbar
Monday
2:15 pm
Guided Boat Dive
Tuesday
2:00 pm
Mangrove Snorkel
Wednesday
2:15 pm
Guided Boat Dive 
Friday
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
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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)buddydive.com or visit www.buddydiveacademy.com
 
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!
 
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 16:20

As from July 12th 2010 a new schedule will be effective regarding Tiara Air’s flight from Aruba to Bonaire and from Bonaire to Aruba.

ARUBA – BONAIRE
9:10am – 10:00am - mo-we-fr
6:20pm – 7:10pm - mo-we-fr
7:10pm – 8:05pm - su

BONAIRE – ARUBA
10:20am – 11:50am - mo-we-fr
7:30pm – 8:20pm - mo-we-fr
8:25pm – 9:20pm - su

We are very happy to see that this new schedule shows an increase of 3 flights per week; new evening flights are scheduled and the morning flights are scheduled earlier. The new schedule also has the advantage that it allows day trips and better connections to and from the US via Aruba on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from the US on Sunday. Additionally it allows connections to and from Venezuela on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Please check www.tiara-air.com for more information

 
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 18:51


After several weeks of preparation at Buddy Dive Resort and in the Bonairian waters all the effort paid off! Patrick Musimu and Karol Meyer broke the record in the Tandem No Limit freediving discipline by diving without air to 121 meters (399 feet)!

“To all those who participated, followed, supported the BUDDY DIVE Freediving Event..., 1st challenge of the Triple Quest project, I have only 1 thing to say... WE DID IT! - 121m/399ft. More info later, I first need to go and eat” (Patrick Musimu)

This message was posted by Patrick on facebook right after he broke the record together with Karol right in front of Buddy’s house reef!

“The list of partners, friends and participants to thank is going to be long. I still have difficulty to realize how a simple dream can turn into such a project and end up taking such proportions. I will take the following days to debrief this tandem adventure and will for sure come back to you to share the trains ...of thoughts, reflections, ups and downs and challenges encountered while pursuing my first quest.

My thoughts go to Pipin Ferreras and his beloved Audrey Mestre. I would like to emphasize that we didn't beat anyone nor any number. Instead I have tried to highlight how difficult their path has been upon setting their record in 2001. And believe me it has been very challenging...Great respect.” (Patrick Musimu)


We would like to congratulate Patrick and Karol and thank them very much for making Buddy Dive Freediving Bonaire 2010 a great success!

Luckily the event is not over yet. Friday the official press meeting will take place followed by a commemoration party at our resort, and this Sunday a 3-day clinic will start in which Karol shares her passion for freediving with others. Last but not least, this Sunday at 18.15pm the last presentation will take place at The Poolbar.

Click here for more information about this event. For more pictures, please click here.

 
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