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Buddy Dive Freediving Event Bonaire 2010
Thursday, 07 January 2010 15:55

For the second consecutive year Buddy Dive Resort is proud to organize and host the Buddy Dive Freediving Event Bonaire. Last year Karol Meyer broke the South American record on Bonaire by reaching a depth of 93 meters/305ft, with the help of her coach and friend Patrick Musimu.

In May 2010 Buddy Dive welcomes Karol and Patrick again as their guests to set new records including a World Record in the Tandem No Limit category! Eager to share their passion for freediving among others, Karol and Patrick will give some presentations, and will organize a clinic.

To celebrate this event we give 50% discount on your total food bill (max. $75 p.p.) and an additional “Wild Side” 2-tank boat dive with East Coast Divers for free if you book Buddy’s Drive & Dive Package in the period May 22 - June 5, 2010.

For more information contact our reservations department:

reservations(at) | 1-866-GO-BUDDY | (+599) 717 5080 ext. 523 | facebook

Bonaire East Coast Diving is the only specialized diving operation on the famous East Coast of Bonaire and we're happy to take you there for a different - better! - diving experience. Expect to see all the exciting creatures you will not see on the other dive sites, like Spotted Eagle Rays, Sharks, Green Moray Eels and lots of turtles. And do not forget to take a good look at the pristine coral formations that cannot be found anywhere else on Bonaire!

For more information contact their reservations department:

599 717 5211) |

*For new bookings only. The food discount can not be used at the Lions Den restaurant. Specials can not be combined with other specials & certain restrictions may apply.
Washington Slagbaai Park Safari
Thursday, 07 January 2010 15:31

On December 24th 2009 Buddy Dive’s new boat arrived at Buddy’s dock! Both guest and personnel were very exited to see the first glimpse of the custom designed yacht cat boat on the horizon next to Klein Bonaire.

The new boat is completely innovative and new to the scuba diving industry. This motor cat boat has room for 24 divers on a 3-tank dive. It has everything on board that a diver needs like rinse buckets, a camera table, a sundeck, a shaded area, and an easy entry platform for both going in and out of the water. After your dive, you can enjoy the sun and stunning views from a comfortable seat on the fly-bridge. With this new boat Buddy Dive Resort will be the first and only resort on Bonaire that is going to offer a 3-tank boat dive trip to the Washington Slagbaai National Park.

The price for the trip is only $120 per person and includes a lunch. There will be a limited number of trips available, so sign up now by contacting our Reservations Department!

reservations(at) | 1-866-GO-BUDDY | (+599) 717 5080 ext. 523

The minimum amount of divers is 6 and the maximum 24. Non-divers can join the trip based upon availability.



Possible dive sites that can be dived during the trip are: Boca Bartol, Playa Bengi, Playa Funchi, Bise Morto, Wayaca, and Boca Slagbaai.

Boca Bartol
This is the northernmost dive site on Bonaire. A good place to look for the larger fish species. The shallows offer large, unusual coral formations, and the sandy bottom provides a habitat for rays and garden eels. Depth 20-80 feet (15-20 meters).

Playa Bengi
The experienced diver will be rewarded with some of the most pristine coral found on Bonaire. This site is also home to many larger fish species. Depth 15-100 feet (5-30 meters).

Playa Funchi
At depths of 15-100 feet (5-30 meters), horse-eye jacks can be seen out in the pristine blue water. The shallows are loaded with many of the smaller species that approach divers and snorkelers looking for a handout.

Bise Morto
The name means “dead deer”. Deep-water pelagics such as whale sharks, manta rays and even spouting humpback whales have been spotted here. Depth 20-100 feet (7-30 meters).


Wayaca offers divers a new site where very little diving has been done in the past. Many times, dive sites in this area are visited by larger species of animals, so keep your eyes on the blue when you dive this site, and you might be lucky. Depth 30-100 feet (10-30 meters).

Boca Slagbaai
With depths of 20-100 feet, you may have a chance to see mantas or other smaller rays. This site is known for its moderate to strong currents and is recommended for intermediate to experienceddivers.

Taylor Made
This site is considered to have a very pristine reef that drops from 15ft to depths beyond limits. Divers will be surrounded by very ancient coral heads and lots of fish. Its main attraction is the beautiful unspoiled coral formations.

Underwater Proposal at Buddy's Reef
Monday, 04 January 2010 20:57

On December 31, 2009, at the end of a dive at Buddy's Reef, Keegan Riseling showed a message written on his slate to his dive buddy Rachel Gelling. The message said: "Rachel, will you marry me?" and had boxes marked "Yes" or "No". Rachel checked yes and Keegan presented Rachel with an engagement ring. Rachel's mother, Lisa Cohen, was also along on the dive. Rachel was completely surprised, however, Lisa was in on Keegan's plan in advance and had arranged to have the dive documented on video by staff from the Buddy Dive Digital Photo Center.


Nurse Shark “Connie” Having a One Day Siesta at Buddy’s Reef
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 19:41
Last week Friday two of Buddy’s guests, Constance and Dennis Rojo, came up very excited about seeing a nurse shark. The nurse shark appears to have decided to take a one day siesta on Buddy’s Reef!

Buddy Dive’s instructor Carlos and Susie from the Digital Photoshop went in, followed the directions given by the two divers, and located the female nurse shark. She had settled herself into the reef, so that all they could see, when passing by at about 60 feet, was her tail. She was approximately 5 feet long, resting in a tail down, heads up position. Susie was able to go around the coral and take some shots of her face.

Unfortunately the shark stayed for only this one day. Several other divers went down and took a look at her that same day. The next day she was gone... Goes to show, that you never know what you will encounter in the water!

Of course Constance, very proud that she spotted the shark, could give the female nurse shark a name. She is a nurse too, so it was appropriate that the shark's name should be Connie!
Our Reservations Office is Open During the Holidays
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 14:56
As every year also this year our reservations office will be open during the holidays, so while enjoying time with family and friends discuss you trip back to Buddy Dive in 2010. Our opening hours will be (local time):

December 24, 8am - 5pm
December 25, 10am - 2pm
December 26, 10am - 2pm
December 27, 8am - 5pm
December 28 & 30, 8am - 7pm
December 31, 8am - 5pm     
January 1, 10am - 2pm

After this our normal schedule will resume:

Monday till Friday 8am – 7pm and Saturday & Sunday 8am till 5pm

We hope to hear from you soon!
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