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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!
2009 Planet Ocean Fest u/w Photography Event a Huge Success
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 14:46

Buddy Dive Resort offered its third Planet Ocean Fest Underwater Photography Event during the first three weeks of December. Seventeen participants, using everything from point & shoot digital cameras to DSLRs, had an intensive digital photo experience that was, in a word, “awesome”.  

The program was conducted by John Wall, Buddy Dive Resort's “Digital Doctor”. Asked about the program, Wall was quite enthusiastic. “We had people in the program at every level of underwater photography... some who started with a Nikonos, some who were on their second or third camera... we even had a couple of people who had never taken an underwater photo ever. Everyone came away from the program having learned how to make better underwater digital photos.”  Wall continued, “It's always a thrill to me to see how excited photographers can get when they capture that special shot. I've spent most of my adult life showing underwater photographers how to set their cameras and approach fish. I never seem to get tired of it. One of the main things that has changed in the transition from film to digital is setting up the camera.  Diving wise, underwater photographers still need excellent buoyancy skills and patience and respect for the living reef”.

Wall attributes the increased interest in underwater photography to the high quality of the small point & shoot digital cameras. The cameras are easy to travel with and reasonably economical. He said, “Buddy Dive's Planet Ocean Fest Event is unique. We offer classes, guided dives and image evaluations over three days. Each day, we emphasize something different. Day One, we start with the fundamentals of the using the camera and maintenance procedures. Day Two, we work with macro and close up images. Day Three, we approach some more advanced techniques.  During the image evaluations, we introduce some basic Photoshop adjustments. One of our goals is to emphasize that the final digital image is a combination of capturing the photo underwater and then making some minor adjustments in the computer. We want photographers to understand that the creative process doesn't end with a touch of the shutter. Of course, image cropping and adjustment is the other big difference between film and digital photography.  Everyone can become a darkroom specialist.”

Buddy Dive's Planet Ocean Fest u/w Photography Event will be offered again over three weeks in December 2010 and is open to guests staying at Buddy Dive Resort, Belmar Apartments, and the Caribbean Club Bonaire. The program is open to underwater digital photographers of all levels. Special rental rates are available for participants who do not have a digital underwater camera.


  John Wall, Buddy Dive Resort's “Digital Doctor”



One of the participants pictures (David Howell)

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