Monday, 10 March 2014 21:00

Coral Restoration at Buddy Dive

Bonaire is blessed with some of the most wonderful reefs on the planet. Over the last years a decrease in the dominant Staghorn, Elkhorn and Fire corals is noticed due to climate and environment changes. Why is this bad you may wonder? These corals serve as a natural nursery ground for many juvenile fish. With less coral the breeding grounds are reduced which directly impact the entire fish population. Although at the moment these effects can hardly be noticed, we believe we also need to look at the future. Therefore, the Coral Restoration Foundation became established. The Coral Restoration Foundation (sponsored by Buddy Dive Resort) helps to restore the reefs by growing and replanting new coral on depleted spots.

Have we got your attention? So now we need your help! You can:

  1. Join us on one of our new Padi Coral Restoration Specialty Courses at Buddy Dive Resort.
  2. Donate directly to the foundation at the Diveshop.
  3. Donate $ 1,- per room night to the foundation on your hotel bill.
  4. Buy the coral restoration tag for $10,-.
More info here:

Coral Restoration Specialty courses offered.

Map of the Coral Restoration sites on Bonaire

 
Monday, 10 March 2014 20:46

Dine different at Ingridients Restaurant

For some of you already a well known name, for others it’s time to get introduced to the latest addition of the Buddy Dive Resort family: Restaurant Ingridients. Think we spelled the name incorrectly? Let us explain… Ingridients is actually named after one of the restaurant owners ‘Ingrid’ hence the name I-N-G-R-I-D-ients.

Ingridients is located where the Lion’s Den restaurant used to be. The old building has been completely renovated and decorated to reflect its new style and amazing location with a Mediterranean/European twist. This is the place to be for fresh pastas, pizzas plus the finest selection of gourmet fish and meat dishes.

Be sure to ask our chef to come and prepare the Parmesan Truffle Pasta (not mentioned on the menu) at your table or try the sea salt crusted dorade. Both not to be missed!  Every Monday you can enjoy the ‘Lionfish night’ with different types of bites and a complete grilled lionfish with sides.

Kitchen open’s from Friday – Tuesday from 6:00 p.m till 10:00 p.m. More information can be found here

 
Monday, 21 October 2013 14:37
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An hour of Zen with Ned & Anna Deloach

Naturalists and authors of the Reef ID, Fish ID & Fish Behavior books.

We arrived at Sorobon beach – a wind surfing haven on Bonaire – and bypassed the restaurants bars and beach – to find ourselves at the entrance of Lac Bai – an expansive bay surrounded by mangroves.

As everyone suited up in full length wetsuits, booties & hoods for what seemed to me like some hard core snorkeling , the mood was quite academic. The Buddy Dive Resort guests around me were making guesses at what they might see here – from Bucktooth parrotfish to dusky blennies – that is until Ned and Anna Deloach took center stage for the briefing. 

When divers think of snorkeling most likely it's in the context of that last “topside” day where breathing compressed air is a no-no as you will be jetting up to around 30,000 ft. above sea level the next day.  The Deloachs’ Mangrove Snorkeling Trip on Bonaire is the exception. 

What I thought would be like a classroom session turned into an exciting peek into the Deloaches world – a place where barracudas wearing their signature juvenile “army fatigue” munch on silversides, jellyfish have evolved into other worldly upside-down algae farmers and tiny flat worms swim about like flying flamenco dancers.  A stark reminder though of just how important our mangroves are was Anna's mention of the Tsunami in Asia – had their mangroves not been all harvested for fire wood the tsunami would not have had the devastating effect it did –  mangroves are storm protectors as well. 

Wading into the water we waited for the Deloaches to take the lead – they never did – and I soon discovered that this was our exploration.  Steadying myself ever so gently with the red mangrove roots I entered the shade of their leaves and my eyes adjusted to see the world within – a virtual nursery of our reefs on Bonaire. Everyone found something – from a gold spotted eel to a “nest” of baby Caribbean lobsters (12!) we all guided each other – with Ned and Anna knowing just when to fin over and provide insights into what we were seeing.  As Ned gently pulled up one of the odd upside down jellyfish and set him loose, positioned perfectly for my camera – pulsating in a colorful dance before my eyes I found my moment of Zen. 

Here among the mangroves we can paddle over on our SUP or breeze by on a wind surf board but the true beauty is in the inter connectedness of this special place.  These juveniles of hundreds of species born on the reef have a sense way beyond us – they know exactly where there food source is and they all come right here.

 I have lived on Bonaire for almost a year, but I felt like I was seeing our mangroves for the first time.  The Deloaches talk about the fish and other marine life just like they were members of their own family - with descriptions that include phrases like "adorable", "bobbing around" and "just as cute as they as they can be" a snorkel in the mangroves was transformed into a visit into the nursery wing of the hospital listening to Ned & Anna talk about their own beloved grandkids. I can clearly see why guests come year after year to spend a week with the Deloaches – to find their dive Zen.

Some more things you night not know!

  • On Bonaire we have some of the best mangrove visibility in the world – so you don't miss a thing in this busy microcosm.
  • Mangroves & grass beds are dependent on each other and many species will only settle here – such as the Goliath Grouper.
  • “Mangrove” is actually a term meaning salt tolerant plants and there are many types – in Lac lagoon we have the Red and Black.
  • Those bubble formations you see lying on the bottom are the largest single celled plant in the world aka Sea Pearls.
  • Our mangroves are “Island builders”.  Slender “pencils” float vertically until they imbed into the sand and expand out forming mangrove “islands”.
  • Healthy mangrove=healthy reef!

Every year at Buddy Dive from mid-August to the end of September Ned & Anna Deloach host Reef Id & Marine Life Education weeks at Buddy dive. 


Upcoming Special, Book now!!!!

BONAIRE MADNESS!

MADNESS returns to BONAIRE!

Join us the first three weeks of December as BONAIRE GOES MAD – with fun-filled weeks of parties, giveaways, treasure hunts, free demos & special guests.
Crazy incentives; Second diver dives for free, free upgrade to 8 boat dives (if on 6 boat dive package), reduced price on photo classes, free t ‘shirt and a free discover scuba for non divers.
Insane group deals; On top of the incentives a group gets 8=7 and the group leader a free copy of Bonaire shore diving made easy. Valid for travel between: November 29th – December 20th 2014.

 
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 16:37

Spotlight on our Divestaff:

Divemaster Murphy’s first day back on his new knees is coming soon!

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This is just one of the hundreds of quotes to choose from when looking through all of the praise our longtime Buddy Dive colleague and friend – Murphyn Henar has gathered through his years as a Dive Master here.

He remembers when Buddy Dive was just a trailer by the shore as the dive shop with a small dock out front, one building with apartments and the Poolbar.  In fact it was so completely exposed to the elements that back then “you had to hold onto your beer (at the Poolbar), or it would blow right down the bar, taken out to sea by the wind”.

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“when Buddy Dive was just a trailer by the shore”

With two total knee replacements now complete and the second grueling round of therapy well underway, Murphy expects to be guiding dives again by summertime this year.

“I know every leaf in my garden” exclaims Murph with a sigh, as he tries to put into words what it is like to not be out in the water every day with his friends at Buddy Dive.  After almost 20 years working as a Divemaster here on Bonaire he still has a passion for what he does – and it shows!  His enthusiasm and appreciation of all reef creatures – great & small - is contagious.  “There is always something to see, the reef changes constantly and is different every dive” Murphy explains.

From the day I met Murphy at Buddy Dive I knew he was someone special.  He would sit by the dock and watch the action as his first knee was healing – total knee replacement #1 completed on January 25th, 2012.  Slowly through the weeks ahead he began diving again, off of Buddy’s reef, and whenever he was there five minutes would not go by without a hug and a hello from one of our guests. His perseverance paid off and in May of that same year he was back in the water doing what he does best – out on the boat dives showing our visitors to Bonaire the beauties of our pristine reefs.

A keen observer, Murphy once discovered a unique looking decorator crab out on a dive off of Buddy’s Reef.  He pointed out the creature to marine naturalists/authors Ned & Anna Deloach (staying at Buddy Dive each September for the Marine Life Education event), and when they could not identify the creature either, they took the photos and observations to Smithsonian researchers.  What they found was exciting – Murphy had discovered a new type of decorator crab – which was thus named after him.

“I don’t wanna go home!” is one of his favorite phrases to hear from guests at the Friday night Rum Punch party.  Murph’s familiar reply is: “You have to go – it’s home sweet home.”  All the while knowing they will be back next year for another week of diving, friends & familiar faces at Buddy’s.

We hope to see you soon again at Buddy Dive Bonaire – where you are invited to come and dive with Murph and all the dive crew on our fun & friendly Buddy boat dives.



NEW for 2013 – the ALL BOAT DIVING PACKAGE:  you get 12 1-tank boat dives + 24/7 unlimited air or nitrox diving off our dock, accommodations, breakfast, transfers & taxes and our famous Rum Punch Party – a great value!

Find out more at www.buddydive.com
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Friday, 08 March 2013 13:54

Kralendijk, Bonaire – (February, 2013) Buddy Dive Resort announces a NEW Boat Diving Packageperfect for divers who want to see the best sites of Bonaire from the comfort of  Buddy Dive Resort’s fleet of five dive boatsThe Boat Dive Package includes 12 boat dives with air or Nitrox & fruit served after every dive, hot buffet breakfast daily, accommodation, andairport transfers &taxes.  Additionally, divers who choose the Boat Diving Package can also enjoy UNLIMITED Air or Nitrox diving right off the pier at Buddy’s Reefvoted #1 Night Dive in the world according to Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards.

The Buddy Dive Boat Diving Package was designed for scuba divers who want to dive, dive, dive, and prefer to do it all from the comfort and ease of a boat with professional dive guides. It is also in response to the popular demand for diving on Klein Bonaire and popular northern dive sites such as the wall at “Rappel” – inaccessible from shore.  

Buddy’s ample dock space - with room for 3 boats at a time on the docks; combined with the resort’s location – just 7-10 minutes away from Klein Bonaire and 15-20 min. from the north, makes choosing the Boat Diving Package the most convenient way to enjoy Bonaire’s most pristine reefs.  You can simply walk down to the dock from breakfast and step right onto your awaiting boat.  Boat divers will also enjoy topside views of Klein as well as beautiful vistas of the main island’s landscapes from the comfort of the dive boat. 

Buddy Dive Resort’s fleet is the most complete on Bonaire – with five comfortable vessels for your enjoyment and convenience.  All of the dive boats have areas for dry storage, fresh cold drinking water, and separate fresh water rinse buckets for cameras and other equipment.

 1.       The Coral Buddy - The fleet’s newest custom dive boat – a 36’ custom Newton that was put into operation this season.

2.       The Dive Buddy – A custom made 42’ motor cat boat with room for 24 divers on a 3-tank dive, including dive platforms, bridge, dry storage, fresh water rinse, covered area, comfortable       fly-bridge seating and camera table. 

3.       The Harbour Lady – A Newton 36’ dive boat with plenty of room for divers, tanks and crew.

4.       The Red Tide – A 30’ Island Hopper perfect for small groups and getting close to the northern wall dive sites.

5.       The Bayena – a comfortable and well maneuvering Newton 30’ great for small groups on one or two tank excursions. 

If guests on the Boat Diving Package would like a rental vehicle during their stay an air-conditioned pick-up truck can be added on if desired. 

For more information and to make your reservation please contact a friendly member of the Buddy Dive Reservations team.  The Boat Diving Package starts at just $968.64 pp/per week (6pax in a 3-bdr.).  See Rack Rates here for all room types.

 ·         1.866.GO.BUDDY  toll free US/CA

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·         +599.717.5080local Bonaire – Dutch Caribbean

  

 
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