Kralendijk, Bonaire – (February, 2013) Buddy Dive Resort announces a NEW Boat Diving Package – perfect for divers who want to see the best sites of Bonaire from the comfort of Buddy Dive Resort’s fleet of five dive boats. The 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 divingright off the pier at Buddy’s Reef – voted #1 Night Dive in the world according to Scuba DivingMagazine’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
Want to get involved in
rebuilding our natural coral ecosystem
here on Bonaire?
After over a year of successful coral growth in Bonaire's nurseries under the care of Buddy Dive's team of volunteers working together with the Coral Restoration Foundation it's time to take our “gardening” to the next level. Now the only thing missing is YOU!
As divers and snorkelers we are among the few inhabitants of our blue planet who have the chance to really appreciate this diverse and unique habitat: a place that is home to over 1/3 of the oceans species – but occupying less than 1% of the marine environment.
For the past few decades the prognosis for our oceans coral reefs has been grim: One-third of reef-building coral are threatened, scientists say, making corals the Earth's most endangered species. We hear about an array of reasons why: global warming, ocean acidification, disease, agricultural run-off and the list goes on…
With all this bad news what can we possibly do to reverse the damage and ensure that we have coral reefs for future generations to enjoy?
Ken Nedimyer, of the Coral Restoration Foundation , has hope to share with us and practical solutions that we can implement. What started as his daughter’s school project to grow coral in its natural environment has turned into “the reef that ate Key Largo”- as it is known to the locals there – referring to the dense forests of coral that both divers and snorkelers alike can enjoy just offshore thanks to the growing number coral nurseries and volunteers like you.
On an island like Bonaire, with one of the oldest and most complete marine parks in the world you may ask why we need to grow and replant coral – what is missing from our reefs? If we look back to the natural marine environment of the island decades ago you will hear accounts of divers literally hacking their way through dense forests of Elkhorn and Staghorn coral – an important juvenile fish habitat - to get out to the reef drop-off. Thanks to a myriad of occurrences, including hurricanes Lenny, Omar and then Gustav, and other factors like disease, lack of genetic diversity for spawning, bleaching and the loss of sea urchins (the “vacuum cleaners” of the reef) we are left with all but small patches in scattered areas around the island.
The mission of the Coral Restoration Foundation is to develop solutions and train others – and after almost 10 years of trial and error the model that we are using here on Bonaire (“nursery trees”) has over a 99% success rate in the growing of healthy coral.
The initiative on Bonaire all started back in 2009 with the meeting of two key players in the equation: Ken Nydimyer of the Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida and Augusto Montbrun – Buddy Dive Operations Manager. Augusto saw the amazing progress that had been made in the Florida Keys and wanted to bring this successful project to Bonaire.
Fast forward to several years working on getting the proper permits and support from important participants such as STINAPA and in April of 2012 we installed our first nurseries, using native Staghorn and Elkhorn coral of varying DNA strains to ensure the preservation of diversity and boost spawning rates. The newly pruned coral fragments have seen an almost 100% survival rate and what started as pieces of coral the size of an index finger grew and branched out to almost 3 times their size – in just 9 months! The rate of growth on Bonaire is among the fastest the foundation has seen in the world and they expect to see natural spawning within just two years among the newly grown coral. Additionally, the DNA strains that are the most heat and disease resistant are being identified and mixed with the less resistant strains in order to preserve diversity on the island.
For 2013 the existing nurseries will be tripled in size and we need your help!
Now comes the fun part – time to wriggle into your wetsuit, don your tank and get involved! The first step is to attend Tuesday's 6:30pm FREE orientation presentation at Buddy Dive's Poolbar by one of our Coral Restoration Bonaire team members. With three levels of PADI certifications for Coral Restoration volunteers you will learn the skills and techniques to get the job done and meet other like-minded divers along the way.
What if I don't want to get wet? No problem – there are plenty of other ways to help:
Start by “liking” us on Facebook.
Make a donation to the Bonaire project. 100% of your donation goes directly to project materials and upkeep costs in Bonaire.
Spread the word – tell others about the project and how they too can get involved.
For the fifth consecutive year, Buddy Dive Resort is proud to organize the Buddy Dive Freediving Event in
2013 hosted by Brazilian freediver, Karol Meyer. Karol broke 7 world records in her career and she is
considered one of the most complete athletes in the sport history. Karol will host evening presentations to
share her exciting adventures, Freediving Adventures, where you’ll share special moments with the champion
and also a Freediving Clinic, for those interested.
Guinness Book of Records 2011- Static Apnea - 18min. and 32 sec. World Record - Tandem No Limits - 121m of depth South American Record - Variable Weight - 93m of depth
Don’t miss it! Contact us now to become a freediver!
+599 717 5080 ext. 525 |
Kralendijk, Bonaire – (January 11, 2013) Bonaire has once again swept top honors receiving seventeen different awards in Scuba Diving Magazine’sReaders’ Choice Awards, more than any other destination in the region, including five #1 ratings, proving the island's dominance as the premiere dive destination in the Caribbean and around the world. For the twentieth consecutive year, Bonaire has taken first place for the #1 Shore Diving Destination.
In the Caribbean/Atlantic region, the #1 rankings received by Bonaire include Best Macro Diving, Best Advanced Diving, Best Beginner Diving, Best Shore Diving, and Best Underwater Photography. The #2 rankings include Best Overall Diving, Best Value of Diving Dollar, and Best Marine Environment.
In addition to its high rankings, the island also was awarded nine slots out of 100 in the Top 100 Gold List, as voted upon by readers of Scuba Diving magazine. “These honors once again reflect how Bonaire's visitors feel about the destination and what they experience while they are here. It is a world-class dive destination in their books, and their voting for Bonaire in so many of the categories and to such high degrees indicates the loyalty of the Bonaire diver,” commented Anja Romeijnders, President of Tourism Corporation Bonaire.“Bonaire promises to continue its unwavering commitment to preserve its reef habitat and to provide divers with a first class dive experience as well as added value whenever they come to visit," Mrs. Romeijnders continued.
For the Readers’ Choice Awards, thousands of Scuba Diving subscribers and web users rated their dive experiences on a scale of one to five. Results of the 2013 Awards are featured in the January/February 2013 issue of Scuba Diving magazine.
Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers as it offers a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. For those who want to kick back and relax, not having traffic lights on the island makes it easy to stroll into town or hop on a scooter or bike to peruse the island at their own pace. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses, small inns and private villas.
For more information on Bonaire, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official web site at www.tourismbonaire.com. Follow Bonaire on Twitterand Facebook.
New Charlotte Gateway to Bonaire
Friday, 08 July 2011 19:18
INSEL AIR OFFERS FANTASTIC FARE SALE FROM ITS NEW CHARLOTTE GATEWAY TO BONAIRE AT $366.70 ROUNDTRIP
**New Low Introductory Airfare for Insel Air’s Charlotte Flight Now Through August 13**
Kralendijk, Bonaire – (July 8, 2011) – Bonaire Tourism Corporation is pleased to announce that Insel Air introduces their new service from Charlotte, NC to Bonaire on Wednesdays and Saturdays, perfect for travelers visiting the island to see the natural beauty that lies above and below the pristine waters.
“We are thrilled to welcome these new Insel Air flights, which compliment the airline’s existing nonstop service to island from Miami,” said Lara Chirino, Director of Tourism for Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “The timing of the Charlotte service is ideal to allow for passengers to connect from more US and Canadian gateway cities, thereby effectively broadening our visitor market base.”
The booking window for the introductory fare is valid now through August 13, 2011, for travel until December 14, 2011. The fare includes government taxes, surcharges and the Bonaire airport departure tax.
The flight will depart from Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) and arrive into Bonaire International Airport (BON) via Curacao (CUR).
Here’s the schedule:
Charlotte to Bonaire:
Depart CLT Flt. #71 914 at 2:55pm, arriving into CUR at 7:10pm
Departs CUR Flt. #71 301 at 9:15pm, arriving into BON at 9:55pm
Bonaire to Charlotte
Depart BON Flt. #71 302 at 7:55am, arriving into CUR at 8:20am
Departs CUR Flt. #71 913 at 9:10am, arriving into CLT at 1:25pm
Saturday’s schedule is already available for travel and Wednesday’s service commences August 3, 2011. The booking window is limited and tickets can be purchased through your travel professionals or Insel Air at phone + (5999) 737-0444 or via their web site at www.fly-inselair.com.