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Buddy Dive
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Kralendijk
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 July 2010

We returned to Buddy's resort for another dive trip and in all fairness I need to update my review from last year. Our stay this time was much better then last time and had no issues with our room. We had a couple of days of car issues but we ended getting a truck that we had no problems with. I only really have two comments. Service in the restaurants was slow at best. When we stayed at the hotel and had dinner, people would receive their food sometimes so late that others had completed their meals. The other thing was that the first truck we received (that stopped running) had less then a ¼ tank of gas. We filled it up not wanting to go back and fourth to the gas station and we ended up not using all of it. The trucks should be given out full so that most guests would only have to go to the gas station once. I would stay at this hotel again without thinking twice about it as long as the prices don’t get out of control.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2010

"Diving" with Buddy Dive is rockstar cool! You can't beat the convenience, the drive-thru air fill station, the house reef, the free nitrox fills, etc.

"Rooms" with Buddy Dive are hit and miss it seems. Here's the good news - Buddy Dive is doing some great renovation work. Going to be some really nice accommodations once they are complete. That being said, we started our stay in building 2 on a Friday and it was bad, bad. Construction next door and above us - drilling, sawing, hammering, debris everywhere. We couldn't even go out the front door because it was blocked with construction gear. We had just finished a 10 hour flight, exhausted and all we wanted to do was rest. Not happening. Pretty much a nightmare.

I went to the front desk and talked to "the sisters" and there were no open rooms until Sunday. So, we spent Saturday and the first part of Sunday staying as far away from the room as possible. Other things wrong with the first room - no AC in the apartment area, only the bedroom. Water pressure was non-existent. Septic smell in the bathroom. No doubt that room should not have been occupied by anyone. Bummer.

BUT! Sunday...ah, Sunday! We were moved to a great room on the water, with a wonderful bathroom, ac in all areas...it was glorious. We finished our trip there and it was outstanding!

So, Buddy Dive never should have put us in Building 2 to begin with. But, they got it right in the end and moved us. Must admit that the staff was very helpful and tried to make the best of a bad situation. We are going back in October because we think they did the right thing. We are still fans of Buddy Dive.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2010

First trip on a recommendation from 2 friends. Our room was ok,BUT in the room next to us they were remodeling. Jack hammers and tile saws all day long, you could not even hold a conversation. Buddy's gave us no notice that we would be next to construction. I am very dissatisfied with our room situation. Another couple joined us and their room was much better than ours, luckily we are all divers and did not spend much time in our room.
Except for breakfast, the food was aweful. I would not recommend either resteraunt.
Buddy's is awesome for all your diving needs. The dive staff is excellent. This would be the only reason I would even consider staying again.

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Reviewed 21 May 2010

This was our 5th trip to Buddy Dive - our first was in 2000. So we have fond memories of what Buddy Dive use to be. Must admit we were very disappointed. Our room location was OK; no water upon arrival; bathrooms had septic odor most of the week; Most of the staff were indifferent - we remember when Buddy's staff provided the utmost attention and service. Both restaurants were mediocre - lunch at the pool bar was ok but service was not. We love Bonaire for the ease of diving. Love the restaurant choices. But would not stay at Buddy's again. Would try another resort. It's ashame after all these years and visits but BUDDY DIVE - we were very disappointed in you!!!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank cdoneganfr
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Reviewed 12 May 2010

We traveled to Bonaire the week of May 2nd, 2010 and stayed at Buddy Dive Resort. This was our 2nd trip to Bonaire and 2nd time to stay at Buddys. The first time, I admit, I was a little disappointed. The rooms were run down and in need of many repairs. I am glad to say, the resort has undergone (and still continues to undergo) a huge renovation. We chose again to stay in a one bedroom apartment. The resort gave us a room (#409) on the 2nd floor, with a spectacular view of the ocean. The bathroom and kitchen areas received a complete overhaul and everything appeared to be brand new. The shower, with its sliding glass door and modern design were a delight for those after dive cool downs. The kitchen contained all new appliances, and provided all of the necessary ammenities for preparing meals in our room. We chose to eat out mainly, I mean...we are on vacation and who wants to cook? The restaurants on the premises are adequate for lunch after a morning of diving, but we ventured off the resort for dinner. Although the food was a little pricey it was definitely worth it. We did not have a bad meal the entire time we were there. And what a surprise to find an awesome American style pizza restaurant called Pasa Bon Pizza. Definitely better than any pizza I've had back in the states! Also be sure to check out the Patagonia Steak House for some amazing steak creations and the best Pina Colada's on the island!
We made 11 dives total while we were there, and several right at Buddy's house reef.

The ease of the drive thru air station for those off the resort trips is unbeatable. A rental vehicle is provided with each reservation package, so finding a car or taxi to take you places is no problem. The front desk staff were always friendly and helpful as were the dive staff, and housekeeping.

If you are looking for a carefree diving destination, I highly recommend Bonaire and Buddy Dive Resort. Only one word of caution, be sure to bring your mosquito repellent. You will want to be spending as many nights as you can enjoy the warm tropical breezes from your balcony, and the mosquitos can be downright vicious at night.

Bon Bini!!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2010

We stayed for a week. The diving on the reef right in front of the hotel is fantastic. The home reef here may be the most diverse on the island. Access is great. Tanks always available. Drive through for tanks for other shore dives is fantastic.
The staff from the front desk to the dive shop to the other service staff were all great. Only two negatives would be that the restaurant is not open every night and that the guy in the photo shop can be a little on the edgy side.
Overall it was a great place to stay. Will come back one day -- I hope.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 April 2010

Buddy Dive is a fun place to stay when scuba diving Bonaire. Apartments are reasonably spacious, clean and air conditioned. The ground floor ones ("first floor" in the USA, but "ground floor" for European hotels) are perfect for scuba folks who don't want to schlepp their gear upstairs each evening. We stayed in 103, just 100 feet from the dive shop and dock. Package included 6 boat dives (one tank per trip) plus unlimited "shore diving" with both air and Nitrox. A Toyota pickup truck with a dive tank rack in the back was included in "the deal." So we drove around the island and did "shores" dives, where we just walked into the ocean from the coral rocks or beach. And we just jumped into the ocean at Buddy's, swam 30 feet to Buddy's Reef (naturally) and went north or south two or three times. Wonderful for that 5 pm dive!

You get 50% per person off food eaten at the Pool Bar and Restaurant (NOT at the Lions Den Restaurant located on the premises), subject to a limitation of $75 credit, i.e., spend $150 on food during the week and you get a $75 reduction in your bill when checking out. We went to the local supermarket (Caltimara, about 1 mile away downtown) and bought lunch fixings, as well as dinner ingredients for several evenings. And the Heiniken beer was great! The whole operation is quite well run; the boats are in good shape (one is a catamaran hulled dive boat that holds 16 comfortably and is nearly new). Dive crews and divemasters were experienced and did a good job shepherding 8 - 12 divers around who were quite varied in their experience levels. Divers will like Buddy's, we believe. Activities for non-divers were available (kayaking the mangrove areas, wind sailing, biking, and on and on). But Bonaire is a divers island so don't expect super night life, great shows, etc. In fact, at Buddy's it was REALLY quiet after 9 or 9:30 pm each night except Friday night! Anyone flying out on Saturday can't dive after about noon to 3pm Friday (safety issues) so naturally Buddy's throws its free rum punch party Friday evening! The place was jumping! Food at the Pool Bar was above average but not five of five stars. But it did not disappoint--we had tarpon one night and it was quite good. Temps were in the 82 - 85 days, but hotter in the direct sun. Most of the dive boats had shade for the rides, and most rides were 15 minutes or less out to Klein Bonaire Island. Buddy's has fast I'net service at the front desk--$8 or so for an hour of connect time, so if all you need to do is check eMails, no need to take your laptop. But they do have wireless service available for a higher rate. They provide two large beach towels per person; just return the wet ones and pick up new dry ones. The American and European breakfast (included in our package) is quite good--cereal, eggs, bacon, ham, sausages, lots of fresh fruits, and a "cook station" where she will cook your eggs to order, or make omlets or waffles (yummy waffles, too!).

Summary: fun place to stay. This is our third time at Buddy's and we've not been disappointed any time. Back again in 2011!!

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 85, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Region: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kralendijk
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kralendijk
Price Range: $208 - $493 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Buddy Dive 3.5*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Bonaire and Buddy Dive Resort. An unhurried, unspoiled natural paradise offering spectacular sunsets, gentle breezes and crystal clear, turquoise waters. Buddy's is a resort where you can DIVE DIVE DIVE, take part in a multitude of activities or just sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. At Buddy Dive, we're known for our casual atmosphere, personable staff, spacious accommodations and a dive operation that has something for every diver: comfortable boats, complete rental and retail center, exceptional staff, and a unique "Drive Thru" with a two-lane air/nitrox fill station. No matter which apartment you are staying in, you're never further than a giant stride away from our popular and lively house reef which is perfect for diving and snorkeling, day and night. ... more   less 
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