Buddy Dive Resort is an internationally renowned holiday resort, on the south west coast, one and a half miles from Kralendijk, Bonaire's capital, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The resort has a variety of excellent accommodation, a few steps from the ocean. Buddy Dive is one of the larger resorts on Bonaire - but still very small by European standards. The management of Buddy Dive has, over the 30 years, enthusiastically and tirelessly improved the resort and its facilities. Although Buddy Dive was founded with divers in mind, and has an excellent dive operation, the resort appreciates that not everyone feels the urge to submerge. It has a full range of services, facilities and amenities to offer all its guests. Buddy Dive Resort invites its guests to "Discover Our Diversity" - with an impressive Activity Centre which offers an exciting range of sports, excursions and activities. Mountain bikes, kayaks and volleyball are available on the resort. Windsurfing, boat charters, parasailing, sunset cruises, cave exploration, guided island tours can all be arranged. The resort has two super pools and a raised beach with sun loungers and easy access to the ocean. You can be as active, or as inactive, as you like !
A very popular resort with a wide choice of high quality accommodation.
Buddy Dive pampers divers - but realise not everyone feels the urge to submerge.
This excellent resort provides lots of services and activities for all guests to enjoy.
Buddy Dive is mid priced - but offers a lot of choice - and is excellent value for money
Buddy Dive has a very wide choice of accommodation types for singles, couples, families or groups. High quality accommodation all within 100 metres of the ocean.
Buddy Dive Studios have a large, air conditioned (separate) bedroom with twin beds or a King size bed, TV, telephone, a safe, separate dining area with a small kitchen, separate bathroom/shower. All studios are ground floor with a private patio.
Buddy Dive One Bedroom Apartments have a large living room with TV, telephone and a safe, separate bathroom, modern fully equipped kitchen with microwave, hob, dishwasher and refrigerator. The bedroom is air conditioned with a Queen size bed (UK King size) or a King size bed (huge!). Apartments are ground or first floor with a large private patio or balcony with ocean or garden view.
Buddy Dive Two Bedroom Apartments have a large living room with TV, telephone and safe, a modern fully equipped kitchen with microwave, hob, dishwasher and refrigerator. Bedrooms are air conditioned, master bedroom has a Queen size bed (UK King size) or a King size bed (huge!) with bathroom en suite, second bedroom has twin beds with bathroom en suite. All apartments have a large, private patio or balcony with ocean or garden view.
Buddy Dive Three Bedroom Apartments are on two floors. On the lower floor: air-conditioned bedroom with a Queen size bed (UK King size) or a King size bed (huge!), separate bathroom, spacious living room with TV, telephone and a safe, modern fully equipped kitchen with microwave, hob, dishwasher and refrigerator. On the upper floor: two air-conditioned bedrooms, both have en suite bathrooms, with either twin beds or Queen size bed (UK King size). Apartments have a large, private patio or balcony with ocean or garden view.
Buddy Dive is very aware of their younger guests and offer baby sitting service, by trained staff. Buddy Resort has also arranged a "nanny" for some of our customers, to accompany them and look after their children while they dive. Shore diving means you are not away for long. Cots are available free of charge. Children under 12 can have an extra bed in an apartment free of charge - and do not pay tourist tax. Children 0 5 eat for free, 6 12 eat half price.
Activities for Children
Kids Club, daily activities including introduction to the ocean, snorkel lessons, fish and coral identification, guided snorkel trips, "SASY" units on Buddy's Reef, bubble maker courses, games and much more. Children can enjoy supervised activities and make new friends. The Scuba Rangers program is a wonderful way for your child to see what is just below the surface of the water and get them excited about snorkelling and diving.
Bonaire is famous for its wonderful diving and snorkelling and is officially recognised as having the most pristine coral reef and the most species of fish in the Caribbean by the NOAA. Bonaire is consistently voted "Best Overall Dive Destination" by divers. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation lists 8 out of Bonaire's dive sites in their top 10 in terms of species richness in the Caribbean. Click the diving and/or snorkelling links above for more information on the fantastic diving and snorkelling on Bonaire. Divers and snorkellers can enjoy the ocean - just a few metres from your room. We work closely with the resort and the dive centre at Buddy Dive which has everything divers and snorkellers need. A full range of equipment for sale or hire and instruction courses for all levels, including complete beginners. Guided day and night dives are available. Buddy Dive Centre is a DAN Member, a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resort and Universal Referral Centre and offers courses to students from SSI and NAUI and other training organisations. The excellent Buddy Dive Centre has a 'fleet' of six dive boats with three departures daily. The Drive-thru refill station - yes it really is a drive-thru - makes it easy to off load empties and load up with fresh tanks, air or Nitrox. Divers can enjoy the freedom of our unlimited shore diving package, making as many dives as they want, to suit their own capabilities and comfort levels.
On Bonaire most diving is shore diving and snorkellers can enjoy the shore entry sites too. Bonaire is a small island, refills are never far away. 51 shore diving sites means you can dive/snorkel when you like - and pretty much where you like. Our DDD offers are the best possible price for a diving holiday. "Unlimited air" means what is says. As much air as you want. To make the most of this freedom, to get to all the shore entry sites and explore the island, most visitors hire a vehicle. Driving is easy and on Bonaire you are never more than 20 minutes from Buddy Dive or 5 minutes from the ocean. We can arrange vehicle hire at a lower rate than you would pay on island. Custom built dive boats are available, of course, for divers and snorkellers, comfortable and well equipped for the very short ride to the dive sites. Boats take very small groups, usually 6 to 8 divers and snorkellers. At most sites there will be just you and few (new) friends. This means boats can get booked up very easily.
Booking your diving, vehicle hire or other services for your holiday with us, will save you money and it will then be part of an ATOL protected holiday itinerary. That service will be ready and waiting for you on island avoiding any possibility of disappointment.
Divers are asked for a contribution of $25, and snorkellers $10, to the Bonaire Marine Park for the protection of the reef and the ocean. Payable at your dive centre. Wear your tag with pride. This contribution entitles you to free entrance to the Slagbaai National Park.
NB tanks are A clamp and, if you have DIN fittings, you will need to bring a converter with you - or hire one on island.