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Shore Dive In Bonaire 2021

Travel BMorin COMMENTS 19 Apr, 2021

An unhurried, unspoiled natural paradise with spectacular sunsets, gentle breezes and crystal clear, turquoise waters

 

Buddy Dive Resort

Bonaire  

 Buddy Dive

October 16th - 23rd, 2021

 

#1 Destination for Shore Diving 

 

Bonaire has an unbroken string of No. 1 titles in Scuba Diving Magazines annual “Top 100 Readers’ Choice Awards” that dates back to 1994.

Fish

7 Nights in a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment
2  1-Tank morning boat dives
1  1-Tank night boat dive
Unlimited shore diving w/free truck rental
Unlimited air or nitrox
American style breakfast buffet daily
Round-trip airfare from Orlando to Bonaire
Airport transfers
Free Wifi
Hotel Taxes 

 

1 Bedroom Apartment        $2,250*

              2 Bedroom Apartment         $2075**           

3 Bedroom Apartment        $1,925***

*Based on Double Occupancy    **Based on 4 persons per Apt.         **Based on 6 persons per Apt. 

Price increases if occupancy per room isn't met.

 

Single Supplement                $790

Non Diver 1 Bedroom       $1,900

Non Diver 2 Bedroom        $1,750

Non Diver 3 Bedroom            $1,600   

 

$45 Marine Park Fee

 

$500 Non-Refundable Deposit

Cash or Check Only

Balance Due August 9th

 

Diving

Bonaire offers scuba diving 24/7, 365 days a year and in a pristine underwater environment with access to many locations for shore and boat diving, it is an award winning diving destination that accommodates every skill level, from beginner to advanced diver. There are 63 official dive sites on Bonaire, of which 54 are shore dive sites and 26 more boat dives on Klein Bonaire. Bonaire is an underwater paradise that awaits you, with more than 350 fish species and 57 species of soft and stony coral. Bonaire's pristine reefs and marine life are unique to the Caribbean because the waters around Bonaire have been protected by a Marine Park for over 25 years. Bonaire ranks among the top diving destinations in the world. The island's location in the South Caribbean gives it an arid climate with little rainfall; consequently, the waters are exceptionally clear of silt, calm & dive-able year round. Water temperatures average a warm 78-84 F, with visibility averaging over 100ft.

 Bonaire

Some fish found throughout Bonaire’s waters include colorful Parrot Fish of all varieties, Blue and Rainbow included.  Friendly Angel Fish, feisty Sergeant Majors, and beautiful Butterfly Fish dot the reef.  Scrawled File Fish swim by sporting electric blue stripes.  Grunts, Gobies and Groupers. Delight in schools of Blue Tangs and Jacks.  Camouflaging Frog Fish blend in so well, but are certainly present. In addition, keep an eye out for Sea Turtles, Eagle Rays and Sea Cucumbers.  Get lucky and see a Whale Shark, Dolphin Pod or Manta Ray.  There is an abundance of life in the Caribbean Sea.  Bonaire’s waters have so much to explore!

Generally, the reefs in Bonaire along the leeward side follow a zonal pattern (exceptions exist).  The shallows from shore to drop-off contain Elkhorn, Staghorn, Boulder Star and dominant stony coral as well as a variety of Gorgonia. Salt Pier

From the drop-off, the dominant coral species is usually Boulder Star coral, locally also Lettuce coral.  At greater depths, the dominant species are the plate-forming corals like Great Star and Blushing Star coral.

About 55 other species of coral, varying by habitat, can be found in Bonaire. Various densities of Gorgonians, black corals and sponges appear and differ between areas.

Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is geared up for you to make the most out of your dive vacation. With a fleet of custom dive boats and a well stocked ‘Drive Thru’ offering air and nitrox tanks, every divers needs can be satisfied.

 Shore Diving

All levels of divers can enjoy the freedom of Buddy Dives unlimited shore diving package, making as many dives as you want each day, according to your own safe profiles. In the morning you will join Buddy Dives experienced, friendly dive staff on their morning boat dives. Their custom dive boats go out to explore the many dive sites on the nearby island of Klein Bonaire, a short 10 minute boat ride away, or to other spectacular dive sites not accessible from shore. Then in the afternoon you can either dive right of the dock or climb in your rental truck included with your package and take advantage of the 60 dive sites accessible from the shore line.

 Bonaire

 

Accommodations

 Buddy Dive

 Buddy Dive is located on the waterfront north of town, just a couple of steps from the crystal clear ocean and its many dive sites. The resort has eleven buildings with spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, a complete dive center, two swimming pools, two restaurants, vehicle rental and the famous drive-thru fill station. 

  • 1 or 3 Bedroom Apartments
  • Fully equipped kitchens including microwaves, stoves and refrigerators.
  • Comfortably furnished living area with cable TV and phone.
  • There are safe deposit boxes in every apartment and they are free of charge.
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms with two singles or one double bed as per your request.
  • Large private balconies or patios.
  • Daily housekeeping service for you and offer free use of beach towels.
  • Laundry service available.
  • From each of the apartments, you’ll enjoy the view of either the ocean or lush tropical gardens from your own private balcony or patio. And for relaxing outside, nothing can beat a nap in one of the loungers in the shaded and flower covered gazebo.
  • No unit is more than a few steps away from one of the 2 swimming pools and casual thatched roof, seaside pool bar.

 

Buddy Dive 

Dining

Start the day with a delicious complimentary breakfast. Choose from a wide variety of local fruits, cereals, breads, cold cuts of meat or cheese, pancakes and syrup, French toast, bacon and a variety of eggs freshly made to order. Relax in our breakfast restaurant overlooking the ocean and Klein Bonaire.

Restaurant

Blennies offers daily a la carte lunch and dinner, topped off with Friday’s all you can eat BBQ. Make sure to join them for Happy Hour and their Manager’s Rum Punch Party every Friday evening.

Ingridiёnts invites you daily to a special dining experience with Mediterranean cuisine in spectacular ambiance and breathtaking ocean views.

You can also drive into town to enjoy a meal with the locals.

Donkey

Bonaire Highlights

Bonaire has three distinctive land types. The central region is semi-arid, while the southern region is flat and wide open with a unique mangrove system and salt pans. The northern part is more green and hilly. With a height of 714 feet, Brandaris is Bonaire’s highest point. An average annual rainfall of 22 inches, an almost constant water temperature of 80 degrees F, and a slightly higher air temperature of 82 degrees F, makes Bonaire a pleasant environment in which to vacation. In the South you will find the salt pans and mangrove forests - this area is wide, flat, and open. Besides the impressive and important mangrove trees, vegetation is limited here because of the influence of salt and wind.

While Dutch and Papiamentu are the official languages, English is widely spoken by most people on the island. On Bonaire’s main street, Kaya Grandi, you won’t find busy and overcrowded shops retailing the traditional gadgets and souvenirs you
encounter when visiting other main Caribbean tourist destinations. The selection of goods offered are like Bonaire itself: diverse and surprising. They have some shops that offer high quality jewelry while others carry arts and crafts from their local artisans.

Kralendijk Driving all the way along the west coast, you will see this small, but lively town that nowadays is the commercial center of the island. Stroll over to Kaya Grandi and visit the various souvenir shops, taste a chilled beer on a terrace, and finish the day with a delicious meal in one of Bonaire’s superb restaurants.

 Kralendijk

Salt Pan Mountains Various salt pans shape the landscaping in the wide, flat, open southern region. From a distance they look like snowy mountains, a truly amazing and surprising scenery in the tropics.

Bonaire

Cave Exploration Bonaire has many cave systems, some are dry and others have lakes and tunnels. Here at Buddy Dive they offer you a unique opportunity to explore these ancient wonders with their majestic stalactites and stalagmites. They even offer you the chance to snorkel underground in the crystal clear water housed within.

 Caves

Bonaire may be best known as a top dive destination, but that just skims the surface of the water sports that are gaining more and more attention on this peaceful and relaxing Dutch Caribbean island. Bonaire’s best-kept secret? Lac Bay. It’s over 3 square miles of tropical blue water providing near-perfect windsurfing conditions, ideal for beginners and advanced windsurfers alike.

Lac Bay

While Bonaire is well known for its diving, there are many other activities available ranging from active programs to more leisurely pursuits. You can enjoy Kite surfing, Windsurfing, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, or a Sunset Cruise. At the Dive and Activity Center they have the information you’ll need to discover the Bonaire activity that is right for you! A member of the Bonaire activity staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have, as well as to assist you with recommendations on where to go and what to do.

 

COVID Information

Please read Buddy Dive's Know Before you Go

You will be responsible for getting a PCR Test 72 hours before departure as well as a Rapid Test 24 hours before departure. You can schedule the Rapid test at the Orlando Airport the day of departure or take one sometime on Friday. 

The required test to renter the US will be scheduled by Buddy Dive and the cost is $65 for the Rapid Test & $125 for the PCR test. The Rapid test is sufficient to board the plane, however, should a positive result come back, a PCR will be required. Should you still have a positive result, Buddy will provide accommodations at no additional charge to you, provided there is availability. 

Please be aware, this information is ever changing & we will update you should things change. 

Without question, Travel Insurance is a MUST during these uncertain times. 

DAN

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