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#1 Reefkeep

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Posted 04 March 2003 - 04:27 PM

What dives must I do? Places to eat? Trying to decide on the Plaza or Buddy dive, any suggestions?

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Posted 04 March 2003 - 04:49 PM

Dive suggestions in no particular order:

Shore Dives:
Town Pier night dive
Salt Pier
Oil Slick Leap
Weber's Joy
Andrea II
Angel City
Hilma Hooker
Karpata
Bari Reef night dive

Food:

Rose Inn, Rincon
Garden Cafe
Maiky's Snack ( must do!)

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Inon Macro and an Oly WAL

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Posted 04 March 2003 - 05:01 PM

Bob --->Wow, that was fast, where do recommend to stay?

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Posted 04 March 2003 - 05:12 PM

Scroll down the Dive Destinations page and you'll see two threads already there on where to stay and what shore dives to do . . .

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Posted 04 March 2003 - 05:27 PM

Mike, the last thread only talks about the Lion's Dive Club and the Plaza. Anyone stay at Buddy dive?

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Posted 04 March 2003 - 06:51 PM

No question, after three years, stay at the Plaza Resort. You have a choice of "regular" rooms or units with kitchenettes and living rooms.

The dive operation is first-rate (Toucan). This past labor day week the Plaza had to get a little help from other operators because they were popular and yet others didn't have any customers.

The restaurant at the Lighthouse is very good. Overlooks the marina and the chef/owner has recently returned to Bonaire from years in New York and Paris. Check the other posts for more details or contact me directly.

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Posted 04 March 2003 - 08:12 PM

You might want to explore the "Bonaire Talk" bulletin board:

http://www.bonaireta...s.cgi?pg=topics

Try searching in the trip reports.

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oly 4040 and a pair of DS 125's
Inon Macro and an Oly WAL

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Posted 05 March 2003 - 03:03 AM

I have stayed at buddies. It was pre hurricane. We had a wonderful time. Can't comment about what happenned to the place since then, but my wife would go back to Buddys, And that is a compliment :)

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Posted 05 March 2003 - 05:47 AM

We did Buddies last October and loved it.............would go back without hesitation.............drive thru tank station and resort reef were great..........we did 18 shore dives without any boat dives

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Posted 05 March 2003 - 12:10 PM

Have stayed at Buddies since the hurricane. They built a new dive shack and dock. As said in previous messages, the drive through tank service is great. Diving Nitrox, no problem. Analyzers at the drive through as well. Doing a late night dive and forget to get your tanks during the day? No problem, they have left the key to the shack out for you.

Have fun

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Posted 05 March 2003 - 06:57 PM

Thanks for the info guys. Bob that was a great link!

Thanks again

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Posted 09 March 2003 - 07:43 AM

I just spent 6 days at the Plaza and did all of my diving with Toucan (the dive shop at Plaza). You won't be disappointed.
As far as dive spots go, I think I liked Bloodlet, Angel City and Nearest Point the best. I don't think that there is a bad site on the island. Don't forget to do a night dive at the Town Pier!! Orange cup coral, morays, and decorator crabs among many other things.

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Posted 13 March 2003 - 04:56 PM

hello,

i just got back from bonaire on feb 28th(16 day trip) and im headed back down on the 18th of march for another 15 days! I have been to Bonaire 8 time total (i think)

Places to Eat.......

Lions Den By far best Food on island!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pizza place with only stop light was strongly rec. to me for good pizza didnt make it there went to other they wasnt nothing special!

Kurt at Lions den will take Great care of you it is located on water next to Buddy dive! Above bon bin dive shop.

places to stay.... i have stayed at sand dollar! (use to be best resort on island before lenny) now it is on the rize with dive shop havign own dock etc small boats and nice diving people veyr layed back!

Wanna Dive Boanire Great for shore diving only there boat diving is limited due to no boat but bart is great there!

did i mention Lion's den is best place to eat!

Oh yea dive sites lol! anything up north bonaire is great klien is wonderfull! i would do Hilma hooker by shore alwasy do bit of swim but better dive!

dont for get o go to small wall and web cam to wave to all people back in reality!

Any more info email me at cavesrus@yahoo.com

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Posted 13 March 2003 - 05:02 PM

oh yea buddy dive i did stay there as well it was ok due to Ac problems and didnt want to fix it but they have changed alot since i stayed there seem to be largest Dive operation on island. they have bigger boats = more people in water. how ever they do have best DM on island for finding stuff murfin (spelling)

BDA (dive shop at sand dollar) small boats great Dive operatin etc.

wanna dive great shore etc 2 or 3 location on island

i typicaly stay at light house now due to dcost of condos cheaper and we always rent car anyways

Aaron

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Posted 10 April 2003 - 07:42 AM

I spent a week there last July with 2 brand new divers and my honey. We loved Buddy Dive. I would not stay anywhere else. Their facility is superb and staff is wonderful.

There are not any bad dives on the island.

Mona Lisa, not an Italian resturant by the way, is good. There is an Italian resturant down the street from Town Pier that is OUTSTANDING!!!. The owner is a woman from Italy that came to Bonaire via Los Angeles and her food is exquisite.

Good Luck!!

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Posted 18 April 2003 - 06:58 AM

And don't forget to jump on the dive boats headed to the North. I've loved places like Repel (can't member if it's spelled Rapelle - ha!) and the closer to the Park the better. Definitely enjoy Klein. Town pier gets VERY busy with divers, but worth the 2hr long night dives, critters everywhere. When diving south of Salt Pier from shore, be sure to swim to the 2nd reef, much better than the first. Lenny hit the brain pretty hard, but it's reviving. If you're really adventurous and trained see if you can get to the Windjammer...

I stayed at Capt. Don's (LOVE the house reef!) and Plaza, both good people and food at Plaza..yum! Diving 24hrs a day, got to love it!

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Posted 20 April 2003 - 10:51 AM

What is the solution to leaving extra batteries and film in your truck while you dive?

Anyone take a dry box in the water?

I was even thinking of changing lenses but have heard about the "windows down, left unlocked" policy.

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Posted 22 April 2003 - 12:23 PM

You must eat at CAPPRICIO. It is owned and operated by an Italian female and the food is outstanding!!!!! :D

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Posted 09 May 2003 - 11:33 AM

Hi,

The first week of Feb 2003, I went with a group of 10 friends some old and some new. We went to Buddy's. This is my second time to Bonaire. The first time was before hurricane Lenny. I would have to say the many of the reefs looked quite damaged compared to diving there prior to Hurricane Lenny but Bonaire is still an excellent place to go on a trip. The reefs are very much alive with fish and life but many coral heads are damaged. That did not make these bad dives, just different than how I remember Bonaire. Some reefs especially on Klein Bonaire were still pristine.

Buddy's resort makes diving easy. If you dive the house reef, it's a matter of walking down to the dock which could be as little as 100 to 200 ft stroll. Down there, they store your dive gear in a locker. Grab a tank from the tank area, set up your gear and jump in. Diving here is on your own schedule and around the clock. There is a lot of life at the dock and plenty on the house reef right there. The reef is about a 50 to 75 feet from the dock and holds plenty of life. They have two really nice boats but the third one does look a little small but I was never on that one. I only saw that used for very small private groups when the other boats were not available. If you want to shore dive around the island their drive through pick up station makes this real easy. I was lazy and did all of the boat dives offered plus and dived the house reef a lot more than venturing out. I believe you can add five boat dives for $100. I did venture out a few times to shore dive in other areas. I would say I did 3 to 5 dives a day but chose to dive at the resort to make life easier. Some in my group wanted more diversity but I felt I could always find different life or different areas at the resort. I like to move real slow under water and I find lots of life. I find that a reef has lots to offer. Donít miss the giant 6 to 8 foot tarpons that escort you on night dives at the house reef. Most people need to become better observers. I have over 175 dives under my belt and more than half are done in the north east in New York. It is not easy diving in New York so I had a different attitude while I was on vacation. Besides, someone volunteered us to cook lunch and dinner for all 10 people during our trip for the whole trip but, thatís a whole story in itself. I needed to be close to get the meals prepared during the surface intervals! All of my best photographs from this trip came from the house reef. Others in my group made use of buddy's pick up truck and dived many of the other sites. When you come out of the water the rise tank is right at the dock. You can rinse yourself and your gear and hang it up in the locker until your next dive. You do not have to lug your gear around.

We always had an interest in the Plaza so we took a ride there. They have very nice grounds and the resort is beautiful, but I parked the pickup and started walking and walking and walking. Where was the entry to the water? I bumped into a couple and they were said going diving. They were lugging their gear too. It was a hike to the entry point even without lugging my gear. Some rooms are close to the entry point but far from the parking lot. Since I did not stay there this is only my observation. I would like to know in case I plan on going back. Some insight to this would be appreciated. Does the Plaza have lockers to store your gear that is near to the beach entry point and the boat dock. Are there parking areas close to the room? What do you need to do if you plan on diving outside of the resort? How does their operation work?

The only problem we had which we never had in the past was a couple of mosquitoes would find their way into the bedroom during the day and attack us at night until they were hunted down.

I would like to add that my I bought a digital photo setup for just this trip and got excellent pictures within my second dive. I can post some pictures. The housing is for sale and is in excellent shape. I would like to get $260 for it. Itís a PT-015 for the Olympus c5050 and I got excellent results and itís a great product. It was the only one available for me before my trip so I purchased it. This housing is rated for 130 feet but I want one that works in the deeper waters around New York so Iím willing to part with it.

Email me with the subject Bonaire question at ahplee@aol.com for any other info.

If you have any questions about use of this camera post a question?

Enjoy your trip we had a great time.


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Posted 11 May 2003 - 06:15 AM

Thanks guys ..Great feedback, 13 Work days left =)