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Buddy Dive Resort is located on the waterfront north of Bonaire Town, and offers informal relaxation, personable staff and spacious accommodation, as well as a lively house reef a stone's throw away.

Accommodation is mainly in apartments of varying sizes, a great option for small groups. All are furnished with a full kitchen, living area with cable TV, air-conditioning and a large verandah or balcony. All rooms enjoy an ocean or garden view. Facilities include a swimming pool, Buddy Rangers Kids’ Club, and a choice of restaurants. Don’t miss out on the famous Friday night BBQ.

The dive centre offers something for everyone including daily boat diving, courses (recreational and technical), unlimited shore diving and a unique drive-thru area for tanks. 

The resort also offers snorkelling and diving courses for children, from 5-14 years old, enabling parents to enjoy their snorkelling or diving, whilst their children spend the morning exploring the beautiful reefs and spotting the colourful tropical fish in a safe and entertaining programme. Children 8 years and above can join the ‘Scuba Rangers’ programme, allowing them to discover scuba diving in a safe and natural way.

Buddy Dive Centre

A PADI 5-star Gold Palm Resort, Universal Referral (SSI & NAUI) and Instructor Development Centre (IDC) with TDI (Technical) also available, you’ll be hard pushed to find another resort that offers such a broad spectrum of diving courses and activities. Boat dives are offered daily but it is the unlimited shore diving package which divers enjoy the most due to easy access to 60 dive sites. All you need is a pick-up truck; swing by the tank refill, ‘drive-thru’ and enjoy your diving at your own leisure 24 hours a day.

For the adventurous and more experienced, day trips to Washington Slagbaai National Park can be booked locally.

Bonaire offers excellent conditions for underwater photography and the Buddy Dive Digital Photo centre caters for everyone. Average water temperature is 29C and visibility often exceeds 30 metres. The fringing reef is a mere 10 metres from the shore, great for divers and snorkellers! Nitrox and Trimix are available.

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Key info

  • Ideal for:
    • Families
    • Groups
    • Non-divers
  • Diving suitable for:
    • Beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive boat: Custom dive boat

Dive trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Bonaire Snorkel Adventure

Famed for its shore-based snorkelling sites and the diversity of marine life, Bonaire is the perfect location for snorkellers who want sun, sea and plenty of underwater excitement in the Caribbean.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,775 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visit Bonaire

Enjoy a short break to Bonaire, undeniably the shore diving capital of the world and a diver’s paradise. The majority of dive sites are easily accessed from the shore, and offer fantastic opportunities for underwater photography.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,565 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visit Bonaire & Curaçao

This twin centre ‘drive and dive’ holiday is the perfect getaway for divers who want to spend most of their time underwater, whilst enjoying a unique Caribbean experience on two very different islands.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Lying just north of Venezuela, Bonaire is a perfect year round family destination, with little rainfall, a village feel and much to see and do. Undoubtedly the shore diving capital of the world, this is a also great choice for those wanting to learn to dive, and photographers.

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, giant frogfish, southern stingray, spotted eagle ray
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Family diving, Shore diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography