Bonaire's sea abounds with beautiful marine life and a fascinating variety of multi-colored tropical fish. The sea is remarkably calm and conditions are superb for both scuba diving and snorkeling.
On average, Bonaire's visibility exceeds 100 feet (30 meters) and our average water temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit (29c). The fringing reef begins close to the shore, usually a short 30 foot (10 meter) swim or less, making Bonaire world renowned for its ease of shore diving.
We boast more than 80 listed dive sites and protected by the regulations of the Bonaire Marine Park. To help us keep our reef environment healthy for many years to come, we encourage all divers traveling to Bonaire to familiarize themselves with the Marine Park Regulations prior to their visit.
Something for Every Diver at Buddy Dive Resort!
Bonaire's waters offer something special for every diver. Novice divers will appreciate the calm waters, reefs that run parallel to shore, and minimal currents. These conditions make it an ideal location to really work on improving those buoyancy skills! And the abundance of marine life living along the shallow drop-off area of the reef slope allows for maximum bottom time,
while giving new divers an opportunity to develop a level of comfort and confidence in their newly learned skills.
Experienced divers can enjoy the freedom of our unlimited shore diving package, making as many dives as they want each day, according to their own safe profiles. With plenty of 80 and 63 cubic foot air and Nitrox tanks available, convenient benches for gear set-up, a sturdy ladder to provide easy access to the water, and adjacent rinse tanks and gear storage, diving at Buddy's couldn't be any easier.
Photographers, videographers and fish lovers will delight in the 364 'plus' species of fish that can be found in our waters, most of which call Buddy Reef their home. Our lively house reef is just a giant stride away from our dock, and teems with abundant marine life and colorful coral formations, perfect for diving day, night, or the active hours in between.
Or join our experienced, friendly dive staff on our morning and afternoon boat dives. Every day of the year our 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. Guided night dives are also arranged to great sites such as Town Pier, one of the most spectacular dives on the island.
Buddy's is a DAN Member, as well as a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resortand Universal Referral Center. The Universal Referral designation enables Buddy Dive Instructors to offer Open Water Completion courses to students from SSI and NAUI as well as a host of other training organizations. In fact, Buddy's offers every level of Instructionimaginable, conducted in several languages. In addition to all the standard PADI specialties, we also offer you the chance to become an Enriched Air Certified diver, or even try out a Rebreather!
As a full service dive center, we also have a complete inventory of rental gear available. Buddy Dive guests who prefer to purchase instead of rent will enjoy shopping at our well stocked retail shop. The on-property shop carries a wide range of dive and snorkel gear and accessories, as well as T-shirts, sandals, caps, and souvenirs galore!
But of all of the assets we have, it is without a doubt our incredible dive team that makes the difference at Buddy Dive. They are known to go out of their way to make every dive a safe and enjoyable experience you won’t forget. It’s this friendly, personal service that has become a trademark of Buddy Dive Resort.
The Shore Diving Capital of the World
It's no secret to most divers that Bonaire is indisputably the best shore diving destination imaginable. With that in mind, Buddy Dive Resort developed the most convenient way for divers to set out and explore Bonaire’s many exceptional shore dive sites with ease, by creating our famous drive-thru air/nitrox fill station!
Our unique drive-thru air/nitrox fill station makes it easy to fill or change tanks and our reliable rental vehiclesare perfect for transporting you and your gear. There’s simply no better way to explore and discover the beauty of the island. To make things even easier, we've created a special Drive & Dive package which includes your own rental vehicle, unlimited air fills, accommodations, and much much more. In fact, everything you need to make the most of your vacation is offered to you at Buddy Dive Resort.