Bonaire Family Vacation

What’s new on Bonaire this year

bonaire_9_264181234Bonaire shopping hits the big time with a new Dutch supermarket! The new Van den Tweel superstore has opened on Kaya Industria in Kralendijk, bringing Bonaire visitors and residents the island’s largest and most complete food shopping experience. With over 35,000 square feet of shopping, warehouse and service space, Bonaire’s newest supermarket offers a wide variety of products from Holland, the USA and South America including specialty meats, cheeses, produce and bakery items.

Highlights include: In house bakery, International cheese shop, Butcher shop, Café and bar, Laundry and dry clean service
Deli and rotisserie,Hours of operation are from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. With constant deliveries by both air and sea, Van den Tweel plans to maintain a well stocked, reasonably priced and quality driven shopping alternative for Bonaire.

The island

Bonaire is a Dutch Island, dry and breezy with little rainfall. Sitting just forty miles north of Venezuela, quite simply, Diver’s Paradise (as Bonaire’s license plates boast).

Coral thrives along their underwater volcanic slopes, nurturing colonies of delightful color and beauty in waters clear and blue. Bonaire is the perfect place for shoreKids Sea Camp Bonaire, Where kids learn to dive and snorkel diving and most shore dive sites are marked by large yellow rocks with the name of the site stenciled on them. Divers will find ideal surroundings, shallow calm easy to dive sites just 30 feet from shore; seasoned scuba divers will find sloping walls, wrecks and reefs to fulfill their dive adventure expectations.

Buddy Dive is simplicity, its charming and very family friendly. I love, that if I don’t feel like getting on a boat with all the other divers first thing in the am, I can hang back and enjoy a later breakfast and coffee by the sea. Then when at my leisure jump off the dock with another parent or even my own kids and have just as good a dive as those on the boat. I can go at my own pace every day. No hustle no deadlines and no worries.

I love Bonaire because it’s easier on the wallet than most other destinations, and the service is very family friendly.
The food is a mix of fresh baked breads and buffets so no one leaves hungry. I have yet to experience any ocean front dining as amazing as the sunsets I dine behind at Buddy dive. I love the home away from home feeling I have with the one, two or three bedroom villas, my husband and I have our own privacy and the kids enjoy their own space too.

Kids Sea Camp Buddy Dive has something for all ages, Adults go diving in the morning, kids have a host of activities from tubing, diving, snorkeling, photography, painting, kayaking and a treasure hunt. Non-divers can relax and read a book, paint, kayak, bird watch, shop or take an Island tour to see the history and culture of Bonaire.The weather in Bonaire is 99% Sunny and beautiful above and below. Jump off the dock ore off a boat and it’s mostly calm, clear and beautiful.

With Kids Sea Camp Bonaire here at Buddy Dive, we have Pizza and movie night under the big Thatched roof pool bar, live music on Friday nights and a host of slid presentations by SeaLife. Afternoons are at your leisure to enjoy some amazing shore diving with your kids. Evenings are full of new friends, laughter and family time. The kids Sea Camp group enjoys private boats, instructors and guides. The kids enjoy the same with a little more fun added with other activities as stated above.

I chose Buddy Dive because it’s a family owned, family operated and family focused PADI 5 star resort. The staff is kid friendly and both trained and experienced to teach and dive with kids. The Dive shop is up-to-date with equipment and maintenance. The staff is medically trained and full service. Safety is #1 and fun is #2. Add on to all of this a beautiful sunset cruise with cocktails and smoothies and some poetry and painting.

I love Bonaire and chose Bonaire as a family dive adventure destination because:
I love the people, they are kind and friendly and they love kids! I love the food. The Dutch make the best cheese and coffee and breads! Food is how they celebrate and share their day along with a few drinks too.
I love the climate and the conditions, always beautiful, sunny and calm. Why Buddy Dive. I have known Buddy Dive and been diving Buddy Dive since 1996. Its relaxing, its easy and its lots of fun. I enjoy most the staff, they care.
I enjoy the diving and the boats and I truly feel welcome there. Being at Buddy Dive is like being part of a family reunion. There is something for everyone.

The programs

Kids programs all include: Dive rental gear, 5 days of diving + family day at Klein Bonaire. PADI hats, T-shirts, tote bags, marine art painting, and tubing in addition to all that follows

Young Adult Diver program : For kids 14-17 divers, Private boat with 70ft profile, Peak Performance Buoyancy certification’ Crew Pack for PADI PPB course, Sea scooter & night dive

PADI AOW & Jr. AOW program: Ages 12+ divers, Private Boat, Certification card and crew pack, night dive and scooter dive for kids age 14+

PADI Adventure Diver Program: Ages 10 &11 divers, Private Boat, Certification card and crew pack

PADI Jr. Open Water program: For kids that are age 10 or higher before the class starts. In Bonaire, we feature the PADI E: learning program. Kids are on vacation, so now they don’t have to worry about reading a 250 page book or taking a written exam. You can go to and click on e:learning and Jr. Open water and Buddy Beach and Dive Resort Bonaire
Your Buddy Dive instructor will receive your quizzes and test and be available to assist you as you learn on line. When
arrive in Bonaire, its water skills and pool skills and enjoying your new world as a PADI certified diver in beautiful Bonaire.
Moms and dads will have several days to dive with kids.

SASY program: Ages 4-7, This is such a fantastic program in Bonaire. The little ones get lots of sun block and suited up in mini gear as they learn all about the ocean and its critters. Treasure hunt, Donkey sanctuary to feed and even ride a donkey.
Painting fun and lots of pool and ocean time.

PADI Seal Team: Ages 8 to 10, This program gives kids that are 8 years old or older at the time the program starts, a sample of what its like to be a diver. This is pure fun, no test! Kids will learn to do some basic skills, and learn how to use scuba gear through some fun activities called Aqua Missions. In Bonaire, Seal Team kids also get to do a Salt Water dive at the Buddy Dock and schools of fish and log a real dive. There are 5 missions to be completed along with a crew pack and certification that is provided. Painting, treasure hunt and Pizza movie night are also apart of this great program in Bonaire.

Getting there

You can reach Bonaire via Miami, San Juan or Curacao. American Airlines is the best service. Most carriers allow 2 check-in pieces per passenger at 50 lbs each piece and one carry-on per passenger. A charge of $100 up to 70 lbs will then apply. We will be met upon arrival in Bonaire at the Airport after we pass through immigration and customs. A Buddy Dive Staff member will meet and greet you holding a Buddy Dive Sign.

Buddy Dive is located 8 km/5M north of the airport and about 3 km/2M north of the capital town of Kralendijk. Buddy Dive Resort is known for it’s casual atmosphere, personable staff, spacious accommodations and a dive operation that has it all: Buddy Dive Resort, Bonairecomfortable boats, complete rental and retail center, exceptional staff, and a unique “Drive Thru” with a two-lane air/nitrox fill station. No matter which villa you are staying in, you’re never further than a giant stride away from our popular and lively house reef which is perfect for diving and snorkeling, day and night.


1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas, hotel rooms and studios all have an ocean or garden view, and are comfortably furnished, to accommodate you, your family or friends. Each apartment has a fully furnished kitchen, spacious living area with cable TV, telephone, patio or balcony, air-conditioned and each room has its own bathroom with shower.

Other thoughts

There are laundry facilities on the property: There is one washer and dryer available for guest use. The machines operate with tokens that can be purchased at the Front Office.

Is there a grocery store within walking: There is a small convenience store within walking distance, and larger grocery stores within a 5-minute drive.

Phones/Internet: There are phones in all of the apartments. The phone lines can also be used to access the Internet if you bring along your laptop. You will need a converter as Bonaire runs on 240W.

Climb into a rental truck available at a minimal cost to your package, and take advantage of the 60 dive sites, accessible from the shoreline.

Divers, Snorkelers, Adventurers and Leisure Travelers feel equally at home at Buddy Dive. You will want to save plenty of time to relax in a hammock, lounge by one of our three pools, simply catch some rays or saunter on down to the pool bar for a cocktail before sampling some of the local specialties.

These are some of the activities offered at Buddy Dive and on the Island you can see a full list on our Activities section.

Activities at Buddy Dive at minimal cost

  • Mangrove Kayak Excursion
  • Ocean Kayak Snorkel
  • Sunset Kayak Tour
  • Island Tour
  • Mountain Bike Tour
  • Quad Bike Tour or share one with your buddy
  • Sunset cruise
  • Boat charter
  • Parasailing

Additional Activities offered on Island

  • Windsurfing
  • Big Game Fishing
  • Rent a Marine Biologist
  • Re-Breather Adventure Dive


For more information call us: 1.803.419.2556