Bonaire with Buddy Dive
Welcome to Bonaire Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventure Vacation
KSC summer family vacation week: 2018 Thanksgiving week: November 17th to 24th
2019 weeks: July 13th to 20th or 20th to 27th.
The Resort: Buddy Dive Resort is located on the Dutch island of Bonaire and this resort is a family-owned and operated. Buddy’s has the casual, relaxed atmosphere you want for a family vacation. It is an unspoiled diver’s paradise that offers spectacular sunsets, comfortable family diving, and crystal clear water.
For the owner’s of Kids Sea Camp, Margo, and Tom Peyton, it is like going home! Buddy Dive Resort has hosted over 30 family weeks. The resort sits right on the ocean’s edge and offers comfortable 1, 2 and 3 bedroom ocean view villas. The Buddy Dive PADI 5 star CDC center sits right on the property with 4 states of the art dive boats, 2 swimming and training pools and dive lockers. Some of the best shore diving in Bonaire can be found right off the Buddy Dive dock. 24 hr unlimited shore diving. It’s perfect for parents diving with their kids for the very first time. The resort staff is family-friendly and work hard to please your vacation needs. And new this year we are heading to Bonaire for Thanksgiving. We think the price point will be perfect for most of our families. We know the dive service, the food, and the accommodations will be wonderful for the Thanksgiving holiday with Buddy Dive Resort. Join us for this memorable family dive vacation!
Welcome to Bonaire- Buddy Dive family dive vacation.
It’s simplicity at its finest by Margo Peyton, founder of Kids Sea Camp
If I don’t feel like getting on a boat with other divers first thing in the morning, I can hang back and enjoy a late breakfast and coffee by the sea. Then, at my leisure, I can jump off the dock with another parent or even my own kids and have a dive that’s just as good as those on the boat. I can go at my own pace every day. No hustle, no deadlines, and no worries. Buddy Dive is a perfect place for adults that have always wanted to start diving or try diving to awaken the dream. We will arrange a discover scuba dive or provide full certification for adults who want to learn. Just give us a call and let’s get you diving.
I love Bonaire because it’s easy diving for all family divers. Wrecks, reefs, and a mini wall are just a jump off the dock and tanks are available 24/7 with a full-service dive store. The entire staff is family focused, ready and willing to please. The foods consist of a variety of freshly baked bread and full dinner buffets that include salads, meat, fresh fish, and fruits daily. As well as, fresh baked goodies for the sweet tooth. Frozen cappuccinos, delightful drinks, no one leaves hungry or thirsty. I have yet to experience oceanfront dining as pleasurable, as dining in front of a sunset view at Buddy Dive.
I love the home-away-from-home feeling I have with the one, two and three bedroom villas. My husband and I have our own privacy and the kids enjoy their own space too.
Kids Sea Camp, at Buddy Dive, has something for all ages, Adults go diving in the morning, kids have a host of activities to choose from, including tubing, diving, snorkeling, photography, painting, kayaking, slack line and a treasure hunt. The non-divers can relax and read a book, paint with a KSC guest artist, 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 the surface. Jump off the dock or off a boat and it’s mostly calm, clear and beautiful. With Kids Sea Camp, we have pizza and movie night under the big thatched roof pool bar, live music on Friday nights and a host of slide presentations by SeaLife.
Afternoons are at your leisure and allow you time 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 and activities added to that stated above.
I chose Buddy Dive because it’s family owned, family operated and family focused! Buddy Dive Resort is a PADI Career Development Center. The staff is kid friendly and both trained and experienced in teaching and diving with kids.
Michelle and Paul Coolen make up the GM team, and also have two beautiful little girls, Nordja and Pleun, who will hopefully join us soon in our SASY program.
The Bonaire Package
Our Kids Sea Camp week has a Saturday arrival and departure. However, if you would like to add extra days we would be happy to arrange that for your family!
- Adult Package 1: 6 boat dives with unlimited shore dives (free rental truck)
- Adult Package 2: 11 boat dives with unlimited shore dives
- Adult Package 3: Unlimited shore diving & non-diver rate (free rental truck for the week included).
- Kids: Adventure Diver Cert or Coral Restoration (for 10-11 year-olds that are certified to dive)
- SASY: for kids age 5-7
- Seal Team: for kids age 8 & 9
- Jr. Open Water**: for kids 10 and up
- Jr. Advanced Open Water**: for kids 12 and up that are certified to dive
- Jr. Rescue Diver**: for kids that are 12 and up and are currently Jr. Advanced or Advanced Open Water certified
- Adult & kids age 18+ an introduction to Tech, and Tech 40 option can be available - call Margo for specifics
- Zombie Apocalypse Diver Course w/ Woody Tinsley (available to all kids and parents)
- 7 night's accomodations
- 3 meals daily and water, juice and tea
- Round-trip airport transfers
- Dive rental gear for kids
- Photo slideshow, SeaLife Cameras to use all week
- Kids Sea Camp Tote bags, T-shirts, Flap straps and other giveaways (giveaways vary from sponsors)
- Treasure hunt for SASY and Seal Team
- Pizza movie night, presentations and poetry fun
- FREE Nitrox for Nitrox divers
- Round-trip airfare
- Sodas and alcoholic drinks
- adult dive gear
- Truck rentals are not included in the 11-boat dive package
- Truck rental: $416.50
- Van rental: $631.50
- Bonaire Marine Park fee not included $25 per person
- 6.5 % tax added to all rates
** For Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Certifications, participants must complete the PADI eLearning before arrival. For eLearning, please make sure to click on Kids Sea Camp as your PADI store. Additional information is on our reservations page in the forms section.
** For Rescue Certification, participants must have their current EFR / First Aid (within 24 months). PADI Rescue and Jr. Rescue will be offered to both adults and kids. Please call 1-803-419-2556 us for more information.
Once you arrive on island
This is a general sample schedule that will change depending on the weather, courses offered, and location. Other activities and courses and detail will be provided on a final schedule included with your trip documents. This schedule is also subject to changes on island.
You will be met with at Buddy Dive Resort with a welcome drink for adults and smoothie for kids. Check-in, get comfortable, and we will meet at the pool bar for orientation.
- Saturday: Arrival day and orientation- You will meet camp staff and be given program information.
- Sunday: 1 or 2 dives depending on dive package and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Coral Restoration, Adventure & AOW training
- Monday: 1 or 2 dives depending on dive package and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Coral Restoration, Adventure & AOW training
- Tuesday: 1 or 2 dives depending on dive package and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Coral Restoration, Adventure & AOW training
- Wednesday: 2 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Coral Restoration, Adventure & AOW diving and Pizza Movie night
- Thursday: 2 boat dives and SASY, Seal, PADI JOW, Coral Restoration, Adventure & AOW diving
- Friday: Family dive day and closing feast and celebration, and slide presentation.
- Saturday: Travel day — back to reality!
General Schedule information
- Three meals daily are included in your package.
- Breakfast is served buffet style each morning from 7-9 AM with eggs made to order, ham, potatoes, pancakes, fruits, cereal, along with local juices.
- Lunch is served off the menu with a wide variety of foods from burgers to salads, pasta or fish. A special kids menu is also available from 1-2 PM.
- Dinner is available from 6:30-10 PM daily and also served off the menu with fresh daily seafood.
- Friday is the Buddy Dive beach BBQ and includes live entertainment. A special farewell dinner is scheduled on Friday night.
MORE DETAILS OF THE SCHEDULE
Please note: The kid's programs end at 2:30 PM, so if you chose a shore dive or an additional afternoon dive at 2:15 you will be responsible for making sure your kids are attended to. It should not be a problem as we are always available but it will need to be arranged with prior notice
This is a tentative schedule and will change, please contact us for up-to-date information. Currently, we are going to offer the PADI Rescue Course for Kids and adults. Coral Restoration will be offered for all kids as well as Adventure diver and Advanced Open Water. Nitrox is Free for certified Nitrox divers.
Buddy Dive Resort
At Buddy Dive, apartments are available with either 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. All rooms at Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire are air-conditioned with bedrooms containing twin or king beds. Rooms all come with fully equipped kitchens including microwaves, stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators as well as a comfortably furnished living area with cable TV and phones. Everyone in the family will be comfortable!
There are free safe deposit boxes in every apartment and all include large private balconies or patios. There is daily housekeeping service for you and free use of beach towels. Should you require a babysitter, the front office will be glad to make all the arrangements for you.
Buddy Dive even has a laundry facility should you wish to do some extra washing. From each of our 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 hammocks in our shaded and flower covered gazebo. For a stunning location with the ultimate view, there’s no place better than on our raised sand beach areas overlooking the clear, turquoise waters of the Caribbean. A short stairway provides easy access to the tranquil ocean below which is excellent for snorkeling and swimming.
Here are rates for the 2018and 2019 KSC weeks at Buddy Dive in Bonaire. The 11 boat dive and 6 boat dive packages include unlimited shore diving.
|Room Type||Package||2019 Summer, Diver rate||2019 Summer, Non-diver||2018 Thanksgiving, Diver rate||2018 Thanksgiving, Non-diver|
|1 adult/ 2 bedroom/2 bath condo||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|1 adult/ 1 bedroom/1 bath condo||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|2 adults/ 3 bedroom/3 bath condo||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|2 adults/ 2 bedroom/2 bath condo||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|2 adult/ 1 bedroom/1 bath condo (2 adults plus 1 child max)||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|3 adults/ 3 bedroom/3 bath condo||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|3 adults/ 2 bedroom/ 2 bath condo||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|4 adults/ 3 bedroom/3 bath condo||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|4 adults/ 2 bedroom/2 bath condo||11 boat dives|
6 boat dives
Shore only w/truck
|SASY||SASY ages (Ages 5-7)|
includes rental dive gear
|Seal Team||Seal Team (Age 8-9)||$1,450||$1,450|
|Jr. Open Water||JOW (Age 10-17) includes rental dive gear and e:learning||$2275||$2275|
|Certified diver kids, AOW or Adventure courses||Must be certified to dive (Age 10-17)||$1,875||$1,875|
|PADI courses available to add-on to adult and certified diver rate. E:learning, crew Pack Materials and training included.||Advanced Open Water Course add-on to adult diver package.$375- Deep, Night, PPB, Fish ID, Boat dive. includes, 2 days, Instruction and E:learning fees.||Nitrox- E:Learning required and included.add-on to certified diver package or adult diver package. must be completed prior to arrival, with unlimited Nitrox tanks $350 per diver||Rescue diver, with e learning included, and crew pack and training add-on to certified diver package or adult diver package. $300||PADI digital photo/Video course add-on. includes use of under water camera, $150||Deep Diver - Certification 4 dives, age 15+ includes crew pack and training. $250|
The best diving in the Caribbean!
The diving: If you want to fall in love with diving, become a better diver, or dive safe and relaxed as a family, welcome to Buddy Dive Bonaire. Here you can just jump off the dock to enjoy large schools of fish, shallow wrecks and easy diving with newly certified kids. The water is warm, and the view is fantastic. The dive team here is among the very best in the Caribbean! Most are parents themselves, so kids safety is the priority. Buddy Dive is a PADI 5-star CDC center.
With as many as 60 officially listed dive sites on Bonaire and another 20 dive sites on Klein Bonaire, the dive operation at Buddy Dive Resort 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 diver need can be satisfied. To help us keep our reef environment healthy for many years to come, we do encourage all divers traveling to Bonaire to familiarize themselves with the Marine Park Regulations before their visit.
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.
Let's go diving: You can start diving once you have checked in and completed your orientation dive. Bonaire Marine Park regulations require you to participate in an orientation program before you enter the water for your first dive. At Buddy Dive, this orientation is held each day.
If your flight arrives in time for you to participate in the dive orientation, you can begin diving the day you arrive, and this would count as the first diving day of your diving package. Divers arriving on afternoon flights will attend orientation the following morning.
The diving schedule will include boat departures at 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM each morning from Sunday through Thursday (Friday will be a Family Day dive). We have also scheduled a night boat dive on Tuesday while your kids will be enjoying pizza and a movie.
Easy diving: 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 meters) swim or less, making Bonaire world-renowned for its ease of shore diving.
All levels of divers can enjoy the freedom of our unlimited shore diving package, making as many dives as they want each day, according to their safe profiles. There are plenty of 80 and 63 cubic foot air and Nitrox tanks available at either the 'Drive Thru' or on the dock where there are convenient benches for gear set-up and two sturdy ladders that provide easy access to the water. Rinse tanks are located at the 'Drive Thru' as well as on the docks where there is a large gear storage room. This makes diving at Buddy’s easy and enjoyable.
One can 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 day and night dives are also arranged to great sites such as the Salt Pier or Town Pier, which have become a mecca for photographers. Even Klein Bonaire is visited at night on a regular boat night dive.
Dive excellence: Buddy Dive is a DAN Member, as well as a PADI 5-Star Gold Palm Resort and 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 provides every level of instruction imaginable, 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 the 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, dive lights, film and souvenirs galore!
Fees (for the good of the reef): It is necessary for all who use the waters of the Bonaire National Marine Park to pay a Nature Fee of $25 per year ($10 for snorkelers). At the time of payment, you will receive a specially designed tag indicating your support for nature preservation and a receipt. Keep both, as they will also provide you with complimentary admission to Washington-Slagbaai National Park throughout the year your tag is valid. Tags are available for purchase at all dive operations, hotels, resorts, windsurfing operations, sport-fishing charter boats, sail/snorkel/water taxi operations, marinas, and other water sports operations on Bonaire.
- PADI SASY program: 6 mornings of activities from 8 am -1 pm daily. SASY kids keep fins, mask, and snorkel.
- PADI SEAL TEAM: 6 mornings of activities from 8am-1pm daily includes all 5 aqua missions. SEAL kids keep fins, mask, and snorkel.
- PADI Open Water: All dives needed for certification (eLearning is not included. For eLearning, you will have to pay PADI directly. The link will be sent to you 4 weeks before departure to be completed prior to arrival.)
- PADI Dive Master course: RSVP 14 DAYS REQUIRED $675 add-on to package price/Contact Margo 803.419.2556 for more information. PADI C Card, E: learning and Crew Pack included
- PADI Dive Rescue Diver: RSVP $175 add-on to package price/Contact Margo 803.419.2556 for more information.PADI C Card, E: learning and Crew Pack included.
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Over 60 remarkable dive sites! (And yes, we have listed them)
1. Boca Bartol: This shore dive is the northernmost site in the Marine Park. Advanced divers may encounter strong currents.The recommended depth is from 20-80 feet, with interesting coral formations in the shallows. Many of the larger fish species abound, and there is a chance to see rays and garden eels in the sandy bottom.
2. Playa Bengi: Located along the northwest coast of Washington Slagbaai Park, Playa Benge is known for its heavy currents. Recommended only for the advanced diver, the depth ranges from 15-100 feet. A shore dive only, the experienced diver will be rewarded with some of the most pristine coral on Bonaire.
3. Playa Funchi: Located in Washington Slagbaai National Park, Playa Funchi is for the advanced diver and has moderate to heavy currents. There is no mooring here, so access is from the shore only. In depths of 15-100 feet, horse-eye jacks can be seen out in blue water. The shallows teem with spotted trunkfish that approach you looking for a hand-out.
4. Bise Morto: Another Washington Park dive, this boat dive site can have moderate to strong currents and is recommended for the intermediate to advanced diver. Depths of 20-100 feet offer shallows loaded with elkhorn and staghorn coral, hence the name, which means “dead deer.” The deeper waters provide an opportunity to see larger species, including whale sharks and manta rays.
5. Boca Slagbaai: Located in Washington Slagbaai National Park, this site is known for its moderate to strong currents and is recommended for intermediate to experienced divers. With depths of 20-100 feet, you may have a chance to see mantas or other smaller rays. At the southern end of the cove, there is a cannon in just 10 feet of water. Slagbaai is also accessible by boat.
6. Nukove: A bit hard to find, this site is a shore dive only. It ranges from 20-100 feet and has mild to strong currents. Intermediate level divers will find huge elkhorn coral in the shallows, with schools of algae-eating reef fish present. Also seen are large midnight blue parrots. The drop-off has large coral heads that sometimes shelter nurse sharks.
7. Karpata: One of Bonaire’s most popular shore dives, Karpata can also be reached by boat. With depths ranging from 20-100 feet and light to moderate currents, novice and intermediate divers can pose for pictures alongside one of the many huge ship anchors embedded in the coral. Known for great visibility, wide-angle photographers can enjoy panoramic vistas to frame their subjects.
8. La Dania’s Leap: Known for the practice of “leaping” off the shore and then doing a drift dive to Karpata, this site has been recommended for intermediate divers by boat only. With light currents and depths of 15-100 feet, La Dania’s is one of Bonaire ‘s few vertical walls, with numerous canyons and sand shoots.
9. Rappel: The most often asked for dive site, Rappel is reached only by boat. Due to the proximity to the rocky ledge, an intermediate skill level is required. With a depth of 30-100 feet and moderate currents, Rappel has huge sea fans in the shallows and an abundance of nudibranchs.
10. Bloodlet: Too difficult for shore diving, Bloodlet has moderate currents and is for the intermediate boat diver. Averaging 20-80 feet, there is a dense reef structure that is home to schools of algae-eating blue tangs. Yellow and green tube sponges are also evident. Bloodlet is one of the places where sea turtles are often sighted.
11. Ol’ Blue: This shore or boat dive site lies just off a long coral beach, east of 1000 Steps. Light to moderate currents and depths of 20-100 feet offer the novice and intermediate divers the chance to see numerous friendly French angelfish and schools of horse-eye jacks.
12. Country Garden: A boat dive with moderate currents for the beginner to an intermediate skilled diver. The average depth is 20-80 feet, and the shallows are covered with large boulders that have fallen from the cliffs and provide shelter for schoolmasters, grunts, and goatfish.
13. Bon Bini Na Cas: “Welcome Home” in the native language, this site lies just next to 1000 Steps and is a boat dive only. With light to moderate currents, beginner and intermediate divers will enjoy schools of Creole wrasse and blue tangs in depths ranging from 20-100 feet.
14. 1000 Steps: Situated in front of the Radio Netherlands towers, 1000 Steps is a shore or boat dive (actually, for the shore divers, 64 steps down to the site from the road and it seems like 1000 steps coming back up with scuba gear!). Currents are light, and the novice diver will have a chance to observe hawksbill turtles or a passing whale shark or manta.
15. Weber’s Joy/Witches Hut: This easy shore or boat dive, with light currents and a depth of 20-100 feet, offers novice divers a chance to see mountainous star coral with abundant fish life. Angelfish, rock beauties, and butterfly fish make their homes in the rocky reefs. This site is a favorite of underwater photographers.
16. Jeff Davis Memorial: Accessible from boat or shore, this site is great for beginners, with light to moderate currents and a depth of 20-100 feet. The shallows are covered with soft coral and are a good place to see a turtle or seahorse. There are a number of large coral accumulations, forming chutes that lead to a sandy bottom.
17. Oil Slick Leap: Recommended as a boat dive, the hearty shore diver will find a steel ladder leading to the water. Named Oil Slick Leap because this was the original proposed site for the oil storage terminal, this dive is for the novice boat diver and has mild currents and a depth of 20-80 feet. There are generally large numbers of barracuda seen here.
18. Barcadera: This boat dive is located directly opposite the Bonaire Marine Park Headquarters. Moderate currents and depths of 30-100 feet are great for novice to intermediate divers. The shallows are covered with elkhorn coral and host schools of algae-eating blue tangs.
19. Andrea II: Located just past the desalination plant, Andrea I and II can be reached by boat or shore. Currents are mostly light, so they are ideal sites for beginner divers. With an average depth of 20-100 feet, there are many anemones and soft coral offering shelter to hungry trumpet fish. Both these sites offer a good chance of seeing seahorses.
20. Andrea I: See Andrea II.
21. Petrie’s Pillar: This is a shore dive only for the beginner, with moderate currents and an average depth of 30-100 feet. The terrain is much like Andrea I and II. Large stands of pillar coral are found in the shallows along with schools of blue tangs. Named by Capt. Don as a wedding present for a friend.
22. Small Wall: Located in front of the Black Dungeon Inn, this site offers the novice diver a chance to do a shallow wall dive. Accessed from boat or shore (you need permission to cross private property to shore dive), the currents are light to moderate, with the wall beginning at 20 feet. A cave can be found at 60 feet, with the possibility of seeing a sleeping nurse shark.
23. Cliff: Accessed either from shore or boat, Cliff is located in front of the Hamlet Villas, north of Habitat. With light to moderate currents in 20-70 feet of water, the novice diver will have a chance to see Capt. Don’s underwater Stone Memorial to the “divers who have gone before us,” which is marked with a plaque and dive flag.
24. La Machaca: Situated off Capt. Don’s Habitat, this site with mild to moderate currents allows the novice diver a chance to do a “wreck dive” in relatively shallow water. The 45-foot locally built boat lies in 40-50 feet of water, 30 yards from shore. Sometimes a large green eel will find refuge here so you should approach him with caution.
25. Reef Scientifico: South of La Machaca, in 40 feet of water, a grid system has been constructed to monitor algae growth on the reef. While the conditions are much the same as La Machaca, night diving here will reward you with a view of sleeping parrot fish and free swimming spotted morays.
26. Buddy’s Reef: Located in front of Buddy Dive Resort, this shore dive has mild currents and is perfect for beginners. With depths of 30-100 feet, expect to see black chironomids perched on coral heads in the shallows. A resident school of tarpon almost always greets night divers.
27. Bari Reef: Located at the Sand Dollar Beach Resort in 20-100 feet of water, it has light to moderate currents and is an ideal site for the novice or non-diver to learn scuba diving. Access is from the shore at the dive shop pier. A popular night dive, with friendly tarpons darting back and forth in front of your light beam!
28. Front Porch: Truly an easy dive, with light to moderate currents, Front Porch is located at the Sunset Beach Resort. Access is always from shore. The prolific fish life begins at 15 feet, right under the pier, and continues down to 80 feet, where a small wreck of a tugboat lies upside down.
29. Something Special: Located just south of the marina entrance, this is a shore or boat dive for the beginner. Currents are mild and the depth is from 20-80 feet. There is very little coral growth, since this is one area where sailboats are allowed to anchor. However, the fish life is abundant, with a sandy bottom where rays are often seen. Great for night diving.
30. Town Pier: The most well-known dive site on Bonaire. All levels of divers will experience little current and depths from 20-40 feet. As a shore dive, you must have permission from the harbormaster and be accompanied by a local dive guide. It is a photographer’s dream location, with literally hundreds of photo opportunities.
31. Calabas Reef: Located in front of Dive Bonaire at the Divi Flamingo Resort, this reef is well suited for all levels of divers, with mild currents and a depth of 20-100 feet. All species of reef fish abound, with the occasional turtle or ray passing by.
32. Eighteen Palms: This shore or boat dive lies directly in front of the Lt. Governor’s house, which, coincidentally, has at least 18 palm trees planted in the front yard. Accessed from shore at the Plaza Resort, it has mild currents and ranges from 20-80 feet for the novice and intermediate divers. Southern and eagle rays are often seen in the sandy bottom.
33. Windsock: A shore or boat dive, Windsock offers the novice diver the chance to cruise the area located at the end of the runway off Flamingo Airport . With the depth ranging from 30-100 feet, divers often see turtles and rays. Named for the windsock that flies from a pole on the runway, this dive site also is excellent for snorkeling.
34. North Belnem: Also sometimes called Dick’s Place, this is an easy shore or boat dive for all skill levels. With moderate currents and a depth of 20-100 feet, the shallows have stands of elkhorn coral and schools of blue tang.
35. Bachelor’s Beach: A great boat dive, the novice diver will find Bachelor’s Beach also easy to do from shore. Located just past the airport, the 30-100 foot site has lots of soft coral in the shallows and mild currents. Also, chances of seeing sea turtles are good here.
36. Chez Hines: Sometimes called South Belnem , Chez Hines is accessible from both shore and boat. With moderate currents, the beginning diver can expect a depth of 30-100 feet. This is another site where turtles are often seen.
37. Lighthouse Point: Located in the southern part of the island, this shore or boat dive has moderate currents for the intermediate diver. With a depth range of 30-100 feet, Lighthouse Point has a sandy bottom, with plenty of soft coral.
38. Punt Vierkant: Dutch for square point, this site marks the beginning of the double reef system. Either a boat or shore dive, the current can be moderate to strong and the depth ranges from 30-100 feet for the intermediate diver. Lots of soft coral can be found in the shallows.
39. The Lake: The second of the double reef dives. Lake is 30-100 feet and has moderate currents. Accessed from either boat or shore, the beginner diver will find soft coral in the shallows and schools of colorful reef fish.
40. Hilma Hooker: This internationally known shipwreck lies at the beginning of the double reef system. With light to moderate currents and an average depth of 60-100 feet, it is recommended for advanced divers. Can be a shore or boat dive. For penetration, some wreck and deep dive training should be taken.
41. Angel City: Shore or boat dive, with moderate currents and suitable for all skill levels. This double reef dive was named for the friendly angelfish in the area which accompany divers. The depth is from 30-100 feet and there is a “swim-through” coral arch near the mooring, which provides a good frame for photographs.
42. Alice In Wonderland: Located along the double reef system, average depth is 30-100 feet with easy access by shore or boat. For intermediate skill levels, current is light most times. The two distinct reef systems are separated by a sand channel. Lots of friendly French angels and parrot fish are generally present. Sand channels are host to garden eels and stingrays.
43. Aquarius: Shore or boat dive, with mild to moderate currents. All levels of divers will find this an easy site with depths of 30-100 feet. Sandy bottom shallows offer an opportunity to see rays and turtles.
44. Larry’s Lair: This intermediate level shore or boat dive has mild to moderate currents, with a depth ranging from 30-100 feet. Expect to see rays and large groupers at cleaning stations. The entry for shore divers tends to be a bit rocky, so booties are advised
45. Jeannie’s Glory: Another easy shore or boat dive for all skill levels with mild to moderate currents and depths ranging from 30-100 feet. Lots of soft coral in the shallows and sandy bottom for rays to hide in. Turtles are often seen along these southern dive sites.
46. Salt Pier: At the end of the salt conveyor system, it should not be attempted when a ship is in the process of loading. Depth is 15-50 feet, with very little current. As a shore dive, you must have permission from the harbormaster and be accompanied by a local dive guide. Great for photography. Pillars are fully encrusted with sponges and soft coral.
47. Salt City: Still part of the double reef system, Salt City is a shore or boat dive with depths of 30-100 feet. Mild currents offer the beginner to intermediate diver the chance to see eagle rays and sea turtles.
48. Invisibles: With depths ranging from 20-100 feet, this is one of the few places divers have a chance to see garden eels in shallow water. One of the last of the double reef dives, beginner to intermediate divers will have a chance to see “islands” of coral separated by sand chutes. The currents are generally mild to moderate.
49. Tori’s Reef: A shore or boat dive, Tori’s Reef runs from 20-100 feet. All levels of divers can enjoy shallows that have large stands of elkhorn coral and a sandy bottom for Rays to camouflage themselves. Located directly opposite the outflow from the salt works, the shore entry is fairly easy.
50. Pink Beach: A shore dive, just off one of Bonaire’s most famous beaches. Depth is 25-90 feet, with easy entry for shore divers. Intermediate skill is required. Current can be strong. There are lots of coral in the shallows and stingrays are often seen along the sandy bottom.
51. White Slave: A shore or boat dive, the currents can be moderate to strong. The intermediate diver will enjoy this dive, since turtles are almost always spotted. The depth ranges from 20-100 feet. The site is named for the white pinnacle and slave huts that are on the shore opposite the mooring.
52. Margate Bay: A shore or boat dive that has mild to moderate currents and a depth of 30-100 feet, all levels of diver will enjoy this dive. There are schools of black margate generally swimming at the top of the reef and pristine corals abound. This is another site at which turtles are almost always seen.
53. Red Beryl: This shore or boat dive has moderate currents and a depth of 30-100 feet. Intermediate dive skills are required for this site. Turtles, rays, and large schools of fish feeding near the surface are generally encountered.
54. Atlantis: This is a shore or boat dive with moderate to strong currents. Intermediate skill levels are required, with depths ranging from 30-100 feet. Turtles and larger species of fish are generally seen in this area.
55. Vista Blue: A shore or boat dive with moderate to strong currents. Intermediate to experienced skill levels are required, with depths of 30-100 feet. Turtles and rays are sometimes seen in this area.
56. Sweet Dreams: Accessed from shore or boat, this site can have strong currents. Advanced skill levels are recommended, with depths of 30-100 feet found. The corals on this dive are generally lush in the shallows, with larger formations of stone species in the depths.
57. Red Slave: Lying adjacent to the second set of slave huts, this shore or boat dive has depths of 20-80 feet and moderate to strong currents. Advanced divers recommended. Horse-eye jacks and turtles are often seen.
58. Willemstoren Lighthouse: Located at the island’s southern tip, there is shore diving only, with depth ranges of 20-80 feet. This site is recommended for advanced divers only, because its moderate to strong currents can cause a rough entry. Lots of schooling fish and, at times, tarpons and sea turtles.
59. Blue Hole: More often called White Hole, this is a shore dive that is for advanced divers only. It lies off Lac Bay and requires a long walk in shallow water to the drop-off. The dive begins in 15 feet and slopes down to 100 feet. Numerous tarpon are found here, as are rays and a chance of sharks.
60. Cai: Definitely a shore dive for advanced divers. Currents can be strong and unpredictable. Entry is made at the mouth of Lac Bay and depth ranges from 30-100 feet. Large species are often seen. This is truly a dive for strong swimmers with lots of experience.
On Klein Bonaire: All of Klein Bonaire’s sites are boat dives.
1. No Name: This dive lies directly in front of No Name Beach at 30-100 feet. Currents are mild. However, the coral is sparse. The advantage is that the sandy bottom is often home to rays and large schoolmasters. All levels of divers will enjoy this site.
2. Ebo’s Reef: This 40-100 foot site has light to moderate currents, suitable for the intermediate diver. What makes it so unique are the giant orange elephant ear sponges that are topped off with numerous black feather crinoids.
3. Jerry’s Reef: Good boat dive for beginners, the currents are moderate with a depth of 30-100 feet. Crinoids abound at this site, and large elephant ear sponges are evident. Lots of black coral is also seen in the depths. This site is also called Ebo’s Reef.
4. Just A Nice Dive: Closed.
5. Nearest Point: A dive with moderate currents and depths ranging from 20-100 feet. All levels of diver can enjoy stony mountain corals in the drop-off area. At lower depths, black coral can be found, as well as significant orange and purple tube sponges.
6. Keepsake: Closed.
7. Bonaventure: A dive with moderate currents and a 20-100 foot depth. Suitable for the beginner as well as the intermediate diver. A significant amount of soft coral in the shallows. Angelfish often accompany divers up and down the reef.
8. Monte’s Divi: The currents are mild, and beginner divers stand a good chance of seeing a seahorse here. The depth ranges from 15-100 feet, with large stands of elkhorn coral in the shallows. Alone divi-divi tree stands guard on shore, directly opposite the mooring site.
9. Rock Pile: The shallow (15-100 feet) water and mild to moderate currents make this site suitable for all levels of diving skill. A giant green moray eel is often seen hiding among the boulder coral. The mooring lies directly offshore from a pile of rocks on the shore
10. Joanne’s Sunchi: A dive site with 20-100 foot depths and moderate currents. For all levels of diver, Joanne’s Sunchi has lots of sand chutes and large tube sponges. Sunchi is the Papiamentu word for “kiss.”
11. Capt. Don’s Reef: Ranging from 20-100 feet with mild currents, Capt. Don’s Reef is a must dive for all levels. Located at the mooring is a plaque dedicated to Bonaire ‘s pioneer diver, Don Stewart, which thanks him for his dedication to the preservation of Bonaire ‘s reefs.
12. South Bay: This dive has mild to moderate currents and depths ranging from 30-100 feet. All levels of diver can enjoy seeing different species of groupers and schools of horse-eye jacks.
13. Hands Off: A novice-level dive with mild currents and an average depth of 30-100 feet, Hands Off was established initially to gauge diver impact on the reef. No photographers or clumsy diving practices were allowed.
14. Forest: From 25-100 feet, the intermediately skilled diver will encounter mild to moderate currents here. Forest was named for the abundance of soft coral found in the shallows, especially black coral.
15. Southwest Corner: Ranging in depth from 15-100 feet, intermediate divers will encounter mild to moderate currents. Black Dungeons and, of course, an abundance of yellowtail snappers.
16. Munk’s Haven: A dive with mild to moderate currents, this site ranges from 20-100 feet. All levels of diver can enjoy lush, soft coral in the shallows, with sizeable sculptured coral heads in the drop-off area. Large groupers are often seen at cleaning stations.
17. Twixt: Closed.
18. Sharon ‘s Serenity: Located on the southwest corner of Klein Bonaire, Sharon ‘s Serenity has moderate currents suitable for intermediate levels of diving. A good site also for snorkelers, since the mooring located quite close to shore. With an average depth of 20-100 feet, there are numerous elkhorn and staghorn coral, as well as many varieties of soft coral. Large groupers have been sighted and many basket starfish make this a famous night dive.
19. Valerie’s Hill: A boat dive for all levels of diving skill, the range of depth is 30-100 feet. Usually, a mild current is present. Named after Capt. Don’s wife by local dive guides, it has numerous sponges and abundant black coral. Scrawled filefish and gray parrot fish are often seen.
20. Mi Dushi: This dive averages 25-100 feet. All skill levels will find mild to moderate currents. Mi Dushi means “my sweetheart” in the local language. The shallows are filled with staghorn and yellow pencil coral. Many smaller reef fish also inhabit this site.
21. Carl’s Hill: This site is named after underwater photographer Carl Roessler and lies on the northwest tip of Klein Bonaire. This 20-100 foot photographer’s dream has light to moderate currents for the intermediate diver. The main feature of the dive is the sheer wall that begins 20 yards offshore and drops to a sandy bottom at 70 feet. The face of the wall is covered with sponges and soft coral, making for dramatic scenery. Barracudas and bar jacks are often seen here, as well as schools of blue tangs.
22. Carl’s Hill Annex: Also known as Yellow Man, this dive has mild currents, depths of 20-100 feet, and an abundance of soft coral in the shallows. Seahorses can be found close to the mooring barrels, and there are plenty of groupers and jacks in the deeper areas.
23. Ebo’s Special: Also known as Jerry’s Jam, it is named for Bonaire ‘s first certified diver, Ibo Domacasse. All levels of diver will enjoy mild currents on this site. One interesting feature is a cave that is in shallow waters and is the home of large groupers. A nurse shark has been spotted, at times, sleeping among the coral heads.
24. Leonora’s Reef: Just one site east of Carl’s Hill, this is an ideal site for the beginning diver. The currents are almost always moderate, and an average depth of 20-80 feet will take you to colossal plate coral and mountainous star coral. There is a small tunnel through the coral that makes an ideal frame for a picture. Tiger groupers are seen in the deeper water, while parrotfish, yellowtail snappers, and four-eyed butterfly fish prevail in the shallows.
25. Knife: This dive, with mild currents and depth ranges of 20-100 feet, is at all levels. Lots of schooling fish reside at the top of the reef and solitary species, such as ocean triggerfish, are often seen.
26. Sampler: On the north coast of Klein Bonaire, this 20-100 foot site boasts light to moderate currents for the novice to an intermediate diver. Friendly angelfish willingly approach divers looking for a hand-out, as do many of the reef residents at this site. It is one of Bonaire ‘s most popular dive sites.
Blennies: Lunch is served from 11 AM through 5 PM at Blennies Restaurant Bonaire, with a selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers and delicious fruit shakes. It’s the perfect time to observe the activity happening on the dive dock below you.
At the end of the day come and join Happy Hour, daily from 5-6 PM, with 50% discount on all soft drinks, juices, beers, wine by the glass, cocktails of the day and house or call drinks. Visit with friends at Blennies Restaurant Bonaire and recapture the day’s events while enjoying refreshing tropical drinks. If you’re among the lucky, you might even see the famous green flash as you watch a beautiful island sunset.
Ingridients: The Van der Valk family on Bonaire has been in the tourism industry for decades; in that time they've had the chance of visiting hundreds of restaurants, but only a handful of them did earn a place in their minds and hearts.
Ingridients food is based on the Mediterranean cuisine and uses the fundamental principles of the French, Spanish and Italian cuisine.
Next, to that, they use local produce and serve all this next to the magical blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Buddy Dive wanted to create a space of comfort and luxury, of fresh elegance; a place for you to dine differently.
TheVan der Valk family put their personal experience in everything, from the food, the decoration, and yes, the name. Hopefully, they’ll earn a place in your good memories.
Friday is a special night
Every Friday you’re invited to join Kids Sea Camp at Bennies Managers Rum Punch Party, a lively event with snacks and free rum and fruit punch from 5:30-6:30 PM. Dance to the live music of the fun and fabulous Moogie until it’s time for a dinner break at 7:00 PM.
The evening is complete the evening with Buddy's famous "All You Can Eat Barbecue", featuring steak, fish, chicken, and ribs accompanied by a variety of stews, salads, rice dishes, soup, and of course, dessert! It is a feast you will not want to miss and will deserve at the conclusion of your dancing!
Flying to Bonaire
Flights run each week from Houston and Newark to Bonaire. The Houston flight departs on Friday nights shortly before midnight and arrives early Saturday morning in Bonaire. There is also a second flight that leaves Houston on Saturday night and arrives Sunday morning.
The Newark departure is similar, leaving on Saturday nights shortly before midnight and arriving in Bonaire early on Sunday morning. Delta also offers a direct non-stop flight from Atlanta on Saturdays. This flight arrives in Bonaire mid-afternoon on Saturday. Insel Air provides a direct non-stop from Miami on Saturdays which comes in Bonaire around 6:30 pm.
Other flight options: American Airlines offers nonstop flights to Curacao and flight options between Curacao and Bonaire include Divi Divi Air, Insel Air, and Dutch Antilles Express. The trip from Curacao to Bonaire is 30 or so minutes, and schedules are available throughout the day.
Another option is to fly into Aruba and there are flights available from Aruba to Bonaire on Divi Dive Air, Dutch Antilles Express, Insel Air, and Tiara Air.
Please provide Kids Sea Camp with your flight itinerary once you have it so that we can arrange your transfers to the resort.
When you're not diving there are a plethora of activities available to guests:
- Mangrove Kayak and Snorkel Tour- A guide will lead you in your kayak & teach you about the protected Red Mangroves, a real must see! ($46 per person)
- Boat Snorkel- Explore 2 different snorkel sites by boat with a guide. ($30 per person)
- Island Tour- Buddy Dive has tours to every part of the island, so please do ask for more detours on the tours available. (Price upon request)
- Boat Fishing Charter- Go fishing with people who know how to help you catch the fish you have always dreamed of! (Price upon request)
- Cave Exploration and Snorkel- Guided through 2 caves, 1 dry & 1 fresh water, you will see the majestic stalactites & stalagmites. Note: some physical fitness is required. (1⁄2 day $50)
- Horseback Riding- Discover Bonaire differently on this 2 hour horseback tour, after your ride you can swim with the horses. (2 hrs $95)
- Rentals @ Buddy Dive:
Kayak Single- $32 (full day rental)
Kayak Double $48 (full day rental)
Mountain bike - $16 (full day rental)
Additional activities offered on Island
- Windsurfing- Learn to windsurf with the pro’s in the perfect on-shore winds & shallow waters of Lac Bay! ($55 per person)
- Kite Boarding Package- Learn the skills of kite boarding with steady trade winds, in the crystal clear blue waters of Bonaire. As a student, you will be accompanied by your instructor by boat. (Pricing available upon request)