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“A terrific dive hotel”
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Buddy Dive
Ranked #6 of 22 Hotels in Kralendijk
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Wonderful service, friendly staff, comfortable bed, everything you could want in a dive place.

We went there because a friend recommended it and we are glad we went. The location is good, the diving from their pier is terrific, their dive shop is awesome.....it was a great place to spend a week and we didn't want to leave :o)

We did the dive and drive and highly recommend that!

Room Tip: Ask for one closer to the bar or the dive shop so you don't have to carry your gear so far.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

The title says it all, really. Even though the place was jam-packed with guests, the front desk staff were always available, helpful and friendly. The breakfast buffet was nice too. My only complaint was that I rented some fins, lost them, and after paying for new ones still got charged for the rental by the diving shop. But at that point I didn't care too much and needed to catch my flight....

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

The hotel is nice! Some of the rooms have ac in the bedroom only, so the living area can get quite warm. The drive-thru fill station is awesome! You just grab your tanks & go. The dive site in front of BDR is a really nice dive. They are growing coral which I think is great. Some of our group saw a manta ray on a night dive at BDR! The restaurant really needs some improvement - the sandwiches are ok but the rest of the food is horrible! If you do not want to drive to dinner, go next door and eat at Captain Don's. CD's food is MUCH better!

Room Tip: Room 304 has ac in both the bedroom & living area.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

My son and his finance are the divers and my daughter and I are the snorkelers. We can't say enough about our 2 bedroom apartment and the balcony with the sunset views, the food and service was great at the Pool Bar, the happy hour drinks were delicious, the breakfasts were exceptional, the apartment was kept clean every day, the 4 passenger truck was great for going to different dive sites. My son said it was the best diving he has done and he has been diving for years. We would definitely recommend Buddy Dive Resort.

Room Tip: We were in room 514 on the second floor. Great views and quiet.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Once again, Buddy Dive delivered as promised. The dive equipment has been replaced, and everything we rented, except the dive computers, seemed brand new. Service is great, and any repairs (leaking octopuss) was replaced without a question. Dive masters, boat crew and shop crew are always friendly and willing to help.

We'll see you next year March again for our 3rd trip.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Buddy Dive Resort is a perfect place for divers. The resort is geared to divers and water sports with on site Dive Operations. The house reef is a very nice dive and with 4 boats they can handle any request.
The hotel consist of 2 places now, Buddy Dive and Lions Dive - they merged into Buddy Dive a few years back. The rooms are nice and have been updated the past 2 years with new kitchens and appliances. The 2 pools are wonderful for relaxing after a couple of morning dives or other activities.
The Staff at Buddy Dive is the BEST - and I'm talking about the whole organization from the Security, House Keeping staffs to the front office and reservations staff to the owners and the manager.
I've been to Bonaire 15 times over the years and have used Buddy Dive Resort all but one time and I've got 2 more trips to Bonaire this year.
Only down side to Buddy Dive Resort (and pretty much all of Bonaire's hotels) is there is really no Beach. You have to drive to one of the couple nice sandy beaches on Bonaire.
Other issue with Bonaire is air travel can be expensive and/or timely. (I use Delta non-stop from Atlanta)

Room Tip: I prefer the rooms with kitchens - help save $$ to cook a few meals
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Our 25th trip to Buddy dive, over 14 years. Always a pleasure, always friendly, always helpful. World-class diving right in front. Pickup trucks come with each room...couldn't be easier. Smiles from everyone. Very safety-conscious dive operation, good and roomy boats. We have been there just the two of us, we have been in a group of 40; usually 16-20 in our group, and we are always well-taken care of. Terrific buffet breakfast cooked to order, adequate lunches in the pool bar and a short walk to several good lunch places. They are opening a new restaurant soon; looking forward to it! Rooms have all been renovated, are quite comfortable; not plush, but very nice. An excellent bargain for the price. All other similar places on the island have some real disadvantages; I don't know of any at Buddy Dive. It is my home away from home, and they greet us with smiles and hugs.

Room Tip: Buildings 5-7 are near the swimming pool.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Buddy Dive

Address: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 85, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Location: Caribbean > Bonaire > Kralendijk
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kralendijk
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Kralendijk
Price Range: $166 - $340 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Buddy Dive 3.5*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Bonaire and Buddy Dive Resort. An unhurried, unspoiled natural paradise offering spectacular sunsets, gentle breezes and crystal clear, turquoise waters. Buddy's is a resort where you can DIVE DIVE DIVE, take part in a multitude of activities or just sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. At Buddy Dive, we're known for our casual atmosphere, personable staff, spacious accommodations and a dive operation that has something for every diver: comfortable boats, complete rental and retail center, exceptional staff, and a unique "Drive Thru" with a two-lane air/nitrox fill station. No matter which apartment 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. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Buddy Dive Kralendijk
Buddy Dive Hotel Kralendijk
Buddy Dive Bonaire/Kralendijk

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