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My Research Note For Bonaire

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by drrich2, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. cowdog77

    cowdog77 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Hill Country of Texas
    Headed to Bonaire in a few months....thanks for taking the time to put together a terrific resource. Nice job!
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  2. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Upstate NY
    Extremely comprehensive & very valuable. Even for someone who has been there several to many times. Thanks
    woodcarver and drrich2 like this.
  3. buffdiver

    buffdiver Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston
    Just getting back to this, I’m humbled by your reference to my Delphins review. I’m planning a jailbreak from this quarantine just as soon as Bonaire opens up.
  4. blue steal

    blue steal Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California/Redondo Beach area
    Thanks so much for the great information. We are planning out a trip this December with a group of 6-8 divers. They are either going to stay at Buddy's or Captain Don's. Saw your report on Buddy's. Do you have any thoughts/advice/comments on Captain Don's?
  5. Doctorfish

    Doctorfish Contributor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Canada
    Captain Don's and Buddy Dive are next to each other and share the same stretch of excellent house reef. Both have good dive ops and comparable rooms and services. Both have easy access to house reef and to their dive boats. Toss a coin re preference. The only advantages of Buddy Dive are the on site truck rental and the drive through tank station. I.E "Drive and Dive Package"

    My personal preference is Buddy dive by a small margin as I can book room and truck together as opposed to a la carte.

    There are many accommodation diving and truck rental options on Bonaire and they all seem to have their strong advocates. IMO, you can't go far wrong with Captain Dons or Buddy Dive.
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  6. Hethen57

    Hethen57 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
    We were just there in January and stayed a week at Buddy's but ate 2 meals at Captain Dons. Our group was two mid-50's couples, no kids, and we thought the vibe at Buddy's was much friendlier and the service was much better. Also, the drive through tank swap/wash station was great. We had no complaints at Buddy's. Captain Don's by contrast seemed very unfriendly and they acted like they were doing us a great favor by allowing us to buy their overpriced food and drinks, if you could even get service. We also had great service at about 10 other places we went on the island, but definitely not Captain Dons on Sunday or Thursday nights.
  7. Doctorfish

    Doctorfish Contributor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Canada
    Hethen, good to know. I haven't stayed there for several years and appreciate the more recent feedback. I hate when people in the service industry act surly. Given that this occurred on two separate occasions it cannot be put down to someone just having one bad night.
    Hethen57 likes this.
  8. jomcclain

    jomcclain Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia

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