Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire, Netherl. Antilles
Buddy Dive Resort
In early 2002, Bonaire residents Martien and Ingrid Van der Valk became the proud new owners of this very special property. Today the resort is complete with eleven modern buildings housing spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments, a full service dive center, activity desk, two swimming pools, restaurant, pool bar, vehicle rentals and the famous drive-thru air and Nitrox fill station. Built with active people in mind, Buddy's knows exactly what is needed to make guests comfortable both during their busy day of diving and exploring, and after.
For sunning in a 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 – excellent for snorkeling and swimming.
The resort's intimate size and picturesque vistas make it an ideal setting to celebrate those special occasions, such as weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries. Or to celebrate life's simpler pleasures while watching a blazing red sunset or unclouded moonrise.
The cactus-lined entrance way leads you to the resort Internet kiosk, newly set up specifically for the use of our guests, and to our open-air Reception Area. We look forward to meeting you here and ensuring you get the most out of your holiday. Whether you are a single, couple, family or a group of dive buddies, your vacation stay at Buddy Dive Resort will be one you won’t forget. With all we have to offer, supported by our affordable rates & packages, we hope that you too will become one of the many repeat guests we have the privilege of welcoming back, year after year.
Buddy Dive Resort
“Eat, Sleep, (Buddy) Dive”
Welcoming, friendly, and fun are just a few words that roll off the tongue when thinking about Bonaire’s premium dive resort. Buddy Dive is known for our casual atmosphere, personable staff and spacious accommodations.
The 78 hotel rooms, studios, one-, two and three-bedroom apartments offer the comfort and privacy you desire. All our apartments have fully equipped kitchens complete with stove, microwave, and refrigerator, while the living rooms are comfortably furnished with cable TV, phones, and fan. You will have direct access to your own private balcony or porch with an astonishing view over the crystal blue ocean or lush tropical gardens.
The bedrooms have twin-, queen-, or king-sized beds, air-conditioning, a safety deposit box (free-of-charge) and a spacious closet. Each and every bedroom has its own bathroom with toilet and comfortable shower
That’s why we've made every apartment complete with:
- Fully equipped kitchens including microwaves, stoves and refrigerators.
- Comfortably furnished living area with cable TV and phone.
- There are safe deposit boxes in every apartment and they are free of charge.
- Air-conditioned bedrooms with twin, queen or king beds.
- Large private balconies or patios.
- We have daily housekeeping service for you and offer free use of beach towels. Should you require a baby sitter, Front Office will be glad to make all the arrangements for you.
- We also offer laundry service.
- Air conditioned hotel rooms are also available and equipped with a TV, phone, small refrigerator and coffee maker.
- 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 loungers in our shaded and flower covered gazebo.
- No unit is more than a few steps away from one of our 2 swimming pools and casual thatched roof, seaside pool bar.
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Bonaire is a small island, but filled with dynamic opportunities for diving and eco-adventures. But also if you simply want to enjoy the laid back way-of-life, slow pace, and tranquility, you are in the right place.
Located in the southern Caribbean, outside the hurricane belt and just over 500 miles from Miami or a nine-hour flight from Amsterdam, Bonaire is part of the Netherlands Antilles, along with its sister island, Curaçao, and close to Aruba, which are only respectively forty and eighty miles (64 and 129 kilometers) away.
Click here to enlarge the map with Bonaire marked red
Constantly rated as the top dive destination in the world and as a pioneer in preserving nature, Bonaire is indeed the dream for every diver. Over eighty dive sites, many of which are easily accessible by shore, truly make Bonaire the “shore diving capital” of the world. But this boomerang-shaped island, 24 miles (39 kilometers) long by five miles (8 kilometers) wide, also offers a variety of activities for those who do not dive.
The eastern mangroves, the “nursery of the reef”, are best discovered by kayak, while on the western part of the island, several caves are open for guided tours to explore this unknown and mystic side of Bonaire. Lac Bay in the south has near-perfect windsurfing conditions, making the area ideal for beginners and advanced windsurfers alike, whereas the hilly landscape in the north is every mountain biker’s dream. Klein Bonaire, a small deserted island a mile off Bonaire’s coast, is a well known turtle hatching area and its beaches and clear waters are ideal for snorkeling and sunbathing. Diving, kayaking, caving, snorkeling, mountain biking, wind- or kite-surfing, bird watching, hiking, or just relaxing and re-energizing from the real world’s stress: you name it and Bonaire will make it happen.
Constant trade winds from the east ensure a pleasant breeze over the 112-square mile (290 square kilometers) island. Although influenced by a dry climate, Bonaire has three distinctive land types. The central region is semi-arid, while the southern region is flat and wide open with a unique mangrove system and salt pans. The northern part is more green and hilly. With a height of 714 feet (218 meters), Brandaris is Bonaire’s highest point. An average annual rainfall of 22 inches (56 cm), an almost constant water temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius), and a slightly higher air temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius), makes Bonaire a pleasant environment in which to vacation.
Bonaire’s population is a rich mixture of several cultures and goes back to around 1000 AD, the era of the Awarak Indians, when the Caiquetios sailed across from what is now Venezuela. Traces of their culture still can be found on various archaeological sites. Today’s population is a direct result of slavery. Slaves were brought from Africa in the early 1600s. Historical landmarks from this dark period in the Dutch history are still visible on the island. Most eye-catching and impressive are, of course, the slave huts on the southern tip of the island. Although defined by diversity, Bonaire’s rich culture is heavily influenced by African elements. Songs and dances of the slaves, created to deal with their inhumane treatment, are kept alive by the people of Bonaire. African styles have been successfully mixed with cultural influences of the island’s occupants, such as the Spaniards and the Dutch. Friendliness and an almost pleasant shyness are the best ways to describe the persons behind the smiles for which Bonaireans are so famous.
While Dutch and Papiamento are the official languages, English is widely spoken by the majority on the island. The Antillean Florin, also called the Guilder, is the official currency and has a fixed ex-change rate against the US Dollar, which makes dollars widely accepted in shops, bars, restaurants, and hotels.
There is no public transportation system on the island and renting a car is highly recommended. Taxis are available at the airport or can be arranged by your hotel as well.
For many years, Bonaire’s government has played a leading role in preserving and protecting the nature on the island, both under and above the water. Most significant and well known, of course, is the Bonaire National Marine Park, initiated over thirty years ago at a time when marine parks were unknown. At the moment, the island is still a part of the Netherlands Antilles. However, Bonaire soon will have direct and special ties with The Netherlands itself, and thus guarantee even more than the island already enjoys: good education, justice, and a stable financial structure that serves the wellbeing of both Bonaire’s population and its visitors.
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As of 2010, the Netherlands Antilles no longer exist; it was formerly a constituent state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The term is still used to describe the various islands in the Caribbean that were formerly Dutch colonial possessions. The Netherlands Antilles ceased to exsist on October 10, 2010.
The Netherlands Antilles consisted of the following islands:
 Lesser Antilles
 Leeward Islands
Sint Eustatius ***
Sint Maarten **
*Now a constituent state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (since 1986)
**Now a constituent state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (since 2010)
***Now a public body ("special municipality") fully integrated in the Netherlands (since 2010)