We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Sensational diving” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buddy Dive

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Buddy Dive
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Kralendijk
Certificate of Excellence
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Sensational diving”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Very good Dive resort. Check in is slow but not a big deal. Rooms are more than adequate with ample room, bedroom AC, and nice living area with efficiency for cooking. Balconies are useful for additional hanging of equipment. The dive set up is very good although a little dungeonous where you store equipment. The boat dives were really good led by their staff. The Buddy Reef is great and can be visited any time and worth several visits. Convenient for early AM or night dives. Salt Pier night dive was great. The breakfast was definitely worth getting up for each day. Enough variety to keep it fresh. The Bar restaurant is pretty good. Ingridients is a great looking restaurant but the food is average. If you want a good meal I would head into town. Or the pizza next door at Dons Habitat is great! Most restaurants on the island are really slow to serve so if your rushing to get dives in, don't dine out. Overall Buddy Dive is great for why we go there. I recommend it as a great Dive headquarters.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Keith W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

804 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    337
    286
    109
    51
    21
See reviews for
119
247
32
9
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (193)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
East Portland, Oregon, United States
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Recently returned from a dive trip to Bonaire. My fiance and I spent 9 day staying and diving at Buddy Dive resort. We found the grounds, dive operation and rooms very pleasant. Not luxurious by any stretch, but comfortable enough and very functional. We had a second floor room (714) that faced the ocean and were thankful we asked for it in advance. Definitely a must. The north pool was close and we were steps away from the dive shop, tank room and steps to the amazing house reef where we did more than a few dives on our own.

Boat diving through the shop was a little crowded with 23 in our group. we were a little dismayed that we were not only all on the same boat, but had only one dive master for the entire group. We still managed to see lots of life on dives, but would have preferred smaller groups.

We utilized the drive through tank refill station every day as a means to explore the many shore dives on the island. Rental trucks were most definitely rough and tumble, but got the job done. As many others mention, keep it lean when shore diving and don't leave any valuables in your car. With full tanks and a map of the island, we had no trouble finding our way to favorite dive locations such as Wind Sock, Oil Slick Leap, Something Special, and 18th Palm.

Tons of healthy corals and marine life. Mainly smaller life with a few larger sightings like tarpon and turtles. No sharks or rays. So, if big things are your preference, Belize or Roatan may be better options. At least, in April while we were there.

If you're not a diver, there's not much to do on such a small island. When not diving, we spent an afternoon exploring town as well as driving the north loop and south as far as the salt pier. Easily done in one day, but not much to see aside from a few wild parakeets, some flamingos, wild goats and donkeys. There are some nice beaches, but diving is the true attraction and it's easy to see why.

While on the island, we did enjoy quite a few great meals. We weren't super impressed with either of the restaurants located at Buddy Dive and chose to sample meals elsewhere after an underwhelming experience at Ingredients. Plazita LImena, Patagonia Steakhouse and Mona Lisa were stand out favorites. Plazita has two locations, one in town and one located inside a condo near Buddy Dive. The second location affords a nice, waterfront view and great food. We also dined at It Rains Fishes (overrated in our opinion), At Sea (truly wonderful), El Mundo (casual), Karel's Beach Bar (great for drinks over the water) and Bistro de Paris.

Overall, we greatly enjoyed our stay. Having traveled to other destinations in the Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize etc) and Western Pacific, Bonaire lacks the truly local feel and character of other places we have visited. The diving was good enough to convince us, but 10 days is long enough to get a great feel for the island.

Room Tip: Ocean Facing and on the Second Floor. 700 and 500 buildings seemed to have good ocean views.
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Jonathan A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Richmond, Virginia
Level Contributor
47 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We just returned from our second stay at Buddy's. Bonaire is a great dive location, and Buddy's is a great place to stay. The dive shop, and staff do a great job. The pool bar has really good food, and is always open when you need to eat or get refreshed after diving.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms are convenient for carrying SCUBA gear to and from, and have very nice covered pa...
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank UnderwaterBrian
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Lincoln, Nebraska
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

We traveled as a family of six starting off as inexperienced divers. This was our first scuba diving trip. When we arrived, check-in was a little slow, but remember everything runs on 'Island Time'! We stayed in a 3 bedroom 3 bath condo. The conditions were very nice and each room had a bathroom connected to it. The bathrooms were in great condition and were recently renovated. The kitchen doesn't have an oven, but we managed just fine with the stove top. If you're truly there to dive, you shouldn't be concerned about the amenities offered. Buddy Dive is truly an eat, sleep, dive resort. We usually did 2-3 dives per day which consisted of a boat dive in the morning and 2 shore dives in the afternoon. Breakfast is nice and there isn't a more perfect view. We were right over the water. The dive staff is very friendly and helpful. Try to get to know them as it will make your trip more enjoyable. Our kids loved the dive staff. The diving was great! Buddy reef was a nice site to transition into diving. The boat dives were great and you can pick which dive site you want to go to. The dive masters showed us things throughout the whole dive. You also have a lot of freedom as you are given a truck to explore the island. You can go through the drive-thru and pick up tanks to go shore diving at the many sites on the island. Ask the dive staff where the good spots are for shore diving. We had some amazing dives at 1000 Steps and Something Special. Those were our two favorites. We had sighting of an octopus, a manta ray, and a few turtles throughout our stay. The reefs are amazing. We improved a lot in our diving skills throughout the week. We ABSOLUTELY recommend this resort for diving families. We would love to go back in a few years!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MLawrence3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
149 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

This resort caters to divers, and the set up is great. The drive trough tank pick up and drop off was nice. The instructors and dive masters were all knowledgeable and enthusiastic. For this the resort deserves an excellent rating.

But there were several detracting factors.
If you have to rent any equipment, the rental prices are steep.
Bonaire is a paradise for shore diving, but the majority of the trucks that one can rent to get around the island looks like they are in need immediate replacement.

Breakfast was included in our stay, but the breakfast area was small and crowded.

We had a really nice two bed room apartment with a lovely sea view. However, the housekeeping throughout the week we were there was sloppy, and they did not once change the bedsheets. Furthermore they must have had a problem with the septic system because the smell became increasingly bad throughout the week.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank GaviotaGull
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

Beautiful reef right at your doorstep. With very easy access to the water. Boats, activities, a seaside bar/restaurant, and an underwater camera rental place are some of what the place offers. Also a large group of young and in my experience helpful staff for your diving needs.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
Helpful?
Thank Fady W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Miami Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
60 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

The good thing: the diving. Facilities, free nitrox, operation and staff, friendly and helpful; still the best!
Now the rest:
We checked in at Tuesday, 3PM, and they tried to give us a standard room instead one bedroom unit that we bought. We had to wait for one hour until they "found" one bedroom for us… Well, we had one at 300 building: it's out of date and the stove, air conditioner and internet didn't work properly.
The housekeeping was terrible, we stayed for 7 days and they NEVER changed the sheets..
The staff hotel, they were not helpful or friendly.
The truck was completely out of date and need to be replaced.
The food in the bar and restaurant was very expensive and the breakfast was average and always the same…
We stayed here for many times and unfortunately this was the worst and the last, we wouldn't recommend this Hotel!

Room Tip: Try to get one unit at north side, seems to be better….
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank aasr81
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Kralendijk hotels
2.9 mi away
Bellafonte Luxury Oceanfront Hotel
2.0 mi away
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort and Casino
0.5 mi away
Harbour Village Beach Club
Harbour Village Beach Club
#3 of 21 in Kralendijk
4.5 of 5 bubbles 556 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
2.4 mi away
Plaza Resort Bonaire
Plaza Resort Bonaire
#7 of 21 in Kralendijk
3.5 of 5 bubbles 817 reviews
0.5 mi away
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Caribbean Club Bonaire
#10 of 21 in Kralendijk
4.0 of 5 bubbles 244 reviews
0.1 mi away
Sand Dollar Condominiums
Sand Dollar Condominiums
#9 of 21 in Kralendijk
4.0 of 5 bubbles 264 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Buddy Dive? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Buddy Dive

Property: Buddy Dive
Address: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 85, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Region: 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 Top resorts Hotel in Kralendijk
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kralendijk
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia and Priceline so you can book your Buddy Dive reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Buddy Dive Kralendijk
Buddy Dive Hotel Kralendijk
Buddy Dive Bonaire/Kralendijk

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing