- On site car rental, dive services, and delicious dining and drinking
- Close access to world-class scuba diving suitable for all levels
- Sparkling clean facilities and perfectly manicured grounds with two pools
- Attractive rates and special packages to suit every travel style
Buddy Dive is one of Bonaire’s best dive resorts, famous for its apartment-style accommodation with all the comforts of home, as well as a convenient on-site dive centre. Roll out of bed and into the dive shop, located just steps from your door, or grab your buddy and the day’s dive tanks and hit the road for a self-guided adventure. With this hotel’s flexible options, you’re guaranteed to find something that suits your personal travel style. Additional facilities include two sparkling pools, multiple outlets for meals and drinks, private docks, and access to an expansive house reef.
About Buddy Dive Resort
Buddy Dive is one of Bonaire’s longest running dive resorts, operating for over 40 years. This family owned and operated business takes great pride in offering some of the best service and facilities on the island, evidenced by a core group of guests that return year after year to dive. In addition to fantastic guest care, you can expect top-notch amenities and well maintained grounds, with updates made every year to stay at the cutting edge of the industry. Recent additions include a drive through tank pick-up, one of the Caribbean’s most productive PADI IDC centres, and a full range of technical diving courses.
Buddy Dive Resort makes it easy to create a completely custom holiday with their packages to suit every travel style. Their dive and drive option includes a hotel stay, rental car, and tanks for an effortless stay on the island. Avid divers can opt for unlimited weekly tank rentals, diving as many times as they want to each day. And, bed and breakfast will help keep divers fed, and nobody has to get up and make breakfast before the diving day begins. Private guiding services are also available a la carte, as are a variety of expert-led island activities. Just stop by the front desk to see what their friendly and experienced staff can help you plan!
Explore the resort
Buddy Dive Resort includes all the facilities of a major resort, but with under 100 rooms in total, this hotel feels much more like a casual condo complex with a watersports centre. Each apartment offers tranquillity and privacy, plus all the comforts of home - making it easy to self-cater. This cheerful and spacious property also includes two generous pool complexes, expansive gardens, free high-speed wireless internet, and direct access to the sparkling turquoise sea. On-site parking and a drive-through tank filling station makes it easy to roll out of bed and into your dive truck, maximising every day on the water.
After a long day of diving, you’re likely to have worked up a serious appetite. Head to Ingridiënts Restaurant for healthy Mediterranean dishes served in stylish surroundings, or Blennies for burgers, sandwiches, and fruit shakes right on the water. This is a perfect place for sundowner cocktails, too, with seasonal opportunities to spot the island’s notorious “green flash” - a brilliant burst of colour just as the sun hits the horizon. On-site car rental is also offered, making it easy to take advantage of drive and dive packages that combine all your expenses into one discounted rate.
Diving with Buddy Dive
One of the best parts of staying at Buddy Dive Resort is the full-service dive centre just steps from your door. Rent tanks and explore the island independently, take advantage of an unlimited dive package, or opt for a bit of added guidance from one of the shop’s friendly divemasters - this resort has an option for every skill and comfort level! Other exciting offerings include a full range of courses from PADI and NAUI and technical instruction by GUE. Distinctive speciality training is also offered, including lionfish hunting, ultraviolet night diving, and underwater scooters. Buddy Dive offers air-conditioned classrooms, a dedicated training pool, and an expert international team to help each student reach their full potential.
Buddy Dive explores over 80 dive sites, from shore or via their fleet of six speedboats. For added convenience, they offer tank filling stations all around the island and delivery service - so you can dive wherever and whenever you want! If you’re diving from shore, just look for the yellow painted rocks that mark each dive site’s entrance. Not quite ready to head out on your own? No worries! Hire a private guide to help you learn the ropes or hit the house reef just metres from Buddy Dive Resort.
- You'll need a speciality certification to hunt lionfish on Bonaire, and no spears are allowed on the island without it.
- This is the Caribbean’s #1 dive centre for tec, the perfect place to learn and hone your skills!
- Visit between March and July for a chance to spot the island's flamingos performing their intricate mating dance.
- Head to the island's windward side for world-class windsurfing and kiteboarding.
Diving in Bonaire
Eagle rayYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Macro CreaturesYear round
Walls & pinnaclesYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI, GUE, and NAUI
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Specialities including DPV, Lionfish Hunter, UV Night Diver, Reef Renewal, Tec, and CCR