Diving withBuddy Dive
Bonaire, with its fringing reef near the shore, about 80 official dive sites, calm waters, and good visibility has something to offer for every diver. At Buddy Dive, our custom dive boats invite you to explore the beautiful marine life during a guided dive or enjoy the convenience of our unique Drive-Thru to explore the island’s underwater world at your own pace.
Something for every diver at Van der Valk’s Buddy Dive Resort
With as many as 60 officially listed dive sites on Bonaire and another 20 dive sites on Klein Bonaire, the dive operation at Van der Valk‘s Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is geared up for you to make the most out of your dive vacation. With a fleet of custom dive boats and a well-stocked ‘Drive Thru’ offering air and nitrox tanks, every diver need can be satisfied.
To help us keep our reef environment healthy for many years to come, we do encourage all divers traveling to Bonaire to familiarize themselves with the Marine Park Regulations prior to their visit.
All levels of divers can enjoy the freedom of our unlimited shore diving package, making as many dives as they want each day, according to their own safety profiles. There are plenty of 80 and 63 cubic foot air and Nitrox tanks available at either the Drive-Thru or on the dock where there are convenient benches for gear set-up and two sturdy ladders that provide easy access to the water. Rinse tanks are located at the Drive-Thru as well as on the docks where there is an extensive gear storage room. This simply makes diving at Buddy’s easy and enjoyable.
One can join our experienced, friendly dive staff on our morning and afternoon boat dives. Every day of the year our custom dive boats go out to explore the many dive sites on the nearby island of Klein Bonaire, a short 10-minute boat ride away, or to other spectacular dive sites not accessible from shore. Even Klein Bonaire is visited at night on a regular boat night dive.
Buddy’s is a DAN Member, as well as a PADI Career Development Center and Universal Referral Center. The Universal Referral designation enables Buddy Dive instructors to offer Open Water completion courses to students from SSI and NAUI as well as a host of other training organizations. In fact, while diving at Buddy Dive we offer you every level of instruction imaginable, conducted in several languages. In addition to all the standard PADI specialties, we also offer you the chance to become an Enriched Air Certified diver, or even try out a Re-breather!
As a full-service dive center, we also have a complete inventory of rental gear available. Buddy Dive guests who prefer to purchase instead of rent will enjoy shopping at our well stocked retail shop. The on-property shop carries a wide range of dive and snorkel gear and accessories, as well as t-shirts, sandals, caps, dive lights and souvenirs galore!
But of all of the assets we have, it is without a doubt our incredible dive team that makes the difference of diving at Buddy Dive. They are known to go out of their way to make every dive a safe and enjoyable experience you won’t forget. It’s this friendly, personal service that has become a trademark of Van der Valk‘s Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire.
Buddy’s Dive Facilities
2-lane air & Nitrox Drive-Thru
6 Dive Boats
Tec Dive Support Center
Buddy Dive Academy