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The Caribbean’s Best Dive Resort Is in Bonaire

By: Alexander Britell - June 29, 2024

Divers know it. It’s one of those resorts they speak about in a reverent tone, a place that has mastered the art.

It’s set on a sparkling patch of Caribbean Sea on the western coast of Bonaire, just across the water from Klein Bonaire, a haven for divers and aquatic enthusiasts the world over.

Plainly, the 73-room resort is a Caribbean classic. But it’s not just the best dive resort in Bonaire, a world-class scuba destination that’s home to more than 80 dive sites. The Buddy Dive Resort is the best dive resort in the Caribbean.

If you’re a diver, this hotel is tailor-made for you.

The Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire.

There’s everything here: a full-service dive-center, a five-star PADI Career Development Center; a house reef that’s accessible 24-7; an activity center; its own car rental fleet (including pickup trucks made for exploring Bonaire’s unrivaled shore diving).

That’s along with high-end dive equipment to rent; a technical diving facility; and a fleet of six different dive boats.

And then there’s the drive-thru air and nitrox center — an offering pioneered by the hotel that has put the diving experience at the core of its operation.

Buddy dive

But a great dive resort isn’t just about the diving itself. It has to be a well-run, well-executed, friendly place to stay.

And that’s what you get at Buddy Dive: a range of apartment-style units from studios to three-bedrooms, all with air-conditioned bedrooms, kitchens, living areas and either balconies or porches overlooking Bonaire blue or green gardens.

There are two lovely on-site eateries; a daily breakfast buffet, daily housekeeping, a kids and activity center; a pair of pools and two raised sandy beaches.

buddy dive above the resort

In other words, even if you’re not a diver, you would endlessly enjoy this resort, a quiet, serene oasis in the Dutch Caribbean — the mark of the ultimate dive resort.

The resort has for years been doing a major part to give back, not just to help conserve but actually repair the world beneath the waves.

More than a decade ago, the resort launched what was, at the time, a landmark program to restore coral reefs in the waters off Bonaire’s cost. In the 10 years since, hundreds of resorts in the Caribbean have followed their lead.

Because there’s nothing quite like Buddy Dive — a resort that just keeps getting better — both below and above the water.

To learn more, visit Buddy Dive.

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