Archive for August, 2009

Buddy Dive Specials

August 22, 2009


Popular marine educators return to Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire, August 30 through September 25, 2009

We are very pleased to announce our Summer Marine Life Education Program which brings world-renowned naturalists and marine life authors, Ned and Anna DeLoach, for sixth consecutive year to Buddy Dive Resort. During this one-month event, Ned and Anna give seminars and slide shows on fish behavior, coral and fish identification, as well as guide dive trips. The activities start on Sunday 30th of August and will carry on until Friday the 25th of September.

The activities are scheduled as followed:

Sunday             7:00 pm                        Ned & Anna DeLoach Slide Show at The Poolbar

Monday             2:15 pm                        Guided Boat Dive

Tuesday            2:00 pm                        Mangrove Snorkel

Wednesday       2:15 pm                        Guided Boat Dive

Friday               5:30pm – 6:30 pm           Book Signing during Happy Hour at The Poolbar

All activities are free of charge for guests staying at Buddy Dive Resort. A limited number of people can be accommodated on the guided boat dives and snorkel tours.

The Reef Fish Identification and the Reef Fish Behavior books are for sale at our dive shop. Buy yourself a copy, and have it signed during our weekly Free Manager’s Rum Punch Party & Happy Hour every Friday between 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm.

To celebrate that Ned & Anna are our guests we offer the special BUDDY DIVES for FREE*, which means that every second diver dives for FREE, when booking our Drive & Dive package!!
The Drive & Dive package includes accommodation for 8 days (7 nights), a RENTAL VEHICLE (double cabin pick-up truck or van) for 7 days, 6 boat dives, 6 days of unlimited air fills, FREE NITROX, daily American style breakfast buffet, a welcome drink, free “Manager’s Rum Punch Party”, airport transfer and all government taxes.

>From $719 per person for the whole week (based on 6 persons in a 3 bedroom apartment)

This special is valid for travel between: August 30th and September 25th 2009.

Bookings window: Now to September 25th 2009. Contact or call 800-219-0118 to book today. Dinner credits apply.

Karol Meyer Sets Free Dive Records in Bonaire

August 21, 2009

Karol Meyer chooses to follow her dream. Her passion for free diving has brought her to the sunny Dutch Caribbean Island of Bonaire. Karol is third in the world for Variable Weight Freediving. She has broken 3 South American records in Bonaire and seeks to focus on her personal record of 100 meters this month in Bonaire and learn more about the depths with Patrick Musimu. All these performances was monitored by the present judges:  Archimedes Garrido (Brazil), Frank Eiking (Netherlands) and Augusto Montbrun (Venezuela/Italy).  They used several pieces of equipments to measure the target depth that the athlete achieves such as 2 depth gauges, pre measured rope, surface camera, underwater camera and also underwater judge and witness scuba divers.

A fellow Brazilian led Karol to Bonaire. Rodrigo Coluccini from came to Bonaire several years back and found divers heaven. He spoke with Karol and recommended she travel to Bonaire to set her record.  With the support of Yasmin Perez, Tourism Director or Tourism Corp. Bonaire South America, plans were made to travel to Bonaire. Rodrigo and the staff at Buddy Dive Bonaire confirmed the relatively calm water was free of major currents and would be near perfect.  Karol is joined by her husband Gilberto Gabardo Neto and her coach and mentor Patrick Musimu a world record holder from Belgium. In 2005 Patrick dove 209,6 meters in Herchada Egypt breaking all records. A sports enthusiast and motivational speaker, Musimu understands the mental and physical dynamics of free diving. Musimu instills trust and confidence in their relationship supporting Karol in her endeavor.

Karol is thrilled to be in Bonaire. She said, “Each attempt brings me more confidence. I must prepare mentally and physically but having Musimu present helps me gain confidence. He has done this so understands.” Karol is comfortable in the waters of Bonaire. She said, “The visibility is wonderful compared to Florianopolis where the water is cold and not clear.” It is a hard place to train but Bonaire is wonderful.” Karol has always been a sports enthusiast. This dynamic 41 year old has played handball and basketball. She was experimenting in a pool with friends and was able to hold her breathe 4 minutes. She decided to research free diving and connected with a group in France who supported her efforts. Along the way she met Musimu.

Musimu explains, free diving has been noted historically thousands of years. The sponge divers of Greece and the Pearl Divers of Qatar have long been known to be extreme free divers. Musimu stresses the essential element of this sport, team work. He said, “You cannot do this without the team and most of all, believing in yourself.” Interesting enough Musimu came to Bonaire 11 years ago to become a dive master but due to a deviated septum he was unable to dive. After surgery and training Musimu later went on to conquer the sea and challenge him in freediving. He is now back to Bonaire, a full circle of fate.  “There are no barriers in this sport”, he said. He smiles as Karol shares with all her enthusiasm with an audience at Buddy Dive.

Karol and team are sponsored by Buddy Dive Resort and experts technical divers from Buddy Dive Center, Sunrentals,

Avianca , Insel Air ,Bonaire Tourism Corporation, Bonaire Hyperbaric Chamber –  Dr. Richard van der Vaart, one of Bonaire’s hyperbaric physicians and special Brazilian and USA Midia Coverture. To learn more click on

Ann Phelan is a free lance writer and Bonaire based travel specialist. See her website and read her blog

Karol Meyer and Patrick Musimu in Bonaire

Karol Meyer and Patrick Musimu in Bonaire

Caesar Finies by Eduardo

August 19, 2009

La Pura Vista on Sale

August 18, 2009
Last minute special on Deluxe Rooms 
For arrivals between August 29 – September 20,
Receive 15% last minute discount  on the Dive & Drive Special or on the rate per night! See La Pura Vista on and call now 800-219-0118

Divers Delight – Fall and Pre Season Deals

August 15, 2009

Divers Alert

There are some accommodations remaining for the Oct. coral spawn. Book by Aug. 31 and earn dining credits from 50-100 USD.  Air package are 114.00 pp for 6 days including nitrox. Rooms are 75 USD a night and up for two

Pre Season Announcement

Book your Dec. dive trip and earn 5-10% discounts or rebates on dive packages. Properties include Yacht Club, Belmar, Bellafonte and Buddy Dive. Call 800 219 0118 or email Travel must be completed by Dec.

Karol Meyer Sets Free Dive Record

August 15, 2009

From Karol Meyer

Aug, 13 – 2009
Karol Meyer sets new south american record at Bonaire
During the first attempt day the athlete reach the depht of  84 meters and improve the south american record on variable ballast.
With her a team of best scuba divers from BuddyDive , doctor and Aida International judges.
Karol Meyer has one of the best freedivers in the world, Patrick Musimu, like her coach.
“With all a the great support that I receive from Musimu and Buddy Dive Resort, I’m sure that I’ll be able to do more!” (Karol)

Florian Wegerer Bonaire Windsurf Supa Star

August 9, 2009

Youp Schmit Bonaire Wiz Kid

August 9, 2009

Sand Dollar Dive Resort Sale

August 1, 2009

Sand Dollar Condominium Resort and Bonaire Dive & Adventure are pleased to offer the following Group Special for DEMA 2009:

Special Group Comp: 7 divers pay, 8th stays and dives for free*. The comp will be applied to the lowest per person price accommodation, diving as well as to breakfast (if added to packages.)

Early Booking Bonus: $250 deduction off of final payment for groups of 8 or more IF deposited by 11/20/09

Travel Window: 11/28/09 – 12/18/09 and 01/02/10 – 12/17/10 excluding 11/20 – 11/26/10

Booking Window: 11/02/09 – 12/04/09

Payments: $500 deposit must be received by Ann Phelan by 11/17/09 to receive the $250 booking bonus; or 12/08/09 only for the special 7 divers pay, 8th stays and dives for free comp only. Final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.
Restrictions: * 8th diver must pay nightly room tax and car rental portion

Year Round Incentives:

– Value Season: April 10 – December 17, 2010 Book 7 nights accommodations, pay for 6; book 6 days of diving, pay for 5.
– Cumulative Comp Program rewards Retailers for FIT reservations
– Free NITROX with any paid air package

Sand Dollars offers spacious and comfortable studio, one, two and three bedroom ocean view units that are perfect for groups of any size. In addition to full size kitchens, dining and living areas, and roomy porches or balconies, the property also features a seaside grilling area, lighted tennis courts, restaurant, swimming pool, ice cream parlor, gift shop and day spa.

Sand Dollar is also home to Bari Reef – the Caribbean’s #1 reef in number of fish species, making it perfect for snorkeling and diving morning, noon and night from the Bonaire Dive & Adventure dive dock. A PADI 5 star Gold Palm dive operation, Bonaire Dive & Adventure offers instruction, drive up tank and gear access, boat diving and free Nitrox upgrades.  Fish Eye Photo, a full service photo/video shop for divers, is also located adjacent to the property.

Photo Courtesy of the Monacos

Photo Courtesy of the Monacos