Overview of Buddy's Reef

Buddy's Reef

Buddy's Reef
Bonaire North
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 Jim Olinger
Date: 07/03/2012


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jim Olinger Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Durango Reef:    3.00
State:   CO Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   6 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   104 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.66
If you're staying Buddies (or Don's) it doesn't get much easier than this. There are lots of comments about this site, so I'm going to speak to the newer 'phosphorescent' night dive being offered by Buddy's. I really enjoyed the dive and my wife hated it because she felt completely blind! They put a visor over your mask and if you get close to the coral, you can see lot's of glowing yellow, green and some reds. I think the trick is to allow some area of visibility at the bottom of your normal mask lens so that you can see where you're going (The visor allows the blue light through, but it's dark enough to make it hard to see where you're going.) The local tarpon will be greatly attracted to this brighter light and you'll find yourself completely surrounded by these 3-5' predators as they speed off after prey out of cover. One other item of interest about this dive. We saw a creature called the 'thing'. They are supposedly very quick to vanish from dive lights but I suspect they don't see the blue light as well. It looked like a giant centipede…a very cool sighting!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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