Buddy Dive Resort

Buddy Dive Resort makes a diving and water sports vacation a breeze. Located on the waterfront, just north of town, the resort offers eleven modern buildings spread out along the sea shore. These units house spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments and are configured according to your needs. The comfortably furnished apartments feature kitchenettes with microwaves, stoves and refrigerators. Your home away from home will have a large balcony either facing the sea or the tropical gardens. 

Each apartment has a fully equipment kitchen, spacious living area with cable TV, telephone, patio or balcony, air-conditioned bedrooms with each its own bathroom with shower. The studio has a small kitchen, separate bedroom with air-conditioning and a bathroom/shower. They also have cable TV, telephone and a small patio.

All apartments and studios have a room safe, with no extra charge, to store valuables. For sunning in a location with the ultimate view, there’s no place better than on our raised sand beach areas overlooking the clear, turquoise waters of the Caribbean. A short stairway provides easy access to the tranquil ocean below – excellent for snorkeling and swimming.

Buddies has 2 restaurants on site to choose from. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at Blennies every morning in the breakfast area overlooking the crystal clear ocean below. Blennies offers daily a la carte lunch and dinner, topped off with Friday’s all you can eat BBQ. Make sure to join the fun for Happy Hour and our Manager’s Rum Punch Party every Friday evening.  Ingridients invites you daily to a special dining experience with Mediterranean cuisine in spectacular ambiance and breathtaking ocean views.

There’s an activity desk, two swimming pools, restaurant, pool bar, vehicle rentals and the famous drive-thru air and Nitrox fill station. Built with active people in mind, Buddy’s knows exactly what is needed to make guests comfortable both during their busy day of diving and exploring, and after.

Buddy’s offers a variety of resort and dive packages along with lodgings to accommodate every diver or snorkelers needs and budgets.

There’s a full service state-of-the art dive center with a full range of rental gear and dive classes available, including kids’ programs. Bonaire, with its fringing reef in close proximity to the shore, and Klein Bonaire offer about 80 official dive sites. The dives are in calm waters with good visibility making this the perfect destinations for divers of all skill levels, especially new divers. At Buddy Dive, the custom dive boats invite you to explore the beautiful marine life during a guided dive or enjoy the convenience of the unique ‘Drive Thru’ delivering air and Nitrox so you may discover the island’s underwater world at your own pace. 
SnorkelingBonaire may be known as a “divers” paradise, but snorkelers will be happy to know they could spot over 75 different species of fish along the shallow reef terrace alone! Snorkeling is a perfect Bonaire activity for the whole family. But if you haven’t tried it yet, no problem, you can start now! A dedicated boat to Klein Bonaire is the best way to discover the shallow reefs around this beautiful Island.
Mangrove Snorkel Trip
In addition to a weekly boat snorkel trip, Buddy Dive also offers several guided snorkeling tours. One is along the edge of the mangrove forest, which serves as the “nursery” of the ocean. Among the highlights are the three inch long Barracuda and the bottom dwelling upside down jellyfish. Other tours combine snorkeling with activities such as kayaking or cave exploration.
This is one of the most popular Bonaire activities, and there are all sorts of ways to experience it. Take a guided kayak tour through the mangroves or to nearby Klein Bonaire. Combine the Klein trip with a guided walk and exploration of the island, or a snorkel along the island shallow terraces – a perfect place to spot turtles at rest! Or go for a leisurely paddle and explore on your own as you tour the coast in front of the resort.
Mountain Biking
Miles and miles of trails have been laid on Bonaire specifically for this sport. Literally around every hilltop there are different vistas to enjoy. With such a wide variety of routes to choose from, we’re sure to be able to put together a tour that best suits your interest and fitness level.
Kite Surfing & Wind Surfing
The trade winds on Bonaire are legendary, providing for the most stable winds in the world and making the nearby area of Lac Bay famous as a top-notch kite surf & wind surf destination. We schedule weekly introductory classes with one of the local outfitters at Lac for those with limited or no experience in the sport. The IKO-certified instructors of the kiteschool, create a fun and safe learning environment, with a lot of individual attention. Atlantis Beach is the ideal spot for kitesurfing on this island. Both experienced kitesurfers and beginners will feel greatly at home here.
Sport Fishing
Slowly but surely Bonaire is starting to become known as a sport-fishing destination. There are several good outfits that can take care of the most spoiled fisherman. Do not expect the seven story high flying bridge boats, rather somewhat smaller boats, with crew that are even more eager to catch fish than the paying customer is. Try it and you’ll find out Bonaire has it all: Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado, and even great bone fishing!

Bonaire is located about 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela, near Aruba and Curacao. The island is part of the Dutch Caribbean. Bonaire is accessible via a number of international and local carriers, from Europe, Latin America and North America. This makes it relatively easy to go to Bonaire for your next dive trip with us! Traveling to Bonaire is possible through flying to Bonaire’s International Airport (BON): Flamingo International Airport.

Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is increasingly focusing on a level of social and environmental sustainability. Even though Bonaire is a small island, we thrive to create a better world together. Therefor a higher efficiency is sought after in all our business decisions. Bonaire’s nature is stunning, both underwater as topside. We would like to keep it that way, that’s why we focus on corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the attractiveness of the island. For ourselves, but also for the generations to come.
Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF)
Since 2012, Buddy Dive supports the CRF in order to maintain healthy corals. Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire is dedicated to restoring the shallow water populations of staghorn and elkhorn corals along the coast of Bonaire. Instead of a decrease in corals Bonaire sees an increase of healthy corals. 30 nursery trees from CRF are located at our house reef, Buddy’s Reef.
Kids Council
Buddy Dive joined the first initiative of the Kids Council on Bonaire in 2017 and will continue to do so in the upcoming years. Local children from Kolegio Rayo di Solo are linked to our resort as a Kids Council. Thanks to the Kids Council children structurally help institutions and organizations think about strategic and social issues. In this project, together we thrive to come up with possible solutions and new perspectives to make the diving experience more attractive to children and young adults. The kids shared some great ideas for us to work with and we gave them the opportunity to get acquainted with the diving industry in their home country.
Water purification system
During your stay at Buddy Dive Resort you can drink water from the tap. Buddy Dive uses a water purification system for desalination, one of the few rainfall-independent water sources for human use. Desalination is a process that extracts salt and minerals from ocean water using reverse osmosis.
The invasive Lionfish are harming native coral reef systems in the Caribbean waters. Many reef fish are threatened in their natural environment. In order to keep the fish population balanced, we hunt the Lionfish during dive trips and offer a Lionfish hunter specialty course. Next to that our Ingridients Restaurant serves a 3-course Lionfish special every Monday. Or bring in your own caught Lionfish between 3pm to 5 pm at Blennies Restaurant and we will clean and cook it to perfection to enjoy it for dinner the same day!

Bonaire Kids Sea Camp

Jul 6-13, 2024
Jul 13-20, 2024
Aug 2-9, 2025
Aug 9-16, 2025
Nov 21-28, 2026

Rates from:

Adult Divers: from $2550 / non-divers: $2425

Kid Divers (ages 10-17): from $1885

SASY (ages 5-7): from $1260

Buddy Dive Resort is located on the Dutch island of Bonaire and this resort is family-owned and operated. Buddy’s Dive has the casual, relaxed atmosphere you want for a family vacation. It is an unspoiled diver’s paradise that offers spectacular sunsets, comfortable family diving, and crystal clear water. The Buddy Dive PADI 5-star CDC center sits right on the property with 4 states of the art dive boats. It’s a diving training mecca, from SASY to Tec diving, you can learn it all at Buddy Dive. There are 2 swimming and training pools, and dive lockers. Some of the best shore diving in Bonaire can be found right off the Buddy Dive dock.  24 hr unlimited shore diving.  It’s perfect for parents diving with their kids for the very first time. The resort staff is family-friendly and work hard to please your vacation needs. Bonaire is the shore diving capital of the Caribbean.

Buddy Dive is a resort where you can dive, take part in a multitude of activities, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. The personable staff, spacious accommodation and a dive operation that has something for every diver, makes your holiday worry-free. No matter which apartment you are staying in, you’re never further than a giant stride away from our beautiful ocean. Be a part of the Reef Renewal Foundation created by the owners of Buddy Dive. You can come to a KSC week and learn how to help save coral, with the Coral Restoration classes.

The Bonaire Buddy Dive Kids Sea Camp package:

Kids Sea Camp family dive weeks have a Saturday arrival. Diving and activities for kids start on Sunday and continue for 6 days.  Saturday is the departure day. If you would like to add extra nights we arrange that for your family.  It's important to let us know as soon as possible about extra nights as the resort is often sold out the week before or after!  Book your air earlier to get the best rates. 

Kids Sea Camp family dive week package at Buddy Dive includes some of the following:

Adult Package 1: 6 boat dives with unlimited shore dives (free rental truck) Tanks, Weights, Belts

Adult Package 2: 11 boat dives with unlimited shore dives( Most popular and best deal)Tanks, Weights, Belts

Adult Package 3: Unlimited shore diving (free rental truck for the week included)Tanks, Weights, Belts

Jr. Advanced Open Water**: For kids age 12 and up that are certified to dive. Includes Deep, Nav, Night, Photo, PPB dives. E: learning is required, but not included in this package price.

Kids: Adventure Diver Cert (This course is for kids 10-11 year-olds that are already certified to dive. )This PADI course is for kids under the age of 12. Kids must be 12 to do a deep or Night dive as part of the Advanced Open Water course.   With the Adventure certification, once kids turn 12 they will only need to complete their deep dive and e: learning to upgrade to the Advanced Open Water certification.)

Coral Restoration (for kids who are already certified to dive. This is a full week course)

SASY: For kids age 4-7

Seal Team: For kids age 8 & 9

Jr. Open Water: (For kids 10-14)  Open Water:( For kids age 15 and up)  Kids who wish to become PADI certified divers. (E: learning is included and a code will be sent to you)

Jr. Rescue Diver**: For kids that are 12 and up and are currently certified as Jr. Advanced or Advanced Open Water certified. Must have current EFR (first aid and CPR cert or similar Red Cross. must be current) E: learning is required, but not included in this package price.

7 nights accommodations


Family Trips:


Blissful Bonaire Bubbles
Early Bird Special - 10% off
* Valid year-round. Book 6 months out.

Hot Summer Deal - 10% off
* Valid Jul 27-Aug 30, 2024 on Drive & Dive packages only.

Marine Education with Eric Riesch
Aug 10-23, 2024
* 2nd Diver dives free. 

Hilma Hooker Wreck Dive Week
Sep 7-13, 2024

Bonaire Madness
Nov 30-Dec 20, 2024
* 2nd Diver dives free & free Discover Scuba for non-divers. Valid on Drive & Dive packages.