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#1
Minneapolis (temporarily)
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I will be on Bonaire on November 6, 2008 off a Princess ship. I am a PADI SCUBA Instructor and am seeking suggestions on a dive operator who can/will provide the type of diving I'd want to do that day. I am not interested in being grouped in with the Discover Divers and inexperienced divers on an overcrowded reef in a large group situation.

Are there any shops or private guides who'd be interested in setting me up with some high quality diving? Boat or beach diving OK, whichever happens to work for the most interesting dives.

I live on St. Croix and am not just an occasional vacation diver, so am really hoping to experience the best of what Bonaire has to offer that can be accessed within the constraints of a cruise ship port day.

Thanks for any suggestions. I'd love to hear from dive operators!
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Originally posted by StCroixCruiser
... Are there any shops or private guides who'd be interested in setting me up with some high quality diving?...

... I'd love to hear from dive operators!
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Hmmm.... I thought people were allowed to respond to direct requests, just not to post ads.

If I can't even ask for recommendations, it's pretty danged tough to find something.
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I am sincerely sorry there was a misinterpretation of my post.

Yes, of course other members can reply to a request for information about shops, private guides or dive operators. I was just explaining that per the Guidelines shops, private guides or dive operators cannot reply to your requests.

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Minneapolis (temporarily)
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Originally posted by DHSF
I have a person perfect for what you are asking
contact me
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Kristi
Thanks for being ready to make a suggestion, but I have already returned from my trip.

I went with Buddy Dive. I was happy with their service, but not as blown away as I'd hoped to be by the two dive sites selected. They were good, but very similar to what we have here on St. Croix. I did enjoy the experience. We had only 3 divers plus the divemaster and boat captain on a boat that other shops would have put a dozen divers on.
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#8
Port St Lucie, Florida
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Joined Aug 2002
What divesites did Buddy's take you too??? Anything on Klien Bonaire? How was the viz, etc.
We are going for a week in December and wondering what the temp and viz are like.........
#9
Minneapolis (temporarily)
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Joined Nov 2006
Both sites were on the backside of Klein Bonaire. One was called "Forest" and the other was called "Rock Piles"

Water temp was 82 F. Viz was 100+ Expect about the same in December, maybe a degree or so cooler but no big difference.

On the second dive, there was a small sea turtle (about a 12-14" shell) that I got quite a few pics and some video footage of before he decided to get shy and hide down in some soft coral. We continued on our way only to have him chase after me a minute later almost demanding that I continue the photo shoot. It was pretty funny.
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SV Moonlight Fantasy, Dominica to Grenada (35), July-August 2010
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Blackbeard's Morning Star, Bahamas (14), July-August 2009
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Legend of the Seas, Mediterranean (12), June 2008
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Adventure of the Seas, Southern Caribbean (7), Thanksgiving 2005
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#10
Apollo Beach, Florida
956 Posts
Joined Apr 2003
Originally posted by StCroixCruiser
Thanks for being ready to make a suggestion, but I have already returned from my trip.

I went with Buddy Dive. I was happy with their service, but not as blown away as I'd hoped to be by the two dive sites selected. They were good, but very similar to what we have here on St. Croix. I did enjoy the experience. We had only 3 divers plus the divemaster and boat captain on a boat that other shops would have put a dozen divers on.
I know this was posted a while back but if you're still here...my DH would like to dive off Klein Bonaire and the ships excursion doesn't say they go there. Could you tell me how long you had in Bonaire? We are only there 7-1pm. Did Buddys provide transport from ship and back to ship? Any details like how you arranged your dive would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Apollo Beach, Florida
956 Posts
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Originally posted by StCroixCruiser
Thanks for being ready to make a suggestion, but I have already returned from my trip.

I went with Buddy Dive. I was happy with their service, but not as blown away as I'd hoped to be by the two dive sites selected. They were good, but very similar to what we have here on St. Croix. I did enjoy the experience. We had only 3 divers plus the divemaster and boat captain on a boat that other shops would have put a dozen divers on.
I know this was posted a while back but if you're still here...my DH would like to dive off Klein Bonaire and the ships excursion doesn't say they go there. Could youI tell me how long you had in Bonaire? We are only there 7-1pm. Did Buddys provide transport from ship and back to ship? Any details like how you arranged your dive would be appreciated. Thanks! (sorry for the double post - forgot to check the box for email notification - please respond to this post - thanks!)