Bonaire

email address William (Billy) Albert Putman

Bonaire Dive Trips

I have been to Bonaire six times and stayed different places. Each place had something I liked, so they were all good.
2006 Buddy's Dive Resort, May 30 - Jun 3, 2006
2011 Buddy's Dive Resort, Aug 1 - 8, 2011.
2012 Divi Flamingo, Oct 7 - 13, 2012
2014 Captan Don's Habitat, Aug 29 - Sep 6, 2014
2017 Buddy's Dive Resort, Sep 2 - 9, 2017
2018 Captain Don's Habitat, Sep 1 - 8, 2018

Buddy's Dive Resort

Buddy's Dive Resort is north of town and they, also, have a location in town. It has an excellent boat operation, and one of the best drive-throughs to pick up tanks. The breakfast bar is amazing, and the palapa bar is great! Buddy's does a wonderful job at hiring good staff and dive masters.

Divi Flamingo

Divi Flamingo is near town so its a two minute walk to restaurants. The lockers are located on the boat dock so there is no need to carry gear back and forth. I liked the rooms because of the screened-in porch.

Captain Don's Habitat

Captain Don's is north of town, nort of Buddy's Dive. It has some great dive sites. It is within swimming distance of the Cliff dive site. The lockers are within a little cave-grotto beneath the resort, so one can gear-up for a shore dive in the shade. The dive staff is knowledgable and friendly. They have a dedicated tech staff for any dive equipment problems.

Common Carribbean Reef Fish

French grunts, trunkfish, sanddiver, butterfly fish, angelfish, squirrelfish, porcupine fish, sharpnose pufferfish, grouper, spotted drum, blue tang, peacock flounder, scrawled cowfish, filefish, yellow goatfish, yellowtail snapper, yellowhead jawfish, great barracuda, tarpon, lionfish, chub, jack, damselfish and sergeant major, frog fish, stone fish, scorpion fish, eagle ray, stingray


People

Buddy's Dive palapa bar
Bill and Bill 07/05/2011

Buddy's Dive 07/06/2011
Dive Masters: Irene and Franchesca

Buddy's palapa Bar 09/08/2017
Dive Masters: Julia, Guillermo and Gordon

Captain Dons Dive Staff 09/08/2018
Netal, Gary and Ricardo
Places

Bonaire Island Map
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Captain Don's Resort 09/07/2018
Reef Freedom Dive Boat

Captain Don's Dive Gear Lockers
Grotto under dive shop

Iquana
Captain Don's Dive Resort
Dive Sites

Buddy's Dive Resort
Leaf coral and fire coral

Buddy's Dive Resort - Juvenile
Damselfish and Christmas tree worm

Buddy's Dive Resort
Brown tube sponge

Buddy's Dive Resort
Christmas tree worm

Eighteen Palms - fish swarm

Eighteen Palms - sea anemone

Eighteen Palms - trunkfish

Hilma Hooker Underwater Wreck

Hilma Hooker underwater wreck
Bill Pamplin at 80ft

Kelly's Reef
Sand diver

Munk's Haven
purple tube coral

Munk's Haven
Damselfish and Grasby

Munk's Haven 09/03/2014
Sand diver

Reef Scientifico 09/05/2014
Scorpion fish

Klein Bonaire - Hands Off
Underwater scenery

Pufferfish - Karpeca dive site

Red and White Banded Coral Shrimp
Cliff dive site 09/03/2018

Juvenile Drum 09/03/2018
Cliff dive site

Adult Drum 09/04/2014
Bloodlet dive site

Anemone Cleaner Shimp and eggs
Cliff dive site 08/03/2018

Squid 09/04/2014
Bloodlet dive site

Fish and Coral 09/03/2018
Cliff dive site

Frogfish 09/03/2014
Munks Haven dive site

Tarpon 09/01/2014
Eighteen Palms dive site