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"While it's not a luxury hotel, buddy dive is a great experience. I have now made the trip several times with a local dive shop here in town and you c ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 11 Jan 2009

Hotel Description

Family-friendly beachfront resort with 2 outdoor pools

On the beach

A stay at this resort places you within half a mile (1 km) of Leeward Antilles and 6 miles (10 km) of Donkey Beach. Bachelor's Beach and Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Onsite dining, 2 outdoor pools

2 outdoor pools, 2 restaurants, and a swim-up bar are among this resort's featured amenities. Spend a day at the beach snorkeling, or relax with sun loungers and beach umbrellas. There's fun for all ages with a children's club and a playground, and in-room childcare is an added bonus.

Free WiFi, kitchens

The 73 guestrooms feature well-equipped kitchens with refrigerators, stovetops, and microwaves, as well as TVs with cable channels. Free WiFi, sitting areas, and coffee/tea makers are also available.

Studio, Garden View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$201* Per night/room Jan 18 - Jan 19

Standard Apartment, 3 Bedrooms

Bed Count 3 King Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Standard Apartment, 1 Bedroom

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Apartment, 2 Bedrooms

Bed Count 2 King Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Buddy Dive Resort ratings based on 2 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 0.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Buddy Dive Resort

4 out of 5

Better than you think

While it's not a luxury hotel, buddy dive is a great experience. I have now made the trip several times with a local dive shop here in town and you couldn't ask for a more relaxing vacation. DO NOT MAKE THIS TRIP UNLESS YOU ARE A DIVER!!! The diving is wonderful and extremely convenient. There are over 100 dive site on the island and all are amazingly beautiful. I have only done a few boat dive which are easy if you intend to go to a reef that is a little hard to access. The rooms are adequate and cleaned everyday. Personel are extremely friendly as everyone on the island. Breakfast is offered buffet style every morning. Remember there are no cows on the island so the milk is powdered. I recommend the fresh omelets they prepare for you. Lunch is usually eaten at the resort. Burgers are great and the chicken pita is very good. Most dishes have a rather ethnic flavor. The best part is dinner although the place fills up fast and that is the Lion's Den restaurant. Amazing food that's fresh. The owner whom I've met several times is from England and makes wonderful food and there wait staff is fantastic. If you eat late however prepare to wait. Wonderful vacation experience.

Posted by on Jan 11, 2009

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3 out of 5

Recommend Resort for Beach Diving

Food was acceptable to poor. Because most restaurants are outdoors, insects made the dining experience unpleasant. Bring bug spray. Recommend going to local grocery store to stock up for quick meals. Room has refrigerator, stove and oven. Although there were several bait traps for roaches in the room, we saw none. Bonaire has fantastic reefs and coral formations, however, marine life tended to be small. If you enjoy beach diving, Bonaire may be for you; however, if you enjoy boat diving, I recommend another location. Resort offers only 1 boat dive a day (subject to availability) and there are few outside boat operators to engage for additional boat diving. Because of unusual currents around Bonaire at the time, visibility in water for diving was okay during the day and poor at night. Wireless internet service in the room rarely worked. Because suite had only a 5 gal. hot water heater, showers were luke warm at best, but rarely were cold. There is no room service. Because tipping by other travelers was poor and therefore most expect little to no tip (we were the only people who tipped dive masters), service in most restaurants and other establishments both at the resort and in town was poor and slow. The park at the end of the island was disappointing. You can see most things of note (flamingos, wild donkeys and goats, iguanas and trees) within a few miles; however, because It is a series of one way roads, you must go through the entire park (about 1 - 1 1/2 hours). Because of the risk of break in, resort recommends that vehicles remain open at all times with no valuables left inside. Diving with all valuables was inconvenient.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2008

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Property Features

Spend the day at the beach and work on your tan with sun loungers (chaise longues) or relax in the shade with umbrellas. Bring your whole family to Buddy Dive Resort for summer fun including 2 outdoor swimming pools, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There are 2 restaurants on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a swim-up bar and a bar/lounge. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. This beach resort also offers a garden and a terrace. Free self parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3.5-star Kralendijk resort.

  • 73 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 7 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • Built in 1980
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Bar or lounge
  • Kid's club (surcharge)
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Computer for guest use
  • Onsite shopping
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , WiFi (surcharge) , Free wired Internet


Free self parking


  • Airport: Bonaire (BON-Flamingo Intl.) (6.1 km / 3.8 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Buddy Dive Resort offers 73 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and coffee/tea makers. Accommodations offer separate sitting areas. Accommodations at this 3.5-star resort have kitchens with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils. Bathrooms include showers and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Cable television is provided. Housekeeping is offered daily and hair dryers can be requested.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Sitting area
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator (full size)
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.

Buddy Dive Resort has 2 restaurants serving breakfast only.

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling on site
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Cave exploring/spelunking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Playground on site
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Scuba diving on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards and cash

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards and cash. Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

  • One child stays free
  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guest stays


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 565.00 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 19.00 for adults and USD 19.00 for children (approximately)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 43 per week (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 25.00 per person (roundtrip)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: USD 25.00 (roundtrip), (from 3 to 12 years old)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Buddy Dive
  • Buddy Dive Kralendijk
  • Buddy Dive Resort
  • Buddy Dive Resort Kralendijk
  • Buddy Resort
  • Dive Buddy
  • Dive Buddy Resort
  • Buddy Dive Bonaire/Kralendijk
  • Buddy Dive Hotel Kralendijk
  • Buddy Dive Resort Resort
  • Buddy Dive Resort Kralendijk
  • Buddy Dive Resort Resort Kralendijk

You should know

  • Buddy Dive Resort offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 72 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.