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About You and Buddy Dive Bonaire & Galapagos...
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About Buddy Dive Bonaire & Galapagos:
We are actually a family of resorts and liveaboards: "Your Buddies on Bonaire & Galapagos"
Buddy Dive is known for its casual atmosphere, personable staff, spacious accommodations and a dive operation that has something for every diver: comfortable boats, complete rental and retail center, exceptional staff, and a unique "Drive Thru" with a two-lane air/nitrox fill station at our resort. At Buddy Dive you're never further than a giant stride away from one of the best shore dives. Divers, snorkelers, adventurers and leisure travelers will feel equally at home at Buddy Dive. You will want to save plenty of time to lounge by one of our three pools or simply catch some rays & saunter on down to the pool bar for a cocktail before sampling some of the local specialties. Buddy Dive Galapagos features the newest & fastest liveaboard yachts in the islands - complete with heated dive decks & PIRG locators for each diver. Embark on the adventure you've been dreaming of - whalesharks, hammerheads, mantas, sea lions, sun fish & the list goes on... Eat, Sleep, (Buddy) Dive!
Caribbean Club Bonaire: Natural beauty by the sea! Located on a peaceful hill by the ocean just 15 minutes outside of the main town of Kralendijk you will find Caribbean Club Bonaire. Our convenient yet “away from it all” location assures you will have a relaxing vacation and will still be close enough to town when desired. The resort offers its guests spacious and comfortable accommodations with sweeping ocean and hillside views. It is the closest resort to some of the very popular northern dive sites of Bonaire, making it an ideal destination for divers, nature lovers, and peace seekers. With 39 rooms, it is a small and personal resort offering several types of accommodations from 2-bedroom villas with full kitchen & living spaces to economical and comfortable studio apartments. The amenities at Caribbean Club Bonaire assure you convenience and include two swimming pools, a restaurant and bar, and a full service dive shop.
Your own private paradise at Belmar Oceanfront Apartments! Belmar Oceanfront Apartments is a small and intimate dive resort with spectacular views from every balcony and colorful gardens by the oceanfront pool. Stay in one of our 22 spacious apartments and enjoy all the conveniences you expect from a full service dive resort but in a private atmosphere and at a more relaxed pace - which is why so many of our guests return year after year. Divers can just stride off of our dock and descend onto our beautiful house reef. Our resort staff are on hand to provide a truly personal service, allowing you to have a stress-free vacation. Try our “Dive, Drive and Stay” package which includes your rental truck and unlimited shore diving with FREE Nitrox upgrade! If you would like to add some boat dives which depart directly from the Belmar dive dock to the beautiful reefs of Klein Bonaire, then opt for our 6 boat dive package.
Greatest achievement in 2012:
Buddy Dive Resort: I can't pick just one! Voted #1 Dive Resort by Scuba Diving Magazine's Readers Choice Awards; started Coral Reef Restoration on Bonaire, a project we are extremely passionate about - ensuring that Bonaire's reefs are beautiful and healthy for future generations.
Buddy Dive Liveaboards: Starting out as the "new kids on the block" in the Galapagos was not easy, but with a lot of hard work providing exceptional service on our new high-speed motor yachts we have earned top praise among our guests.
Caribbean Club Bonaire: Updating our lush gardens - making our resort THE place for a romantic (dive!) getaway... oh! and fixing the stairs at the popular dive site (across the street) "Oil Slick Leap" - now the adventurous giant-striders (off the small cliff wall) can get back out of the water without trying to scale the wall!
Belmar Oceanfront Apartments: Completing full renovations to our resort including a new oceanfront pool, improvements to the docks, a new coat of paint inside & out and updated appliances furniture and floors throughout. Come and find out why our valued guests are repeaters year after year!
Goal(s) for 2013:
Buddy Dive Resort: Continue to be a leader among 5 Star Padi Dive Resorts & grow our coral reef nurseries for replanting & spawning on the reef, and of course Eat, Sleep, (Buddy)Dive!
Buddy Dive Liveaboards: Continue to “lead the pack” in the Galapagos as the premier liveaboard and offer the exceptional service our guests deserve. Offering spectacular night dive options and special naturalist guided tours from our pangas (zodiacs) including snorkeling and bird watching.
Caribbean Club Bonaire: Completing our renovations (we are almost there!) and being a part of "Bonaire Madness" - yes we are revamping the epic "Cayman Madness" event and bring the fun, parties & giveaways to Bonaire in December 2013.
Belmar Oceanfront Apartments: Welcoming kitesurfers & those who want to learn with our new kiteboarding packages - exclusive to Belmar - the ideal location only 5 minutes form Kite beach Bonaire - offering steady winds, flat water and 2 IKO kite schools! Then of course there is being a part of "Bonaire Madness 2013" - along with our sister resorts Caribbean Club Bonaire and Buddy Dive.
About You, "The Professional"...
What I find most rewarding about my job:
Getting a chance to make a difference - promoting & participating in our initiatives such as the Coral Restoration Bonaire project, Sea Turtle Conservation, and invasive species control and management (Lionfish).
What I am most proud of (professionally):
Aside from my international business & marketing credentials, I have worked hard at becoming a knowledgeable and experienced dive professional - I am also a PADI Instructor and enjoy teaching everything from open water courses to specialties.
Greatest piece of business advice I ever received:
You can’t change the whole world, and you certainly can’t change other people, but you do have the ability to change yourself. You can have a positive impact in your job, the people with whom you work, and the entire organization… the choice is up to you. And of course… "Choose a profession that you love and you will never work a day in your life!"
Where I see myself and/or business in 5 years:
Growing in the dive industry & managing a great team of other professionals with a passion for diving and marine conservation.
About You, "The Person"...
Favorite place to dive:
Any site on Klein Bonaire - where I can spend my bottom time searching for the island's famed seahorses and frogfish.
Most memorable dive experience:
Last week while cleaning our coral nursery "trees" I found a seahorse who made a home there on a branch, eating crill from one of the holes in the PVC piping. It was a special discovery.
"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace." - Kate Chopin
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
Last year I started kitesurfing and now you can see me at my favorite spot - Atlantis (kite) beach - most days for a sunset jumping session!