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Bonaire 2018
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Rick Van Raden

BONAIRE January 26th – February 3rd, 2018

Come join us for an adventure you will never forget.  Stunning beauty, peace and relaxation describe the atmosphere and character of Bonaire!


About the resort. Buddy Dive Resort is located on the waterfront north of town, just a couple of steps from the crystal clear ocean and its many dive sites. The resort has eleven buildings with spacious studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments, a complete dive center, two swimming pools, two restaurants, vehicle rental and the famous drive-thru fill station. Whether traveling as a single, couple, with friends and family, or a whole group of dive buddies, we will find the right accommodation for you.


How about the diving? Bonaire, with its fringing reef in close proximity to the shore, about 80 official dive sites, calm waters and good visibility has something to offer for every diver. This adventure includes 11 boat dives from Buddy’s custom dive boats, or enjoy the convenience of our unique Drive Thru to explore the island’s underwater world at your own pace.

Bonaire is rated as the best dive location year after year because the diving is amazing and incredibly easy to access. You get short boat rides, calm waters and easy entry off and on the boat! It’s beautiful and simple you couldn’t ask for more!

Folks this is such a beautiful resort you are going to want to check out their webpage!  Click here for Buddy dive Resort.


I want to go! Give me the details!

Folks, I am excited about this #1 rated dive destination.

Bonaire Package Details*

January 26th – February 3rd, 2018

$ 2600 Scuba Diver
$ 2175 Non Diver

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy (contact us for pricing on other options).
The package includes:
  • Round trip airfare with Delta Airlines from Fargo, ND
  • 8 days – 7 nights on island arriving January 27th and departing February 3rd
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Atlanta on the way to Bonaire
  • 7 days rental vehicle
  • 11 boat dives
  • Free Nitrox Upgrade
  • American style breakfast buffet daily
  • Welcome drink
  • “Manager’s Rum Punch Party”
  • Airport transfers
  • All government taxes

Are you in?  Why wouldn’t you be? Here is what you need to do. We will need a $300 deposit to hold your space. We already have 8 folks signed up and space is limited so give me a call at 218.233.6088 or stop by to secure your vacation adventure for 2018.

* Book your own flight arrangements and deduct $920.

Payment Schedule:

Down Payment $300
July 15, 2017 $1,000
October 15, 2017 $1,300 (or balance)

Flight Schedule:

Flight # Date Origin Destination Departure Arrival
 3980 1/26/2018 Fargo Minneapolis 10:55am 12:03pm
 1536 1/26/2018 Minneapolis Atlanta 3:30pm 7:00pm
 380 1/27/2018 Atlanta Bonaire 9:45am 2:49pm
 672 2/3/2018 Bonaire Atlanta 3:59pm 7:06pm
 5113 2/3/2018 Atlanta Fargo 9:15pm 11:23pm

13th Annual Treasure Hunt Crosby/Ironton, MN August 14th – 16th

Ready to go?  Great!  The 2015 Treasure Hunt will once again happen at the mine pits near Crosby/Ironton, MN.   Good diving, camping, friends and a truck load of prizes.  This will be the best one ever.
Some of the great  prizes  include a  Scubapro MK11/S360 Regulator($409), Scubapro Chromis Computer($500), DUI Weight & Trim, Scubapro’s new Seawing Nova fins, wet suits, diving apparel and much more.  The total haul of prizes will be worth more than $5000 dollars!!!
Register for the event,  find a colored clip under the blue waters and you will win a prize. Everyone who registered last year won a prize!!

Event & Facility

Bring along the whole family for some great fun.  Diving, snorkeling, camping and hiking are all part of this great adventure.
We will begin at noon on Friday and continue into Sunday. Air fills will be available on site for $10 per fill. Tanks must have current hydrostatic test dates and visual inspection stickers including Visual Eddy testing for Aluminum tanks.

Camping Reservations

We will be staying at the Cuyuna Country Campground located on Portsmouth lake. Click here to view their website.

A group campsite (non-electric) for the weekend has been reserved by Northwest Divers and can be reserved through Northwest Divers.  A $24 deposit will hold and pay for a campsite for two nights (Friday & Saturday) in the group campsite.   All other sites are “first come first serve”.  Past history has shown that the “first come first serve” sites are gone by Thursday evening.

Note:  If you won’t be arriving prior to Friday it is strongly recommended that you book with Northwest Divers in the group campsite.  Call us at 218.233.6088 to make your reservation.  Sign up ASAP because the group site also fills up!

Details for the “first come first serve” are as follows: If you want a site with electricity it will cost $23 per night. Non electric sites are $15 per night.

In addition to your camping fees a State Park Vehicle Permit is $5 per day or $25 per year (with that you can get into any park in MN for a full year).  Please pay your park permit before you enter the park with the vehicle.  A happy ranger is one that does not give you a ticket.


On-site registration begins on Friday at noon and continues until Sunday at 9:00am. Prizes will be given away at noon on Sunday. Cost for registration will be $35.00. There will be a free Barbecue lunch on Saturday afternoon for all who have registered.
Scuba divers or snorkelers may register.  Scuba divers must present a certification card.   A parent or guardian must sign a release for participants under 18 years of age.
Guidelines For The Treasure Hunt
Collect  ONE clip per registered diver, swimmer snorkeler.
  1. Must have clips back to the registration booth by noon on Sunday!
  2. Only one clip per diver. .

Call 218.233.6088 for additional information.

Description Quan Amount Total
Scubapro MK11/S360 Regulator 1 $425.00 $425.00
Scubapro/Uwatec Chromis Wrist Watch Dive Computer 1 $519.00 $519.00
DUI Actionwear Professional Divewear 1 $366.00 $366.00
Sub Gear Cabin Bag w/wheels 1 $120.00 $120.00
Pinnacle Cruiser 3mm Jumpsuit 1 $200.00 $200.00
Northern Diver Weight & Trim Harness 1 $124.00 $124.00
DUI Gear Bag/Backpack 1 $66.00 $66.00
DUI Divewear Bag 3 $32.00 $96.00
Fourth Element Divewear Drypack Dive Bag 1 $80.00 $80.00
Fourth Element Changing Mat 1 $24.00 $24.00
Fourth Element Lightweight Dry Sack 30 Liter 1 $32.00 $32.00
Fourth Element Lightweight Dry Sack 20 Liter 1 $29.00 $29.00
Fourth Element Lightweight Dry Sack 5 Liter 2 $18.00 $36.00
XS Scuba Rescue Kit – Orange SMB 1 $90.00 $90.00
Sub Gear Eco Shorty 2mm 1 $100.00 $100.00
Sub Gear Element Steamer 3mm 1 $270.00 $270.00
Scubapro Everflex Glove 5mm 2 $53.00 $106.00
Scubapro Profile Jumpsuit 0.5mm 1 $131.00 $131.00
Subgear Rash Guard 2 $47.00 $94.00
Trident 6 X 8 Slate w/Male QR 1 $15.00 $15.00
Ocean Management Systems 2 Window Frameless Mask 2 $102.00 $204.00
XS Scuba Mesh Duffel Bag 1 $56.00 $56.00
XS Scuba Multi-Tool 1 $30.00 $30.00
Scuba Diving T Shirts 10 $20.00 $200.00
NWD Equipment Repair Clinic 3 $145.00 $435.00
SSI Drysuit Specialty Course w/Materials 2 $175.00 $350.00
SSI Open Water Course w/Materials (academic&pool sessions) 1 $225.00 $225.00
Northwest Divers Regulator Service Gift Certificate 5 $45.00 $225.00
Northwest Divers Air Card 5 $60.00 $300.00
Northwest Divers Try Scuba Experience for Two 2 $70.00 $140.00
57 $5,088.00
This is a partial list only!