Buddy Dive Dominica to remain closed in 2018

After two years of successfully running Buddy Dive, Dominica it got hit by Hurricane Maria.

Unfortunately, Buddy Dive Dominica will not reopen its doors for at least another year.

Buddy Dive started doing business in Dominica late 2014 with signing the partnership agreed between Buddy Dive and the Fort Young Hotel, followed by the official opening of the Dive operation in August 2015.

In the two years that followed, Buddy Dive Dominica has grown into a full-service dive operation with three boats and eleven staff members and the journey has been great.

Unfortunately, Dominica saw a direct landfall from Category 5 Hurricane Maria on September 18, 2017. With the devastating effect of Hurricane Maria, Buddy Dive Dominica has lost all three dive boats and has been closed ever since.

In the face of all that has happened over the last couple of months Buddy Dive has been looking into the opportunities to rebuild what was lost.

There will be a number of construction sites on the hotel premises throughout the whole year in order to restore all rooms and facilities, as well as the dive shop.

As a result of that, unfortunately we are not able to give a guarantee as yet to offer our continuous level of service that our guests are used to and should expect from Buddy Dive.

We have therefore decided not to re-open the dive shop in 2018. We value you as our guest and do not want to provide you with a service that is below Buddy Dive’s standards.

“This is an emotional time for us and our employees, who have been such a big part of what has made Buddy Dive Dominica successful,” CEO Van der Valk said. “However we are hopeful for the future and in the meantime, we are hoping to host you on Bonaire.”

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7 Comments

  1. NATHANIEL WILSON
    February 28, 2019

    Ok it is late February 2019. I had the time of my life in March 2017 diving for a week with the Buddy Dive DMs. Please let me know when you plan to reopen. All Best Wishes for a full recovery!

  2. Ambrosia
    January 3, 2018

    it seems that Skerrit is the one who sent Maria to brutally damage this country…. you people are such IDIOTS!!! what the hell does he have to do with this??? such a shame… I feel sorry for you

    • Me
      January 5, 2018

      Well, who knows? God moves in misterious ways!

  3. Anonymous
    January 3, 2018

    Another one bites the dust!How are the other dive operations doing in Dominica? Are they fit and equipped to operate safely?

    • indeed
      January 5, 2018

      As far as I know….all Dive shops are closed……..please note also that several tourism properties are considering if at all to reopen. How many times are they to reinvest, rebuild and regroup after one disaster or another. The tourism sector has been hard hit to say the least.

  4. Shameless
    January 3, 2018

    “We have therefore decided not to re-open the dive shop in 2018. We value you as our guest and do not want to provide you with a service that is below Buddy Dive’s standards”…Unfortunately this leads to more lost jobs :cry: :cry: but we understand.

    ” We value you as our guest and do not want to provide you with a service that is below Buddy Dive’s standards”…..I sincerely hope Colin Piper (DDA) and our dear minister of tourism take a cue from this statement and STOP that” climate resilience” BS. Remember, “if you build it they will come, but if its built right the will NOT return”.

    Assertive like LL! :twisted: :twisted:

    • PP Agent
      January 3, 2018

      It again shows you that Skerrit and all his associates are either dreamers or liars. Whichever might be the case, one is as bad as the other as far as governing a country is concerned. They are clueless and in the developed world they could not even run a corner shop.

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