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Dive Review of Riding Rock Inn & Marina in
Bahamas/San Salvador

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Mary O`Malley, FL, USA
Report Number 2983
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Raja Ampat, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Belize, Bonaire,
Curacao, Grand Cayman, Florida Keys, W.Palm Beach, Miami
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 ft on first dive, 70 on second dive, 100 on third dive, not strictly
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Amazing visibility and plenty of subject matter large and small, beautiful
wall and swim throughs.  Boat has a large rinse tank and staff is very
helpful and careful with handling cameras.  No camera shop on the island,
so be sure to bring everything you need - batteries, etc. Hotel rooms have
ample space for setting up equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
On almost every dive we saw sharks, hammerheads most often, then reef
sharks, occasional nurse sharks. Many turtles and normally very calm and
unafraid of divers - great photo models.  Also on several sites there are
sting rays swimming around on the sand under the boat - also very
approachable. Friendly nassau groupers are great.  Saw large octopus and
lots of big crabs plus lobsters on the night dive (one included in week
trip at no extra charge).  A couple of times we saw whales from the boat. 
Boat captain Bruce and divemaster Lupo were extremely helpful - very
relaxed, but everything is taken care of.  The boat is very comfortable -
nice dive platform, ladders, plenty of space in and out of the sun. Overall
really nice dive operation.  The hotel is nothing to rave about, but the
rooms are clean, good sized and have a beautiful view.  No night life
except the little bar at the Riding Rock unless you want to pay to go to
the Club Med, which no one did on our trip.  Riding Rock is a laid back
place for serious divers, and we were all pretty tired by the end of the
day anyway.
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