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Dive Review of Riding Rock Inn in
Bahamas/San Salvacor

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Claire Kennedy, OK, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4243
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Roatán, Curaçao, Abacos, Nassau, Akumal, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On the boat with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Had roomy tanks on boat for cameras.  Rooms had table and room for setup,
on dock, hose to clean equipment.  Staff was careful and considerate in
handling equipment and met special requests of guests.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
Wow!  Not really anything bad here.  This has always been described as good
but basic.  We thought it was beyond that.  The food is not haute cuisine,
however it is very good, and they often took special requests.  The rooms
are old, but freshly painted, kept and cleaned.  The island is remarkably
free of violence or crime, so we never felt threatened, except by the
passing shark.....and speaking of sharks.

After we arrived, we put out our gear by our door, and they picked it up
and took it to the marina, then set it up on the boat.  After that all we
really had to do was sit down and have them bring the gear to us, dive and
get out and they would take it off and on the rack where it was changed for
the next dive.  We would have breakfast @ 7:30, on the boat @ 8:30.  Most
early morning locations were about 15 minute boat ride, then come back in
slowly for 2nd morning dive, have lunch and do one afternoon dive, except
once a week, you have afternoon island tour and night dive that night. 
Usually schedule is from Saturday to Saturday.  Riding Rock has
arrangements with Spirit Airlines (who serves the Club Med on SS).  There
was daily maid service and were free to make shore dives, although not much
of a reef off the shore.  Favorite dives were Hole in the Wall, Runway 10,
Double Caves and Vicky's Place.  All the diving is wall diving, with ending
at sandy or shallower depths.  Lots of beautiful and dramatic swim-thrus.

The island (as is most of the Caribbean) experiencing and increase in the
number of lionfish.  They have no known natural predators.  The DM's
actively search and kill the lionfish, which has made an interesting turn
on diving. After the DM's spear the lionfish, the passing grouper or shark
get the results.  Once dead, the lionfish are not that poisonous.  So the
sharks appear when they hear the boats, and often guide the DM's to where
the lionfish are hiding.  It's a very cool scene to watch - - from the
wall! We saw sharks on almost every dive, and the guaranteed appearance of
the hammerhead & scalloped hammerhead didn't disappoint either. 

The shallower reef seems to be in great shape as well - lots of Pedersons,
banded & squat anemone shrimp - lots of juvenile drums, & other
fish.  The reef seems to be  teaming with life.  We were both very
impressed and will return for another week of excellent diving.  This is
not a location for your first diving or your open water unless you are of
Cousteau lineage.  It's advanced diving, but it's a must after you get to
that stage of diving.
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