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Dive Review of Riding Rock Inn in
Bahamas/San Salvador Island

Riding Rock Inn, Nov, 2005,

by James Reilly, MD, USA . Report 2171.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving numerous places in the Caribbean, Atlantic ocean off New Jersey, Dutch Springs (sorry, could not resist)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Asked to be back on the boat in an hour or with 500 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments drum with fresh water provided for camera.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Riding Rock Inn has gotten some very good write-ups in Undercurrent, and deservedly so. The facilities, while a bit tired, are well maintained and exceptionally well run. Everything worked in our room; there was ample hot water and plenty of towels, the room was clean, the Ac loud but did the job; the beds well made. We were on the meal plan and ate well. Inn management attention to the menu insured that we had choices at every meal and the food was well prepared and ample. They even throw in a glass of wine at dinner - a nice touch.

The dive operation was very professionally run. John Paul and Lupo were excellent dive masters and Bruce an experienced captain. Lots of safety equipment was readily available on board, including O2.Written descriptions of each dive site were passed around in transit, a briefing made at the site and one was free to join a guided tour or dive their own plan. The dive operation was fun, not a chore. One places your dive gear outside your room for the crew to collect the first day of diving (Sunday) and thereafter you only have to care for your wetsuit. If you wished you could set your own gear and handle your own diving, or the crew was happy to offer as much assistance as you wanted. This operation offered true diving freedom.

Saw a hammerhead, while the group we dove with saw several more and some other sharks. Also saw a few turtles. Plus the usual reef suspects. Unfortunately, we also saw some new damage to the shallow coral; a result of this year's Caribbean-wide high water temperatures. Deeper corals are still fine and vigorous. Still, despite the damage, the trip is well worth it.

Note that the dive conditions during our vacation were not typical. We arrived just after Hurricane Wilma passed to the north and Tropical Storm Alpha passed to the south. We had less vis and more swells and chop than is normal.
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