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

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by James Reilly, MD, USA (10 reports)
Report Number 2171

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

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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