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Dive Review of Riding Rock Inn in
Bahamas/San Salvador

Riding Rock Inn, Apr, 2009,

by Tripp Jones, SC, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 54 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 4762.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands ( all 3), Belize, Truk, St. Kitts, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Roatan, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 75 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Varied; usually 45 minutes, and 500 lbs.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 6th trip to Riding Rock Inn with Wateree Dive Center in Columbia, SC. We flew over on the Spirit Air Club Med Charter flight from Ft. Lauderdale. We went through immigration and customs without any problems. The Inn has good, clean rooms and staff gives a 1.5 liter bottle of water on arrival since water in rooms is suboptimal, but no one got sick and no odor. The food is served buffett style in morning and was quite good. We had choices of 2 entrees at lunch and 2 entrees at dinner. The conch chowder is wonderful and was served every day at lunch. It is the best in the Carribean. The breakfast was at 7:30 AM and lunch at 12:30 pm after the 2 morning dives. Dinner was at 6:30 PM.The fish entrees were quite good and fresh local wahoo, mahi, and grouper were served and overall excellent. The Driftwood Bar is my favorite in the Carribean and Peaches makes great drinks. This bar has a great personality of its own.

The dive operation is quite good. The boat was roomy and fine with about 16 divers easily handled. The water temp was 75 degrees consistently and we used about 3-5 mm suits.We generally dived with 45 minute limits and 500 lb with computers, but some flexibility was not a problem. The visibility was about 100 ft + on most of the 17 dives during the week. As reported in Undercurrent in the most recent issue, I would wait until the water is a little warmer, but then we might have missed the hammerheads, which prefer cooler water. We saw at least 1 hammerhead on each dive along with reef sharks. The overall fish life was good, but a big concern is the number of lionfish seen on 16 of the 17 dives. We saw as many as 8 on a dive and saw these predators consume multiple juveniles and that is a forboding sign for the future. When lionfish were sacraficed in the past, the sharks began to show very active interest and became more aggressive, so the staff does not do this anymore.It will be necessary to find a way to control these predators in the future. Captain Bruce has been there many years and is superb. Lynn, a likeable Brit, is also good.We decided to do an afternoon dive instead of a night dive due to the cool water. The daytime temp was about 74-78 degrees. The wind was variable, but cool when on surface. The departure process is handled well and no problems with that in San Salvador. Spirit Air was very slow with baggage in Ft. Lauderdale.

All in all, the Riding Rock Inn is a very good destination. They do a very nice job in caring for divers and the staff is very good. We spent Hurricane Floyd ( Category 4 in church where we were) at Riding Rock in 1999 so the staff is A+. We will return and look forward to another trip soon.
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