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Dive Review of Riding Rock Inn in
Bahamas/San Salvador

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Tripp Jones, SC, USA
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4762
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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

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Varied; usually 45 minutes, and 500 lbs.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
 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
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