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Dive Review of Riding Rock Resort and Marina in
Bahamas/San Salvador

Riding Rock Resort and Marina, Jun, 2010,

by Eric A Frick, IL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 5589.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 45 min./dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Large freshwater tank onboard the boat was devoted to cameras. Crew handled cameras carefully.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Booking the trip was easy. Travel to the island was via the weekly scheduled Spirit Air charter from Ft. Lauderdale run primarilly for guests of the Club Med on the island. Unfortunately, Spirit Air pilots went on strike while we were on-island but the airline arranged for a substitute charter. However, delays in the service meant we missed our connecting flight home in Ft. Lauderdale, requiring an unexpected overnight stay in Ft. Lauderdale and an extra flight leg.

Riding Rock features well-worn but clean facilities in a no-frills atmosphere. The food was filling but not deluxe. Service was friendly and responsive. It is a 10 minute walk from the hotel to the marina. San Salvador is a low-lying, scrubby island with lots of nice beaches and friendly residents but recreational opportunities for non-divers on the island are limited to beach-walking and fishing.

Riding Rock's dive operation is great. Divemaster Lynne is organized and devoted to giving guests a great experience. Captain Bruce is skilled and does a great job operating the roomy boat. Towels, water and fruit slices were offered every day. Trips to divesites are 10 - 30 minutes. The routine is two morning dives, a return to the dock for lunch at the hotel and then one afternoon dive. Lynne encouraged us to consider skipping the one night dive and taking an additional afternoon dive instead.

Lynne accuratly described the reefs as not being colorful. Algae has covered the vast majority of the reef structure. One positive was that while the number of corals was not significant, the variety of corals was. Another positive is that the numbers and variety of fish were both encouraging to see. We saw the resident hammerheads on one of our 17 dives and Caribbean reef sharks were present on 15 of our 17 dives.
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