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

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Eric A Frick, IL, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5589
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
45 min./dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
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  
Large freshwater tank onboard the boat was devoted to cameras.  Crew
handled cameras carefully.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
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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