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Dive Review of Riding Rock Inn & Marina in
Bahamas/San Salvador

Riding Rock Inn & Marina, Jan, 2006,

by Mary O`Malley, FL, USA . Report 2983.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Raja Ampat, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Florida Keys, W.Palm Beach, Miami
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 ft on first dive, 70 on second dive, 100 on third dive, not strictly enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Amazing visibility and plenty of subject matter large and small, beautiful wall and swim throughs. Boat has a large rinse tank and staff is very helpful and careful with handling cameras. No camera shop on the island, so be sure to bring everything you need - batteries, etc. Hotel rooms have ample space for setting up equipment.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments On almost every dive we saw sharks, hammerheads most often, then reef sharks, occasional nurse sharks. Many turtles and normally very calm and unafraid of divers - great photo models. Also on several sites there are sting rays swimming around on the sand under the boat - also very approachable. Friendly nassau groupers are great. Saw large octopus and lots of big crabs plus lobsters on the night dive (one included in week trip at no extra charge). A couple of times we saw whales from the boat. Boat captain Bruce and divemaster Lupo were extremely helpful - very relaxed, but everything is taken care of. The boat is very comfortable - nice dive platform, ladders, plenty of space in and out of the sun. Overall really nice dive operation. The hotel is nothing to rave about, but the rooms are clean, good sized and have a beautiful view. No night life except the little bar at the Riding Rock unless you want to pay to go to the Club Med, which no one did on our trip. Riding Rock is a laid back place for serious divers, and we were all pretty tired by the end of the day anyway.
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