The Riding Rock Inn was a pleasure as usual. The food is Bahamian/American with the BEST conch chowder and several good fish dinners during the week. The resort is on a lovely stretch of beach with no one on it. Rooms are basic but the view is worth a million dollars.
Peaches was our bartender and friend. She will help you pick your beverage and can help with ring toss technique and island information.
We did 16 dives and had a fantastic time. Visibility was consistently good in the 150 foot range and on our last day exceeded 200 feet. All dives are wall dives with a minimum depth of 40 feet. We stayed on the edge of the wall on the second dive and went deeper through tunnels and crevices on the first dive and afternoon dive.
Diving in San Salvador, Bahamas is generally lee side calm water with no current. Trips were anywhere from 5 minutes to 40 minutes to the location. Two dives in the morning, leaving at 8:30 and returning about 12:30. One tank afternoon dives left two hours after the boat returned. The marina is about 100 yards from the hotel. All gear except wetsuits stays on the boat all week and the crew washes it down.
Wetsuits hang in rack area to air out the water recirculation.
Bruce was our boat captain, he is from San Salvador and knows all the sites well. Jim was our dive master, he has been diving and guiding on the island for a couple of years and gave great advice and easy slow paced tours.
The reefs looked the same as when we were here six years ago. There were less lionfish now as the reef sharks and groupers are starting to get a taste for them. Tom and Jerry were the friendliest of the many Nassau Groupers and we got to play with them twice.
We saw one or two Caribbean reef sharks on almost every dive. They have benefited from chowing down on lionfish and showed up within easy photography range. Several divers got to see hammerheads during our week but not us.
The Williams family; Michelle, Kevin, Carlos and Jason were all there on our trip and helped make everything go smoothly.
We got to several local bars on the island during our stay and got to play some great domino games. The local Bahamians are super friendly and have a great sense of humor. It is definitely worthwhile to get out and about. Clifford Fernander (AKA Snake Eyes) is the expert tour guide on the island. You can book his tour at the hotel front desk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The small island of San Salvador in the Bahamas, just 360 miles southeast of Miami, is undisputedly one of the premier scuba diving and fishing Mecca's of the world. Perched on a pinnacle and washed by warm breezes and clear azure waters, San Salvador is also home to Riding Rock Resort and Marina.Riding Rock Resort and Marina was built, custom designed for dive travelers and anglers alike, with all of the facilities close at hand. Nearly 50 years later, the property continues to host dive groups, fishing groups and individuals from around the world who come to experience the quality and diversity of diving and fishing for which San Salvador is legendary. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riding Rock Inn Resort And Marina Hotel San Salvador
- Riding Rock Hotel And Marina
- Riding Rock Inn Resort And Marina Bahamas/San Salvador