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The diving in San Salvador has the well-earned reputation for being some of the best in the Bahamas. It is one of the top five wall-diving destinations in the region. Underwater visibility can easily reach 100 feet or more.
The majority of the diving takes place among the many dive sites that are located in close proximity to the marina on the islands lee side, so rough seas are rarely encountered.
Our two dive boats are docked in our marina, which is also the location of Guanahani Divers, equipment rental and gear storage facility. Both boats are suitable for 20 divers. Sun decks, camera water rinse barrels, large swim platforms with ladder, seated tank racks, bottled drinking water, ice chest with fresh fruit and well maintained safety gear is available on both boats.
The dive boats depart the marina at 9:00 am for the first of the two morning dives. The close proximity of the dive sites enable the boats to return to the marina between dives, allowing divers to take a break off the boats during the surface interval. Should a dive group prefer to stay at sea for the surface interval, the boats need not return. The afternoon dive boats depart after lunch, generally at 2:30 pm, for a one-tank dive.
For our hardiest divers, additional boat dives may be added for $45.00 per dive, provided we have a minimum of 4 divers for additional day dives, 6 for a night dive. If you want to do the dives, our staff will make it happen! Our dive staff are seasoned professionals with a “can-do” attitude, dedicated to insuring that your group has a safe and enjoyable dive vacation.
Shark lovers will be pleased to hear that San Salvador is home to many shark species, the Scalloped Hammerheads being a favorite with visiting divers. These giants are regularly seen in our waters in the cooler winter months. Hammerheads are not an aggressive sharks, but their size, crazy-shaped head and eye placement on either end of their head does make the spotting of them more than a bit exciting! Caribbean Reef Sharks are also frequent visitors, and our reef fish are more than abundant.
Riding Rock makes it easy for guests to budget for their trip by including everything in their Island Escape Package price: accommodation, 3 hearty meals daily, 3 dives daily, San Salvador Airport transfers to/from the resort and all taxes. The only add-ons are the bar tab, any personal purchases, dive staff gratuities and upgrades to dive Nitrox, which is available for $15.00 per tank. (Note: Nitrox is not available during the months of September and October.) Laid back or lively, Riding Rock offers guests all of the excitement and adventure or rest and relaxation they've been searching for.