Resort & Marina
“The owner and staff are top notch and make you feel right at home. Had such a great time. The dive staff is excellent and San Salvador diving is incredible. Amazing trip!”
– Joe R.
San Salvador Island, Bahamas
Scuba Diving & Fishing Resort
The small island of San Salvador in the Bahamas, just 360 miles southeast of Miami, is 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 home to Riding Rock Resort & Marina.
The diving here is unlike anywhere else in the Bahamas. San Salvador lies just outside the Caribbean in the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by deep water, encounters with pelagic species like scalloped hammerhead sharks are not unusual.
Visibility often exceeds 150 feet–our wall dives are simply breathtaking.
Being one of the southeastern most islands in the Bahamas chain, San Salvador, also known as Columbus Isle, is just twelve miles long by five miles wide and home to approximately 950 residents.
Life on the Island
Life on San Salvador is pretty much as unhurried as it has been through the ages. Quiet, friendly, and unspoiled, it offers miles of deserted beaches and lush underwater reefs that were “discovered” by scuba divers as early as the 1960’s. Shortly thereafter, Riding Rock Resort & Marina was built, custom designed for dive travelers, with all of the facilities close at hand.
A typical dive day begins with breakfast, followed by a 5 minute walk to the marina. Your dive gear will be waiting on the boat, rinsed and ready for the day’s dives. The dock is roomy, with bathrooms and the dive shop just steps from the boat. You’ll find fresh water rinse tanks and hangers for wetsuits, as well as information about the week’s dives posted outside the shop.
Almost every dive is within a 10-20 minute boat ride, yet each dive site is completely unique. Your diving experience will be relaxed and un-rushed. You’ll have plenty of time to get your weighting right, or organize camera gear. Once in the water, you’ll be able to dive to your own interests and experience level.
After nearly 50 years, the Riding Rock Resort & Marina continues to host dive groups, clubs and individuals from around the world, who come to experience the quality and diversity of diving for which San Salvador is legendary.
Lets Dive In
Bahamas Scuba Diving, San Salvador
Most of our dive sites are located nearby and on San Salvador island’s lee side, so we rarely encounter rough seas. Most of our dive sites are along walls, with the reef starting around 40′. Divers can expect encounters with turtles, sharks and pelagic marine life at any depth.
Our Guanahani Divers dive staff enjoy nothing more than introducing “new-to-our-island” divers to San Salvador, which has a well-earned reputation for the best diving in the Bahamas. Of course, we love welcoming our many repeat guests back to visit their familiar sites.
San Salvador is one of the top five wall-diving destinations anywhere. Underwater visibility easily exceeds 100 feet. Shark lovers will be pleased to hear that San Salvador is home to many shark species, with the Scalloped Hammerheads being a favorite with our divers.
Riding Rock Marina
The marina is also a highly popular stop over for visiting sport fisherman, and Riding Rock the restaurant and Driftwood Lounge a hot spot where the after-dive crowd and the after-fishing crowd can mix and mingle.
Riding Rock makes it easy for you to budget for your trip by including everything in one package price with the exception of your bar tab, any personal purchases and dive staff gratuities. So all you have to do is lay out on the beach and enjoy the fantastic Bahamian sunshine….snorkel along the shallow beach front area….or take a dip in the swimming pool.
Whatever your option, Riding Rock Resort & Marina offers you all of the excitement and adventure or rest and relaxation you’ve been searching for.