Dive San Salvador Bahamas: January 2020
January 25, 2020 - February 1, 2020
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 also home to Riding Rock Resort and Marina. 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 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 and Marina was built, custom designed for dive travelers, with all of the facilities close at hand.
About the Resort
Riding Rock Resort and Marina is one of only two resorts located on the scenic San Salvador oceanfront. Built, owned and operated by the William’s family since the 1960’s, the resort is and always has been dedicated to the comfort and convenience of water sports enthusiasts.
All rooms are air conditioned and offer cable TV, telephone, private bath, porch or balcony, outside drying hooks, tile floors and daily housekeeping. Beach towels are available at the resort laundry facility or at the dive shop.
In addition to the standard room amenities, Deluxe Ocean Front rooms have a mini fridge, ocean view, patio with chairs and a writing table and chairs. The resort also features a freshwater swimming pool, and access to a breathtaking white sand beach.
Especially popular is our restaurant — specializing in American and Bahamian cuisine with an accent on fresh fish — and the Driftwood Lounge. Both provide a friendly, casual atmosphere for the food and drinks and a magnificent ocean view.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. Fresh fruit, cereal, French toast, pancakes, bacon and sausage are served to order or buffet style.
Lunch is served from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Conch chowder and fresh Bahamian bread are served daily. Your choice of a meat or fish dish or a buffet style meal is prepared. Cracked conch, grouper fingers, steamed conch, pizza and baked chicken are some of the selections.
Dinner is served from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. A garden salad and soup are served with each entree. Your choice of meat or fish dish is prepared or a buffet style meal. Grilled dolphin, roast beef, steamed grouper, stuffed chicken breast and steak are some of the selections.
The Driftwood Bar is open from 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm daily and a great place to check on emails or share your dive images utilizing our free Wi-Fi – which is also available in the restaurant. Beer, wine, sodas and a wonderful variety of blended island drinks are available from our expert local bartenders. Cable TV brings in the sports games from home. The management sponsors two cocktail parties each week. Try the ring toss game or relax on the open air patio overlooking a beautiful swimming beach. Don’t forget to leave some personal artwork behind to adorn the ceiling and walls.
About the Diving
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.
The dive sites are almost all walls so the possibility of going deep is available, though divers need not go deeper than 40 feet to reach the reef if they prefer to keep a shallow profile.
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.
Getting to San Salvador
The easiest route is to fly your choice of airline from Boston to Miami then take Bahamas Air from Miami directly to San Salvador.
Ocean View Rooms have a mini fridge, ocean view, patio with chairs and a writing table and chairs.
Diver Double $1795
Non Diver Double $1295
Single Occupancy $2350
- 7 Nights in ocean view room
- 3 Full Meals per day
- 16 boat dives
- Round -trip airport/hotel transfers
- All Bahamian Government & Resort taxes
- Personal Dive Gear
- Trip Cancellation Insurance
- Dive Insurance – highly recommended – ask us more!
- Departure Tax
- All divers are required to have a dive computer!
Deposit: $500 per person is due at the time of registration which is non refundable
Final Payment: The Balance is due 90 days before the departure date.
No refunds on trips unless spot is filled.