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

Guanahani Divers/Riding Rock Inn & Marina: "Another great visit to Riding Rock", Jun, 2022,

by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 72 reports with 28 Helpful votes). Report 11936 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our dive shop, Wateree Dive Center in Columbia,SC returned for another trip to San Sal. We jumped thru hoops both at home and then going thru Nassau, but we made it. We had to have a negative Covid test prior to flying and we’re advised to use Verifly by AA.. We had to fill out the Bahamas Travel visa on line and it was a hassle, with website crashing and having to redo. Verifly has a LOT of work to do.
The Inn is basic and there is little to do for non divers. The weather was not good, overcast, but the ocean was calm and flat.
The boat was fine for our group of 11 divers, with an excellent crew of Betsy, Bruce and Captain Tony.
One diver tested + for Covid while we were there so we had to be retested and all were negative,. Unfortunately, our diver ( unvaccinated) had to be quarantined and is still there 2 days after the rest of us returned to the U.S.
The viz was phenomenal, usually 125 feet +. There were numerous inquisitive sharks, some large turtles, with good fish life. The corals seemed to be in better condition than last year and they have really tried to cull the lionfish, allowing more juveniles.
The weather was not great, but with flat seas, really good fishlike, the diving was great.
The food in the Inn is basic, but really plentiful and great conch chowder, cracked conch, conch fritters and steamed conch.. The staff was wonderful, friendly and attentive. The rooms are basic, but clean and made up before lunch.
All in all, this is truly a superb dive resort on a very poor island with air transportation that is a problem at times. Club Med has not reopened so flights from he U.S. are still irregular, although American Airlines is fine to Nassau.
We will certainly return, but the hassles will hopefully lessen as time goes by. This is a great dive destination, but not for those looking for great nightlife, etc. It is basic.
Websites Guanahani Divers   Riding Rock Inn & Marina

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, Truk, Australia, etc.
Closest Airport 1/2 mile Getting There Charlotte to Nassau to San Salvador.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80-125 Ft/ 24-38 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 3 minute safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No particular problems.
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