June 18, 2022 -
 June 26, 2022

San Salvador Island, Bahamas

Unspoiled Views

Where we are diving

Perched on a pinnacle and washed by warm breezes and clear azure water lies San Salvador. Life in 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.

Most of the dive sites are located nearby and, on the islands, lee side, so rough seas are rarely encountered. The dive sites are almost all walls so the possibility of going deep on your Bahamas diving adventure is available, though you need not dive deeper than 40 feet to reach the reef if you prefer to keep a shallow profile.

The walls that surround the island are the top of a submerged mountain that drops to 15,000 feet (4572 meters). Its water is full of life. Dolphins often show up to investigate both divers and their boats. Green turtles, hawksbill turtles, and leatherback turtles munch on the reefs while eagle rays appear out of the blue on the walls. Seahorses, Bahama sea stars, queen conches, and hordes of tropical fish flit amongst the colorful coral reefs. But a highlight of the biodiversity is the natural shark encounters.

Shark lovers will be pleased to hear that San Salvador is home to many shark species, the Scalloped Hammerheads being a favorite for divers. Caribbean Reef Sharks are also frequent visitors and the reef fish are more than abundant.

San Salvador
San Salvador
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Trip Leaders

Connor Hendricks

Mary Gardner, Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor

Mary has been an active instructor for 28 years and loves teaching scuba. She and her husband, Dwain, have owned and operated Capt. Nemo’s Dive Shop in Columbia, Missouri, for 36 years, introduced thousands of people to scuba, and have conducted close to 100 escorted diving trips to the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean.
Connor Hendricks

Dwain Gardner, Assistant Instructor Trainer

After the first day of scuba class, Dwain knew what he wanted to do with his life. He enjoys giving newcomers the same inspiring experience he had in his first lesson, teaching beginning students and helping over 2,000 divers become certified.

Resort Details

 

Where we are staying

Being one of the southeasternmost 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.

Riding Rock Resort & Marina was custom designed for dive travelers, with all of the facilities close at hand.  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 their divers.

Their restaurant and lounge both provide a friendly, casual atmosphere for the food, drinks, and a magnificent ocean view. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer cable TV, a mini-fridge, private bath, porch or balcony, outside drying hooks, tile floors, and daily housekeeping. The resort also features a freshwater swimming pool and access to a breathtaking white sand beach to the South of the rooms.

San Salvador

Learn more about the accommodations from the resort website.

Trip Details

 

Price

From Columbia

  • Double Diver: $3750
  • Double Non-Diver: $3010
  • Single Diver: $4180
  • Single Non-Diver: $3530

Ground Only

  • Double Diver: $2840
  • Double Non-Diver: $2100
  • Single Diver: $3270
  • Single Non-Diver: $2620

Deposit and payments

  • $500 due upon sign up

Other info

  • Prices are based upon double occupancy
  • All payments are non-refundable
  • Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control

Recommended courses

  • Underwater Photography
  • Perfect Bouyancy
  • Deep Diving

What’s included

  • 8 nights of accommodations at Riding Rock Resort
  • Round trip airfare/transfers if coming from Columbia, MO
  • 16 dives
  • 21 meals
  • Taxes
  • Cocktail reception

What’s not included

Recommended equipment

  • Sealife camera case
  • SMB and reel
  • Shearwater Teric Dive Computer

What prior travelers say

“Everyone was so informative and clearly had the experience to help any step of the way. This was the best trip I have ever been on and I can’t wait to pick out my next destination with Diventures!”

-Isaac N.

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