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San Salvador Bahamas anyone?

Discussion in 'Bahamas' started by CAPTAIN SINBAD, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    Thankfully, there are diving situations and methods to suit every diving style. I wasn't dissing, only pointing out the difference.
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    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
    Thanks a lot for the responses everyone. Walls and sharks? Bahamas never interested me to this level up until this post.
  3. John Bortle

    John Bortle Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NY
    I'm heading down towards the end of May. It will be my first stay at this Club Med but I have dived with Seafari a few times. If you're on Facebook check out Seafari Columbus Isle. They post videos regularly.
  4. mbs

    mbs Regular of the Pub

    Missed this thread... We have been there many times staying at Club Med. Pretty sure I posted a trip report on the last trip a little over 1 year ago. If diving with Club Med its important to be diving with a buddy. Else you will play follow the leader. Buddy divers get the dive plan (sometimes even in english :wink: )and you go off on your own. MUCH better. They are still pretty restrictive with dive times so we always make sure to be the first off the boat and last back on. As long as they are not waiting for you its ok...
    The walls and swim throughs are spectacular! Sharks and turtles and if lucky hammerheads. I love it there!!! Club Med itself is very nice with great food and a great beach. Kayaking, sailing, etc.
  5. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    Like @rhwestfall we visited San Salvador a long time ago, they were building the Club Med when we were there and the only way to fly to the island was on a tiny plane. They weighed the passengers and our baggage before deciding who/what could be put on the plane. There was only a tiny airstrip with some broken airplanes around it!

    Back then the Riding Rock Inn was nothing special with simple no-frills accommodations. The food was plentiful and okay, but not great and the choices were limited, but the dive shop was terrific and the diving was excellent - some of the best shore-based boat diving we've seen in the Bahamas. They also had great facilities for underwater photographers.

    But San Salvador was the first place we noticed algae growing on the shallower reefs, it wasn't bad but it was noticeable so I don't know what it is like now, hopefully the deeper walls haven't been overgrown too much. We saw beautiful corals, lots of fish, and quite a few sharks.

    The island of SS was a nice place to visit, it was very quiet and sleepy back then but I don't know if it has changed. We took a tour and the guide proudly showed us "The Straw Market" and pointed to one little old lady sitting on a chair under a tree and weaving a basket! We bought a small basket from her.

    They also have quite a few monuments for such a small place and they made us look at all of them. It's like they thought that the island wasn't a beautiful attraction all by itself and people only come there to see the monuments. I don't know if it is still there but they even had a monument on the reef in the spot where (they think) Christopher Columbus may have dropped anchor.

    I've only have one experience with a Club Med and it wasn't a good one. We went to the St. Lucia Club Med years ago (it's closed now) and we were unhappy with the dive operation. The boats were cattle boats, the dive masters were strict disciplinarians, and the boat was crowded with people who had "Club Med C Cards". They had done a resort class at a CM resort and got a CM card and traveled to various CM resorts to dive without actually learning how or getting certified. There was no distinction between the CM divers and other divers.

    I remember speaking with a woman on the way back from a dive and she asked me "why do you have to wait after diving before flying?" so I told her it was to give us time to clear our bodies and blood of dissolved nitrogen after diving to reduce the risk of decompression sickness. She looked at me blankly and said "Nitrogen, what nitrogen?"

    But I have heard that Club Med has improved their dive operations, they now outsource to qualified dive ops rather than running their own dive shops, but I don't know if they still issue/honor the CM C Cards. After our St. Lucia experience we have never been interested in going to another Club Med, but I do remember that the food at the all-inclusive resort was excellent!

    Anyway, we had a nice dive trip to San Salvador at RRI and would consider going there again.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018
  6. mbs

    mbs Regular of the Pub

    I follow a sailing group and there was a post this week from a couple anchored at San Salvador. They were met by a pair of dolphins that hung with them for 1 hour. Video was amazing! Now that sounds like the way to do San Salvador!!! Last time there I kayaked quite a bit and noticed a lot of houses. Checked airbnb and plenty are listed. I wonder how cost effective it would be to rent a place and dive with RR and maybe shore dive as well.
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  7. diverswifey

    diverswifey Angel Fish

    very helpful. thanks! I had researched it a while back. A friend is going to SS in late September and is going to give me her opinion when she returns. We love the out islands of the Bahamas for the beauty and friendly local vibe.
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  8. Matt B

    Matt B Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Austin Texas
    I went to the Club Med about 7 years ago, Fantastic diving, healthy sites! Sharks!
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  9. GAFUN

    GAFUN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: North Georgia
    Wife and I are heading to RRI June 2-9. Looking forward to some great dives.
    I will try to do a trip report with lots of pics and videos.
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  10. mbs

    mbs Regular of the Pub

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