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San Salvador Bahamas anyone?

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

  1. John Bortle

    John Bortle Angel Fish

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    I just got back on Saturday from a weeks stay on San Salvador with Club Med and I had a great time. While it is a cattle boat setup,the dives were still very enjoyable.I did the 10 dive package and brought my own gear.What I liked the most was that the sharks were not skittish and were also plentiful. On my final day of diving I got to see a rather large Hammerhead which was awesome and the highlight of my dives.
     
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  2. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
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    About how many divers per boat? How many divemasters in the water? What was the Club Med like?
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2018
  3. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
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    Have fun on your upcoming trip, looking forward to your report!
     
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  4. GAFUN

    GAFUN Nassau Grouper

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    Location: North Georgia
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    Good to hear you had a great time. We are packing now for out trip on Saturday. Just curious, did you have any problems
    with sand fleas or mosquitos?

    Russ
     
  5. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
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    It's been a long time since our trip to San Salvador but I still remember that the mosquitos were very bad when we were there! A lot depends on the winds, if it is breezy the mosquitos are usually not too bad, but if the wind drops they can be ferocious. I would bring repellent and Allegra Anti-Itch ointment.
     
  6. John Bortle

    John Bortle Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NY
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    Seafari has 2 dive boats for when it gets really busy. We were only using 1 and it varied from maybe 30 divers plus divemasters on the busiest days down to about 15 or so on the slower days. The dives were averaging 45 -55 minutes with a 1 hour surface interval. Generally there were no more than 5 divers per divemaster in if you wanted to,you were free to buddy dive.

    We had great weather and a fairly constant wind which I think really helped with the mosquitos. My wife and I used bug repellent at dinner time every night because we got nibbled on on "white night" sitting outside near the pool.The club itself is wonderful in my opinion as we don't want or need the Taj Mahal to make us happy. The food was plentiful and good as were the drinks. Our best find is the bar and restaurant La Pinta that is directly over the dive shop.It is rather underutilized so it made for a great lunch spot after diving and drinks later on in the evening. You have to make reservations for dinner there the day before and it is well worth it.

    Enjoy your trip and if you plan on using a divemaster,I would recommend Khinda.Not that any I dived with were bad by any means,but she was very good.
     
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  7. Damselfish

    Damselfish Solo Diver

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    Location: Boston
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    We dove 4 full days there from the Aquacat in 2013 (on a 2 week charter) and I seem to remember it was some of the best diving of the trip. Snorkeling in the mangroves there was also pretty interesting.
     
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  8. mbs

    mbs Regular of the Pub

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    Taken from Seafari's fb page: 32580445_192268811395384_5476017752609128448_o.jpg

    These are massive boats and the dual ladders make on and off quick and easy. And as John mentioned you can (and should!) buddy dive so you are not tied to any group. We always set up at the very back and are first in and last out.
    Skeeters are still there. ClubMed fogs for them so it helps, but they are around. Sand fleas I do not remember having an issue with.
     
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  9. Brodydog

    Brodydog Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Braselton, GA
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    I’m looking forward to your trip report also.
     
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  10. Brodydog

    Brodydog Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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