Saturday, 23 November 2013

San Salvador and Riding Rock Resort

On San Salvador Island we've been staying at Riding Rock Resort, a small family owned business. This week there are only Andrew and I and a father & son from Wisconsin, along with a couple others who came on just two or three dives each. This compared to 37 people they had last week so we're very happy we chose to come this week!

Riding Rock Resort
Shelley, Phil, Devon, Andrew
The staff are very friendly and tease and laugh and joke with each other as well as with us. It's a good group of people.

The island has a population of about 1200 people. One of the main employers is the large Club Med resort just a few minutes walk from our little place. We definitely prefer our little place!

In addition to tourism, the Gerace Research Centre which focuses on geology, biology, ecology and archaeology brings in a lot of people to the island.

The diving here has been absolutely amazing! Far more fish of all sizes than we've seen at many other places. Although fishing is done on the other side of the island, away from the dive areas, most of it seems to be for personal use rather than commercial. This has obviously allowed the fish population to maintain or grow. We saw sharks on every dive except the night dive and turtles on about three dives. We really love seeing the turtles and this time a couple of them even hung around for Andrew to get some good photos of them.

Here are links to his posts and photos.

San Salvador 1
San Salvador 2
San Salvador 3

Iguana statue at the main town area -- which consists of a few houses, a store, a bar and three churches. 
Had to take this photo for my great nephew Karsten, a 2-year-old who loves "diggers."
The reason they have the digger close by is because they often have to
move sand out of the entrance to the dock area.
Overlooking the resort from our 2nd floor room.
The main building with reception, dining room and lounge.

From the marina area, looking out towards the ocean.
Cockburn Town

Divemaster Bruce getting ready to hook the dive site buoy.
View of the resort as we enter the dock area.
As we walked to the marina one morning Andrew thought he saw a lizard on one of the plants.
He was right . . . sort of!
Divemaster Bruce in his usual spot and relaxed position between dives.
Andrew's relaxed position between dives.
"The Beer of the Bahamas."  The rum punch was pretty good too!

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