REEF surveyors will enjoy the fish diversity found in San Salvador, voted one of the best wall-diving locations in the Caribbean. The island, located in the southeastern Bahamas, is the tip of a submerged mountain that plunges more than 15,000 feet below the ocean's surface. Shark lovers will especially enjoy this location, as it is one of the few places known to attract Scalloped Hammerheads, which are seen more frequently during the winter months. Family-owned and operated Riding Rock Resort is one of only two resorts located on the San Salvador waterfront. Three daily meals featuring home-cooked American and Bahamian cuisine are included, making this the ultimate trip for diving and relaxation.
Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!
Pricing: $1,720 per diver based on double occupancy. $2,282 per diver for single occupancy.
Accommodations: Beginning in March 2019, there is one category of rooms at the resort. All of these rooms have a pool and ocean view, air conditioning, mini fridge, cable TV, private bathroom, porch or balcony, hair dryer, and outside drying hooks.
Diving: The trip package includes 16 dives, beginning on Sunday, Dec. 6 and ending on Friday, Dec. 11. The dive schedule includes a 2-tank morning dive trip and a 1-tank afternoon dive following lunch. The final dive day includes one morning dive. Nitrox is not included but is able to be provided if requested in advance, for $15/tank. Please be prepared to present your certification card. The average water temperature in San Salvador during the time of the trip is approximately 79 degrees F.
Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 5 days of 3 dives (2 morning and 1 afternoon), plus 1 dive on the final day of the trip, round-trip airport transfers to and from San Salvador airport, three daily meals, tanks and weights.
REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials. REEF Fee applies to all divers and/or attendees age 18 and up.
Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF. All flights and associated travel to and from San Salvador, optional Nitrox available for $15/tank (must be requested in advance), additional dives outside of the package inclusions, optional rental gear, alcoholic beverages. Gratuities are not included in the trip package and are at each individual's discretion.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included. REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. REEF partners with both DiveAssure and DAN to offer travel insurance packages specifically for divers. REEF will receive a portion of the proceeds from travel insurance purchases when you click on the following affiliate links for DiveAssure or DAN.
About the Trip Leader: Ellie Place is REEF’s Conservation Coordinator for the Volunteer Fish Survey Project (VFSP). Ellie works closely with many individuals and partner organizations, coordinates REEF Fishinars, serves as the participant contact for the Trips Program, and manages the Conservation Partner program. Ellie is an expert level surveyor and member of REEF’s Advanced Assessment Team for the Tropical Western Atlantic region, with additional surveys completed in California and the Pacific Northwest.
How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into San Salvador airport (ZSA), arriving on Saturday, Dec. 5 and departing on Saturday, Dec. 12. Due to resort scheduling, it is not possible to arrive early or stay after the REEF Trip has concluded. Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants. After booking travel, you will be asked to provide your flight details to REEF.
Passports, Documentation and Visas: Visitors to The Bahamas are required to have a valid passport with two blank pages. U.S. citizens visiting The Bahamas for less than 30 days do not need a visa, however residents of certain countries may need a valid visa to enter the country. Click here for more information about entry requirements for The Bahamas.
Transfers: Transfers are included in the trip package. Guests will be picked up at the San Salvador airport upon arrival, and transferred to Riding Rock Resort and Marina.