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.
Project Focus: This purpose of this trip is to conduct fish surveys to support REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Click here to learn more about participating in fish surveys on a REEF Field Survey Trip!
Accommodations: All rooms at Riding Rock Resort 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, June 20 and ending on Friday, June 25. 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 80 degrees F.
Trip Leader: Madalyn Mussey (aka "Moose") is REEF's Education and Outreach Program Manager. She is responsible for planning and executing informal education and training programs, along with outreach events, such as the Ocean Explorers Program, Ocean Explorers Summer Camp, and Invasive Lionfish Collection & Handling Workshops. Moose is an Expert surveyor in the Tropical Western Atlantic region.
Pricing, Inclusions, and Other Fees
$1,650 per diver based on double occupancy.
Single occupancy may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact REEF Trips for more information.
Your Package 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. The REEF Program Fee applies to all divers and any attendee age 18 or older.
Additional Fees - Not Included: 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.
To reserve your space, email trips@REEF.org or call 305-588-5869. A $500 per person deposit will be due to confirm your reservation. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.
The Bahamas Travel Info
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.
How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into San Salvador airport (ZSA), arriving on Saturday, June 19 and departing on Saturday, June 26. 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.
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.
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.