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San Salvador

Introduction

San Salvador island was the first island to be discovered by Christopher Columbus, in 1492. Flat, with lots of lakes, the main attraction of the island is its diving sites. With great corals and long walls, it is a paradise for divers!

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Diving type

Destination
easily accessible
easily accessible
bargain destination
bargain destination
Diving level & type
for beginners
for beginners
for advanced divers
for advanced divers
shore diving
shore diving
liveaboard
liveaboard
Diving Characteristics
pelagics
pelagics
lots of fish
lots of fish
lots of corals
lots of corals
interesting underwater scenery
interesting underwater scenery
Other activities
attractive natural spots
attractive natural spots
gastronomy
gastronomy
night life
night life
beach
beach
snorkeling
snorkeling

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Infrastructures

  • hotel and diving center
    Club Med
    Club Med (hotel and diving center)
    internet : www.clubmed.com
    rating : 4 / 4 starsrating : 4 / 4 stars
    comments :
    Considered as the most beautiful Club Med for diving, there are also lots of other activities (including sailing, water skiing, tennis, etc.). The organization of the dives is very good... but the monitors are strict: maximum depth of 40 meters with computers and 30 meters with tables! 3 big boats (with a maximum of 35 divers on board) are used. About 40 different dive sites are available.

Diving Sites

  • rating : 4.0
    Devil's Claw
    rating : 4.0
    depth : 40 m
    visibility : 20 m
    description :
    A slight slope to 20 m, and then a vertical wall. A lot of fish (with a big grouper) and a shark.

  • rating : 4.0
    Dr Jones
    rating : 4.0
    depth : 40 m
    visibility : 20 m
    description :
    Wall falling at more than 60 m and large perpendicular canyons. Lots of fish (hammer sharks are sometimes present) and a turtle.

  • rating : 4.0
    Runway 10
    rating : 4.0
    depth : 15-25 m
    visibility : 20 m
    description :
    Usually done in the afternoon, this dive is made at 12-15 m, near a wall falling at more than 40 m. Lots of caves and fish: groupers, barracudas, tunas and even sharks. Also a great site for night dives, with crabs and lobsters.

  • rating : 3.0
    Cable Crossing
    rating : 3.0
    depth : 20 m
    visibility : 20 m
    description :
    Coral on a slight slope till 15 m, and then a vertical wall. Some school of fish, and 2 or 3 groupers. We recommend diving on the left part of the wall (when looking from the boat toward the wall). Sharks and turtles are sometimes seen on this dive site.

  • rating : 3.0
    Cathedral
    rating : 3.0
    depth : 15-25 m
    visibility : 15 m
    description :
    Some pinnacles full of corals on a sandy bottom at 45 degrees. Beautiful relief, but less fish: we saw 3 groupers, one barracuda and one ray.

  • rating : 3.0
    Holl in the Wall
    rating : 3.0
    depth : 35 m
    description :
    A vertical wall and, in front of it, an underwater island reaching a depth of about 20 meters. An interesting tunnel is linking that wall, at a depth of 35 meters, to the plateau at 20 meters.

  • rating : 3.0
    La Crevasse
    rating : 3.0
    depth : 30 m
    visibility : 10 m
    description :
    A vertical wall with many breaks and a big canyon (15 m deep) ending in the blue and lots of caves. Difficult not to get lost during this dive. Furthermore, because of the sandy bottom and the current, the visibility is quite reduced. Few fish, and the coral is dead at 15 m.

  • rating : 2.0
    Sharks Alley
    rating : 2.0
    depth : 20 m
    visibility : 20 m
    description :
    Wall between 20 et 40 m, quite a lot of fish... but no sharks despite the name of the site. Not very spectacular.

  • rating : 2.0
    Vickie's Reef
    rating : 2.0
    depth : 20 m
    visibility : 20 m
    description :
    An uninteresting wall, with a ray under the boat.

  • rating : 1.0
    Doolittles
    rating : 1.0
    depth : 40 m
    visibility : 20 m
    description :
    Vertical wall with a parallel canyon at 40 m. Some small caves at 48 m. Interesting relief, but practically no fish.

  • rating : ?
    Amphitheater
    depth : ?
    visibility : ?
    description :
    Groupers and crayfish.

  • rating : ?
    Double caves
    depth : ?
    visibility : ?
    description :
    Breaks and caves. Hammer sharks at 40 m.

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