San Salvador is best known for its reef and wall dives. These are formed by the fact that the island is actually the top of a submerged mountain that drops to 15,000 feet (4572 meters). These are full of life, but a highlight of the biodiversity are the natural shark encounters.
During the winter and spring months, you might come across hammerhead sharks, bull sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks and the occasional tiger shark.
Dolphins often show up to investigate both divers and their boats. Green turtles, hawksbill turtles and leatherback turtles munch on the reefs while eagle rays appear out of the blue on the walls. Seahorses, Bahama sea stars, queen conches and hordes of tropical fish flit amongst the colorful coral reefs.
The Bahamas enjoys a hot and sunny climate year-round, Air temperatures during the summer months range from 75-91°F (24-33°C) while water temperatures are approximately 88°F (31°C). Air temperatures during the winter months range from 65-77°F (18-25°C) while water temperatures are 75-80°F (24-27°C).
November to May is the dry season in the Bahamas. During these summer months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions. In addition to great topside conditions, November to May is also the best time for shark diving. During these months, you have the best chance of encountering a hammerhead shark in San Salvador.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
There is one airport on San Salvador Island called San Salvador International Airport. This small port of entry welcomes daily flights from Nassau and a weekly chartered flight from Ft. Lauderdale. It also occasionally sees chartered flight from Paris and Montreal. The only other way to reach the island is by private boat or weekly mail boats to Cockburn Town.