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 Small Hope Bay Lodge all inclusive

small hope bay lodge  

small hope bay lodge provides scuba diving and nature friendly accommodations on the beautiful Caribbean Andros island (Bahamas).
The lodge was built by renowned diver dirk birch, world record holder for diving 462 feet on compressed air. Birch recognized the recreational appeal of diving, becoming a pioneer of sport diving tourism in the 1960s.

The small hope bay lodge reflects his embrace for the life aquatic.
The all inclusive lodge offers guided scuba diving adventures to more than sixty dive spots around the island, including pristine coral reefs and warm blue hole caverns diving expeditions depart twice daily from the lodge's private dock, and the on site dive center stocks all the rental equipment required. For beginning divers, the property hosts training and certification classes. Additionally, the small hope bay lodge offers bone fishing, reef and deep sea fishing as well as Eco tours of the subtropical wilderness for visiting blue holes or bird watching. 

small hope bay lodge bedroom  Lodge amenities are minimalist, as not to spoil the natural environment. Guest cottages are located on the beach, and were hand built from coral rocks and natural timbers, they're furnished with locally made rattan chairs and large comfortable beds. The property offers no newspapers, phones or televisions in rooms. However, phones, faxes and a computer with complimentary high speed Internet access are available for your convenience in the office.

Public areas near the office also offer complimentary wireless Internet access. The lodge fosters a collegial atmosphere among staff and guests. A large beach side patio and deck hosts summer night barbeque's and dinners. At small hope bay, guests appreciate the valuable expertise of master divers and the adventuresome spirit that comes with exploring the natural wonder of Andros island and the Caribbean sea.

How To Get To Small Hope Bay Lodge - Andros Island, Bahamas
Travel to Andros Island, Bahamas for Bahamas Vacation Getting to Andros Island, Bahamas is very easy. We may be slightly off the beaten path, but that's a big part of our appeal. Even though we're not in the center of a big tourist hub (thankfully!) we're really quite accessible. Getting here is just a quick one-hour flight from Fort Lauderdale or a 12-minute air hop from Nassau. If you're staying in Nassau on either end of your trip, you can even take a ferry to or from Andros, if you prefer. 

From Nassau
1. Performance Air
Round trip airfare: $100 per person (children 2 and up require ticket)
One way airfare: $60 per person
Schedule: Nassau - Fresh Creek/Andros Town 7AM & 3:30PM
Fresh Creek/Andros Town - Nassau 7:25 AM & 4 PM
20 minute flight
Flight Leaves from Odyssey Aviation (5 min taxi ride from Nassau International Airport)
2. Glen Air
Informal flight service from Nassau. Please contact the office for details.

3. Bahamas Fast Ferries SeaLink has service 3 to 4 times per week leaving from Potter's Cay, Nassau. Cost is approximately $70 round trip for this 2 and 1/2 hour trip. It leaves at 8:00AM Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Nassau to Fresh Creek, Andros. It leaves Fresh Creek, Andros for Nassau at 12 noon on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday and leaves at 4:30PM on Saturdays. Please call (242) 323-2166 for reservations. NOTE: For the Fast Ferry service it is strongly recommended that you contact them in advance to confirm departure times.

4. Private Charter Flight Arrangements
Private charter flight arrangements from Nassau can be easily arranged. Three-, seven-, and nine-passenger aircraft are available. Call the Lodge for details, carriers, and charter prices. Charter flights should be arranged in time to land and take-off before sundown. Nighttime arrivals and departures require special CAA waiver and incur a surcharge. Advance notice required.

If you have a layover at Nassau Airport here are a few suggestions of things to do:

* If you have 2 hours and want to stay close to the airport, go visit Orange Hill, an out island style hotel overlooking the beach, or if after 11am, visit Traveller's Rest, a truly Bahamian restaurant run by Jeff Birch's mother, Joan Hanna, and step father, Duke Hanna. The food is great, the view of the ocean beautiful, and the Banana Daquiris fabulous, Travel time is about 10 minutes to either place. The taxi fare should not be more than $12 each way.
    * If you have 3 hours and want to see Cable Beach or gamble a bit, try the Wyndam Crystal Palace Casino (give luggage to bellman and go to the "Seagrape" restaraunt and then venture out from there). Androsia of Cable Beach also has a store in the mall between the Crystal Palace Casino and the Radisson Hotel. Travel time is about 20 minutes each way.
    * If you have about 4 hours you can take a taxi to Bay Street, home of the Straw Market, lots of shops, and the Pirate Museum. Have the taxi drop you at the British Colonial Hilton, tip the bellman and give him your luggage. Travel time is a little over 30 minutes each way.
    * If you have more than 4 hours and want to go over to Paradise Island, visit Atlantis, a Las Vegas style casino right on the beach with an aquatic theme. Make sure to visit the aquarium in the "dig". Travel time is 45-60 minutes each way.
    * Try to check-in your luggage at your connecting flight, if that is not possible you can always leave it with the bellman at any of the hotels mentioned. 

Private Pilots
Fresh Creek, Andros is a great place for Private Pilots. Fresh Creek (Andros Town) is just 150 nautical miles from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Flying to Small Hope Bay Lodge, the Andros Town airport (MYAF) is a very friendly Port of Entry. Customs is open between 9:00am and 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Overtime can be arranged by calling Customs & Immigration at (242) 368-2030. There are no customs fees for truly "private" pilots (this does not apply to corporate jets or commercial planes). The runway is 4,200 feet, 9 & 27. No Fuel, but only 26 nautical miles from Nassau. Longitude W 77 degrees 48' - Latitude N 24 degrees 42' Check the Bahamas and Caribbean Pilot's Guide for more information.

Small Hope Bay Lodge gives a 10% discount off of our all inclusive rates to private pilots and their "co-pilot" during our slow seasons. Contact the lodge for more information.

IMPORTANT! U.S. citizens must have either Birth Certificate or Passport in order to enter the Bahamas. Driver's Licenses are not sufficient identification for entry into the Bahamas. Citizens of other countries must have Passport, and Visa if required. Beginning on January 23, 2007 all people reentering the USA will need a valid passport. Please verify travel requirements prior to travel. Small Hope Bay Lodge

P0 Box CB 11817, Nassau BAHAMAS
P0 Box 21667

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