Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Small Hope Bay Lodge Represented at Boston Sea Rovers Show

Exposure is the name of the game and Small Hope Bay Lodge got plenty of it at the Boston Sea Rovers dive show! Our friends in the Boston area worked feverishly, passing out Small Hope Bay Lodge DVDs, promoting Small Hope Bay to show attendees and offering Androsia batik favors.

Our thanks to Fred, Chris, Pat, Peter and everyone else who contributed their time to help out in the booth. See you next year at the Boston Sea Rovers Show!

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Billfish? Sure. We Got Billfish!

You say you want some deep sea fishing action? So did Scott and Susan when they signed up for a fishing trip at Small Hope Bay Lodge with Jeff Cartwright, one of our expert guides. Before long, they were in catch and release heaven! Take a look for yourself!

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No Guest Leaves Empty Handed from Their Andros Island Bahamas Vacation

We don't get it. It defies all logic, but some people actually leave Small Hope Bay Lodge at the end of their vacation! We are always sad to part of our family go, but we're heartened that with a return rate of over 70%, chances are, we'll all meet again at Small Hope Bay Lodge. Many of our guests are even annual visitors, coming back to the tropical warmth of the Bahamas again and again.

Since we want to send each family member off with more than just memories of warm breezes and cool, clear tropical seas, we recognize at least one of their many achievements during their stay on Andros Island with a Certificate of Achievement. While Certificates of Achievement in Diving, Snorkeling and Bonefishing are common enough, recently guests have been recognized for their prowess in parenting, grand parenting, hammocking, beachcombing, crabbing, hot tubbing and just plain "chillin'." While many of these activities may not seem notable to the uninitiated, our guests know that at Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros Island, Chillin' Down and Coolin' Out is an art form and a way of life!

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Small Hope Bay Lodge Made The Islands Magazine "Blue List"

We made the list!

Each year Islands Magazine issues their Blue List of Top 100 Leaders in Responsible Tourism. This award is a prestigious affirmation of Dick Birch's original vision of an authentic Bahamian experience with minimal impact on the land.

You can read more about the award, published in the December 2007 issue of Travel Magazine, at http://www.islands.com/islandsmagazine.jsp?id=200708. Of course, you could also stop by the lodge and read our copy while you sip a cool drink in one of our hammocks. Pin It Now!

"Back In The Day With Dick"

This week, Small Hope Bay Lodge is hosting some of our very special long time friends. Anyone with an interest in the development of modern scuba should be in the house this week to sit in on the discussions between Fred Calhoun and Dr Don Butterfield (though they maintain their subjects are classified and copyrighted!). It is easy to imagine the two of them in days gone by sitting at the outside bar with Dick Birch holding court on all things scuba late into the Bahamian evening. In the days even before standardized training for recreation scuba divers, these were some of the men who molded the sport as we know it now.

Also visiting us this week was Dean Skag, a friend for more than 20 years, still going strong at 90 years of age!

Not only is Dick's guiding vision still with us at Small Hope Bay Lodge, but the spirit of the man himself lives on through his family and friends. Pin It Now!