Monday, February 28, 2011

Small Hope Dive Master

Dennis- from Andros Island

Dennis is from North Andros. He married a Bahamian lady from Love Hill and now has three children & one on the way.
Dennis has been working at Small Hope for 5 years. Dennis has a passion for diving.  He completed all of his dive training at the lodge.  Instructors on site helped Dennis accomplish his dive master level.  He is looking forward to becoming an Instructor

Joe- from England

Joe had spent his summers learning to sail in the North Sea. He worked in many resorts in the Mediterranean teaching guest how to sail & windsurf.  Soon after, Joe found his true passion for diving & did his Open Water Course at Gildenburgh UK. He then went on to do his Dive Masters in Egypt & eventually became an Instructor.
Joe has worked in England, Dubai & Australia

Antonio- from Mexico

Antonio started diving as a child with his dad.   Antonio completed his Open Water Course in Veracruz, Mexico. He has been diving in and around Mexico ever since. He went on to complete his Diver master and Instructor at Bahias de Huatulco Mexico.

Backing up the main crew on the dock is new intern Kate, Renauldo, Randy and as always Jeff and Mike are always around........ 

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Diving Couple Joan and James..........

Here at Small Hope we are always meeting new and exciting people. Here are a few words from some diving guest about there stay here with us..........

Our Preferred dive vacation
Destinations include:
·        Off the beaten track
·        Varied & healthy dive sites
·        Knowledgeable, but non-intrusive dive staff
·        Well established & reputable operation
·        Friendly, social able & laid back staff
·        Good food and drink

Small Hope Bay Lodge has exceeded our expectations. They’ve made us feel more like family than customers. We can’t wait to come back!

James and Joan Penn
Gaffney SC
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Shelly's Lobster Salad


10 Lobster tails
4 Tablespoons lemon or lime juice (fresh or from the bottle)
1 onion finely chopped
1 red, yellow & green sweet pepper finely chopped
2 large tomatoes, De-seed and finely chopped
1cup of mayonnaise ( you make your own of brought is fine)
1 teaspoon of goat pepper sauce
Salt and pepper to taste


Bring a pot of water to the boil with some salt, bay leaf and whole pepper corns. If you want you can add half a cup of white wine to the water. When boiling add the lobster tails, you know the lobster tails are cooked when the shell turns a red colour. 
Cool them down and then you crack them, get the meat out of the shell, you can them either dice the meat or shred it.

While you are waiting for the lobster tails to cool you can chopped the onion, peppers, and tomatoes. To remove the seed from the tomatoes, you cut them into quarters and  remove the seed part of the tomato from the flesh, you do this so the salad is not to wet. 
Once you have cut all your ingredients place them in a mixing bowl large enough to hold the 10 lobster tails as well.
Add the mayonnaise, pepper sauce and lemon\lime juice and mix together.
Add the lobster tails and mix, add seasoning and taste. Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve on a bed of lettuce and enjoy with crusty bread and a glass of chilled white wine
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Vicki & Gregg get married.............

o          Small Hope's first wedding of the year was a quiet, intimate occasion. It was a simple ceremony on the beach with Reverend Hamilton. Below are a few words from Vicki and Gregg......

  J  Jeffery Birch. MR. Oscar Munroe, Mel, Antonio, Dennis, Randy, Almondo, Ulysses, Aidan Joe and all the special people we met during our stay that weren't listed here. Thanks so much to all of you. When we left Small Hope bay it was like leaving a friend behind. We appreciated all the things you did for us to help us relax and enjoy the most special time of our lives. The triple Pineapple rum punch also helped enormously. We love Small Hope Bay!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Mmmmm Carrot Cake


Carrot Cake an old favorite for many........

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/3 vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add carrots, oil, and eggs. Beat until well mixed. Stir in remaining ingredients. Put batter in two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Frost with cream cheese frosting or glaze as desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Beat cream cheese with water and vanilla; gradually add sugar, beating until smooth and spreading consistency. Makes 1 1/2 cups, enough to frost top and sides of a 9-inch square cake or top of a 13 x 9-inch cake.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

A poem about Small Hope

A lovely poem written by Stewart and Gram about there stay here at Small Hope............  

Small Hope Bay Lodge

Small Hope Bay a little bit of heaven
Complementary bar open 24\7
Quite an idea, give Jeff credit,
If he doesn't have it, he'll go and get it.
A cottage for two
These are neat and we didn't have to turn on the heat.
Here's to the staff,
They are a treasure
They are good at their jobs
Giving people pleasure.
Scott is the chef
His passion is food
If he makes it, it's sure to be good
There is Johnny the Cabbie
At 70 he still likes to drive
He tells about the Queens visit,
The 15th of October 1985
To Small Hope Bay its $20 for two
Four for $28.
Get in! Get in! We don't have to wait
With a mystery writer here,
And a heart doctor there
Question...Does the grooms dad 
Color his hair?
With fishing, snorkeling and shopping too, 
Why go back to our everyday zoo
Everything is great even the weather
We wish the newly weds
A long and happy life together
We will remember long after we are gone,
Thanks for everything Leah & Jon!!!
They put meaning in the words,
"Lets just do it!"
Love and best wishes, 
Gram and Stewart
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bonefishing the Andros Flats

Come bonefishing at Small Hope & you will be hooked!

We can help organize your perfect bonefishing trip with one of our professional guides.

Food & drinks—we have it covered---half days leave with a cooler of snacks & drinks & whole day trips leave with a lunch cooler & drinks of your choice.

Andros Island , with miles and miles of pristine flats and productive sea grass beds, is the perfect bonefish habitat, and the fish reside in vast numbers throughout the entire chain

Bonefish are amphidromous, living in inshore tropical waters, moving onto shallow mudflats to feed with the incoming tide, and retreating to deeper water as the tide goes out. Juvenile bonefish may be observed in large shoals of like-sized individuals with large mature fish swimming in smaller groups or in pairs. Bonefish are considered to be among the world's premier fly game fish and are highly sought after by anglers. Bonefish are primarily caught for sport.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Two Family’s of Friends

When we were shopping around for a vacation, we looked at tons of websites to find a place for our family’s vacation, after spending time on the phone and exchanging emails with the staff, we settled on Small Hope Bay Lodge.

We arrived and were immediately offered drinks and lunch. We spent our first night weathering a tropical storm. The cabins are rustic but sturdy and at 20 feet from the water, it was an amazing kick off to a great week.

We have made new friends, gained new skills (SCUBA for 12 year olds) and relaxed. The setting while rustic, is beautiful and scène. Everyone was extremely helpful and lovely. We travelled with a 1 year old and found it very easy to accommodate. We will be back next year!!!

Jodi, Scott & Devon Gainesville VA

Jodi, Mia, Samantha & Greg VA

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Irene’s pancakes


4 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
½ c. cream

Water as needed


Combine wet ingredients and beat in flour till just smooth. Add a
Little cold water if needed.
Best if rested cold an hour before using

What a way to start the day............

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