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Dive Review of Small Hope Bay Lodge in
Bahamas/Andros Island

October, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Nicole Elise, FL, USA
Report Number 920
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Costa Rica, San Salvador, Exuma, BVI, Martinique
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
90   to 120    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and time limits were enforced.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Rinse tank available on boat. Dive masters gave assistance passing cameras
to guests getting on and off the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Small Hope was a bit of a surprise. As soon as you arrive there and get
checked in at the bar overlooking the clearest water that I have ever seen,
you feel instantly relaxed. The biggest surprise was how friendly the staff
was. The shore staff and the dive staff were helpful, professional, and
friendly. The rooms were comfortable and the food was great! With an
all-inclusive place I am sometimes wary about how the food will be, but
they do a great job here. They also allow you behind the bar to make your
own drinks if the bartender is not around. 

The diving was phenomenal with the Ocean Blue Hole being my favorite dive.
They do the first level of this dive as part of the regular program with a
maximum of 100 feet. The geological formations are amazing and the fish and
corals at 60 feet were beautiful. After doing first level, I couldn't
resist doing second level as a Specialty Dive. This was just me, the dive
master, and a pair of the biggest midnight blue parrot fish that I have
ever seen (they were bigger than big Nassau Groupers). Anyway, the dive
blew me away (max depth 145 feet). As far as the other dives, they have a
fun Shark Dive with a frozen chum ball that allows you to swim around a bit
if you like (no arms locked kneeling on the sand). Other great dives that I
did were Diana's Dungeons, Brad's Mountain, the Coliseum, Giant Staircase,
and more. We saw dolphins off of the dock around 6:00PM a few nights, a
very nice segue into cocktail hour. This was definately the best dive trip
that I ever had.

I word of advice: Pack shampoo and conditioner as they do not supply it in
the rooms (you can purchase it in the gift shop along with a variety of
other things). They are truly all-inclusive so there were no surprises when
I checked out, and that was very nice.
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