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

Small Hope Bay Lodge, Oct, 2003,

by Nicole Elise, FL, USA . Report 920.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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