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Get yourself to Nassau and we'll refund the ticket to Andros.
Get money off for your flight, get money off for diving.
Great fishing, great offers.
Hop on over, we've got great access for private pilots and now it's even more affordable.
The Bahamas is made for island hopping and Andros is even better.
Getting to Andros Island, The 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.
(more info on getting to Andros)
For those of you who have never visited Small Hope, the Lodge was built by Canadian transplant Dick Birch. Together with wife Joan and their three children he opened the place in 1960 as the first dive-dedicated resort in the Bahamas. It started with four cabins.
His brother, Peter joined him. The ensuing years brought 15 more cabins, two more wives, step children, adopted children, former and future husbands, in-laws, out-laws, and a legacy of intertwined lives that continues on to this day. Half a dozen family members have been laid to rest here, some far too soon. Dick himself died in 1996--but his extended family carries on the vision. (See "In Memoriam")
Today, Dick's son Jeff runs the Lodge, with considerable help from Assistant Manager, Mike Hornby. Dick's widow, Mona, now lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she helps us out from time to time while teaching high school English.
Family members living fulltime on Andros include the Douglas clan--son Peter, wife Gabrielle, and kids Cara, Ginger, and Adam. (Cara currently lives in Nassau, Ginger recently had twin baby boys, Adam and his wife Annie have a beautiful little daughter). Jeff 's kids, Casey and Brian, are seen from time to time as Casey works at Androsia and Brian works with Jeff at Small Hope.
Family members who have homes on Andros and can often be seen about include; Dick's daughter, Margo and Alec and their daughters, Lauren and Danielle (who both live in Nassau); Dick's son Scotty and wife Stella and their sons, Teano and Hiti.
Dick's daughter Heidi and her husband Capt. Robert (with sons Kalen and Nyall) still call Andros home for part of the year, and have a house here.
Holidays often bring in more family members, including Joan from Nassau; Rosi and Helge Lovdal from Norway; Krista and Evan Lippincott (with sons Andrew and William) from Maryland; and Topher and Priete Kurth (with kids Tecoco, Teva, and Hede) from Washington State.
Staff members are a part of the family at Small Hope, and many of our guests develop life long friendships with them. So for those who are wondering, "Who's who"? This is the roll call:
Our dive staff consists of some old and new faces. Jeff, and Mike are always around and Fede, Dennis, Tony, Erin and Claudius are committed to keeping up the tradition of the Small Hope philosophy which is "treat every guest as a part of the family."
We have Canadians, Bahamians, Americans an Argentinian and a German in the current mix.
The rest of our staff has quite a few of the "old familiar faces:" Inez, Florine, and Sharon take care of the cottages and laundry; and our office personnel is Anastasia, Bhruna, Nicky, Linda and Dania.
Wait staff include Jardy and Sherene.
Our cooks are Irene, Sherry and Don lead by our assistant manager and food and beverage director, Mike. They are doing wonders keeping our menu fresh and delicious
Maintenance and yard crew include Fedor (the main man!), Abba, Alvin, Edit and Jonas.
Jeff Cartright, Glister Wallace, "Bonefish" Bradley, and Ricardo are our fishing guides.
And yes, marine biologist Tim Turnbull is still on the island from time to time, and actively keeps his eye on our reef
Life goes on at Small Hope Bay, as it has for the last fifty-odd years, in a chaotic and often passionate fashion. Always there is "The Story": The setting is magnificent, the characters most interesting, and the plot line classic!