Welcome to Small Hope Bay Lodge, since 1960 we have been hosting scuba divers, nature lovers, & friends at our out island getaway in the Bahamas. Let us introduce you to this unique island, from dramatic scuba diving, the best snorkeling sites, world class bonefishing, & more. Unspoiled & virtually undiscovered. Andros Island, Bahamas is a world apart from the crowds & a true Bahamas Vacation.
Yet another wedding here at Small Hope. Lauren, daughter of Alec and Margo, and niece of Jeff Birch, got married last week! She and Ray had a picturesque wedding day on our north beach. A ceremony much larger than we have ever done before, we constructed pergolas for shade, and brought in cooks, and extra help to make sure it went off without a hitch. It went perfectly and bride, groom, and all the guests, friends, and family had a blast!
We've had three beautiful weddings in the last month! I can't think of a more beautiful location for a destination wedding - white sandy beach, the bluest turquoise waters, and sparkling Bahamas sunshine! Ashley and Justin . . .
In the beginning there was Dick and Joan Hanna, all the way from Canada, with some ever-loving support. One of the main persons was this very quiet, strong, kind, unassuming lawyer by the name of William Chapin. He helped Dick Birch through the legal process all the way to helping setting up companies with another icon, Mr. LB Johnson. They helped give hope to Small Hope!
So we share with all and raise our glasses to Mr. William Chapin - A warrior and great spirit in the world! The following is a video done, we believe in 2005, that was shared with us. This is something to help those of us who want to remember him forever. For us, he will always be here!
From Jeff Birch, and the Small Hope Bay Lodge staff . . .
As you may know, Small Hope Bay Lodge has always been firmly committed to our natural environment. For many years we have employed several measures to reduce our environmental impact such as LED bulbs in all of our light fixtures and water saving devices in all our toilets. Now we have taken it a step further. All the hot water for our entire resort - that means all 21 of our beachfront cabins, as well as our kitchen, lounge, and hot tub - is completely solar heated now.
Layout of our solar design
This is a big step for Small Hope, and Andros Island in general. This island's energy is currently supplied by diesel generators, a very costly and inefficient fuel source. By switching all our water heating to solar, we are taking a huge step forward in reducing our dependency on non-renewable energy sources. We are very proud of this. And it's just the beginning. . . .
Solar panels for our cabins and lounge
This process began last summer when we had a team of interns from Duke University down for several weeks to help design and implement a solar hot water heating system for the resort. They definitely got the ball rolling and helped construct the unit we currently are using to heat all the water for our cabins, lounge and kitchen. We then expanded the project further and, with a little help for some good friends, constructed an additional unit for heating our hot tub.
A big thanks to everyone who helped us achieve this goal!