Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Amazing Loggerhead while Diving the Bahamas

Saw this beauty while diving the other day from Small Hope Bay Lodge, Andros, Bahamas! One of the coolest things about diving here! Come and see for yourself . . .

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Diving the Guardian Blue Hole . . .

Here is another installment from Small Hope Studios. We love these videos! Enjoy . . .


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Small Hope Has Gone SOLAR!

Solar panels for our hot tub
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!
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Check out this beautiful and HUGE loggerhead we saw while diving Andros, Bahamas!

We had an amazing dive the other day. We were at Dana's Delight, a beautiful wall dive, at about 70 feet, when this amazing loggerhead swung around to check out the divers. He was so cool!


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I can't believe this is FEBRUARY!

We are having a ridiculously lovely winter this year. Flat, calm waters, warm sunshine, light southerly breezes . . . I love my job!
February 24, 2014


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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Diving with sharks, on Andros, Bahamas

One of our favorite and most popular divers here at Small Hope is our shark dive. At a depth of 50 feet divers can watch Caribbean reef sharks swimming around, feeding on a slow-release "chumsicle". It is a great way for new and experienced divers to overcome any irrational fears they may have about these beautiful and graceful animals.

Check out this video of one of our shark dives!


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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Plane, trains and . . . Yachts?

I recently got to head over to Paris and Dusseldorf for a couple dive shows. It's a tough life, you know, but someone's got to do it. I got to represent Small Hope Bay Lodge at the Salon de la Plongee in Paris and the BOOT show in Dusseldorf (the largest boat show in the world, with one out of 17! halls designated to diving).

During the day it was work, work, work (keep in mind the Paris dive show is the only dive show I have been to that has a Champagne tasting booth) but by night I got to check out two of the coolest cities in Europe. Oh, and I had great food. And wine. And beer!

Check out some of the photos!



Working it, at the show







Eiffel Tower from Arc du Triomphe
Climbing the Eiffel Tower






Mona Lisa



Musee D'Orsay
Musee du Louvre
Dusseldorf
I'll take the one on the right


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