Small Hope Bay Lodge in Andros Island Bahamas
Small Hope Bay Lodge Andros Island Bahamas Family Resort Scuba Diving Snorkeling Lodgings Accommodations

Hosts: The Birch Family

Guestrooms: 21

Address: Andros Island, Bahamas

Mailing Address: Small Hope Bay Lodge, P.O. Box CB 11817, Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone: 242-368-2014,
Toll Free: 800-223-6961 (Canada and USA)

Fax: 242-368-2015

Activities/Attractions: Andros Island, Bahamas, some 2300 square miles in size, is perhaps the largest tract of unexplored land in the Western hemisphere. Andros is also the largest island in the Bahamas. A coral limestone formation, Andros is dominated by thick impenetrable bush, sliced in pieces by inland waterways, and edged by mangrove swamp. To the north are hardwood and pine forests - including Andros Pine, Mahogany (Madeira), Horseflesh, and Lignum Vitae; along the east coast are the fishing and diving grounds of the Andros Barrier Reef. On the West Coast are the pristine fishing flats of the Great Bahama Bank.

We have a beach patio, hammocks under the palms, a dock for stargazing, a pine grove and lots of beachfront. The ocean is the medium for family recreation at Small Hope Bay, and snorkeling and diving are among the central activities. One mile offshore is the Andros Barrier Reef, one of the largest and most pristine reef systems in the world. The shallows of the reef are in the 10-15 foot depth range, and provide myriad snorkeling sites. Enjoy:

  • Diving (Free introductory lessons, Blue Hole and Wall diving, One-on-one Specialty dives, Shark Observation Dives and Snorkels)
  • Snorkeling (Daily boat trips, Snorkel Safari to Fresh Creek, Reef study tours from shore)
  • Fishing (Bonefishing on the flats, Overnight camping on the West Side, Reef or Deep Sea Fishing)
  • Weekly slide shows
  • Nature Walks
  • Birding
  • Biking
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Eco-Tours
  • Or ... tend to the inner landscape with hot tub, hammocks, beach, and a massage

"Our entire family enjoyed celebrating Christmas and ringing in the New Year at Small Hope Bay Lodge. The relaxed atmosphere; the diverse and interesting guests; and the friendly staff have all been wonderful. Most of all we have enjoyed diving with the exceptional dive masters (Mike and Jean-Paul) who introduced us to this sport while making it both fun and safe. they are responsible for getting us hooked on this beautiful sport."

"I've been coming to Small Hope Bay Lodge with my family for over thirty years, and every time we visit something gets better. Sometimes it's little things - such as Eddy's incredible landscaping - and sometimes it's big stuff - like the impressive new dock. But there's always something to look forward to and discover. In the end, of course, it's the extended Birch family that makes all the difference, and the way they take you in."

"The food was fantastic, the hospitality great, and it felt like coming home again. I am only disappointed that we were unable to land the shark we hooked up with in the Joulters."

"We loved our visit and dream of returning soon. I had my first dive experience with (Dive master) Skeebo and it was great!"

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"Although we've been diving all over the Bahamas and Caribbean, Small Hope is the only resort we've been back to. And this trip was our tenth time!"

"I wanted to get married barefoot surrounded by old friends. Doing it at Small Hope more than fulfilled my expectations."

"After spending 4 years searching for a destination that we felt we could revisit, we found Small Hope. It is somewhere that we feel comfortable, can kick back, and feel 100% relaxed!"

"Our entire family enjoyed celebrating Christmas and ringing in the New Year at Small Hope Bay Lodge. The relaxed atmosphere; the diverse and interesting guests; and the friendly staff have all been wonderful."

"We were impressed by the courtesy, efficiency and attentiveness of all your staff. We were particularly impressed by the professionalism and safety consciousness of all of the diving staff. In addition, LaToya, Judy and all of the office and culinary staff deserve special commendation for their courtesy, hospitality and great service!"

General Information: Welcome to Small Hope Bay Lodge ... a relaxing holiday resort located on Andros Island, Bahamas offering 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. Small Hope is ideal for family gatherings as it's small, secluded, and very informal. Everyone knows everyone on a first name basis and there is plenty of space in which to roam, and lots of places to gather.

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. Today, Dick's son Jeff runs the Lodge, with considerable help from Assistant Manager, Mike Hornby. Our unique and relaxed atmosphere makes this not your typical Bahamas hotel ... the emphasis is on a natural environment with relaxing, low-impact lifestyle.

  • Twenty-one rooms in cottages are available located directly on the beach, each hand built of coral rock and Andros Pine
  • Overhead ceiling fans (half of the rooms have air-conditioning), locally made furniture, decorated in Androsia Batik fabrics, and all with a view of the sea
  • Each has private toilet/shower facilities and is fully tiled
  • King-size beds and single beds are available
  • There are four two-bedroom cottages for families, as well as a special "honeymoon cottage"
  • All are shaded by palms and located on the Bay just a few steps from the water
  • To the north of the cottages is a separate secluded swimming beach
  • The Lodge houses a dining area, lounge/bar area, game room and reading room
  • There is also a small boutique on the premises, a separate building for office administration and guest services and a staffed laundry facility
  • There is an outdoor patio bar and dining area for summer-night barbecues that overlooks the ocean
  • There is no dress code - bare feet, T-shirts, sarongs, anything (except neckties) are perfectly acceptable
  • This is the epitome of a relaxed Bahamas out island resort

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars).


This is an all inclusive resort so meals, beverages, taxes and scuba diving/snorkeling refresher lessons are included.

"Before we left Small Hope, we were already planning and looking forward to our next visit... We believe that your Specialty dives and the quality of your dive operation make Small Hope Bay Lodge a premier diving resort and in the top 1% in the world! We are very happy to have found your little paradise."

"We wanted to thank you again for a great vacation. It was just what we all needed. You made us all feel very much at home, and we could not have asked for a better way to get Jacob started scuba diving."

"We just returned from our wedding/honeymoon at Small Hope Bay. Words cannot express what a wonderful time we had. Sure the accommodations, meals, service and diving were all top notch. What separates Small Hope Bay from other resorts is that while we arrived as guests, we departed feeling more like we were leaving family."