Diving the Andros Barrier Reef
Who: Couples, Honeymoons, Families and Solo Travellers

8 Days

From £3,670pp

Blue Holes, Coral Gardens & Wonderful Wall Dives in Andros Island: Get off-the-beaten-track diving in the Bahamas

Ollie is here to help give you the inside track.

This itinerary gets you off-the-beaten-track in the Bahamas to explore the tropical paradise that is Andros Island. Just a 15-minute flight west of Nassau, Andros feels a million miles away from the high-rise hotels of the Bahamian Capital. Blue holes, coral gardens wrecks, stunning walls, caverns and sharks are all reasons that the island is home to some of the best diving in the Bahamas.

Itinerary at a Glance:
  • Explore more than 60 dive sites, that are all easy to reach from your hotel
  • Stay at a family-run lodge, home to experts who have been exploring the Andros barrier reef since 1960
  • Dive on one of the world's longest barrier reefs - it's the second largest in the Atlantic and is home to an amazing variety of coral and geological formations
  • Explore on land, finding beautiful Blue Holes
  • Dive in colourful coral gardens that are perfect for beginners and experts alike
  • Go on stunning wall dives on the continental shelf, where the depth plunges to 6,000 feet
  • Dive with the area's healthy and abundant population of Caribbean reef sharks

Why Book with Original Diving?

Just a few of the extra touches that come as standard on an Original Diving holiday...
100% Carbon Off-setting
UK Departure Assistance
Fast Track UK Check-in
Fast Track UK Security
UK Airport Lounge Access
Pre-booked Airline Seats
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All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do

Day 1: International flight

Your Andros Island diving adventure starts early this morning, as you head to the airport to catch your direct flight to the Bahamas. The flight takes around ten hours, arriving in the Bahamas the same day.

When you arrive in Nassau, jump into a registered cab for the ten-minute drive to your hotel then settle into your room before getting dressed for dinner. Your hotel is particularly famous for its restaurant, so you can expect a delicious dinner.

Day 2: Onward to Andros

Early this morning, the reception will call a cab for you to make the short journey back to the airport in good time to catch your flight. Your light aircraft flight takes 15 minutes and once you've landed, you'll be met and transferred to the lodge, which takes just ten minutes.

Take your time to get settled into your cabin, which is set just back from the beach. After a delicious lunch, you can either head out on your first dive or relax, soaking up this remote location.

Days 3-6: Diving the Andros Barrier Reef

You have the next four days to enjoy all that the Andros Barrier Reef has to offer. With over 60 dive sites regularly included in the diving schedule, there is so much to explore here. The huge variety in the reef topography and abundant marine life make this a very special place to dive.

Small Hope Bay Lodge was opened in 1960 by the Birch family, and was the first dive-dedicated resort in the Bahamas. When Dick Birch visited Andros in 1959, just after he had tried scuba diving for the first time, he saw the potential of the bay and its proximity to the reef, making it the perfect spot for a diving resort. Some 60 years later, the resort is visited by divers from all over the world, and with only 21 beachfront cottages it is personalised diving at its best.

During these four days you can choose to do up to three dives a day (two-tank dives in the morning and single tank dives in the afternoon), with the possibility of night dives too. Most sites are within 15 minutes of the resort dock, so diving here is easy and relaxed. With such variety to choose from you can enjoy a coral garden, wall, blue hole and shark observation dive all in one day!

After a day of Andros Island diving is done, enjoy a cold beer and conch fritters at the bar, as everyone gathers around to discuss the days diving and compare notes.

"One of the things we love most about this resort is the family atmosphere, so whether you are travelling alone, as a couple or as a family, you will feel hugely welcome. Every evening, guests will gather around the bar to enjoy a drink and fresh conch fritters to discuss the days diving – it is a very special place, and one not to be missed"
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Jacqui Brooks

Additional Activities

  • World-class bone fishing, reef fishing, deep sea fishing!
  • Head out on a kayaking tour
  • Snorkel from the shore
  • Head out exploring on one of the lodge's bikes
  • Explore historical sites such as Captain Henry Morgan's Cave

Day 7: Exploring the Andros Island

Today, you'll be spending the day on dry land, heading out from the resort to explore some of the wonders on the island of Andros. The island is a paradise for twitchers and naturalists.

Set out with your knowledgeable and experienced guide, for a birding tour in Blue Hole National Park, which is home to four differing ecosystems - wetlands, dense dark coppice, pine forest and an abandoned firm. Thanks to the park's varying environments you'll be able to see a real variety of birds as you explore different areas of the park.

After a spot of birding it's time to head to three inland Blue Holes, where you will learn about the local folklore, including the legend of Lusca. Thought to inhabit the Blue Holes, Lusca is a mythological creature that is half shark, shark octopus.

After a day of adventures on land, it's time to head back to the hotel for a relaxing evening on the beach.

Day 8: Home Time

Sadly, today marks the end of your Andros Island diving holiday. Your 15-minute light aircraft flight back to Nassau will arrive in good time for you to catch your international flight. If you have time, head back to Compass Point to enjoy your final Bahamian dinner.

Your international flight back to the UK takes around eight hours, arriving the following morning.

All of the holidays we create are completely tailor-made to you

This sample itinerary is intended to give you a flavour of what we can do
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A Rough Idea of Price

While all of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like time of year and level of accommodation, we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost. The below prices are based on two people sharing.

This Itinerary

If you would like to book the exact itinerary mentioned above, with economy flights, during mid-season and staying in our preferred room category at our preferred hotels.

From

£4,320pp

Bare Necessities

If you would like to pare back the above itinerary by travelling at non-peak times, staying in a standard room and removing some or all of the guided activities.

From

£3,670pp

Bells & Whistles

If you are looking for something extra special and would like to add business or first class flights, stay in top room categories at some of the most luxurious hotels we work with, and add more activities and guiding.

From

£5,185pp

Ollie is our expert for this itinerary and as a seasoned traveller they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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