Bahamas – Orange Hill Beach Inn & Stuart Cove – Nassau

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Orange Hill Beach Inn & Stuart Cove

Bahamas – Nassau

 

An Introduction to the Bahamas

 

Welcome to Orange Hill Beach Inn, your Bahamas hotel destination with the charm of the islands and the convenience of home. Set on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, the hotel is 50 steps from a sandy beach and crystal clear water of the Bahamas. This 32-room hotel is the ideal place for a casual relaxed vacation, where you will quickly be adopted by your new family and friends. There are a variety of rooms to choose from and the rates are very reasonable.

New Providence Island (Nassau, Bahamas) is the perfect spot for a week long family vacation, a long weekend away or an overnight stay before you travel to one of the Bahamian out-islands. The hotel is a favorite layover point for guests traveling to Small Hope Bay Lodge in Andros since they are only five minutes from Nassau International Airport. A perfect stopover point to relax, have a drink and get into the island mood.

Although this quiet inn is the perfect spot to sit by the pool and dive into a good book, Nassau features many other island attractions that you can “dive” into – all within minutes from your hotel. For more than 20 years, the hotel has catered to divers looking for the famous Bahamas vacation diversity – wall diving, wreck diving and swimming with sharks along the Tongue of the Ocean.

Other attractions including shopping, sightseeing, touring and fishing are only a short bus or taxi ride away. Orange Hill Inn looks forward to welcoming you as you discover the diversity of the Bahamas!

Services include:

  • Restaurant serving breakfast daily and dinner most evenings featuring a variety of food including Bahamian and international cuisine.
  • Bar with evening activities
  • Boat Charters can be arranged for fishing charters and day trips to remote islands nearby.
  • Laundry facilities
  • Maid Service
  • Grocery runs for guests
  • Satellite Television in each room

 

Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas is a great destination to feed your passion for the ocean realm whatever it may be. Dive and snorkel in crystal clear waters, explore beautiful reefs, dramatic walls and intriguing wrecks. Meet remarkable marine creatures and, of course, drop in on their resident community of sharks. They have an abundance of underwater treasures to share with you! While you’re diving with Stuart Cove, take a tour of world-famous underwater movie sets. Ideal for both new and experienced divers, there’s a lot to discover at Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas.

 

Photographs courtesy of Orange Hill Beach Inn and Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas.

 

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Studio
Upper & lower floors feature a balcony or patio with an ocean view. Our studio rooms are popular with singles and couples who are staying for a week or more and wish to have a small in-room kitchenette. The bathroom features a shower/tub combination. An in-room safe is available for a nominal daily fee. Complimentary WiFi included.

1-2 Guests – Features one queen or two twin size beds.
Kitchenette – Includes compact refrigerator, microwave, two-burner cooktop, toaster, coffee/tea maker.

 

Poolside Room
Poolside rooms are considerably larger than the Studios, and have your choice of two queen beds, or one queen and two single beds! The bathroom has a stand-up shower. An in-room safe is available for a nominal daily fee. Complimentary WiFi included.

1-4 Guests – Poolside rooms feature two queen beds or one queen bed and two twin beds.
Poolside View -The second floor features a balcony with pool view.

 

Apartment
Orange Hill also features two spacious apartments with full kitchens for our guests looking for a place where they can make meals. The apartments are between the pool and bar area and are always popular with our guests staying with us for a week or more. The bathroom features a shower/tub combination. An in-room safe is available for a nominal daily fee. Complimentary WiFi included.

1-4 Guests – Features two queen size beds.
Full Kitchen – Full kitchen so you can cook “at home.” Enquire at the front desk about the next grocery shuttle.

 

ACTIVITIES

Diving

Dive trips cater to those who want to explore the walls, reefs, and wrecks surrounding New Providence Island. Morning and afternoon dives are available. Stuart Cove offers a full range of PADI scuba courses as well as the Distinctive Shark Awareness Specialty. Their Shark Adventure dives are available to any certified divers above the age of 12. They also offer video and photos of each dive available for purchase at their dive shop.

 

Shark Diving

Stuart Cove’s Shark Adventure™ is a 2-tank dive program which introduces thrill seeking divers to wild sharks and provides you a close up look at these magnificent and misunderstood creatures. You will dive either the combination of “Shark Wall” and “The Arena” or the combination of “Shark Wall North” and “The Runway”. At either location you will encounter a gathering of Caribbean Reef Sharks on a consistent basis. Divers can also sign up for the Shark Feeder program or the Shark Shooter program. For those that want to participate in the Shark Shooter program, you will get a chance to take photos and videos of the sharks just like the professionals of famous Hollywood films that have been filmed in the same locations! Divers will be given an orientation on equipment, 2 shark feed dives, and help from professionals to ensure you get the best shot. Divers that would like to participate in the Shark Feeder program will gain experience in feeding sharks over the course of 2 days and will learn to be the leader in feeding the sharks.

 

Snorkeling

The Snorkel Bahamas Adventure takes you to an undersea extravaganza of living coral and tropical marine life. In just minutes you will be swimming with schools of colorful fish in the shallows of Nassau’s famous reefs, Hollywood movie sets, or mysterious sunken shipwrecks. If a snorkeler would like to see a few bigger fish, snorkeling with the sharks is available.

 

SNUBA

SNUBA allows you to explore a three-dimensional world you cannot enjoy while snorkeling. You breathe through a simple to use regulator while your air supply floats on a comforting support raft at the surface. Learning to SNUBA is easy and does not require any certification or previous experience. Even if you have never snorkeled or have only the most basic swimming skills, SNUBA is available to you. Perfect for couples, families, children and seniors. SNUBA is also a great way for certified divers to introduce non-certified partners and family members to the beauty of our underwater world.

 

SUBs

At SUB Bahamas your underwater experience begins with a submarine orientation by their professional SUB guide. During the briefing you will learn basic piloting skills and simple operating and communication procedures. Throughout your submarine adventure, a team of professional SUB guides will supervise and escort you around a spectacular coral reef feeding the fish along the way and stopping to show participants marine life. Zooming effortlessly around the coral gardens on your personal submarine will give you the unique opportunity to interact with colorful tropical fish and living coral. Custom videos of your submarine experience will be available for purchase after your undersea excursion.

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An Introduction to the Bahamas

 

Sun, sand, and sea are merely perimeters of the Islands of the Bahamas. At the core of the islands, you’ll find a big heart, open arms, and a way of life that is both timeless and new. It is the Bahamian heritage. It is your departure from everyday life. Welcome.

Blessed with the perfect location (less than 100 miles off the coast of Florida), the perfect climate (averaging a little over 75F degrees) and the perfect environment (crystal clear turquoise blue waters and pearly white sandy beaches), the Islands of the Bahamas are the perfect travel destination for your wedding, siesta, party, honeymoon, or family vacation.

According to the Bahamas Tourism office, the Islands of the Bahamas are unique with their individual character and charm--and there is truth to this. Visit the main islands like beautiful Grand Bahama Island (Freeport/Lucaya) and bustling New Providence (Nassau and Paradise Island).

Or, if you really want to get away from the crowds, visit one of the many out islands like Abaco, Andros, Acklins and Crooked Island, Biminis, Berry Islands, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exumas, Inaguas, Mayaguana, and San Salvador.

New Providence Island and Paradise Island

This pair of islands, at the heart of The Bahamas, greets visitors with a genuine Bahamian blend of experiences. City slickers, family packs, water lovers, and land lovers alike will find no shortage of fun in the sun on Nassau and Paradise Island. Feel what it’s like to be both satisfied and hungry for more. Nassau, capital city of the Islands of the Bahamas, resides on New Providence Island, neighbor to Paradise Island. This island pair maintains a distinct blend of international glamour and tropical ease, giving travelers freedom to do everything or nothing at all.

What to Expect in the Bahamas

BANKS: Banking hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are Automatic Bank Machines in the main tourist areas. These machines are on the +PLUS and Cirrus systems.

CURRENCY: The legal tender is the Bahamian dollar (B$1), which is equivalent in value to the US dollar. Both U.S. and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands.

CLIMATE: The trade winds that blow almost continually throughout the Islands of the Bahamas give the islands a warm, agreeable climate which varies little year-round. The most refreshing time is September through May, when the temperature averages 70-75F degrees. The rest of the year is a bit warmer with temperatures between 80-85F degrees.

DEPARTURE TAX: The departure tax of $15 is normally included in the price of your ticket. Please check with your airline or ticketing agent for details. If it is not, you must pay it when you check in for your flight home. It is payable in Bahamian or U.S. Dollars only.

DRINKING WATER: The water in the more developed islands such as New Providence and Grand Bahamas is distilled from seawater and is perfectly safe to drink, however they are only able to desalinize 95% of it, so it does have a strong taste. When on the outer islands, it is recommended you drink only bottled water.

DRIVING LICENSE: British rules apply, so please drive on the left and be extra careful on roundabouts. Visitors may use their home licenses for up to three months or may apply for an international driver's license. Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.

ELECTRICITY: With standard North American 120-volt/60-cycle AC electrical current, you and your delegates will be able to operate American or Canadian appliances without adapters.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: U.S. and Canadian citizens must have a valid Passport and a return or ongoing ticket.

TOURISM SEASONS: The Islands of the Bahamas have a temperate climate ranging from 80-90F degrees with high humidity in the summer months to 70-80F degrees in the winter. Nighttime temperatures are generally cooler by 5-7 degrees. In the more northerly islands, winter temperatures are approximately 5 degrees lower than the southern islands. Sea surface temperatures vary between 74F degrees in February and 84F degrees in August. The months of June to November constitute the hurricane season. The weather does influence travel decisions and, often, inaccurate reporting of information on hurricanes results in needless cancellations by U.S. travelers. Many Bahamas hoteliers have instituted a Hurricane Hotel Policy for vacationers which states that visitors who cancel a Bahamas vacation during a hurricane will receive an immediate refund with no penalties. If caught on-island during a hurricane, hoteliers would extend the lowest possible rate and all possible courtesies.

VACCINATIONS: No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to the Bahamas. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS: Water temperatures generally range between 75 – 80°F. Most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable in the summer. Consider a 5mm in the winter.

Bahamas - "Top Side" Activities and Adventures

 

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in the Bahamas. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

Ardastra Gardens and Conservation Center:

More than 300 birds, mammals and reptiles from The Islands Of The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Latin America and around the world are on display among acres of lush tropical gardens.

City and Country Tours:

You can cover a lot of ground and capture a real feel for life on the island when you sign up for a tour by air, taxi or aboard a colourful, horse-drawn surrey. Chances are you’ll enjoy the company of one of our most experienced guides as part of the bargain. (Few Bahamians are more expert about everything on the islands than these friendly guides.) A walking tour is another alternative, where you can take a leisurely stroll around Nassau’s Market Plaza on Bay Street. There you will experience Bahamian life close-up and can polish your bartering skills while sampling the work of some of the local artisans. You can set out on your own, or check for a government-certified guide.

Dolphin Experiences::

After an educational talk on the deck, wade into waist-deep water for close-up contact with the dolphins. Swim with the Dolphins: Spend approximately 30 unforgettable minutes in the water with the most intelligent creatures next to man. Includes the thrilling "Foot Push." Home of Universal Pictures' Flipper.

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park:

The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park was created in 1958, this 176 square mile park was the first of its kind in the world and is famous for its pristine beauty, outstanding anchorages and breathtaking marine environment. It is the first marine fishery reserve in the Carribbean. Accessible by boat only

Fort Charlotte:

If you have time to visit only one fort, see this one. It is by far the largest and covers 100 acres. Located on a hill overlooking the far west end of the harbour, Fort Charlotte commands an impressive view of Paradise Island, a good part of Nassau and the harbour. Built in 1788 by Lord Dunmore, this fort has a moat, dungeons, underground passageways and 42 cannons, which have never been fired in an act of aggression. Tour guides (working for tips) are happy to give you a complete history of the fort.

Lost City of Atlantis:

In 1968 the discovery of huge limestone blocks off the coast of North Bimini led many to believe that this was once an undersea road to the Lost City of Atlantis. Many divers have examined this half-mile stretch of neatly aligned relics, and everyone seems to have an opinion of what this may, or may not, be. You can get a look for yourself; it is near the shore in only 20 feet of water.

Lucayan National Park:

Upland forests, rare flower species, mangrove creeks, and a magnificent beach in this 40-acre national park provide an unparalleled glimpse into the complexities of the Grand Bahamian environment. Lucayan National Park, established in 1982, is the only place where you can see all six of the islands’ ecosystems. It is also home to one of the world’s longest underwater system of limestone caves, which is also among the most environmentally distinct. The vast tunnel system, accessible by both land and sea, was created over eons by the seepage of acidified rainwater into the island's limestone base. After exploring the caves, you’ll want to stroll the trails through native pines, cross the tidal creek on a wooden boardwalk, and at the end, discover Gold Rock Beach. It is the perfect spot to relax, swim or enjoy a picnic lunch.

Pirates of Nassau:

Pirates of Nassau is a world-class pirate attraction in the heart of downtown Nassau. Experience the true story of pirates in an amazing, historically accurate, interactive environment, which will entertain, excite and educate visitors of all ages.

Powerboat Tours:

Experience an exciting high-speed boat ride around Paradise Island, Cable Beach or surrounding islands on a custom-built, 55-ft off-shore racing powerboat.

Seaplane Tours:

Get away for the day to one of The Bahamas treasured Out Islands on a scheduled seaplane adventure. Flying off the water, low over stunning blue-water seascapes is a special treat. In only 30 minutes you'll arrive into another world. Your choice of destinations includes The Exumas, featuring secluded beaches and hungry iguanas, or colorful Harbour Island, with its famous pink-sand beaches and gaily decorated village.

The Heritage Trail:

Before 1955, the main transportation artery on Grand Bahama Island was the Old Freetown Road, a dirt path leading from Old Freetown in the East to Eight Mile Rock and other settlements in the West. After the foundation of Freeport brought in a modern highway, the old road was abandoned and left to nature. Eventually, nature did such a good job of reclaiming it that a stretch of the road near Freetown has become one of the island's chief nature walks. Along the easy, five-mile trek are over 30 species of plants, 18 kinds of birds, 7 species of butterfly, and what remains of "The Hermitage," the oldest intact building on Grand Bahama, dating back to 1901. You'll also see remnants of the early settlement and a cemetery.

Undersea Tour:

Grab your swimsuit and towel and get ready for an experience of a life time, exploring the reefs the way the earliest marine biologists did before scuba was invented. It is like taking a walk in a botanical garden under the sea. The helmet keeps your head completely dry so you can breath as you would on land, wear glasses or contacts. It is the safest way to dive for all ages 5 to 85, great for non swimmers (swimming is not permitted as it scares the fish). Even the certified scuba diver and avid snorkel will get a kick out of it and find it a great way to get a friend introduced to the undersea.


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