LONG ISLAND -- Two Out Island properties specializing in diving are
cooperating for the first time to offer a seven-night dive package
commissionable to agents at 10%. The properties are the 20-room
Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros Island and the 45-unit Stella Maris
Resort Club here.
The program features three nights at Stella Maris and four
nights at Small Hope Bay. The itinerary also can be reversed.
Elizabeth Vance, director of sales and marketing at Stella
Maris' Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office, said the easiest interisland
air segments to either island are through Nassau, using scheduled
Between Long Island and Andros, Stella Maris will supply its own
aircraft in either direction.
The plan, priced at $1,695 per person, double, covers
accommodations and all meals and beverages, including an open bar
at Small Hope and three drinks daily at Stella Maris. Also included
are hotel taxes and service charges.
eligible for up to four dives a day at Small Hope and up to three
dives a day at Stella Maris.
The plan also covers airport taxi transfers and interisland air
fare (one-way) on the Stella Maris plane.
Peter Kuska, co-owner and manager of Stella Maris, said the
property can arrange a group overnight stay off Conception Island
with advance notice. Normally this is a day trip for package
clients, he said. Conception Island has a deep, natural reef wall
where turtles, sharks and jacks are found, among other marine
While at Stella Maris, dive clients are offered the chance to
feed sharks and are taken to an area where a sunken British
freighter can be inspected.
During the Andros portion, clients will be able to explore
caverns and join the marine life around a reef wall.
The combination package is available through April 27.
This program also is sold by Out Island Getaways, a wholesaler
which can be reached at (866) 660-1111 or by visiting www.outislandgetaways.com.
For more information, call Stella Maris at (800) 426-0466 or
visit www.stellamarisresort.com; call Small Hope Bay at
(800) 223-6961 or log onto www.smallhope.com.
Agents, operators can take the plunge
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Travel agents and tour operators, which
generate about 25% of the Stella Maris Resort Club's annual
business, are invited to try the Stella Maris-Small Hope Bay Lodge
dive package for themselves at reduced rates.
According to Elizabeth Vance, director of sales and marketing
for Stella Maris, both properties "consolidated their agent
policies" and created a fam package rate of $75 per person, per
night, double, including accommodations, all meals and diving.
In addition, a special one-way charter fare of $110 per person
was established for the one-hour flight between Long Island and
Andros Island or vice versa.
Citing the size of the discount, Vance said "To charter this
plane could run up to $1,000."
For additional information, contact Vance at (800) 426-0466.