Stella Maris Resort Club

As soon as the bubbles clear, your heart rate quickens. Beneath your fins, sharks patrol with the swagger of true apex predators. As you descend, they give you the once-over and continue their milling. Then, after you have taken your place in a natural underwater amphitheater, a chum bucket is placed in their midst and pandemonium ensues.

That's Shark Reef, the first resort shark dive conducted without cages. For more than three decades, it has been the signature dive for Stella Maris Resort Club, the premier dive resort on the Bahaman "Out Island" of Long Island. And as anyone who's done Shark Reef lately can tell you, adrenaline only improves with age.

When the resort was first founded in the 1960s, scuba diving was in its infancy. Dive gear was practically unknown in the Bahamas, so founder Jorg Friese asked friends to bring dive gear with them when they visited, and leave it behind when they headed home.

Nearly four decades later, Stella Maris is a scuba legend: a modern resort with air-conditioned accommodations scattered throughout a magnificent palm grove overlooking the Atlantic. Shark Reef is still on

1. Poolside and ocean-views 2. Snorkeling Bahama's blue waters 3. Spacious living spaces with all of the amenities

Accommodations: 47 total rooms: air-conditioned apartments, cottages, bungalows and villas; conveniences include mini-fridges, hair dryers and coffee makers

Amenities: Free bicycles, kayaks, sunfish, cruises and land excursions; rental motorbikes and cars. Game room with movies and satellite TV, three swimming pools and numerous beaches. Contact Information: Toll-free: 800-426-0466; tel.: 242-338-2050; fax: 954-359-8238; website: stellamarisresort.com; e-mail: [email protected]

1. Poolside and ocean-views 2. Snorkeling Bahama's blue waters 3. Spacious living spaces with all of the amenities the menu, but so are Rum Cay and Conception Island, with its beautiful and pristine wall dive, as well as Long Island's own ocean Blue Hole, the deepest in the world.

And Stella Maris makes dive travel easy, with 5- and 7-night Scuba Inclusive packages that include two to three dives daily and three meals a day, ground transportation ... even air transportation from Nassu to Long Island.

Accommodations: 47 total rooms: air-conditioned apartments, cottages, bungalows and villas; conveniences include mini-fridges, hair dryers and coffee makers

Amenities: Free bicycles, kayaks, sunfish, cruises and land excursions; rental motorbikes and cars. Game room with movies and satellite TV, three swimming pools and numerous beaches. Contact Information: Toll-free: 800-426-0466; tel.: 242-338-2050; fax: 954-359-8238; website: stellamarisresort.com; e-mail: [email protected]

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