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Bimini Sands Resort & Marina joins expedition collection by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges

Guy_Harvey_and_Neal_Watson lg_Bimini_Sands Neal_and_GuyBy Mark Ellert  From The Bahamas Weekly

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL –  Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges announced today that Bimini Sands Resort & Marina has joined the company’s Expedition Collection, a portfolio of Outpost properties that stretches through the Bahamas, Caribbean and Galapagos Islands.

“We are thrilled that Bimini Sands invited us back to Bimini,” noted Harvey, a celebrated international marine wildlife artist, scientist and conservationist.  In announcing the company’s return to the legendary fishing island, Harvey added: “Our fans want us back in Bimini to help promote and protect the island’s heritage they have enjoyed for years and hope to pass on to the next generation.”

The company returns to Bimini after helping reopen another resort on North Bimini in 2010.  “We turned the lights back on in sleepy Alice Town, but now it’s a boom town on North Bimini,” notes Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges President Mark Ellert.  “Bimini Sands offers our customers what they want – lots of activities, great facilities and an incredible vacation value. Add the laid back vibe of South Bimini, and whether you’re traveling with family or friends for a weekend or a week, you’ll have a visit worthy of a Hemmingway story.”

Adds Guy Harvey, “Life’s an adventure, and with this affiliation, we now can enjoy sharing adventures with our friends and colleagues who live and work on South Bimini at Bimini Sands.”

The only resort on South Bimini, Bimini Sands is Resort & Marina is a familiar beacon to boaters, with its oceanfront townhouses steps from a powder soft beach.  In addition to being the only marina in Bimini to carry the internationally recognized Blue Flag designation for environmental stewardship, it is also a member of the Shark Free Marina Initiative and active promoter or shark conservation measures.

South Bimini is home of the renown Bimini Shark Lab, under the direction of Dr. Samuel Gruber, a collaborator of Dr. Harvey and his Guy Harvey Research Institute in cutting edge shark tagging and research. “South Bimini is one of the world’s foremost shark research outposts.  It’s only fitting we should have our Outpost here too,” added Ellert.

The Bimini Sands Resort & Marina has an extensive activities program supervised by Grant Johnson and Katie Grudecki, both graduates and former managers of the Shark Lab. It offers a full complement of resort facilities in addition to its eco-tourism activities and water sports.

The resort is also home to Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center, a full service dive operation established last year by Outpost Director of Dive Operations, Neal Watson.  The resort is earning rave reviews among recreational divers, scientists and international film crews for its Hammerhead Shark dives and Big Animal Safaris.  “Neal is synonymous with Bimini diving,” adds Guy.  “If you’re diving Bimini for research or recreation, why dive with anyone else, and why stay anywhere but Bimini Sands?”

Neal Watson adds, “we gave our dive boat my nickname, the Dive God, so there would be no confusion over who’s running the show.  But given Guy’s diving record, it looks like we’ll be working on our rock, paper, scissors skills to see who’s in charge when he comes aboard!”  Guy Harvey was inducted this past year into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.

“We have townhouse units sitting directly on the beach with a new infinity pool complex, some of the best dining and entertainment to be had in Bimini, and a  marina with floating docks, fuel, on-site customs and a direct channel to open water,” notes Frank Cooney, owner of the resort.  ”Unquestionably, we are the best family friendly resort in Bimini for the Guy Harvey Outpost customer, whether you’re an angler, diver or just a beach-potato,” he adds with a grin.

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