Grand Bahama Island Local Area
In 1492 the Islands of the Bahamas were discovered, since then it continues to attract numerous visitors and those who wish to call it home. The Bahamas' second most populated island, Grand Bahama, has become residence to many Bahamians, visitors, and investors. As the largest real estate developer and land sales agent, The Grand Bahama Development Company Limited, is the key ingredient for anyone and everyone wanting to call Grand Bahama home.
Port Lucaya Marketplace
Port Lucaya Marketplace is a vibrant, open-air shopping and entertainment hub set on a five-acre peninsula overlooking the waterfront. Whatever you are looking for on your trip to Grand Bahama Island, you are likely to discover it here amid the collection of booths, specialty venues and overflowing stalls. Read More >
UNEXSO, (Underwater Explorers Society) offers adventure travelers and eco-tourists a variety of diving excursions including dolphin encounters and exciting shark feeding dives.
Take advantage of the clear waters and prolific sea life of Grand Bahama Island with snorkeling and diving. Explore numerous wrecks, natural coral formations and underwater caves to, each richly populated by brilliantly colored, exotic parrot fish, various types of angel fish, stingrays and manta rays. More than fifteen designated dive sites await you in Grand Bahama Islands, from shallow explorations to deep water dives of 100 feet.
UNEXSO also schedules a variety of dolphin experiences. Their popular Dolphin Swim lets you interact with trained dolphins in an enclosed lagoon. More advanced options are the Open Water Dolphin Swim, Dolphin Encounter or the Assistant Trainer program. Open Water Dolphin Swims take place about one mile off shore, providing the unforgettable experience of interacting with dolphins in their natural habitat.
Parks and Nature Centers
At Lucayan National Park, located 25 miles east of Freeport, you can see all six of the island's ecosystems in a single location. This 40-acre nature zone is filled with thousands of pine trees, mangroves, ferns, and dozens of rare flower species, including orchids. Lucayan National Park is home to spectacular Gold Rock Beach as well as one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world, a seven mile network of limestone tunnels formed during the ice age. Cave tours are available, and diving is allowed in specified areas with special permission from UNEXSO.
The Bahamas National Trust Rand Nature Center is a 100-acre showcase of nature in the heart of Freeport. The park preserves more than 400 varieties of trees and flowering plants native to the island. Thousand of birds are protected here, including brilliant pink flamingos. One of the most spectacular times to visit is from October to May when migratory birds fly in for the winter. The park also has a thirty-foot waterfall that flows into a lagoon.
Peterson Cay National Park, located one mile off the southern shore of Grand Bahama Island, features coral reefs, sand bars and sunken rocks teeming with schools of tropical fish, Elkhorn, sea fans and an occasional manta ray or barracuda. A sandy white beach on the north side provides boat access and is perfect sport for picnicking, swimming and sunbathing.
The caves at Lucayan National Park are part of an immense underwater cavern with an extensive, flooded, labyrinth of caves and submerged tunnels that honeycomb the entire island and surrounding sea bed. This is one of the longest underwater cave systems in the world and one of the most environmentally distinct. The vast tunnel system, accessible by both land and sea, was created over thousands of years as the seepage of acidified rainwater eroded the island's limestone base. The island's early inhabitants, the Lucayans, used the caves for dwellings and traces of their civilization are still evident. Diving in the caves is permitted in specified areas only and must be arranged and coordinated with UNEXSO.
Grand Bahama Island is recognized as one of the top sport fishing regions in the world. Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo and Barracuda are plentiful in the ocean waters and the island's number one game fish—Bonefish—can be caught in the flats off Deep Water Cay. The prime season for fishing is between the months of April and September. Two competitive tournaments are scheduled during this time: the Bahamas Wahoo Championship in December, January and March, and the annual Bacardi Rum Bonefish Tournament in March.