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Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)
Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)

Deadman's Reef (Paradise Cove)

Deadman's Reef, Freeport, Bahamas

The Basics

The best way to experience Deadman’s Reef is to snorkel. You can swim to the reef from the white-sand beach at Paradise Cove (grab one of the floating rafts, if you need a break), paddle a kayak, or pay for a boat to take you there and back. Afterward, dig in to some fresh seafood at the beachside grill, and wash it down with a cold beverage.

For a hassle-free day, book a package that includes round-trip transport from your hotel or cruise ship, snorkeling equipment, and a meal.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Freeport

star-4
Good value
Lorie_P, Jun 2019
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Transportation was ready on time. Nice clean vehicle. Driver polite. He did not have me listed as a pick up but I showed him my ticket. He spoke with someone via phone and so we boarded the bus/van. At the destination, I again had to show my ticket... not a big problem. The staff, including the one who appeared in charge are not overly friendly... the accommodations are as described. The snorkeling was awesome! We saw lots of fish and sea turtles! I would definitely do this excursion again!
star-4
Relaxing little beach
Steve D, Aug 2019
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Relaxing beach small with non motorized water sports (Kayaking. snorkeling, paddle boating. Small family atmosphere.
star-5
Unforgettable experience.
NataliyaC72, Aug 2019
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Very impressive underwater world. A lot of turtles and exotic fishes. Personnel is friendly and responsive to your request. The facility has all necessary services and amenities.
star-4
Great Snorkel
wallace1135, Jul 2019
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
If you are a brave ocean goer this was a great snorkel experience. Beautiful fish, several sea turtles, sting ray, coral, and water. The view in the deeper area looked like it was used to shoot shark week, so colorful and such beautiful fish. Never saw a shark and loved the experience. Even my younger children (7 and 9) went a short piece into the deep.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There’s a fee to access Paradise Cove.

  • Amenities include a bar and grill, restrooms, showers, lockers, and equipment rental (e.g. snorkeling gear, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, beach chairs, and umbrellas).

  • Snorkeling instruction is available.

  • Avoid touching or disturbing the wildlife, including coral.

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How to Get There

Paradise Cove is located on Grand Bahama Island, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Freeport. If you’re not on an organized excursion, you can drive or take a taxi; however, be aware that some prices assume a minimum number of passengers.

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When to Get There

The reef is enjoyable year-round, and tends to be busiest December through April. Hurricanes can happen between June and November—be sure to check the weather.

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Other Grand Bahama Island Snorkeling Spots

Similar to Deadman’s Reef, Peterson Cay is known for its shallow waters. To reach it, you’ll need to rent a boat or kayak. One of two blue holes in Lucayan National Park, Ben’s Cave is popular with scuba divers as well as snorkelers. And to marvel at coral beds, head to Silver Point Reef, south of Freeport.

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