Grand Bahama Island Travel Guide
Boating and Fishing
Private boat charters for up to four people cost $100 per person and up for a half day. Bahamian law limits the catching of game fish to six each of dolphinfish, kingfish, tuna, and wahoo per vessel.
Bonefish Folley & Sons. Committed to giving you the best fishing experience possible, Bonefish Folley & Sons will take you deep-sea fishing or through the flats for bonefish and Permit. The late "Bonefish Folley" is a legend in these parts and delighted in taking people on bonefish tours for more than 60 years. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 91, but his two sons, Tommy and Carl, are continuing on in his footsteps. West End, Grand Bahama Island. 242/646–9504.
H2O Bonefishing. Clients of this professional saltwater fly-fishing outfitter book well ahead of their arrival on island. H2O's fleet of flats boats and professional guides are available as part of a prearranged multiday package that typically includes three to six days of fishing. They cater exclusively to their anglers both on and off the water for the length of their stay, including waterfront lodging at one of Grand Bahama's finest hotels. Fly-fish year-round for trophy-sized bonefish and permit as well as seasonal tarpon, or fish offshore for yellowfin tuna and mahimahi spring through summer. Light tackle and conventional fishing is also available. Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. 242/359–4958 or 954/364-7590. www.h2obonefishing.com.
Reef Tours Ltd.. This company offers deep-sea fishing for four to six people on custom boats. Equipment and bait are provided free. All vessels are licensed, inspected, and insured. Trips run from 8:30 to 12:15 and from 1 to 4:45, weather permitting ($130 per angler, $60 per spectator). Full-day trips are also available, as are paddle board and kayak rentals, bottom-fishing excursions, glass-bottom boat tours, snorkeling trips, sailing–snorkeling cruises, and guided Segway tours. Reservations are essential. Port Lucaya Marketplace, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–5880 or 242/373-5891. www.bahamasvacationguide.com/reeftours.
Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour. The marina at Old Bahama Bay Resort has 72 slips to accommodate yachts up to 120 feet long and is only 55 nautical miles from Palm Beach, FL. Facilities include a customs and immigration office, fuel, showers, laundry, and electric, cable, and water hookups. The Dockside Bar and Grill serves dinner. Old Bahama Bay Resort, West End, Grand Bahama Island. 242/350–6500 or 954/763–6382. www.oldbahamabay.com.
Port Lucaya Marina. Here you can find a broad range of water sports operators, free Wi-Fi, and a pump-out station; the marina has 106 slips for vessels no longer than 190 feet. Customs and immigrations officials are on-site full-time. Port Lucaya Marketplace, Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–9090. Daily 8–6.
Reef Tours Ltd.. Family owned and operated since 1969, this company offers everything from guided Segway tours to wine and cheese evening sails aboard a catamaran. Options include fishing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and glass bottom boat adventures. 242/373–5880, 242/373–5891, or 242/373–5892. www.bahamasvacationguide.com/reeftours.
Seaworld Explorer Semi-Submarine. The Seaworld Explorer remains above sea level while you view the incredible marine life along Treasure Reef. Observe from your own window in the air-conditioned underwater observatory, five feet below the water's surface. Tours are 1.5 hours, departing 3 times a day from Port Lucaya Marina. Adult tickets cost $49, Children 2-12 years are $29. Bus pick-up from all hotels is included. Port Lucaya Marketplace, Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–7863. www.superiorwatersports.com.
Smiling Pat's Adventures. Pat personally hosts all of her tours, which include historical tours through the West End and the beaches along eastern Grand Bahama, boat tours to Sandy Cay (aka Gilligan's Island) and the Abacos, and she'll even take you to the famous Wednesday night Fish Fry. She didn't get the name Smiling Pat for nothing! Her goal with each tour is to show tourists why "It's better in The Bahamas." Grand Bahama Island. 242/533–2946. www.smilingpat.com.
Superior Watersports. In addition to their popular Bahama Mama cruises, Superior Watersports offers snorkeling trips and island tours. Port Lucaya Martketplace, Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–7863. www.superiorwatersports.com.