Kayaking in Grand Bahama Island
Calabash Eco Adventures. This tour company (run by an island native) offers a variety of eco-excursions to areas all over Grand Bahama for sport, history, and education. Options include kayaking, snorkeling, birding, bicycling, and cavern diving into some of the island's famous inland blue holes. 242/727–1974. www.calabashecoadventures.com.
Grand Bahama Nature Tours. One of the most well-known eco-tour operators on the island for more than 20 years, Grand Bahama Nature tours is continually updating and adding to their wide variety of excursions, run mostly by Grand Bahama natives who are both entertaining and full of educational information. Popular adventures include snorkeling around Peterson Cay, kayaking through the mangroves at Lucayan National Park, Jeep safaris, off-road ATV tours, and birding through the Garden of the Groves. All tour prices include air-conditioned pick-ups and any necessary equipment. A zipline is in the works. Grand Bahama Island. 242/373–2485 or 866/440–4542. www.grandbahamanaturetours.com.
The last time locals spotted pirates on Grand Bahama Island was in 2005 when Johnny Depp and his crew were filming the second and third movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. They used a special device in Gold Rock Creek at one of the world's largest open-water filming tanks to give the illusion that the pirate ship was pitching and yawing. You can view the set near Gold Rock Beach.
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