Fodor's Expert Review Deep Water Cay

Bahamas Fodor's Choice

Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

Founded in 1958 by Gil Drake and iconic Field and Stream editor A.J. McClane, Deep Water Cay is the longest established bonefishing lodge in the Bahamas. But after changing owners and undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion in 2013, this now shabby-chic luxury lodge offers much more than time on the flats, including an on-site scuba dive shop, Hobie Cats, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, and tennis courts. Still storied for its consistently productive bonefishing, it continues to bring in the big fish like celebrities for the taping of the Outdoor Channel's Buccaneers and Bones, and a who's-who list from the fly-fishing world. The resort is situated on its own private island, available by reservation only. Go by car, less than an hour drive from Freeport, or go direct by private plane to the 4,200-foot airstrip with Bahamian Customs and Immigration.


  • secluded, Out Island feel
  • great on-site dining
  • unmatched bonefishing and expert fishing guides


  • far from other amenities on Grand Bahama
  • pricey
  • may be too secluded for some




Phones: 888-420--6202 | 970-208--9306


7 oceanfront cottages, 6 villas
Rate Includes: Closed mid-July--Oct.

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