Grand Bahama’s East End has long been known for its fantastic bonefishing; it is especially renowned for bigger fish. However, a great selling point for Deep Water Cay is that it’s one of the best bonefish lodges with other great activities in all of the Bahamas. Taking friends along to enjoy diving, snorkeling, and more is the norm rather than the exception.
All of the legends in the bonefish world have fished here. Fantastic guides in a great resource, top-end food and accommodations, and a friendly atmosphere all coalesce to make Deep Water Cay a perennial favorite.
Flats fishing at Deep Water Cay is either from the bow of a skiff or by wading the hard white sand bottoms. Both size and numbers of fish are impressive, and the guide pool is second to none. You’ll sometimes get permit and often some big barracuda. There’s also a great offshore fishing program.
Nicely appointed waterfront cottages with queen beds, air conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms provide comfortable privacy. For larger groups or families, the Cay has gorgeous waterfront homes all featuring access to the Lodge and its amenities, the water sports center, tennis courts, gym, etc.
8-wt. outfits with floating lines are the norm, while 9-wts. provide additional backbone for bigger fish and the occasional permit or barracuda opportunity. Basic bonefish patterns like the Gotcha and Spawning Shrimp are great, w/tippets and leaders tapered to 12 lbs. Rentals are available.
Open year-round, except for July - September
Guests can fly commercially to Freeport or charter privately from Ft. Lauderdale and utilize the lodge’s private airstrip for added convenience and to maximize fishing time. The lodge can provide transportation from the Freeport airport via one-hour shuttle service.
For the non-fishing participants, there are an amazing number of activities available including kayaking, diving, snorkeling, tennis, white sand beaches, sailboats and stand up paddleboards.
Peak Season: March-June and October-November 15
Shared Room and Boat
3 N/2D $3,023.54
4 N/3D $4,034.00
5 N/4D $4,953.65
6 N/5D $5,770.52
7 N/6D $6,526.45
Rates are per person and include resort service fee and 7.5% Bahamas VAT
Specializes in saltwater fishing and big game hunting.
Senior Program Manager
Specializes in Bahamas and Christmas Island fishing, and United States wingshooting programs.
Tarpon > 40” Fork Length
Do not remove them from the water. This causes too much damage and stress, and decreases their chances of survival.
Minimize the time you handle the fish next to the boat before release.
Tarpon < 40” Fork Length
Minimize handling, since this can remove protective slime from the fish.
If you handle a fish, use clean wet ...
Hurricane Irma’s track to the south and west of most of the Bahamas was a blessing this time around. The common theme in post-Irma reports from the lodges Frontiers represents is that there are debris to be picked up and landscaping work to be done, but no major impacts otherwise. All are scheduled to reopen on schedule this fall.
Here’s what each lodge has reported to us: