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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
Daydream543846, 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-5
Bus came at exactly the time we were...
Jackie M, Aug 2016
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Bus came at exactly the time we were told to be ready. Driver was knowledgeable about sights as we passed them. Upon arriving at Paradise Cove, Barry and his supportive staff helped us with gear, and safety. This was our 2nd trip here and we will definitely return. Also went spear fishing! Loved it!
star-5
Paradise Cove was a set of wooden...
Kyle M, Aug 2016
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Paradise Cove was a set of wooden huts on a secluded cove in the Bahamas. The equipment was nice and the people were very friendly. The food stand was clean and the food tasted good. The artificial reef had many fish. The swim to the natural reef was for strong swimmers only. Once there it was amazing: sea turtles, squid, sharks, barracuda, many types of coral, schools of fish, etc. Definitely the highlight of our cruise.
star-5
Our driver, Nathan was fabulous...
Keith E, Mar 2016
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Our driver, Nathan was fabulous. Friendly and knowledgeable. The facilities and beach were very clean. We had a great time.
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.
star-5
This was my third time going to...
Cynthia H, Jun 2017
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
This was my third time going to Paradise Cove, and the crew never disappoints. Barry is the owner, and he is always very welcoming. Ask for Nathan to be your driver/tour guide. He is the best, and he will make the ride a lot of fun. The conch fritters are some of the best I have ever had. We love snorkeling there, you can see some amazing sea life. If you are going to Freeport, you must go to Paradise Cove.
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This excursion was awesome! The...
am397, Dec 2017
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
This excursion was awesome! The staff was great. The water was beautiful and the snorkeling was amazing. We saw turtles, sting rays, eels, and an array of fish and coral. We will definitely do this excursion in the future!
star-5
We booked the Paradise Cove snorkel...
Randi B, Jun 2017
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
We booked the Paradise Cove snorkel only package. Pickup was just a short walk from the cruise ship and we had a super nice driver(70 yr old man) who gave us information on Freeport during the 20 min drive to Paradise Cove. Had a great time snorkeling and saw a lot of fish and sea turtles!
star-5
My family and I had such an amazing...
angie3.ecu, Dec 2017
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
My family and I had such an amazing time with this Paradise Cove Day Pass. The bus driver was very nice. We had a great time snorkeling and swimming!
star-5
The people were very nice and beach...
Robert A, Dec 2017
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
The people were very nice and beach was great! One of the best places to snorkel right off the beach. We seen several sea turtles while we were snorkeling. We are looking forward to another trip to Paradise Cove.

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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