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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

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Bree was amazing!!! She...
Richard_C, Jun 2022
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Bree was amazing!!! She guided my kids while scuba diving and they both had the time of their life!!! Give that girl a raise!
star-5
Paradise Cove a must go
Alethea_Z, Apr 2022
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Wonderful experience swimming with sea turtles and meeting Barry the owner of Paradise Cove who was very helpful and accommodating - a must experience in Freeport
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Worth it !
Amy_A, Mar 2022
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
Booked as my cruise excursion, driver was on time and got us back to the ship on time. The staff on the island were sweet and accommodating. No issues , swam next to sea turtles , didn’t swim that far out but other guest saw sting rays and peaceful sharks. Lots of coral& food was good! Over all very glad to purchase this!
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A Perfect Day in Paradise!
Jodi_W, Jun 2022
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
An absolutely amazing experience from start to finish! We were met by our driver right at the port where we got off the ship and he gave us a mini tour of the island. He knew everyone and everything! When we arrived at Paradise Cove, we were greeted by Barry, the owner himself. He gave us detailed instructions on how to enjoy the reef without damaging it. I had a great conversation with the lady that was running the gift shop. We saw a good variety of sea life including several large turtles. If you’re looking for a snobby resort, this experience is not for you. This is a rare opportunity to share in a down home personal experience provided by local people in a “mom and pop” type atmosphere. They are passionate about the island and really take the time to share history and the way of the land and sea. We can’t wait to go back!
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Paradise Cove Review
HOWARD_F, May 2022
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
We booked the all day excursion to Paradise Cover with the lunch, beach chair rental. Kayaks, and paddleboarding. Snorkling was very nice. Saw sea turtles, nice reef, and plenty of fish. Very shallow at low tide. Whole area is only 3ft deep and tide recedes out 20ft at low tide. Lunch was atrocious. Bring your own. Was worse than ballpark food. Place was secluded and nice. Transportation was great but picked up at 1050 at Taino Beach Resort then picked up one other family and dint arrive until just before noon. Had lunch, then snorkled, then relaxed on the beach. Left at 430. Was enough time but if you wanted to paddleboard or kayak then time was short. Overall top notch but next time would do the snorkle only option, bring a lunch and rent the chairs and lockers.
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Sea life extravaganza!
Vincent_A, Dec 2021
Paradise Cove Day Pass with Pickup from Freeport
We did the snorkel only option tour. Deadman’s Reef was worth the trip. Many varieties of fish were swimming around for our viewing pleasure. We also saw sea turtles, stingrays and eels. Thumbs up from the entire family.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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