It is on the extreme east end of Grand Bahama Island. It is so easy to get to. With Freeport, Grand Bahama an international airport, it is directly accessible from most eastern US airports. And can be reached from the US west coast in one day. Then, from the airport, it is a comfortable taxi and short boat ride away.
The lodge is the longest established bonefish lodge in the Bahamas (over 50 years, now) but it still supports one of the most prolific bonefish populations on earth and it is still one of the most upscale lodges/resorts anywhere. Everything about it is first class from the beach-side cabanas and houses to the freshwater infinity pool. You can do no better for a fishing lodge than Deep Water Cay.
The fishing is done either by wading on the light colored hard pack sand or fishing from the boat over the softer bottoms around mangrove lined cayes and across any of the turtle grass flats. They even have deep sea and reef fishing for those looking for a change from the flats. For the non-fishers, it can be a relaxing vacation or as active as one could imagine with kayaking, snorkeling, diving or beach walking.
Reservations & Rates
Peak Season - March, April, May, June, October & November 1-15 (double occupancy):
• 7 nights/6 days is $5,881.00 per person
• 6 nights/5 days is $5,187.00 per person
• 5 nights/4 days is $4,440.00 per person
• 4 nights/3 days is $3,605.00 per person
• 3 nights/2 days is $2,691.00 per person
Value Season - January, February, November 16 - 30 & December (double occupancy):
• 7 nights/6 days is $5,514.00 per person
• 6 nights/5 days is $4,863.00 per person
• 5 nights/4 days is $4,162.00 per person
• 4 nights/3 days is $3,380.00 per person
• 3 nights/2 days is $2,529.00 per person
Your angling package at Deep Water Cay includes ocean front room, air conditioning, and private bath, breakfast, picnic lunch, full course dinner, fishing, and skiff with guide.
Not included in your Deep Water Cay package are Guide Tip ($50 per boat/per day suggestion), air or ground transportation or transportation-related fees, alcoholic beverages, soda, tackle shop equipment rentals and purchases, 10% room tax and 12% resort services fee on room and meals, and any offshore fishing.
The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.
• Travel Guard Insurance
Seasons at Deep Water Cay
Deep Water Cay is open year around. The bonefish are on the flats every month of the year. It can be a perfect winter get-away. Yes, you might be subject to an occasional cold front, but the big bones of the Bahamas don't mind a slight drop in water temps. It is cool during the winter months but only by Bahamian standards. The air temps will range from low 60's to mid 80's (warm relief to those living in Montana or other northern states). This is the time to trade in the snow shovel for a fly rod.
Spring time at Deep Water Cay is the perfect time; March, April and May are the peak months for bonefishing. The cold fronts are gone and there are no threats from hurricanes. The waters stay warm and the air is super comfortable. This is also peak booking time, so early bookings for this time frame are recommended.
The summer months are perceived as too hot to fish the Bahamas, but the bonefish don't know that.They will be on the flats feeding, maybe in the cooler parts of the day, but they are there none the less. There are fewer people and the fish actually are less spooky and more aggressive during this time. Big bones are caught during this season.
But, if you want the biggest bones of the year and maybe of your life, plan a trip during the fall when the water temps are cooling more to the liking of big bones. September through November can be very pleasant for anglers with moderate temps during the day and cooling off comfortably at night.
Getting to Deep Water Cay
Getting to Deep Water Cay has never been easier. There is a wide range of commercial flights to Freeport from many Eastern hub cities. Connecting flights from Miami, Palm Beach, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Newark, Hartford, Philadelphia and New York City are most common. From Freeport, taxis will be arranged to pick up arriving guests and transport them to McLean's Town. Then a 5-minute water taxi shuttles guests to the island.
You can fly into Grand Bahama Island from just about anywhere in the US in one travel day. The airport at Freeport, Grand Bahama, accepts international flights and on the return flight, customs is handled right there so when you land in the US from Freeport, you can just proceed to your connecting flight without the US customs hassle.
Contact Lisa Donovan by Email or by phone at 954-359-0320.
Some guests prefer to arrive to Deep Water Cay by boat. The recommended approach is from the south through the Northwest Providence Channel. The approach channel and harbor have 5-foot depths at Mean Low Tide. Deep Water Cay can accommodate boats and yachts up to 200 feet, with electric and water hook ups available. To schedule your arrival by radio, please note that Channel 16 is monitored. Coordinates are 77 56W/26 38N.
Travel to the island is simple. The club's private 4,200-ft paved jet airstrip, along with the ability to clear Bahamian Customs and Immigration on island, make Deep Water Cay readily accessible for those arriving by private aircraft.
Navigation should be done using official charts. No warranty of fitness for any purpose is made or implied. Use of the aerodrome is a pilot's discretion.
$200.00 per aircraft.
Clearing on-island, subject to prearrangement and availability. Guest is responsible for all associated fees, including any overtime charges incurred.
Lodging at Deep Water Cay
Grand Bahama got its name from the original Spanish settlers who named the island "granbajamar" or "great shallows." The name itself had to hold some excitement for the few flats fishers coming into their own in the 1950's. Then, in 1958, Gil Drake and A.J. McClane, an avid angler, author, and editor of Field and Stream magazine, set out exploring the Islands of the Bahamas. While searching for a private island with access to prime bonefishing flats, they came upon a small cay with big potential. Deep Water Cay soon became the destination of choice for people who shared
the founders' quest for sport and leisure activities, in a private Caribbean setting.
Since that time, a veritable who's who of the fly-fishing world has visited Deep Water Cay. They found a place where time and tide march for no man, and a place where old world charm and natural beauty still exists. They found unparalleled inshore and offshore fishing, diverse activities, and comfortable services. They found a place where they can see the sun rise and the sun set, with no tall buildings to interrupt their views. They found a natural setting that needs no modification because it's perfect just as it is.
When you step out of your cottage in the morning you can enjoy your thoughts while sipping a cup of coffee.You remember a time before all of life's commotion set in. In the distance is the faint whine of an old outboard. There are no bells going off, no beepers.
These are one bedroom units with a private bathroom and two full beds. Each one has a front porch overlooking a bonefish flat within a few steps of your front door. There is a refrigerator, coffee maker, walk-in closet and air-conditioning in each. From your cabana it is an easy walk to the Clubhouse, Welcome Center, Dock and Infinity Pool.
If you prefer, private homes are available. Our private homes are more spacious and include full kitchens, sitting and living rooms, dining areas, and wrap-around verandas. In these cottages guests are treated to morning sunrises, evening sunsets, and unparalleled water views. Choose from a variety of cottages to suit your group's particular needs.
Fishing at Deep Water Cay
At Deep Water Cay you'll find over 250 square miles of flats to fish, and you can wade or boat fish. The flats that you'll wade-fish are hard-packed white sand, and the bones are easy to spot. Boat fishing is done around the softer bottoms that are covered in Turtle Grass and oriented around the mangroves. If you look hard enough you'll see that the water runs far beyond the mangrove root tangles and into saltwater lakes. These lakes also have some freshwater sources, which make them a virtual baitfish factory. As the tides flood and ebb the baitfish move out of the lakes in
The real treat is that the 2.2 square mile Deep Water Cay lies on an east/west tack and is situated below an archipelago of moderate-sized cays arranged on a north/south tack. A series of channels connect the southern and northern fisheries, making DWC a close run to any of them. There is enough variety for everyone. The guides can find wind-friendly flats on just about any windy day because of the layout of the cays and channels. There is almost always a place to fish with a decent breeze blowing the right direction. on the flats.
Because of the difference in tides, Deep Water Cay offers more excellent flats fishing than just about anywhere. There is a three-hour tide difference between the east and the west ends of Deep Water Cay so anglers enjoy more prime time fishing. The number of channels that pass through the mangroves means that guides move from the North to South ends of the island without having to make long boat rides. Fishing times run from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. If you want more, there are flats in front of the Infinity Pool that you can walk to.
Some of the most famous Bahamian guides are at Deep Water Cay. Mervin, Meko, Randy, and Mike T work out of Deep Water Cay. These seasoned veterans also run a Guide Training Program where they work with younger, up-and-coming guides. They pass the torch so our guests can have a world-class experience.
Anglers who arrive at Deep Water Cay will fish from an entirely new fleet of Hell's Bay Flats Skiffs: the Hell's Bay Marquesa and the Hell's Bay Professional. General Manager Dana Dribben tested models from the many fabulous boat makers and concluded that Hell's Bay skiffs were perfectly suited for Deep Water Cay's distinct fishery. He selected these boats because they float in the skinniest of water, offer a dry, comfortable ride, and provide stability while casting. Hell's Bay boats are produced from the finest available materials on a made-to-order basis, which allows for custom features to be added as dictated by the customer.
Several custom appointments have been added to each boat in the fleet. A stainless steel leaning bar is positioned behind the forward hatch to afford stability and security for all anglers. Internal rod tubes are appointed on both port and starboard sides and provide convenient storage from either side of the skiff. Internal pop up cleats were a must so that running fly lines don't get tangled, and cockpit chairs are removable to provide additional room, as needed. Poling platforms give our already expert fish spotting guides an additional edge.
Though the 17'11" Marquesa floats in only seven inches of water it still features a 76-inch beam and outstanding stability. The shorter and narrower 17'8" Professional floats in a scant 4.5 inches of water! Boats will be matched specifically to the conditions that each group will experience during their day. Outboards are matched to our hulls, and you'll see either Yamaha 4-stroke 70's or 90's. 4-strokes were chosen because they offer a quiet, economical ride for sure, but more specifically because they don't release oil and gasoline into our pristine environment.
What Makes This Destination Special and Unique?
• Freeport, Grand Bahama, the airport used to access Deep Water Cay, has daily flights from many US cities, including Orlando, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami. This convenient travel option eliminates time consuming stops in route, giving you more time on the water.
• Deep Water Cay anglers have a selection of available accommodations, including waterfront duplex cabanas, guest cottages, and private homes. They have the perfect accommodation for any number of friends, families, and groups traveling together.
• Anglers enjoy an immense fishing area including the north shoreline of Grand Bahama, several outer cays, and all the way to the east side of Abaco. You’ll never tire of fishing the incredible variety of flats, mangrove clad shorelines, and offshore cays available at Deep Water Cay.
• Grand Bahama is big bonefish country. A lodge record was set in 2014 and again in 2015 with back to back 14.6 and 15.44 pound bonefish. This is the place to hunt massive, double digit bonefish.
• Paddle boards, sailboats, snorkel gear, and kayaks are always available at Deep Water Cay, and they have a complete scuba diving program as well. Your non-angling companion will have many fun opportunities while you’re hunting bonefish on the flats.
• The lodge owns a fleet of Hell’s Bay Professional skiffs powered by quiet Yamaha four stroke outboards. They’re outfitted with comfortable padded seats, a leaning bar on the casting platform, and dry storage lockers. These are some of the best flats skiffs in the Bahamas, providing a safe, comfortable ride, and the perfect platform to fish from.