Deep Water Cay (G. Bahama)

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    Deep Water Cay Club Overview

    Deep Water Cay is located on the furthest east end of Grand Bahama Island – approximately forty-five minutes from the commercial airport in Freeport (not to be confused with the high powered megaresorts in Nassau on New Providence Island). Situated on a 2.2-mile private island, Deep Water Cay Club combines the charming history of an old-school Bahamian fishing club with the modern amenities of an upscale boutique resort.

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    Bonefish Lodge Meets Country Club

    Founded in 1958 by Gil Drake and Field and Stream editor, A.J. McLean, it is hard to imagine a nicer bonefishing lodge. The best way to encapsulate Deep Water Cay is to imagine “bonefish lodge meets country club”. Sound over the top? It’s actually just right, and they really do pull it off in an unpretentious way. DWC has incredible food, beautiful accommodations, pleasant staff, and a very tangible and charming vibe from 60 years of rich history.

    Deepwater Cay has it All

    It is also a venue for the hardened saltwater angler as well as the couples or family holiday.  A multi-generational experienced guide staff runs top of the line Hell’s Bay skiffs targeting some of the biggest and least pressured bonefish in the Bahamas, as well as reasonably frequent opportunities for permit, tarpon, sharks, cudas, and more.   With tastefully refurbished guest cottages or private home rental options, gorgeous clubhouse and infinity pool, stunning beaches, easy access with commercial air service, private airstrip on island, legit non-angling programs, tip top equipment, and 250 square miles of pristine surrounding flats – Deep Water Cay has it all. 

    Most Accessible Island in the Bahamas

    Numerous commercial airlines service Freeport daily from multiple portals on the east coast including Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.  Many bonefishing destinations in the Bahamas require the hassle of connections in Nassau or cost prohibitive charter flights. Not so with Grand Bahama. From Freeport, guests are transferred approximately forty-five minutes to the east end of the island for a two-minute ferry to Deep Water Cay.  There is also an airstrip and customs service available at Deep Water Cay for those flying on private aircraft.  

     

    Destination Description

    Deep Water Cay is located on the furthest east end of Grand Bahama Island – approximately forty-five minutes from the commercial airport in Freeport (not to be confused with the high powered megaresorts in Nassau on New Providence Island).  Situated on a 2.2-mile private island, Deep Water Cay Club combines the charming history of an old-school Bahamian fishing club with the modern amenities of an upscale boutique resort.

    Founded in 1958 by Gil Drake and Field and Stream editor, A.J. McLean, it is hard to imagine a nicer bonefishing lodge.  The best way to describe Deep Water Cay is to imagine “bonefish lodge meets country club”.  Sound over the top?  It’s actually just right, and they really do pull it off in an unpretentious way.   DWC has incredible food, beautiful accommodations, pleasant staff, and a very tangible and charming vibe from 60 years of rich history.

    It is also a venue for the hardened saltwater angler as well as the couples or family holiday.  A multi-generational experienced guide staff runs top of the line Hell’s Bay skiffs targeting some of the biggest and least pressured bonefish in the Bahamas, as well as reasonably frequent opportunities for permit, tarpon, sharks, cudas, and more.   With tastefully refurbished guest cottages or private home rental options, gorgeous clubhouse and infinity pool, stunning beaches, easy access with commercial air service, private airstrip on island, legit non-angling programs, tip top equipment, and 250 square miles of pristine surrounding flats – Deep Water Cay has it all. 

    The Fishing

    Perfect Location 

    Deep Water Cay is one of many smaller islands that that make up the far eastern end of Grand Bahama.  This fragmented archipelago creates a labyrinth of creeks, channels and cuts connecting the north, south, and eastern coasts of the Grand Bahama.  As a result, anglers are never more than a few minutes from finding the best tidal scenario and favorable conditions.  This unique geography also lends itself to limiting long boat runs, and always having a fresh flat to relocate to.

    Big Bonefish & Lots of Them

    Grand Bahama also has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the largest bonefish in the Bahamas.  While some flats have legions of the garden-variety 3-5 pounders, some of the more ocean-side flats offer frequent shots at fish upwards of 8 pounds – and double-digit bonefish are not uncommon.  Some interior flats have a soft bottom (most often out of the wind) and others have turtle grass, there is a surprising amount of skinny, hard, white sand flats that provide excellent wading opportunity as well – a nice perk not always available at big bonefish fisheries around the Bahamas.

    Tip Top Equipment & Guides

    It is hard for your jaw not to drop when you first arrive and see the fleet of twenty brand new Professional and Marquesa Hell’s Bay skiffs tendered up at DWC’s private marina.  Not a cent is spared outfitting any aspect of the island’s operations or equipment.  Their shallow drafting, top of the line skiffs with 4-stroke Yamahas and all the electronics and creature comforts are not the exception.  You will also be very impressed with the quality of the guides as well.  Generational Bahamian guide names like Pinder, Rolle, Thomas, Cooper, and Glinton still push anglers around the flats, and uphold nearly sixty years of the highest guide standards at DWC.  

    Niche Permit Fishery

    While bonefish are the primary target species, the east end of Grand Bahama offers the closest thing to a legit permit fishery as you will find in the Bahamas.  The broad, open expanse of ocean separating Grand Bahama from the Abacos provides incredible habitat for exceptionally large permit.  It is a niche part of the Deep Water Cay program and is a lengthy trek run from the standard bonefish areas, but making a run east or southeast of the lodge can pay huge dividends.  The permit fishery is actually very small and tightly managed; so don’t expect to fish it every day.  Yet with a lot of luck and the right conditions, it is a unique aspect of the DWC experience we certainty recommend exploring when possible.

    Other Species

    If you just need a bend in your rod, huge barracudas and sharks seem to be around every corner, several species of snapper are prevalent.  Having a 10-weight rigged for tarpon is also a must.  For a change of pace from the flats, guests have the option of going out beyond the reef of their 28 foot Grady White for a myrid of snappers, groupers, barracudas, and more.  Bluewater fishing is also a possibility with some advanced notice, and the nearby mahi-mahi, sailfish, and wahoo fishery can be fantastic. 

    Do-It-Yourself Fishing in Front of the Lodge

    Still hadn’t had enough fishing?  The windward flat right in front of your cottage is a killer “home flat” to get warmed up or finish the day casting to tailers with a sunset cocktail.    

    Rental Equipment Available

    Deep Water Cay has an incredibly well stocked “shop” with a broad selection of flies and tackle, clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and anything else you might have forgotten.  Top of the line rental rods and reels by Sage, Tibor, and Rio are available if you don’t want to bring your own or have a hole in the arsenal you need filling.  

      

    Accommodations

    Most fishing guests stay in one of Deep Water Cay’s seven, double occupancy cottages located adjacent to the main clubhouse and the fishing center.  These recently refurbished houses have two queen beds, walk-in closet, refrigerator, coffee maker and super cold air conditioning.  Each cottage has a wrap around porch with a view of the beach, ocean, sunrise, and inviting bonefish flat right out your front door.  Larger groups or families should consider one of multiple 2, or 4 bedroom private rental houses.  The beachfront rental houses are located a few minutes up the island by golf cart from the main clubhouse and offer some additional living quarters, spectacular privacy, and stunning views of the secluded beach. 

    The “welcome center” and gift / fly shop at Deep Water Cay is located by the docks and has a legit selection of clothing, flies, gift items, sunscreen, and anything else you may have forgotten.  It is also the place where you organize your rental fishing or diving gear. 

    The clubhouse is the main social gathering area for guests at Deep Water Cay.  The bar is well appointed with every conceivable spirit and is a cozy, lively spot to enjoy happy hour.  Walls of the clubhouse are covered with several decades of photos from past guests with their trophy catches – including the likes Flip Pallot, Lefty Kreh, Ted Williams, Joe Brooks, and many more.   Words cannot describe the quality of the service, dining and wine either!

    Adjacent to the main clubhouse is a fully appointed game room with a huge flat screen TV and giant wrap around porch.  There is a completely outfitted gym downstairs with all types of exercise machines including elliptical, treadmills, and stair climbers.  The centerpiece of the club house is the large infinity pool that overlooks the ocean with an incredible view – the perfect place for non-angling sun worshipers or a cooling freshwater swim following a day on the flats. 

    The clubhouse is equipped with high speed wireless internet and guest computers are available.  Cell phone service is also available, but all guests should check with their cellular provider about international rate plans. 

     

    Capacity

    20 Anglers (10 Boats Maximum) & Additional Accommodation for Non-Anglers 

    Travel

    Several major airlines serve Freeport, Grand Bahama on a daily basis including American Eagle, Bahamasair, United and Laker International. The majority of scheduled flights arrive from Miami, with several flights from Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. After clearing customs in Freeport, guests are collected at the airport and driven approximately forty-five minutes on comfortable black top highway to the east end of the island.  A two-minute boat ride then delivers you to the dock right at Deep Water Cay.

     

    Private Airstrip & Customs Service Available on the Island

    An airstrip and Bahamian customs service is also available on the island for those flying on boat private aircraft.  

    Sample Itinerary

    Day 1

    Depart on a morning flight to the East Coast (usually Miami or Ft. Lauderdale as well as other direct flights from eastern US cities). Connect on to Freeport, Grand Bahama. Once through customs, guests are collected by a representative from DWC and transferred eastward approximately forty-five minutes.  From McLean’s Town, guests take a 2-minute ferry over to Deep Water Cay!

    Fishing Days

    After breakfast in the main clubhouse, anglers meet their guides at the docks by the welcome center at approximately 7:30-8:00AM and depart for a full day on the water.  Lunch is taken on the water and anglers are usually back to the dock by 4:30PM in time for a shower and sunset cocktails.  Dinner is served around 7:00-7:30PM. 

    Departure Day

    Depending upon what time your flight departs from Freeport; guests typically check out mid morning and are transferred approximately forty-five minutes back to the airport for departing commercial flight.

    When to Go

    Deep Water Cay is open approximately eleven months a year.  The lodge closes during the month of September and a few weeks in early October.  The following are a few loose weather and seasonality guidelines you must consider:

     

    Winter (December, January, February)

    Cool weather and windier conditions can be a factor. The fish are of course always there, but you run the risk of getting cooler weather from the States. However, it is equally as possible to have 80-degree days and little wind. Some of the best bonefishing occurs following the passing of a cold front when water on the flats warm inviting rested bones back on to feed. This is a great time for trophy bonefish.

    Spring (March - Early June)

    The prime spring months to fish the Bahamas. Consistently warm (not too hot) weather dominates the forecast. There is typically less wind as well.

    Summer (Mid-June - August)

    The fish are there, however hotter conditions and little breeze often exist. If you don’t mind the heat, the fishing can be excellent and is a good time for beginners to learn because of the lack of wind.

    Early Fall (September - Early October)

    Peak Hurricane Season! There is a serious risk of lousy weather, however we have had wonderful trips during this time frame --- especially if you are flexible and able to book on short notice.  Note the lodge is closed in September and early October.  

    Fall (Early October - November)

    The best time to fish in the fall. Conditions are very similar to March - April type conditions.

      

    RATES

    STANDARD FISHING PACKAGES

    TWO Anglers per Boat / Room

    3 Nights / 2 Days………………………$2369

    4 Nights / 3 Days………………………$3126

    5 Nights / 4 Days………………………$3849

    6 Nights / 5 Days………………………$4496

    7 Nights / 6 Days………………………$5098

     

    ONE Angler per Boat / Room

    3 Nights / 2 Days………………………$3480

    4 Nights / 3 Days………………………$4761

    5 Nights / 4 Days………………………$5869

    6 Nights / 5 Days………………………$6913

    7 Nights / 6 Days………………………$7880

    NOTE:  Please inquire for non-angling rates and oceanfront house rentals.  

      

    What’s Included

    Accommodations as specified; Full Days of Guided Fishing; Meals and Non-Alcoholic Beverages; Transportation to and from the Freeport Airport; Wireless Internet 

    What’s Not Included

    Airfare to Freeport, Grand Bahama (FPO); Hotel & Resort Taxes;  Tips for fishing guide; Alcoholic beverages; Equipment rentals; Flies & terminal tackle; Deep Water Cay Landing Fees (when applicable); Additional Non-Angling Activities;  Massage Service & Gift Shop Purchases; Items of personal nature

    Terms and Conditions:

    Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides and lodges which it represents.  Deep Water Cay’s policy follows:

    50% deposit required with reservation.  All deposits or final payments are non-refundable. No booking is considered confirmed until receipt of deposit. Final payment must be paid 90 or more days prior to arrival date. Any bookings requested within 90 days of reservation date must be paid in full. Schedule changes made 90 days or more prior to reservation date are without penalty. Schedule changes made 89 days or less prior to reservation date are charged a $250 per room penalty;  Schedule changes cannot made less than 15 days to arrival date and no credit may be applied to future trips. 

    Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgement that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.

    Consider Travel Insurance!

    Given the inherent strict refund policies associated with nearly all fishing packages, we cannot stress the importance of obtaining travel insurance to protect your investment. Travelers can obtain coverage for pre-existing health problems (related to yourself, your family, business partners, or your traveling partners), emergency evacuation, lost baggage, delay, life insurance packages; even “no questions asked” or “for work reasons” coverage.

    We will provide you with more detailed information about travel insurance from our sponsored provider, Travel Guard, when you book a trip with Tailwaters Travel. We can conveniently process a very comprehensive insurance policy for you in-house after asking a few simple questions.

    Call today to protect your investment: (888) 824-5420

    Please review our Policies & Cancellations section.

    Non-Angling Activities

    Deep Water Cay should definitely be considered a destination for folks bringing their non-fishing companions in tow.  Their service, amenity, and abundance of organized and casual activities are enough to keep the most restless guests entertained. 

    Activities such as diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, sailing, and kayaking are all available, and DWC maintains top-notch equipment and gear for all water sports.  The club maintains both a 33-foot World Cat catamaran and brand new Nautica dive boats to explore the areas abundance of world-class blue hole and shallow water dive sites. All dive equipment is on site and dive instruction can be provided at Deep Water Cay.

    A tennis court, bicycles, and a legit gym with numerous workout machines are also available for folks wanting some exercise.  Of course, hanging out in the infinity pool and simply kicking it on the beach is not all bad either! Licensed massage therapists and spa treatments are available upon request.