If you're looking for an inexpensive way to get out and snorkel a great reef teeming with sea life in Freeport, then visit Paradise Cove. It is the only sign of civilization on this side of the Island. Paradise cove has the most welcoming group of employees. They can supply the equipment at a small fee, and then you go through a small introduction to learn about the structure of the reef and where to go. The reef is great for beginner to advance snorkelers as there are different areas to explore. You can choose to go around the back of the reef where it drops to 30 ft deep. This is where you will sea rays, sharks, turtle, ect. Or you can stay in front of the reef where it is only 6-10 ft of water. There are floats to hold on to if you get tired. You pay only $5 to snorkel and you can spend the entire day in the water if desired.
Facility has bathrooms and also GREAT local food. Highly recommend the conch fritters. Hands down, best I've ever had. They catch the conchs right at their reef!
Transportation: if you are on a cruise, they have a shuttle available to pick you up. You can also take a taxi for an affordable cost, or rent a car to explore the island yourself. Remember, drive on the LEFT side of the road!! You have to go through a run down residential area to get there, just a heads up.
Watch my video to see what the reef is like! I have been another time but did not get video footage. This particular day, it was very windy and the water was a bit choppy and not as clear as it usually is, but still gorgeous.
We were in Freeport for just a day, and I knew I wanted to be in that beautiful, blue water! We took a snorkel excursion through Carnival Cruise Lines, and went out on a catamaran called Seaduction. Everything was so perfect - the weather was beautiful, and the water was so clear. And when we got into the water, it was ever BETTER!
I have never seen such vibrant colors while snorkeling! I have always been disappointed with my underwater photos, so I did not bring a camera this time - my bad! It was so bright and clear under the water, and the many, many fish were so vibrant! And I saw coral - brain coral and fire coral, and big purple fans. It was like being inside a pet store aquarium!
I still cannot believe how beautiful it was - this was my BEST snorkeling experience ever!
There are a lot of beaches and resorts along the water coastline to see. One of those was Paradise Bay, in a cove about 10 miles from Freeport harbor. They offer stays in the motel, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and much more. But the main goal is to sit in the sand and jump in the water now and then
I did not get a good pic on the way by these shops, located in between Freeport harbor for cruise ships and Lucaya town. The prices are more on the high end, and there is a casino there besides. From what I heard, this again includes many items found elsewhere that may be more reasonable in price.
There are a few boats that take you for a slow trip out to the ocean for 3-4 hours and see the coastline with motels and resorts along the way. The cost is ranging from $25-45 for most boats. They are located in Lucaya harbor.
The cruise ships can arrange the tour for you to take.
This is another feature that you can take for a 3 hour ride. It is a boat that is half submerged, and you stand in the center and watch the underwater scenery go by through portholes, or open window type setting. Price for the ride is $40.
This is another feature of what adventure you can take for a 3-4 hour period. The boat is located at Lucaya harbor, and the price for the trip is $30-40. The problem as I was told is due to two hurricanes coming through here since 2004, a lot of vegetation is now gone, and the coral/rock reefs are destroyed, not to come back for a long time, if ever. So the boat takes you out a little way into the ocean in hopes you can see some fish swim by. There are two of these boats for the rides.
There are some boats in the bay of Lucaya that will take you out for a fishing trip of between 2-8 hours. Prices range from $30-180, depending on the time spent and what you would be fishing for. Taking the fish back home on a cruise ship may be a problem, but they do clean and pack for you if you want. Most fish are left with the boat operator.
This is a bit more of shopping booths/stores than at Freeport tent vendors. It is an area about 3 blocks long, and two blocks wide, that has anything your heart, or pocketbook can handle. The shops here are more upscale, and includes a large number of jewelry stores.
All items are tax free due to an agreement with Wallace Groves, who came here to start up timber industry. In 1954 he got a 50 year tax free deal to develop 50,000 acres, and that led to now the shopping areas seen today, in addition to resorts along the waterfronts.
Right next to where the ships dock is small marketplace for souvenirs and a couple of bars, or local flavor of fast food snacks. The tent vendors almost all have the same items for sale, so walking and price comparing is possibly not worth the effort.
Most items for sale are T-shirts, carved walking sticks (hard to transport back home), bags, hats fans, liquor, and wicker; just to name a few.
Other than going out to some of the island that has beaches, nothing else it appealing if you do not like shopping for local junk trinkets. I do not like to shop, and most items are all the same at the local persons booths. There are three main shopping areas, and all are geared to draw those cruise ship passengers to a booth. They are Lucaya shopping at the ship dock sector, International Bazaar midpoint on the island between Lucaya, and Freeport town
Take a look oon Freeport’s Garden of the Groves. It is an 11-acre botanical park with many plants, flowers, trees, and waterfalls. Also experience all t habitats found on Grand Bahama in the 40-acre Lucayan National Park, which is famous for limestone caves. Y
Good place to visit is The Pirates of the Bahamas Theme Park, on the beach in Freeport. You can find there the friendly atmosphere and all day full of beach activities. They have Kidd’s Camp offers , also swings and seesaws, climbing and digging equipment, and a miniature golf course. Its not possible to get bored with so many Ping-pong tables, basketball courts, different water sports . Place to eat is the galley of a "sunken" pirate battleship while you drink grog. On evening there is the beach party !
I rented a "sit on top" kayak for an hour, just to try one out. IT is a great ab work-out, although that was definitely not my reason for renting. It is pretty easy to paddle and control, and allowed me to get pretty far out into the ocean.
I rented mopeds twice with some of the other work people along on the trip and I had a blast. It was $15 for the 1st hour, and $5 for each additional hour.
The 1st time our mopeds were brand new and they really could fly. Our goal was to visit the areas the locals go to, so we went downtown and drove through a number of neighborhoods. Downtown was pretty much a couple strip malls, a bunch of banks, and a few local shops. Not great shopping, but interesting to see.
We ended up at a secluded beach somewhere, which was also a nice little addition to visit. There were all kinds of conch shells laying on the shore.
One note: Don't try to jump the curb with the moped, it likely won't work...I have a bruise to remind me of my recklessness. I guess I had visions of Evil Kneivel.