Deep Water Cay is a storied Grand Bahama bonefishing lodge that dates back to 1958. But there’s another story at this newly renovated and expanded resort that has to be one of the best-kept secrets of Bahamian diving. If you’re looking for a spot with easy, sunny, relaxing diving where you’ll be the only divers underwater for miles and miles, Deep Water Cay is for you.
There’s no schedule to sign up for your dives at Deep Water Cay — the schedule revolves around you. Excellent dive sites with gorgeous, healthy coral and a variety of reef life are 10 minutes from the dock, where A.J.’s Tiki Bar waits for when you return (savory snacks and salty stories commence daily at 4 p.m.). Sites here are so fresh that most still have no names, just coordinates to both the southeast and southwest of the resort, which lies on a northwest-to-southeast axis tucked up on the leeside of the half dozen small cays that make up Grand Bahama’s eastern tail. In many places there are no navigational markings of any kind; all the diving here feels exploratory — for vast stretches, there’s nobody out here. Welcome to the ends of the earth: Hard to believe you can find this kind of unspoiled tranquility and virtually private diving less than a two-hour flight from Atlanta, and less than an hour flight from Miami.