The name Deep Water Cay has been synonymous with world-class saltwater flyfishing since Gil Drake and A.J. McClane, the iconic Field and Stream editor, founded the property on the East End of Grand Bahama in 1958.
When Paul Vanldiek saw the property back in the early 2000s, when it had been converted from a public business to a private club, he fell in love instantly.
“I mean, it’s like Gilligan’s Island on steroids, except there’s no Ginger or Mary Ann,” said Vahldiek, who saw the place as the perfect retreat from his successful law practice. “From the people to the location to the marine life, it was magical. I could wear my flip flops and get out of my suit and ties and just soak in the Bahamian lifestyle and hospitality. What’s not to love?”