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Gold Rock Beach is touted as one of the best beaches in the world and the filming location of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. The beach is part of The Lucayan National Park and is approximately 25 miles from Freeport. At a cost of $5/person you can explore the caves and the beach at your leisure.
Deep Sea and Reef Fishing are popular activities on the island. My husband caught snapper, porgy, and triggerfish on his reef fishing adventure and several barracuda during his deep sea fishing excursion. We chose to stay at a fully furnished apartment making it possible to cook and eat some of the delicious fish Ty caught during his fishing trips. Of note, conch is very popular on Grand Bahama Island so if skin diving is of interest be sure to skin dive in the canals.
Scuba diving on Grand Bahama Island should definitely be on your bucket list! Our shark and dolphin dives turned out to be the highlight of all of our diving experiences thus far (even in comparison to the huge sea life in Egypt and the beautiful coral reefs in Cozumel). We quickly adapted to the sharks after jumping off the boat for the first dive and seeing the sharks swim in circles underneath us (and it wasn’t even a “shark dive”)!
Our first dive, “Picasso’s Gallery”, had everything a diver hopes for in a dive (beautiful coral, numerous species of fish, a huge turtle, conch, and dozens of sharks). After several minutes of sharks swimming alongside, straight at you, or directly over your head I became comfortable enough to look around at other sea life. At one point I became focused on a trumpet fish and felt something close to my head. Assuming it was another diver I swiftly turned my head only to headbutt a shark. I was stunned to say the least and every other diver, including our dive masters, witnessed it. One of the dive masters calmly looked at me and gave me the “ok” signal. I signaled back and went about the dive. Afterwards my husband informed me the shark was nibbling on my mask or braid and was also stunned when I bumped into him. The dive masters stated they’d never seen that happen so needless to say I had a shark “encounter” before our actual shark dive.