Northwest of Freeport on the western shore of Grand Bahama Island, the snorkeling at Deadman's Reef offers plenty of marine life inside the barrier reef. The barrier reef is located several hundred feet offshore and is a good dive site for strong snorkelers. In addition, there is a very large artificial reef closer to shore to check out. This boat or shore accessed snorkeling dive site is located at Paradise Cove. During Deadmans Reef snorkeling, you may encounter parrotfish, damselfish, snapper, squirrelfish, angelfish and occasional sea turtles.
A good place for an apres snorkeling drink is at The Red Bar at Paradise Cove. Alternately, you could check out Smith Point on Taino Beach.
To reach the snorkeling at Grand Bahama Island, most travelers will fly commercial airlines into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. There are regular flights from Florida (Orlando, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale) directly into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport on Silver Airways (a United Airlines partner). Alternately, there is a high-speed ferry from Ft Lauderdale to Grand Bahama Island known as the Balearia Bahamas Express (3 hours) that runs six days a week. It departs from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and heads to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. The Deadmans Reef snorkeling dive site at Paradise Cove is located about 9.7 miles to the northwest of Grant Town.
Tip: Keep in mind while snorkeling Deadmans Reef off Grand Bahama Island, the water temperture is known to vary greatly from summer (78F-84F) to winter (68F-76F). If you happen to be snorkeling at Tiger Beach, keep in mind that it is called that since the area is known for its tiger shark population.
Overall, Deadmans Reef is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Grand Bahama Island.