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Snorkeling from an island beach is a lot easier than having to board a boat or paddling out to a reef. In the Bahamas, there's a spot located right on Grand Bahama Island that's easy to get to and is also rated one of the best reefs in the Bahamas. This easy to find cove offers amazing snorkeling just offshore from the beach, and many visitors find that simply swimming there is the best option.

Paradise Cove is teeming with marine life and features incredible coral reef formations that attract snorkelers and divers from all over the world. The reef itself is the subject for many a marine photographer and can also be explored with the help of a glass-bottom boat or ocean kayak, making it easily accessible to any visitor staying in Freeport, Bahamas.

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What To Know About Paradise Cove, Bahamas

The great thing about staying on Grand Bahama Island is that it's also home to Deadman's Reef. Easily located on the southwestern side of the island, this reef is considered the best of any offshore. Those staying in downtown Freeport are only a 15-minute drive from the beach that accesses the reef, so it's a very easy day trip and can fit into any itinerary. The reef and beach are both family-friendly and are perfect for those seeking a glimpse of the Bahamas' most famed marine life. Parrotfish and sea turtles are among the reef's frequent visitors, but the reef itself is also quite breathtaking.

Deadman's Reef is known as one of the top snorkel spots in the Bahamas due to its accessibility and abundance of marine life. Snorkelers have the chance to witness hundreds of fish species, and the coral reef is highly regarded as one of the world's most impressive.

The marine life that's most often seen while snorkeling includes appearances by:

  • Damselfish
  • Parrotfish
  • Squirrelfish
  • Sea turtles
  • Angelfish
  • Snapper

Can You Snorkel From The Beach?

In short, yes! According to the Deadman's Reef snorkel page, the moderate swim takes about eight minutes from beach to reef. Since the reef itself runs along the shoreline, it's easy to find and is shallow enough for snorkelers to see without a deep-dive.

Thanks to the cove's calmer waters, experienced swimmers will be able to tread these easy-going waters with few problems.

With that being said, swimming is not the only way to reach Deadman's Reef. Visitors might also opt for a glass-bottom boat tour or to rent a sea kayak to make their way out, no swimming required.

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Snorkeling Tours Of Deadman's Reef At Paradise Cove

In order to snorkel this incredible marine life hotspot, visitors can book a snorkel tour through the Deadman's Reef website. Tour options range from two, four, and six hours, all of which are the same cost since the price is based on adult vs. children.

  • Adult Price: $50
  • Child Price: $35

There is a 10% discount offered for those who opt to bring their own snorkel gear and don't need to rent equipment.

Included in each tour are:

  • Transportation to and from the beach
  • Snorkel equipment (unless a participant brings their own)
  • A floatation device

Additionally, tour-takers have the option for these tour add-ons:

  • A mean for $9.50/person
  • A lounge chair for $6/person
  • A beach umbrella for $7/person

Through the site, tour-takers can book transportation from their hotel, or can book a cruise pickup.

Snorkel Classes At Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove also offers snorkel courses at Deadman's Reef, which includes safety and problem management, proper techniques on how to snorkel, and a free dive to a maximum depth of five meters (16 feet). During a 1.5-hour-period (or two hours for ocean snorkeling), participants will learn the basics of tropical snorkeling.

Pricing per person varies depending on the group, with options ranging from $60 to $90 per person depending on group size.

Snorkeling at Paradise Cove is a unique experience for any visitor to Freeport. The Bahamas is home to some of the greatest snorkel spots in the world, and Deadman's Reef is a marine wonderland, teeming with species that are absolutely thrilling to watch in person. Snorkel tours are worth taking during any visit, especially for those hoping to catch an up-close look at the marine life that callthe Bahamas their home.