Grand Bahamas History

Take a look around and you’ll notice the numerous historical locations that hold a piece of Grand Bahama Island’s history. Peek into the island’s past and add more to your Grand Bahama Island vacation experience.

Lucayan National Park

Grand Bahama’s Lucayan National Park is home to one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world of which 6 miles have been charted by divers! The national park represents an important part in Bahamian history since skulls and artifacts belonging to the Lucayan tribes, Grand Bahama’s earliest settlers, were found in the caves and throughout the park. If you are an experienced diver and have special permission from UNEXSO, add a twist to your cave expedition and explore the caves from under water.

Deadman’s Reef

Welcome to Grand Bahama’s ultimate snorkeling location. Deadman’s Reef is also the recent site for unearthing Lucayan artifacts – hearths, animal bones, pottery pieces and shell beads. The home of Paradise Cove is considered one of the most important Lucayan archaeological sites on Grand Bahama Island. On your next snorkeling adventure, add a little archaeological fun for a one-of-a-kind underwater experience.

Towns and Settlements

Break away from the island activities and travel to the towns and settlements that are scattered around Grand Bahama Island. Each town holds its own unique story from the past. Old Freeport and Williams Town pay tribute to the emancipation of the slaves. Smith’s Town is proud to maintain its Bahamian heritage and hosts the Fish Fry, a Wednesday night tradition. See what kind of history lies beyond Freeport’s city limits. The Western part of Grand Bahama Island is home to several Heritage sites, like the historic Pinder’s Point Lighthouse, the Boiling Hole, Mermaid’s Pond, Holmes Rock Caves and Nature Trail as well as the Hawksbill Creek.

For excursions and tours of Grand Bahama Island’s historical locations, contact the following vendors: