Lucayan National Park

Lucayan National Park bahamas

Lucayan National Park is a beautiful and ecologically diverse protected area located on the island of Grand Bahama in The Bahamas. Spanning over 40 acres (16 hectares), the park showcases the natural wonders of the island and preserves important habitats for wildlife and plants. It is named after the indigenous Lucayan people who inhabited the region before the arrival of Europeans.

The Park is famous for its underwater cave systems (one of the longest in the world),and its beaches, highlighting the Gold Rock Beach, which appeared on “Pirates of the Caribbean”. There are three national parks on Grand Bahama Island, but Lucayan is the biggest one, with 40 acres (16 hectare).

The Lucayan Park features diverse ecosystems, including pine forest, mangroves creeks, coral reefs; and is home to the 6 vegetation zones found in Bahamas.

Its underwater system have over 6 miles of tunnels, and 2 caves are currently open to the public: Ben’s Cave and Burial Mound Cave. These limestone caves are formed by the erosion of the island’s porous rock over thousands of years, creating intricate passages and stunning formations.

Burial Mound Cave

Burial Mound Cave takes its name from the remains of 6 Lucayans (the earliest inhabitants of the island) found in here in 1986, evidence that there was pre-Columbian settlement on Bahamas.

It is presumed that Lucayans used the caves as a source of freshwater and for ceremonial burials.

Ben’s Cave

Ben’s Cave has a total of 60 ft of water, with a mix of both fresh and salt water. It appeared on the James Bond movie “Never say never again”.

The park is home to a variety of plant and animal species, many of which are endemic to the region. The coastal mangroves provide vital nursery habitats for marine life, while the forests support a rich birdlife, including the Bahama parrot, the national bird of The Bahamas. Exploring the park offers opportunities for birdwatching, wildlife spotting, and learning about the unique ecology of the island.

Overall, Lucayan National Park is a remarkable destination that showcases the natural and cultural heritage of Grand Bahama Island. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone interested in history, this park offers a unique and unforgettable experience in the heart of The Bahamas.



Entrance fee: $5 (kids under 12 enter free)

Hours: Open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Bug spray is recommended if visiting.