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First Entrance to Josey Cave in Fern Gully
Entrance to Fern Gully & Josey Cave
Sign at Entrance to Fern Gully & Josey Cave
Fern Gully Walking Trail
Vegetation in Fern Gully
Vegetation in Fern Gully
Butterfly in the Trees at Fern Gully
Vegetation and Ferns in Fern Gully
Satin Leaf Saffron Tree in Fern Gully
Poisonwood Tree in Fern Gully
Sign at Fresh Water Cave in Fern Gully
Entrance to Fresh Water Cave in Fern Gully
Second Entrance to Josey Cave in Fern Gully
Leatherback Ferns in Fern Gully
Elevated Trail in Fern Gully
Viewing Deck at End of the Trail in Fern Gully

This cave is representative of the unique caverns found on Grand Bahama Island, which are a glimpse into the mystical geology of The Islands of The Bahamas, formed from fossilized reefs. Unique in its own right, the cave sits behind a local nightclub. It is over 200 yards in diameter and produces fresh water at low tide and salt water at high tide. It was used by residents of the Holmes Rock community as a shelter during hurricanes in the settlement's early years.

The nature trails leading to and from the cave are fertile with native vegetation that produces a variety of herbal cures referred to as "bush medicine." There are also flowering plants, wild berries and plums that have been historically popular with the residents in the area. They include custard apples, sea grapes, pigeon plums, and coco plums. Most of the trees have identifying labels; some also indicate possible medicinal uses. Various species of native and migratory birds make their home in the larger indigenous hardwood trees. Other residents include lizards, such as the indigenous curly-tail lizard that has become synonymous with the island. Butterflies will flutter above your head and the cacophony of other insect sounds provides a chorus of its own.

As you step down into the Fern Gully, a large fertile sink-hole, you will see rare species of ferns, referred to as leather-back, among other more common varieties.

Recreational Opportunities
  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Nature Walks
Seasons Accessible

Year Round

Fees: None

Accessibility Notes

This site is not suitable for persons in wheelchairs. Those with mobility impairments should be careful when moving around.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed, but they should be on a leash.

For More Information, Contact:

Ministry of Tourism-Grand Bahama Island

Poinciana Drive, P. O. Box F-40251, Freeport, FP
(242) 350-8600 · fax (242) 352-2714

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic.

Latitude: 26.572571000
Longitude: -78.850639000
Elevation: 36 FT (11 M)
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