Walker’s Cay lies 53 miles (85 km) to the northeast of West End, Grand Bahama, in the northern Bahamas. Its surface is only about 100 acres (40 ha). The island sits on the edge of the Little Bahama Bank, the bank containing shallow, green-colored water, averaging about 10 feet (3.0 m) in depth. However, on the north side of Walker’s Cay, the water drops off sharply into deep, blue ocean depths. The closest island is Grand Cay.
The stunning coral formations and surrounding marine environs host majestic schools of pompano and amberjack, large marine predators such as sharks and barracudas, multitudes of colorful, tropical fish, turtles, and eagle rays. In addition, the shallow waters offer the challenge of bonefish, permit, and tarpon for great fly-fishing.
For over fifty years, Walker’s Cay has been a legendary fishing resort known by fishermen worldwide as the premier, deep-sea fishing location. This beautiful island has exposure to the Atlantic Ocean on both the north and east sides, as well as proximity to Matanilla Shoal which gives the area the unique conditions which make its fishing unmatched, and like nowhere else on earth.
One of sport fishing’s most iconic destinations, the Bahamian island of Walker’s Cay was ravaged by two devastating, back-to-back hurricanes and has been closed to the public since 2005.
The rebirth of Walker’s Cay is now underway thanks to philanthropist and marlin fishing enthusiast Carl Allen. In the coming months, the remaining debris will be cleared to make way for a complete renovation, including a world-class public marina, lodging, water, fuel, and much more. Allen plans to have the infrastructure up and running by the Spring of 2020.