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 Bahamas - Formalities


Entry into the Bahamas must be made at one of the official Ports of Entry, and the yellow Q flag should be flown within three miles of the port.

Notify Customs of your arrival and no one should go ashore until pratique has been granted. Clearance must be done on arrival (within 24 hours) and Customs and Immigration will come to your vessel. Everyone on board must have a passport and fill out an immigration card.

Customs forms can be downloaded at this link:
Marinas no longer provide these forms, so you have to either go to Customs to get the forms when you arrive, or, download them and print them out so you can fill them in ahead of time.

Regular hours for Bahamas Customs and Immigration Officers are 09:00-16:00 weekdays. Officers are on call during holidays and weekends. There is no overtime charge.

The Bahamas can be transited without clearing in until arrival at a Port of Entry at a convenient time, but during transit do not enter a port or go ashore.

Entry Fees
Entry fees must be paid by all visiting yachts (see Fees section below for details) and are inclusive of a cruising permit (for one year), a fishing permit and departure tax for up to four persons (captain plus 3 crew). Each additional person (over the age of 6) will be charged departure tax. The fees charged cover two entries within a 90 day period. Fees are high if only intending to visit the Bahamas for a few days stopover.

The Cruising Permit is issued for 12 months. The current fees are now valid for multiple entries during any 90-day period, which means that a vessel may leave the Bahamas and re-enter within the first 90 days of a Cruising Permit's validity, without payment of any additional fee. For further details see the Customs section below. Note: There is some doubt over the length of time the Cruising Permit is valid. The form states 6 months, the Customs officer says 12 months. (we have been advised that this is because the printed form has not been updated.) It is advisable to ensure your copy is amended.

The Fishing Permit is valid for 3 months. Extensions to this cost an additional $150 for 12 months.

There are no overtime or other charges. One should obtain an official receipt for all fees paid.

On some of the outer islands, the Customs officer may handle all formalities, but in Nassau and other larger ports both the Customs and Immigration officials must be seen. Officials should come to the yacht, but in smaller islands the captain will have to go ashore to find them. Crew must remain on board until clearance is completed. If clearing in at a marina, the marina personnel will call Customs and Immigration after arrival.

Anchoring/Mooring Fees are collected at some National Parks. The Bahamas National Trust sets these fees and enforces their collection. In some places, the fees may be deposited in drop boxes where an honor system applies. Elsewhere, the main park office will collect the fee.

Duplicate copies of Maritime Declaration of Health, Inward Report for Pleasure Vessels and crew lists will have to be filled in. A temporary cruising permit for the yacht valid for one year will be granted. This document must remain on board at all times. See Documents for cruising permit extensions.

Every crew member must complete an immigration card, so they may have to accompany the skipper to sign the individual forms.

The Bahamas Customs Clearance form is available online in PDF form. See link in the Customs section below. The Immigration Arrival Card is not available on-line, but both forms can be obtained from The Bahamas Tourist Office, 1200 S. Pine Island Road, Plantation, FL. Phone: 954-236-9292. They will mail the forms to you if you request it.

Penalties are severe (fines, imprisonment, confiscation of the boat) for not clearing Customs and Immigration.

Movement of vessels is strictly controlled in Nassau, Freeport and George Town, where all yachts are required to clear with the appropriate Harbour Control (VHF Channel 16) when entering and leaving these harbours.

Clearing Out
Before leaving the Bahamas, surrender your copy of the immigration card to the last Bahamian port of call. Departure formalities are simple and boats may leave without formally clearing out, although the cruising permit should be handed in to a Customs officer on departure. If this is not possible, the permit should be returned by mail. However, as some countries, notably the Dominican Republic, require an exit document (Zarpe), this should be obtained on departure from the Bahamas.

In Nassau there is a charge $75 for an exit zarpe.

See for more details.

Last updated March 2018.


Passports are now required for all visitors, including those from the USA and Canada.

Citizens of many countries do not require a visa for stays of up to 3 months. See Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an accurate list (Note: This list conflicts with the current information on the Bahamas Government website).

The actual maximum period of stay is decided by the Immigration officer on arrival.

Citizens of the U.K. USA, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and some EU countries can usually apply to stay for up to 8 months before requiring a visa.

Single entry visas are valid for 3 months and multi-entry ones for a year.

If arriving by air, a return or onward ticket, as well as sufficient funds for your stay, must be produced. In the event of arriving by air and planning to leave by boat and having arrived without such a ticket, a copy of the cruising permit (with the crew member named on the manifest) must be produced.

A stay of up to six months, which may be extended to eight months, may be granted. Different Immigration officers, in different ports, give varying of amounts of time allowed, when you clear in. A careful note should taken of the time allowed, and be sure to apply for any necessary extension a few days before it expires. This can be done by going to a local immigration officer.

Before the permitted time has expired, including any extensions, one must leave the country either by boat or by air. A copy of the cruising permit, or of any extensions, should be taken abroad to avoid having to show a return ticket to the airline and/or Immigration when re-entering the Bahamas to rejoin a yacht. However, having a refundable return ticket can save much hassle.  The original cruising permit must remain aboard the yacht. When leaving by air, a $25 departure tax is collected.

If visiting Nasau to apply for a US visa - see these useful notes from a Dutch and German crew who did just that.

Last updated December 2017.

Bahamas Immigration Authority
Hawkins Hill, Mount Royal Ave, Nassau, Bahamas
Tel:+1 (242) 322 7530 / +1 (242) 322 8504


Customs Clearance Forms

Download from this link:

The Cruising Permit is issued on arrival and is valid for 12 months. The current fees now permit multiple entries during any 90-day period, which means that a vessel may leave the Bahamas and re-enter as many times as they like within the first 90 days of a Cruising Permit's validity, without payment of any additional fee.

Yachts may remain in The Bahamas for a maximum of three years, but yearly extensions after the first year must be obtained from Bahamas Customs in Nassau. Each extension costs $500 payable by bank draft in favour of "The Public Treasury". Procedures for the extension should be started before the expiry of the current permit. Letters of request should be addressed to: Comptroller of Customs, P O Box N.155, Nassau. The number of the existing permit should be quoted and a copy enclosed for reference. More information available by calling (800)327-7678.

The cruising permit gives permission to visit all other islands in the Bahamas archipelago. The permit must be presented to officials if requested at any port visited or if boarded by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The permit must be retained on board at all times until the cruise is finished, then handed back at the port of exit. If for any reason one is unable to clear outbound, which is not required, the permit should be mailed back from the next destination. Immigration papers should also be returned on exit.

See Fees for information on costs.

Importation Of Spare Parts
As of May 2009, cruising visitors with a valid Bahamas Temporary Cruising Permit are allowed to import boat repair/replacement parts DUTY FREE.

Sale Of Boat Or Equipment On A Cruising Permit
It is illegal to sell or attempt to sell any equipment from your vessel without first declaring such items to Customs and paying import duty and stamp duty, including selling to another foreign vessel on a temporary cruising permit.

If you have a firearm on board (shotguns and handguns only) you must declare it with Bahamian Customs. You must provide the serial number, name of the manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition.

While you are allowed to have a firearm on your boat, you cannot remove it. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times.

In cases of emergencies, which require your departure by air, you must notify Bahamian Police or Customs. They will accompany you to retrieve the firearm and present you with a receipt. Upon your return to the island, Bahamian Police or Customs will escort you to your vessel and return your firearm. Any infraction of this law will be dealt with severely.

Bicycles And Motorcycles
Bicycles and motorcycles should be listed on the cruising permit when clearing into The Bahamas. If you wish to use them ashore, they should be licensed at the first port of call.

Other Prohibited Items
Knives and other deadly weapons, plants and plant products, meat and meat products (except for your own consumption), pornographic material.

Last updated April 2017.

Bahamas Customs Department
Customs House, Thompson Blvd, P.O. Box N-155 , Nassau, Bahamas
Tel:+242 326 4401-6 / +242 325 6551-4


The health service in the Bahamas is basic, but most of the bigger places do have a small hospital (clinic). The largest hospital is in Nassau where they carry out small operations.

Smaller islands usually just have a clinic with a nurse practitioner.


Amateur Radio
All amateur radio operators wishing to transmit (including email) in The Bahamas need to apply for a Bahamas reciprocal licence from the Public Utilities Commission, P O Box N.4860, Nassau, Bahamas. Send a copy of your licence (US General or higher), a copy of identification which should be birth certificate or passport page, a $25 money order and a letter of request to the Executive Director and Secretary, attention Radio Licensing Department. Allow at least 2 months for processing. The licence runs for a year from the date of its being granted (no longer on a calendar basis as was previously the case).

You and your radios currently licensed in your home country are sufficient to transmit in The Bahamas.

Cell Phone
Some cellular phones will work in The Bahamas under roaming agreements, but, if not, you will have to register your phone with BATELCO and make a substantial deposit.


There is a flat fee to clear Customs and Immigration, which is $150.00 for boats up to 35 feet and $300.00 for boats over 35ft. This covers a vessel with skipper and up to three crew. Additional persons are charged at $25 each.

Official Bahamas Customs website with fees:

This fee includes a cruising permit (for one year), a fishing permit (request this endorsement), Customs and Immigration charges and the departure fee and covers a 2nd entry within a 90 day period.

Until recently, payment for fees was taken in cash only; however, some locations may be able to accept credit card (such as Alice Town, Bimini). Ensure a receipt is obtained from the clearing officer.

Extensions to the fishing permit cost an additional $150 for 12 months.

The cruising permit may be extended for an additional 2 years on application to Customs and payment of a fee of $500 per year's extension (further details above in the Customs section).

There are no overtime or other charges.

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park fees

Mooring Fees:

  • Up to 39’ 11”  $20
  • 40’ to 49’11”   $30
  • 50’ to 59’11”   $40
  • 60’ to 69’11”   $70
  • 70’ to 89’11”   $95

Daily Anchoring Fees:

  • < 90’ $0.50 per foot
  • 90’ and above $1.00 per foot

Payment can be made with a credit card at park headquarters, with cash at park drop boxes or online at the Bahamas National Trust website.

See Exuma pages for more details.

For more information on the Cruising Permit see the   Noonsite/Customs section.

Last updated: January 2019



Particularly for US Cruisers (who do not need a VHF license in home waters), when headed to the Bahamas you will need a license for all transmitting equipment fitted on board. See the FCC website for more details.

Fishing & Diving Regulations

Fishing regulations are strict. A fishing permit, issued at the time of inbound clearance, is included in the cruising permit fee, and valid for 3 months. Confirm at the time of issue, the details of the regulations as those printed on the form are often out of date.

A Sports Fishing Permit must be aboard the boat you are fishing from but individual permits are not required. A fishing permit costs $150 per annum from the Fisheries Department if bought separately. On arrival a fishing permit should be requested from the Customs officer. This is required by any foreign vessel fishing by any method in Bahamian waters. The Permit is valid for hook and line fishing only (see regulations on its reverse) and no more than 6 rods at a time.

Bag limits apply as follows:

  • Lobster or crawfish: 10 tails per VESSEL at any time (closed season 1st April to 31st July). Egg bearing females are protected. Minimum size limits for Lobster and crawfish, 3 3/8 inch carapace length or 6 inch tail.
  • Conch: maximum 6 at any one time.
  • Demersal fish (grouper, snapper): maximum 60 pounds or 20 fish per vessel.
  • Migratory species such as Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna or Dolphin shall NOT exceed 18 fish aboard the vessel at any one time.
  • Billfish species (marlin, sailfish or swordfish) caught shall be released unharmed except where landed under the terms of an approved sportsfishing event or tournament.
  • Stone Crabs: minimum harvestable claw is 4 inches. Female harvesting is prohibited (1st June to 15th October Closed Season).
  • Turtle, coral or sea mammals are not to be taken. It is illegal to import Turtles, but legal to eat them in The Bahamas.

Spearfishing is restricted to Hawaiian sling only. Spears, fish traps, nets (excluding landing nets) and spearguns prohibited. You should request that the vessel's Fishing Permit be so endorsed, in writing, on issue. Spearfishing is not allowed within 1 mile of the coast of New Providence, off south coast of Freeport, Grand Bahamas and within 200 yards off the coast of all Outer Islands. Spearing or taking marine animals by any means is prohibited within national sea parks.

Use of Scuba gear or air compressor to harvest fish, conch or crawfish and other marine animals is prohibited.

No marine life at all may be captured in the national marine parks or reserve areas, see this report about boaters who were convicted of poaching in 2018 and below.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force regularly patrols sensitive areas and has the power to inspect any boat they suspect of flouting either these regulations or the drug laws. They monitor VHF Channel 16.

National Parks

To protect the fragile environment, nature reserves and underwater parks have been established at some islands. Visiting sailors are expected to do their best to cause as little damage as possible, both ashore and afloat. In particular, avoid anchoring in coral, which is easily destroyed by the anchor and rode. Mooring buoys have been installed at some locations and these should be used in preference to anchors.

National Parks, marine and terrestrial, are administered by The Bahamas National Trust (BNT), P O Box N.4105, Nassau, Bahamas, from whom further details may be obtained. The BNT is a non-governmental charitable organization. There are presently 12 protected areas in The Bahamas.

The national marine reserve areas in The Bahamas are:

1. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
A 23 mile long area of the Exuma chain, from Wax Cay Cut in the north to Conch Cut in the south and approximately 8 miles wide, is headquartered at Waderick Wells with a full time park warden and Royal Bahamas Defence Force presence. Be sure to know the boundaries and observe the no-take restrictions of anything dead or alive.

2. Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park
Inside North Bar Channel, Great Abaco.

3. Peterson Cay National Park
A 1 ½ acre cay off the south shore of Grand Bahama.

Last updated December 2017

Department of Fisheries
East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3028, Nassau , New Providence
Tel:+242 393 1777 Fax:+242 393 0238
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday,
Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
HQ Building , Warderick Wells
Tel:242-601-7438 ,VHF Channel 16, 09
There are seven mooring fields throughout the park. The ones at Shroud Cay, Hawksbill Cay and Cambridge Cay are first come, first served. Moorings at Warderick Wells are assigned by park staff. Contact "Exuma Park" on VHF channel 16 or 09 during office hours for mooring assignment. During peak season, some vessels volunteer as mooring field hosts and visit boaters each evening to pass out information and collect mooring fees. In addition, Park Patrol vessels may come around to collect mooring fees. You can also pay online.
Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)
A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out about any marine parks in the islands you are visiting, details and location can be sourced via this website.


Bahamas Import Requirements

An import permit is required from the Ministry of Agriculture for all animals being brought into the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Application to Import Domestic Animal Form can be downloaded from the Government of Bahamas Website. The completed form must be submitted with the relevant fees, paid by money order or draft sent by courier.

After approval, the permit is issued with a Veterinarian Form to be completed by a vet 24 hours prior to travel. The permit and the vet form must be given to Customs on arrival.

Applications should be processed within 2 working days.

Allow enough time to receive the permit before leaving your home port.

Import forms, veterinarian forms and animal import requirements can all be found on the Bahamas Government website.

Last updated:  December 2018

Department of Agriculture
Darville‘s Business Complex , Gladstone and Munnings Roads, P.O. Box N3028 , Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
Tel:(242) 397-7450/325-7438 Fax:(242) 325-3960
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays
Noah's Ark Animal Centre
Rock Sound , Eleuthera
Tel:+1 (242) 470-2029
Opening hours: on call 24/7
Veterinarian on staff: Dr. Sands-Johnson. Clinic established in Rock Sound. House calls to visiting yachts possible. Reasonable rates.
Step-by-step: Getting a Bahamas Pet Import
Posted January 2016.
Useful article from Carolyn Shearlock of the Boat Galley.
Feb 27, 2019 01:17 PM

We were just on Grand Bahama, Lucaya Port, where everyone was fantastic except our taxi driver. We found out afterwards if you negotiate a deal for the driver to wait for you (for provisioning)....for an should only cost $25.00 US/hr. We later found locals who would drive us around for far less.

Phisher says:
Mar 08, 2019 02:54 PM

Thats awesome!Less people over here the better.

Curtis Spacek
Curtis Spacek says:
Dec 19, 2018 03:34 AM

My cousin just returned from the Bahamas and could not believe how expensive everything was. They will never go back. It's now on the "no go" list for all of us.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 06, 2018 12:41 PM

As far as we are aware, no overtime is charged in the Bahamas. Perhaps the rules have changed. I am in contact with Bahamas Customs and will let you know what they come back with. Thank you for reporting this.

Blades Robinson
Blades Robinson says:
Oct 27, 2018 03:31 PM

I was hit with an unexpected fee when I went to clear customs in Marsh Harbour (Abaco). The $150 fee for the 27’ center console was anticipated but the $100 fee for clearing on a weekend (Saturday, 3pm) was not. I’ve cleared customs many times but I’m guessing this is the first time I did it on a weekend. I was surprised and was also given a receipt when I asked for one. Has anyone else paid this $100 or was I ripped off?

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jun 05, 2018 11:43 AM

This news posted on Bahamas Chatter:
Effective July 1, 2018, the Bahamas VAT will increase to 12%. This increase will be devastating! If you search on-line, you can read much more about the controversy. The only concession they’ve made for the residents is that some “breadbasket” food items will be VAT free, but the list is VERY specific & VERY short. This will hurt businesses too, especially restaurants – this new VAT along with a 18% gratuity will result in 30% onto a restaurant bill – Yikes!

We cruisers aren’t going to like this either. Also announced were a slew of various other increases including immigration fees – unknown yet if that will include Cruising Permit fees…

Christophe Alter
Christophe Alter says:
Apr 24, 2018 02:12 AM

I’ve just paid 150 $ for clearing in my 32 feet sailing boat in Georgetown. Apparently this fee is for boats up to 35 feet. I was ready to pay 300 $ so it was a good surprise. And I was able to pay with my Visa card (that is in Georgetown - Mayaguana wanted only cash).

Eve & Tom
Eve & Tom says:
Apr 19, 2018 05:03 PM

We visited Nassau in the Bahamas in April 2018, mainly to apply for a US visa. There aren’t any good websites about the visa process, so here are a few tips!

- Fill in the DS160 form online and make an interview appointment. Fill out the form with great care and detail, especially your financial & work situation is important. It took us half a day to fill in our forms, they even want to know where you went to kindergarten.

- Make an official US passport photo at a photo store in Nassau, there are a few, you will run into them. It is important that the photo is recent and square, other ways you have to reschedule your appointment (and don’t even get into the building). It cost us just under 4,5 dollars per two-fold printed picture.

- Arrive early for your appointment, you will be checked outside for your printed DS160 form, picture and passport. You have to sit on a long bench according to interview date.

- Once you’re up to enter the building, you will be checked for electrical equipment, brushes, liquids, etc just like at an airport. We had a steel ruler with us, which we left outside the door. Don’t do this, it almost got us arrested for terrorist activity! Guess they thought that ruler was some kind of spying equipment.. Just bring your DS160 confirmation, passport, proof of payment, bank balance overview and nothing else. If you forget to leave your phone on the boat you can bring it to a shop around the corner, they will keep it for you if you pay a fee.

- Bring proof of your financial situation. If you are self-employed or freelancer, give the average income of the previous year with proof. If you are unemployed and living off savings, print your bank balance. In our case that helped, and they didn’t take it but just looked at it and gave it back.

- Bring proof of payment of the 160 dollar visa fee. We weren’t asked for it, but others were.

- If you are sent back to re-edit your form or bring more proof, you have to reschedule and redo the interview, but you don’t have to pay the 160 dollars again. Make sure you’re not in an enormous hurry to get to the US. We scheduled our interview 2 weeks in advance, and it will take 3-5 working days until we can collect our visa. It is possible to have it sent to Freeport, which is closer to the US already.

Hope this helps all of you non-US citizens!

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Feb 11, 2018 10:32 AM

Posted on behalf of Monty Lewis

We have a first-hand report on two navigational lights; one of which is crucial to navigation in an open area and the other one entering Nassau Harbour from the east.

The first, the Northwest Channel Light, is still not lighted. There is a pole (approximately 30′) with a rope trailing from the top. This crucial light has not yet been replaced (for several years).

The second, the light on Porgee Rock, has been rebuilt and is working. The irony of this is that we just took that light off all of the Explorer charts of the area and published the new data last summer, and now it is working again! Oh well! So make a correction on your charts: The Porgee Rock Light is now working (for now).

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 08, 2018 09:15 PM

Changes in Bimini Entrance Buoys

Posted: 03 Feb 2018 on Bahamas Chatter:

The 2017 hurricanes brought changes to the entrance buoys of the channel to Bimini. The waypoint in Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas 8th edition remains the same, but some of the buoys are off station as originally plotted on the chart.

* The first red buoy on the chart is now off station, having moved northward off the southern tip of North Bimini right in the middle of a very shallow sandbar. Don’t go there!

* The first red buoy you see approaching South Bimini is actually the second one on the chart. It is in the correct position.

* There is a green buoy beyond that and it is off station near the entrance to Bimini Sands Marina on South Bimini.

* There are four small buoys along the shore of South Bimini leading into North Bimini. They are in correct position. The lighted pole at the entrance also remains.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 01, 2017 09:56 AM

Posted on
The pet thing . . .
Published November 28, 2017

To those that have pets on board. I sent in my International moneys order, and the proper form on the 16th of Sept, 2017. We left for the Bahamas / Bimini on the 24th of November. Without having received any formal paper work back. To this day, my mail delivery/receive service has not received any paper work. Tis the Bahamas…

With that in mind, I cleared into Bimini. The very nice lady at Customs went through the usual paperwork and questions. When she asked if I had any pets on board, I said yes and then I went through the above paragraph with her. I showed her the receipts for the money orders, the Nassau form, the health certificate for the dog, etc.

She looked at everything, shook her head and pushed all the papers back to me. So, on my cruising permit, next to the dingy and motor, the skiff and motor that I tow, the fishing poles on board, and the slings, is listed…………..ready for this……… (1) dog….

What a great country… not tied up in red tape at all!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 21, 2017 01:01 PM

From Bahamas Chatter: Ragged Island was devastated by Hurricane Irma. Apparently, the seven people who were not evacuated from the island survived, but the town itself has been deemed “uninhabitable” by government authorities. Most of the buildings are leveled, except for the Silvertail Lodge and a few others, and no government structures were left standing. The oil depot at Gun Point was also wiped out. The folks that survived the hurricane have also left the island. This is sad news for the many cruising boats that visit the Ragged Islands during the winter season. There will be none of the already limited facilities available. Boats cruising to the Ragged Islands are truly on their own.

Sailress says:
Apr 26, 2017 02:03 PM

We are in the Bahamas right now and our draft is 220cm (or about 7.3 feet) and we have had NO problems sailing in the shallows on the west side of the Exhumas and crossing over to Nassau.
Just keep looking on your plotter and plot a course that can fit your boat, otherwise just try and move on high tide.
You have to go here - the Bahamas is so much more beautiful than the rest of the Caribbean!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 18, 2017 08:11 AM

Posted on Bahamas Chatter (Explorer Chartbooks) on 10 April 2017:

We spent 8 weeks sailing our boat in the Bahamas; have a 6 1/2 foot draft. Did not have a problem. Pay close attention to tides when you plan on entering “skinny water”, study the charts closely and don’t fixate on your chart plotter – learn to read the water (color changes).

Don’t let the shallow water keep you from going. People run their sailboats up and down the ICW with little more that a foot of water under their keel and can’t see the bottom, but they worry about the depths in the Bahamas. You can see the bottom there and it’s gorgeous! Go! Enjoy the trip.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 29, 2017 03:54 PM

Posted on, 17 March, 2017

This past month we travelled from Green Turtle Cay to Glass Window Eleuthera Bahamas. Most of the time we spent at anchor, but we did spend a couple of days at Green Turtle and 6 days at Great Guna Cay in marinas for weather issues (we have spent at least half the time we have been in the Bahamas hiding from fronts).
We dined out some for dinner and some just for lunch/snack stops. Our dining money doesn’t go as far here as in the States.
Marsh Harbour has about anything you want and the prices are much better than in the out islands, but still not cheap. A case of beer at Green Turtle was $62 and at Great Guna it was $71, but in Marsh Harbour it was $41. So, if you are going to drink beer stock up.
We don’t have a water maker, so now there are water costs. However, when it rains here it POURS and it wouldn’t take much work to be able to fill up the tanks during it.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 26, 2017 10:30 PM

From Active Captain Facebook Page:
Pay as you go data (prepaid) in the Bahamas has gotten cheaper. It's only $ 10 for 2GB. And they text you occasionally with deals that are even cheaper. It costs $ 5 to get a sim at any BTC office. Buy data as you need it online. I put the sim in an old iphone 5 then use it as a hotspot for the other devices on the boat. We find this is almost always faster and more reliable than wifi. While it has good days and bad days, speed is usually above 2 MB / s. It's easy to find an anchorage in range of an antenna. It's often fast enough to stream TV or movies.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 16, 2016 12:42 PM

This quote from the Bahamian Vet who passed on this info.:
This change in rules has come about as a direct result of the distemper outbreak and some other factors. The feeling is that there will always be a level of infection in Nassau as the epidemic is still ongoing at that location. What is interesting is the fact that neither Abaco nor Grand Bahama had distemper outbreaks. The focus of infection seems to be localized to New Providence. The chances of your animals contracting the virus are small. Keep their vaccinations current.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
May 11, 2016 08:31 PM

Dog Distemper In The Bahamas
This information came from Joan Conover aboard the S/V Growl Tiger, and broadcast to vessels via SSCA Radio Station “KPK” on SSB frequency 8.104 at 1215 hrs UTC or 0815 hrs EDT.
Because of a recent outbreak of dog distemper in the Bahamas, new rules have been put into place regarding the exit of pets from the Bahamas. It now takes 5 or more days for a health certificate for your dog to exit the Bahamas, as all paperwork must be sent to Nassau, and approved by the Bahamian Department of Agriculture.
This is a result of a litter of puppies from one of the out islands, which were adopted out from the Nassau SPCA to other islands and to the USA. The puppies became ill with distemper, making all dogs from the islands suspect of the disease.
If you are in the Bahamas, make sure your dogs are current with all shots, and have your distemper records/certificates in hand. Both USA and Bahamas officials are concerned, making the paperwork a more lengthy process for ALL pets.

Zach Shipley
Zach Shipley says:
Apr 14, 2017 03:41 PM

I cruise extensively in the Bahamas, using Nobeltec TimeZero Navigator software for navigation. For TimeZero, I have both the Explorer Charts (raster charts, in digital form) and Jeppesen (C-map) vector charts of the Bahamas. The Jeppesen charts incorporate the Explorer chart information fairly completely, although the digital versions (Explorer raster and Jeppesen vector) do not display all the helpful text that one gets in the Explorer Charts paper books. I find the Jeppesen charts (in part because of Explorer charts) are more accurate than Navionics charts.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 29, 2016 11:47 AM

Bahamas Chatter: Praise for Explorer Charts
In response to some recent criticism of Explorer Charts, I’d like to report that my wife and I used them extensively on a recent 9 month cruise and we have nothing but praise. We crossed to West End, then up to the Walkers Cay area, then down through the rest of the Abacos. Next was Eleuthera. Then on down throughout the Exuma chain to Georgetown, and on the return trip north we skirted by Nassau, then over to the Berries, then Cat Cay, then back to Florida. The Explorer Charts are great. I am a land surveyor with 30+ years experience in surveying and mapping. On this trip we routinely used both electronic and paper copies, constantly checking one against the other, and comparing that with our own real-time depth soundings and visual observations. We found the horizontal mapping to be dead-on accurate, and the charted depths a little on the conservative side, as they should be. We had a great time exploring and taking some shoal draft routes, carefully nosing into skinny water while dutifully using visual piloting and minding the tide. The Explorer Charts never let us down.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 28, 2016 03:02 PM

Farmers Cay Update
Farmers Cay Yacht Club has announced that its nine moorings in the Harbour have been redone with all new stainless steel chain and line. Also, the dock has been replanked and braced. The restaurant is open from 9 am to midnight.

Steve says:
May 06, 2015 03:03 PM

Forgot to mention that on 2/2015 Palm Cay marina prices were $1.75 a foot for dockage, $0.65 a kwh for electric, $3.58 for diesel and $4.00 for gas; making them very attractive for fill ups.

sallybrodrick says:
Dec 10, 2014 02:43 AM

After reading one blog site that it can take 4 months to get the dog liscence from Bahamas I called them. They are not receptive to checking and I was told faxing the forms and bankers receipt that I had mailed 1 month ago would not help if they had not received the money. As it was clear they weren't checking either, I did fax and I got the form faxed the next day. The woman did tell me that if I had couriered it I could have had the form the next day if there is time sensitivity to the date of departure. Make sure you out your fax and contact details in addition to the form as it forgets to ask for that!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 27, 2014 09:24 PM

This report picked up on "Women who Sail" Facebook Group:
There were 3 boat robberies in Nassau earlier this week. Two of the boats were yachts at Nassau Yacht Haven and the other was a sailboat that was anchored out just up the harbour. The sailboat that was anchored out had the dinghy untied with the motor that was locked onto it. While he was at the police station they returned the dinghy but the motor was gone. The yachts were broken into and the robbers only stole cash. Both yachts had the captains on board and were asleep while it happened. These robbers seem to be very brave to rob boats while people are on board sleeping, so if you are in the area lock your boat and be careful. They even went into the cabin where one of the captains was sleeping, took his shorts off the floor, went to the main salon and took the wallet out. Took the cash out of the wallet and left. This is not a rumour, it actually happened.

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