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  • Explorer Charts and Exumas

    If you don't have the 3 Explorer charts you should pick them up as they are filled with great information about places to go, marines and anchorages.  We've visited the Exhumes as far south as Georgetown, Cat, Elurtha and the Abacos in 2007, last year we spent all our time in the Exhumas at anchor and in some marinas, most notable – Compass Cay ( <>  ).  This year we are heading back to the Exhumas to visit the Raggeds and some of the out islands.

  • Good Dockage in the Abacos

    For those bound for the Abacos Islands I¹ve come across, what we think is a good option for dockage and to act as a home base for some of your time in the Abacos. On Elbow Cay, the island where Hope Town is, in White Sound there is a marina resort called Sea Spray that has special dockage rates until the end of March. For a month (any 4 week period) for up to a 49¹ boat it is $400 and for 50¹ on up it is $600. The water charge is 40 cents per gallon and the electric is 65 cents p/ KWH. They do have 6 showers on shore to us that is included with the dock fee. They have no public laundry however they offer laundry service for $15 per load to wash, dry and fold. They have a very nice pool, bar and restaurant and offer complimentary shuttle into and back from Hope Town from 8 to 5 each day (2 miles or so). Lisa and I have not stayed here but we¹ve visited it in 2006 and were impressed enough to stay this trip from about Feb 15th for a month. Great place to take day trips to Marsh Harbor, Guyana Cay (Nippers), Lubbers, go snorkeling, fishing or the beach.

  • Great Bahamian Weather Source

    As wonderful source of wind and sea conditions is This will help you to find the weather window for crossing over to the Bahamas (or any other passage).
    If I were waiting to cross over into the Bahamas, I would probably be targeting next Monday as the best date (using as a guide).
    Ken Chumley

  • Malaria in the Exumas??????

    If ANYONE hears ANYTHING about this issue, PLEASE e-mail more info to!

    Subject: Malaria in the Bahamas ????
    Cruising News: We heard from some friends that there has been an outbreak of Malaria the Exumas.  They are now taking some sort of drug that needs to be taken 4 weeks prior to being exposed.  I've checked all the sources I can find without being able to verify this problem.  Does anyone have any current information?  We plan to cross from Florida in the next 2 weeks and are planning to go to the Exumas and would sure hate to get there and find out we needed medication.  Thanks for you help and information. 
    s/v twmorrows

    The CDC confirms that malaria is a concern in the Great Exuma Island only.    Check out their web site.
    Captain Harv
    S/V Camelot

    I have been in the Exumas since November and this is the first anyone here has heard of this!

    Friends just arrived from a 2 week stay in Georgetown Great Exuma; and mentioned that there was NO info on the morning net at G-Town about malaria.  I suspect that the information is a result of the CDC warning based on the case in Spring of 08.  Thanks for checking…

    Friends just arrived from a 2 week stay in Georgetown Great Exuma; and mentioned that there was NO info on the morning net at G-Town about malaria.  I suspect that the information is a result of the CDC warning based on the case in Spring of 08.  Thanks for checking…

    Roger & Bonnie
    s/v Kokomo

    Hi Claiborne
    Doing some internet research revealed the attached article from the Bahama Journal. The CDC is recommending advance preventative malaria treatment of chloroquine for those traveling to Great Exuma.  Doesn't sound as if the risk is great but there is some reason for concern.
    Ginny Gordon, Kalista

    April 17th, 2008
    Malaria In Exuma
    Nearly two years after a malaria scare in Exuma, health officials reported Wednesday that three cases of malaria were identified during the last month on Great Exuma.Officials said in a statement that one case was identified in a resident and the other two in visitors to the island.
    "All cases have responded well to anti-malarial treatment," the statement said.
    The Ministry of Health said that in close collaboration with the Department of Environmental Health Services it has continued enhanced human and vector surveillance, vector control activities including larviciding and fogging, and testing of individuals with febrile illness suggestive of malarial infection.
    "Malaria is not endemic to The Bahamas but is usually imported into The Bahamas by persons traveling from endemic and highly endemic areas. Recently, there has been increased migration of persons from these highly endemic areas into localities on Great Exuma," the statement said.
    Health officials reminded that malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of the female anopheles mosquito, which feeds from dusk to dawn. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, weakness and body aches.
    Officials advise members of the public to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeved clothing when out at night and applying insect repellents.
    Last August, the ministry advised that one case of malaria had been diagnosed in a visitor to Exuma.
    In 2006, health officials reported at least 19 malaria cases in Exuma, sparking a health scare.

    There were 3 or 4 cases on Great Exuma in 2006 –  but –  to the best of our knowledge, nothing at all since then.     I would say don’t worry about it at all!

    Check the center for disease control and go to travel in the bahamas. You will see there is indeed malaria in the  Exumas.

    The following link may be helpful.

    My wife and I always check with Centers for Disease Control before traveling.  The Travelers Notices link
    ( is particularly important.  I keep these bookmarked on my blackberry.
    CDC has inter-governmental relationships with like agencies around the world.  The relationships with Commonwealth and former Commonwealth nations are particularly good.  Since malaria is on the upswing world-wide it gets focused attention.  While I am not saying there may not be reported cases within the Bahamas, reasonable travel health preparations should prevail.  Anyone traveling where mosquitoes and other disease vector insects are present should already be equipped with screens and appropriate insect repellents…and use them.  A "not me, not here, not now" attitude is a poor defense against anything.

    I have been anchored in George Town Harbor since 20 Dec. There has not been a whisper about malaria.
    In 2006 Jun and Jul  there was a brief malaria outbreak here that was imported by Haitian immigrants. Haiti is the only carribbean country with the disease. About 10 people,4 tourists and 6 locals were affected. The Bahamian Health Dept acted swiftly, The Hatitians were tested and treated and a active mosquito control program was started. I beleive there has been no further incidents.
    I would suspect the rumor passed on by Capt. Larry is this incident recycled.
    The best source of traveler information which is very up to date and accurate is www On checking this site I found no malaria alerts for any where in the Bahamas. It is still prudent however not to feed the mosquitos.
    Bruce Stewart, MD
    on the sailing cat "Hairball"

    Subject: Prevention of Malaria (for Bahama etc. cruisers)
    Cruising News: Malaria can be prevented by using a very cheap antibiotic:  Doxycycline
    Doxycycline 100mg is taken once daily for two days before departure.
    Doxycycline 100mg is taken once daily while in area and once daily for 4 weeks after leaving area.
    Do not take Doxycycline with milk or antacids because they block absorption of the antibiotic.
    IMPORTANT side effects:
    Photosensitivity (ie. SEVERE sunburn & eye sensitivity to light) — you MUST cover up, use sun screen, and sunglasses!!!!!
    Stomach upset, Diarrhea, & Vaginal Yeast — Taking probiotic supplements will help avoid these side effects.
    Philip & Sharon Merlier

    I was to attend a meeting at the Four Seasons in Georgetown mid February.
    Hotel called in November to advise of problem and to let group out of contract.
    From what I read outbreak was 1>3 cases.
    FYI: spend time cruising Vanuatu which is a real malaria area.
    No drugs, just drank an extra Gin & Tonic per day and all was well.

  • Good Bahamas Cruising Advice

    The easiest and most popular plan and the way we do it is to stage  at a Marina or a very popular anchorage at the north end of Lake Worth at North  Palm Beach while we wait for a weather window to cross into the Abacos. This is  an excellent place to wait as many cruisers stage here and it is a very  convenient place to meet buddy boats for the crossing and a good place to  provision as there is ample shopping, good restaurants and a West  Marine near the anchorage.
    When your weather window comes most cruiser will move to an anchorage just south of the Lake Worth inlet (South of Peanut Island) which allows for and  early departure out the inlet the next morning, often before light, depending on your destination.  West End on Grand Bahamas Island is probably the best place to enter and check into customs for a first timer and we can make that 56 
    mile trip in about seven hours in our eight knot boat. Believe it or not, winter  is the slow season in the Abacos so Marinas are usually plentiful and  many of  them are offering deals that time of year.  For example, Green Turtle Club use to offer an "Eat Your Dockage" deal where you get free  dockage if you spend an amount equal to that dockage in the bar or dining  room.
    For extensive information about the Abacos you should buy the cruising  Guide published by Steve Dodge as that has been the Bible for the Abacos for  many years and is very reasonably priced at only $19.95. This guide lists all of  the marinas, anchorages and routes to follow with all needed waypoints and makes  your Abacos stay very easy and safe.
     John and  Karen Siscoe
    CHATEAU/ Defever 46 Sport Cruiser

  • Pets in the Bahamas

    Ahoy All,
    I was just told by a vet here in Daytona that the health certificate for a pet is only good for 48hrs. Has anyone had this problem? and how do you get a certificate within that amount of time prior to leaving? Thanks for all help.
    Greg and Barbara Franklin

    Given the uncertainty of weather windows and limited access from a boat to a veterinarian this requirement seemed quite cumbersome to me, so I made direct inquiry to the Bahamas Department of Agriculture in Nassau (242-325-7502). They advised that there is a exemption to the 48 hour timeframe for personal pets entering the Bahamas aboard a private vessel. In such cases the dog or cat needs to have been examined by a USDA certified Vet and found to be disease free.  The examination & USDA documentation must have been completed within the past year.  I was told that the 48 hour requirement is for animals other than personal pets that arrive in the Bahamas on other than private boats.  The DOA further advised that since we would be entering on a private boat with a personal pet we need 3 itemsonly.
    1:  A current Import Permit
    2:  A current Rabies vaccination Certificate &
    3:  A USDA health certificate that was completed within the last year.
    These are the documents we presented to the Customs Officer at West End and it was a non-issue.
    You will of course need to apply for and have the "Import Permit" sent to you by the Bahamas Department of Agriculture prior to bringing your dog to the Bahamas.  The fee for this is $10 (cash or money order only).  For another $5 (cash or money order) the Department will fax the approved permit back to you.
    The actual requirements (as shown on the Import Permit) are:
    A: The animal is six months of age or older
    B: The animal must be accompanied by a valid certificate which substantiates
    that it has been vaccinated against rabies by either:
          1     one year duration vaccine – the vaccine must have been
    administered within not more than 10 months and not less than one month prior to importation.
          2.    three year duration vaccine – the vaccine must have been administered within not more than 34 months and not less than one month prior to importation.
    C:  The animal must be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate issued within Forty-Eight (48) hours of importation by a licensed   Veterinarian in the country of origin certifying that:
          1.    the dog has adequate levels of immunity conferred by being actively immunized against the following diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Adenovirus and Coronavirus
          2.    the cat has adequate levels of immunity conferred by being actively immunized against the following diseases: Feline Leukemia, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Panieukopenia and Feline Pneumonitis.
          3.    The animal is free from internal parasites as determined by a negative fecal floatation examination.
          4.    The animal is free from external parasites.
          5.    The animal is 6 months of age or older.
    D:  The animal must be presented to a Licensed Veterinarian for examination within forty-eight (48) hours of arrival in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The duplicate copy of the health certification documents and permit should be left with the Customs Officer on arrival. 
    E:  Form # IMP /1 (B), completed by a licensed veterinarian in the country of export is presented.
    Hope this helps and I would suggest that you call the Bahamian Department of Agriculture directly for confirmation of what I was told.
    We are currently in the Bahamas with our dog Jackie.  We (including Jackie) cleared customs at West End w/o problem.  Jackie's USDA medical exam and certificate occurred some two months prior to importation.
    Rick, Diane & Jackie the boat frump

  • Resting up in Marsh Harbour

    Greetings Claiborne — and Happy New Year!
    Since Walburg Creek, we ran down the coast and came in at Ponce de Leon Inlet, then ic to Titusville, where we left the boat at the city marina  (VERY PLEASANT) and spent 3 days in Orlando (where we have a niece) for our family christmas.  Then we took off from the Canaveral Barge Canal and ran straight to the Abacos, coming in at Man-o-War Cut. The weather was beautiful (6-8 ft rollers and 15-20 kt winds) and the waypoints on the CYC/Maptech charts are correct, which we had wondered about. So we are on the hook in very protected Marsh Harbour with temps in the mid-70s and what could be better?  Installed the shower and washing machine in the last 2 days, and heading down toward the Exumas, then Turks & Caicos in a few days.
    Michael Porter

  • Chubb Cay Question

    Subject: Chubb Cay, Bahamas
    Cruising News: Heard a rumor that Chubb Cay is now private.  Can anyone shed light on this.  If it is, can one still anchor to the west, outside the harbor.

  • Good Time – Bad Time to Visit the Bahamas Discussion

    Hoping no-one will mind, I have taken the liberty of copying the discussion below from the MTOA List-Serve.

    We have a time constraint (I know, trawler people shouldn't have a fix timetable, but still) and to make Bahamas, we would have to be there mid/end January to mid March. Experienced Bahamas travelers say we will be cold — no swimming. Did, in anybody's opinion, the global warming change that, or should we wait until we can make April/May, or the global warming kicks in?
    Raoul, ADRIA

    We spent time in the Abacos at the end of April the first of May and it wasperfect! The charter company told us we were lucky because it was the best weather they had experienced all year.
    Happy New Year,
    Susan Wigginton

    I can tell you that those of us who live in Florida seldom go to the Bahamas in the winter since the same fronts that pass through here also go there.
    That being said, there is also quite a difference between the northern islands (Abacos) and further south. I am sure many people from northern climes think Georgetown in the Exumas is pretty tropical even in the winter.
    Bottom line, it is up to you, but if you want beautiful clear blue waters the Bahamas are pretty tough to beat.

    We have been in the Bahamas in that time period many times, We swam, snorkeled, fished and played volleyball on the beach every day. It was sunny warm and fantastic. We would be there now if
    circumstances were different but will make it next year. Even the Abacos are warm but the fronts do make it through there more frequently. Head for the Exumas and have a ball.

    We spent the winder in Marsh Harbour 2 yrs. ago. Although windy most of the time that year, it was very comfortable for swimming & snorkeling.

    April is the best month for weather in the Bahamas pr the Florida Keys The winter winds are down(making the stream passable)to the Bahamas, and the Keys water temp is warming up as well. The days are much longer, and the snow birds are heading north making the harbors less congested.
    Al Hackett
    Pale Moon

    To avoid the winter wind cycles, it's best to wait until April. We've done it the last three years from April through July and have had great weather.
    Bob & Susan

  • Samson Cay Club New Years News

    Subject: New Years Eve Sampson Cay Club
    Cruising News: Come join us at Sampson Cay Club for New Years Eve, Wednesday Dec 31,2008 . We will we serving a Bahamian Buffet from 12 noon until 6 pm.  The buffet will include fried chicken, pork, barbeque ribs, coleslaw, peas and rice, macaroni and cheese, assorted desserts, iced tea and coffee.    The price is $25.00 for adults, $15.00 for children, gratuity is included.  Join us for fireworks at 7:30 pm  After the fireworks have a free rum punch at the bar. All of the staff at Sampson Cay Club wish you a Happy New Year.
    Check our website : to see our newly remodeled Hilltop Villa and new information on the Cay
    Cathy Piazza

  • Re-entry from Bahamas

    What is the latest on reentry rules from the Bahamas. We may come back to US around Stuart this spring.
    I know about Customs decal requirement. Are they still enforcing a trip to the airport or other office on arrival?
    Greg and Susan Han

    Depends on the office and the Custom Agent. Sometimes they give us a clearance number over the phone and sometimes they will make us come to them and sometimes they will make us bring the boat somewhere and come to the boat. The decals usually gets you a clearance number over the phone but is no guarantee. You will generally find out when you make the call to them upon entry. Chuck

    Greg, the new program does make it much easier to clear in but you must personally go to Customs to sign up. Since Greg is in the Bahamas now that will be difficult. But others heading in that direction would be well served to sign up, Again, each crew member on board must sign up.

  • Bahamas Cell Phone Discussion

    I copied the following discussion of cell phone service in the Bahamas from the MTOA ListServe.

    I called Vertizon (my cell phone service provider) and they assured me that  I will have a service in Bahamas (where the Batelco signal exists) and that the Verizon system is compatible with the Bahamas one. There is just an additional $1.80/min roaming charge — still cheaper than alternatives, like buying  a phone there, or sat phone rental. Can anybody on the List confirm that this really works? Thanks,

    If you have one of the newer cell phones (tri-band or quad-band) they should work fine in most parts of the world. The older phones will not work!
    I used my off-the-shelf tri-band AT&T cell phone in St. Martin, Saudi Arabia, and the Bahamas. Our aircard worked as well in the Bahamas. Note however that a gazillion dollar per second roaming charge does apply. We now have the quad-band LG Slides.
    Check the capabilities of your cell phone itself. If you have at least the tri-band it should work. Check you Verizon plan for international coverage. If you don't have it, and they require it add it for the nominal monthly charge.
    If you anchor in a harbor with open access WiFi (Marsh Harbor), use Skype (it's free) except you'll want to pay the $3.00 monthly charge so people with landlines and cell phones can call you and you can call them without any per minute additional charges. Also, we got the standard phone number ($20 per year) so that people can call use direct on WiFi from a landline or cell phone.
    Hope this helps.

  • Pet Importation to the Bahamas

    Subject: Pet Importation to Bahamas
    Cruising News: We are working our way through the ICW to the Bahamas with our pet cat.  We have been travelling with another boat who also are bringing their cat.  We've been trying to sort out our requiremnents and we haven't seemed to get it straight.  Our cat has had all the requisite vaccinations as well as a statement of health from our vet (July 2008).  We have applied for and have received from the Bahamas the required "Permit to Import Dogs and Cats Into the Commonwealth of Bahamas".  The documents and our discussions with personnel of the Department of Agriculture in Bahamas in relation to what we now will need is uncliear.  It seems to imply that we'll need to get a certification of health from a US Vet within 24 hours of our departure (this will be difficult given the normal waiting for weather windows).  It also suggests that we have to present the pet to a vet in the Bahamas within 24 hours of entry.  Can anyone clarify what is required?
    Mike McKendy
    Sea Sharp

  • Sampson Cay Club Christmas News

    Subject: Christmas
    Cruising News: Sampson Cay Club Christmas News
    Wednesday Dec 24th Christmas Eve, Join us in our Bar for Happy Hour beginning at 4pm, Karaoke Christmas Carols,Traditional Bahamian Buffet Dinner Served in the Restaurant 4pm-7pm. Adults $25.00 Children $15.00
    Thursday Christmas December 25th,  Take the day off and enjoy yourself and join us for A Traditional Christmas Buffet Lunch/Dinner  Service 12 noon until 6 pm Adult price $ 25.00 Children $15.00, Restaurant and Bar will CLOSE promptly at 7 pm. Sampson Cay Beach Party Saturday  Dec 27, 12 noon until 6 pm  Come join us on the beach for our Buffet, Ribs, Chicken, Macaroni and Cheese,Corn on the Cob, Salad for $15.00 a person.  Fresh Conch Salad made by Teddy $10.00 Happy Hour Beer and Mixed Drink prices… Come have a fun day on the beach. The staff at Sampson Cay would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year.  Thank you for your business and we will be looking forward to serving you on your next visit.

  • Fly-Free to Staniel Cay




    “Fly-Free to Staniel Cay”



    with the purchase of one roundtrip ticket on Watermakers Air and a 5-night (or more) stay at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club!


    Take advantage of this deal and our Inclusive Package (as low as $173/per person, per night, double occupancy) to indulge in a fantastic vacation for a great price!


    Make your reservations by January 15, 2009 and travel between January 5th and March 1st, 2009.


    Happy Holidays and See You Soon!


    *Restrictions Apply as (but not limited to) the following:

      • Free companion ticket only available with purchase of another full-fare roundtrip ticket on Watermakers Air with the same travel dates AND a minimum stay of 5 nights at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.
      • “Free” ticket flyer still responsible for all government fees and taxes.
      • Reservations must be confirmed between December 12, 2008 and January 15, 2009.
      • Travel must be between January 5, 2009 and March 1, 2009.
      • Travel on Watermakers Air only available from Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) to Staniel Cay, Exumas, Bahamas.


    Fresh water provided for
    Staniel Cay Yacht Club by:
    "Fresh Water – Anytime – Any Ocean"
    Desalination Systems by
    Watermakers, Inc.

    Staniel Cay Yacht Club
    (242) 355-2024 – Fax (242) 355-2044
    U.S. Office Tel (954) 467-8920

      ©2007. Staniel Cay Yacht Club. All rights reserved.

  • Stolen Boat – Elbow Cay

    Subject: Boat Stolen
    Cruising News: Our family boat was stolen from Elbow Cay at Dorris Cove in the early morning hours Thanksgiving day, 2008.  It was a Jupiter 31 with a navy blue hull with silve trim and the name of the boat on the side, "Slatwater Rentz"  It had twin 225 yamaha four strokes.  Please, if anybody has any information, plaese contact the Lighthouse marina or the authorities in Marsh Harbor.  You can also contact me at  This is becoming a real problem for the area and i hope it stops.  I am asking for any hlep and thank you for keeping your eyes peeled.
    Jeff Rentz

  • Taking Dogs to the Bahamas

    I  will let others give the on the ground experiences with the dogs, however, you need to quickly begin the process of getting an import permit for the dog (we have a bird).  Price is cheap $10 but you must get the application form and Fed Exp it to Nassau.  For a fee they will fax it back to you.  You then need to have each dog examined by a US vet who must sign the US form for an international health certificate.  This must be physically sent to that states US Agricultural Vet office who will countersign. (Believe the fee is $24).  All of this takes time.
    Marty and Deb

  • Abacos Dockage and Fuel

    Subject: Abaco dockage and fuel
    Cruising News: Well some of the Marinas in Great Abaco are offering some good deals for dockage,but here on Elbow Cay there are not really any. I don\\\'t understand not wanting to lower dockage rates or fuel prices to attract a little business,but that\\\'s the way it is.Business is very slow here and the Marinas are empty.

  • Bimini Cruising News

    Subject: News from Bimini
    Cruising News: 11/30/08 Just got back from 2 weeks in Bimini. We were sad to learn that the Bimini Big Game Club hotel and marina have closed.
    We docked at SeaCrest and had a great stay.  Bimini Blue Water was also open, they have fuel and diesel was $4.25.  The new resort, Bimini Bay has dredged a deep water channel up to their facility.  They are catering to mega yacht and fishing boats.
    Capt Bob\\\'s and C J Deli are still open thru lunch. But there was not much available for dinner.  Internet available at Sea Crest and
    Bimini Blue water. Still had a great time!
    Laura Crop

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