Abaco Ferries

Locals and tourists rely heavily on ferries to get around the Abacos

Many of the islands in the Abacos are so small that they don't even have an air strip or helicopter pad. This means that the only way to travel between the group is to sail. If you don't have a boat of your own, you'll need to hire a private charter, or do what most do and take a ferry. There are three main ferry services that make stops in the Abacos, as well as a few smaller options that only travel between two specific spots.

Riding the Ferries

Mail Boats

Many years ago, mail boats were the only way for locals to get from island to island if they were not in possession of their own boats. The mail boats began as a government mail and freight service, but as people began to realize the possibilities, the service evolved and began offering passenger transfer as well. These days they visit Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay, Sandy Point, and Moore's Island, all parts of the Abacos, as well as New Providence Island, Acklins, Andros, the Berry Islands, the Bimini Islands, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Great Exuma, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, and San Salvador.

The Mail Boat that is known to frequent the Abaco is called the Captain Gurth Dean. It leaves from Potter's Cay on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m., sails for 12 hours, and makes port in Marsh Harbour and Green Turtle Cay. The cost is $40(USD), and the return boat leaves the Abacos on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Another route leaves Potter's Cay on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and makes stops in Sandy Point, Moore's Island, and Bulluck's Harbour. This trip costs $45(USD) each way and returns on Sunday at 8:00 a.m.

The biggest complaint passengers have about the mail boats is their speed. They tend to move at a very slow pace, but the trade off it that the cost is lower than flying and even other ferries.

Fast Ferries

Bahamas Fast Ferries came into being as a result of the complaints that the mail boat system was too slow. Although the price to travel using these ferries is much higher, it cuts your travel time down significantly, which is important to tourists who have limited time to explore. Fast Ferries make stops in Sandy Point as part of a Cruise and Stay Package, while their regular daily services leave from Nassau and travel to the Andros Islands, Eleuthera, and the Exumas.

Albury's Ferries

Albury's Ferry Service is the most important ferry service to exist on Abaco. It has been in operation for nearly half a century, and succeeds in getting tourists from Marsh Harbour to Man-of-War, Hope Town, Great Guana Cay, and Scotland on a daily basis. This is important for tourists who fly into the Marsh Harbour International Airport with plans to stay elsewhere. operates 12 fiberglass “donies,” and most trips last less than 30 minutes and cost only $17(USD).

There is one other ferry service, that tourists staying on Abaco should know about, and that is the Green Turtle Ferry that travels non-stop between Treasure Cay and Green Turtle Cay during daylight hours. Green Turtle Cay is a very small islet that draws tourists looking to get off the grid, and it is so secluded that you can't even fly there. For this reason, most tourists will fly into Treasure Cay, then take the 15 to 20 minute ferry to reach their final destination. It costs $20(USD) per person round trip to take the Green Turtle Cay Ferry.

Familiarize yourself with the choices for water transportation below.

Ferry Docks
Name Phone Location Island
Abaco Adventures Man O' War Dock -- Man of War Cay Man of War Cay
Abaco Adventures Treasure Cay Dock -- Treasure Cay Great Abaco
Abaco Ferry (242) 367-3277 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Albury Ferry Dock (242) 367-0290 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Albury's Ferry Scotland Cay Dock -- Scotland Cay Scotland Cay
Albury's Guana Dock -- Great Guana Cay Great Guana Cay
Albury's Man-O-War Ferry Dock -- Man of War Cay Man of War Cay
Albury's Marsh Harbour Dock -- Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Green Turtle Cay Ferry Dock -- Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Lodge Ferry Dock -- Hopetown Elbow Cay
Lodge Ferry Dock -- Queen's Highway - Hopetown Elbow Cay
Lower Public Dock -- Hopetown Elbow Cay
North End Dock -- 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) North of Hopetown Elbow Cay
Post Office Dock? -- Hopetown Elbow Cay
Sandy Point Ferry Terminal -- Sandy Point Great Abaco
Treasure Cay Airport Ferry Terminal -- 22.9 mi. (36.9 km) Northwest of Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
White Sound Public Dock -- 1.7 mi. (2.8 km) South West of Hopetown Elbow Cay

Getting around the Abacos – and visiting some of the other islands in the Bahamas – is as simple as hopping on a ferry. Knowing about schedules and fares in advance allows you to prepare for this island-style adventure and make the most of it.

Ferry Routes, Abaco
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Green Turtle Cay Treasure Cay Airport Ferry Terminal Green Turtle Cay Ferry Dock Green Turtle Ferry many times per day
Marsh Harbour Albury's Ferry Scotland Cay Dock Albury's Marsh Harbour Dock Albury's Ferry Service several times per day
Marsh Harbour Albury's Guana Dock Albury's Marsh Harbour Dock Albury's Ferry Service several times per day
Marsh Harbour Albury's Man-O-War Ferry Dock Albury's Marsh Harbour Dock Albury's Ferry Service several times per day
Marsh Harbour Lower Public Dock Albury's Marsh Harbour Dock Albury's Ferry Service several times per day
Nassau Sandy Point Ferry Terminal Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Treasure Cay Abaco Adventures Man O' War Dock Abaco Adventures Treasure Cay Dock Abaco Adventures 1 to 2 days per week
 

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