With only 400 permanent residents, Acklins Island is a charming island frequented by tourists who look forward to spending their vacation days participating in numerous watersports including fishing, snorkeling, sailing, and diving. It takes a bit of work to get to the island, and once you arrive you'll find transportation to be a laid back affair.
There are two ways to get to Acklins: by air and by sea. Both can be time consuming and take quite a bit of planning, so take the time to learn about each option thoroughly before making your final decision.
Unlike many of the lesser known islands in the Bahamas, Acklins has a variety of transportation options for tourists to utilize including the availability of rental cars and taxis. Don't discount ferry services, which will allow for day trips to the nearby Crooked Island.
The New Providence Island and chartered flights from the same airport. is the Bahamas favorite domestic carrier, and is the airline that offers regularly scheduled flights to the island on Wednesday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Because of the early flight, many tourists find it easiest to plan to fly into New Providence Island at least one day early and stay the night before flying to their final destination. The return flight leaves Acklins at 10:05 a.m. also on Wednesdays and Sundays, so returning home without another overnight stay is more feasible.(AXP) serves Acklins Island with both scheduled several flights weekly from the on
...enjoy the pristine waters...
If you are looking to set sail and enjoy the pristine waters making up the Bahamas, Acklins is a good choice. Visitors will find plenty of opportunities for fishing, diving, and general exploring, whether it be through a charter, excursion, or your own private vessel. Keep in mind though, if you are sailing your own boat from a foreign nation (such as the United States), you will need to go through customs. Acklins does not offer that service, so you will have to head to an international port first.
A small number of local rental car agencies are available on Acklins Island, allowing tourists to rent vehicles for somewhere between $60 and $90(USD) a day. Although the legal driving age on the island is 17, tourists must be at least 21 and more often 25 in order to rent a car here. When you are ready to get behind the wheel, remember that driving is done on the left side of the road like in Europe, though your steering wheel is likely to be on the left side of the vehicle like in the United States.
See our rental cars page for a list of the rental car agencies available on Acklins.
Note that bicycle rentals are rarely available, but some hotel properties offer them for guests.
Despite the secluded nature of Acklins, taxi services are available. Instead of hailing a cab on the street you'll have to place a call to get a cab to pick you up, but it doesn't usually take long for the driver to get to you once you're placed the call.
Ferries are an important part of the transportation system in the Bahamas. There are several major ferry carriers including the government run Mailboats which travel amongst many of the islands in the chain. Mailboats are mainly freight carriers which have adapted over the years to carry passengers as well, and the Acklins is one of the stops along the way. United Star is the Mailboat which leaves from Potter's Cay once a week and stops in Mayaguana and Acklins. These ships are slow-moving, but are often less expensive than flying, so if you've got the time but are on a tight budget, this may be the choice for you. There is another ferry service for Acklins visitors that travels between between Acklins and Crooked Island. It is free and available twice a day.
Although getting to Acklins will take a bit of planning, once you arrive you'll find it easy to get around and explore this little piece of Bahamian paradise.
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