The Bahamas Ferries

In the Bahamas, ferries and boats offer access to even the most remote islands

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The charm of traveling by boat in the Bahamas is undeniable. Marinas abound on every island, making ferries and boats good options for island hopping. The wide range of choices allows travelers to design a trip that fits their needs, whether they hope to get a feel for the local culture or to experience a luxurious getaway.

Riding the Ferries

Many different types of ferries run in the Bahamas and each has its own advantages. Smaller, government-run ferries connect islands that are reasonably close together, while motored ferries provide speedy transport from islands that are separated by greater distances.

Twice a week The Mail Boat Company leave Potter's Cay Dock in Nassau and head toward the smaller Out Islands. Passenger tickets are available at fairly inexpensive rates; a one-way fare to Marsh Harbour is around $45(USD) per person. Visitors should keep in mind that the primary function of mail boats in the Bahamas is to carry cargo, which can be anything from livestock to dry goods. Mail boats tend to be somewhat older boats and are often brightly painted to reflect the colorful influence of the islands' culture, making them a good choice for travelers interested in an authentic island experience. Boats in the Bahamas generally depart in the evening and trips can last anywhere from four and a half hours to a full day. Up until the fall of 2011 vacationers were able to travel by ferry from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A., six times weekly.

In July of 2013, another international ferry service called the Resort World SuperFast Ferry launched, making the trip between Miami and the Bimini Islands. Although there were a few setbacks as inspections revealed a handful of problems with the 32 thousand ton vessel, the issues were fixed and those involved were happy to make sure the boat was as safe as it could be before launching with passengers aboard. Eventually, the goal is that the ferry be used to transport guests from Florida to the resort area currently in development on the Bimini Islands which features a new casino. The SuperFast Ferry is expected to bring an extra 400,000 visitors to the island each year.

Check the following chart for ferry details.

Ferry Docks
Name Location Island
Abaco Adventures Man O' War Dock Man of War Cay Man of War Cay
Acklins Ferry Dock Acklins Island Acklins Island
Albury Ferry Dock 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
Bahamas Ferries George Town Dock George Town Dock - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) Southeast of George Town Great Exuma
Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Potters Cay New Providence
Bimini Ferry Dock North Bimini North Bimini
Freeport Harbour Terminal One 6.1 mi. (9.8 km) West of Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Great Harbour Cay Fery Dock Great Harbour Cay Great Harbour Cay
Harbour Island Ferry Dock Mano Creek Eleuthera
Harbour Island Ferry Terminal Dunmore Town Harbour Island
Lodge Ferry Dock Hopetown Elbow Cay
Lower Bouge Dock Lower Bogue Beach - Eleuthera Eleuthera
Lower Public Dock Hopetown Elbow Cay
North End Dock 1.0 mi. (1.5 km) North of Hopetown Elbow Cay
Post Office Dock? Hopetown Elbow Cay
Treasure Cay Airport Ferry Terminal 22.9 mi. (36.9 km) Northwest of Marsh Harbour Great Abaco

Ferries and boats in the Bahamas are ideal for vacationers who want to experience the unique feel of the smaller islands because they are convenient and allow for greater access to all of the more remote sights. Docks and marinas are abundant on the islands, making water not only the most scenic, but also perhaps the easiest, mode of travel between islands. Visitors may be pleasantly surprised to discover just how much fun getting around can be.

Ferry Routes, the Bahamas
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Acklins Crooked Island Ferry Dock Acklins Ferry Dock Acklins Free Ferry at least daily
Caribbean Bimini Ferry Dock SuperFast Miami Dock Resort World SuperFast None
Eleuthera Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Current Island Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Eleuthera Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Harbour Island Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Eleuthera Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Spanish Wells Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Eleuthera Current Island Ferry Dock Harbour Island Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Eleuthera Current Island Ferry Dock Spanish Wells Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Grand Bahama Crown Haven Ferry Dock McLean's Town Ferry Dock Pinder's Ferry Service at least daily
Great Exuma Freeport Harbour Terminal One Bahamas Ferries George Town Dock The Mail Boat Company 5 to 6 days per week
Great Exuma Long Island Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries George Town Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Green Turtle Cay Treasure Cay Airport Ferry Terminal Green Turtle Cay Ferry Dock Green Turtle Ferry many times per day
Harbour Island Spanish Wells Ferry Dock Harbour Island Ferry Terminal Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
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 Acklins Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock The Mail Boat Company None
Nassau Bahamas Ferries George Town Dock Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Nassau Current Island Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Nassau Freeport Harbour Terminal One Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Nassau Fresh Creek Ferry Terminal Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Nassau Harbour Island Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Nassau Harbour Island Ferry Terminal Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Nassau Long Island Ferry Dock Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Nassau Sandy Point Ferry Terminal Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Bahamas Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Nassau Spanish Wells Ferry Dock 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
Treasure Cay Orchid Bay Marina Abaco Adventures Treasure Cay Dock Abaco Adventures 1 to 2 days per week
the Berry Islands Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock Great Harbour Cay Fery Dock The Mail Boat Company None
the Berry Islands Great Stirrup Cay Dock Right Choice Great Harbour Dock Right Choice Water Taxi None

As you explore the various ferry options in the Bahamas, be sure to narrow your search to the specific islands you want to visit. Our local ferry guides can be very useful for that.

Ferries Serving Specific Areas
Guide to Abaco Ferries
Guide toAcklins Ferries
Guide toAndros Ferries
Guide toElbow Cay Ferries
Guide toEleuthera Ferries
Guide toGrand Bahama Ferries
Guide toGreat Exuma Ferries
Guide toGreat Guana Cay Ferries
Guide toGreen Turtle Cay Ferries
Guide toHarbour Island Ferries
Guide toLong Island Ferries
Guide toNew Providence Island Ferries
Guide toParadise Island Ferries
Guide toStocking Island Ferries
Guide tothe Berry Islands Ferries
Guide toTreasure Cay Ferries
 

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