Boating and Sailing Near the Berry Islands

Sailing is the best way to explore the uninhabited cays of the Berry Islands

Photo credit: © Stuart
 

The Berry Islands are an attractive destination to the world's millionaires, and many make it a point to sail their private or chartered yachts to further add adventure to their getaway. You don't have to be rich to enjoy a sail to the Berry Islands however.

Docking

There are a handful of affordable marinas and anchorages available with all of the facilities needed to maintain a boat. Among these are the Great Harbour Cay Marina, which has 80 slips and can house boats up to 150 feet long, as well as Chub Cay Resort Marina – both of which are also the only ports of entry in the Berry Islands.

Before you can get down to the task of sailing around the islands you'll have to clear customs. Fly your yellow quarantine flag as you near the islands, and put in a call to channel 16 on your VHF radio. Once aware that you are on your way, customs officials can prepare to meet you at the dock, where they will review all paperwork regarding your vessel and ensure that everyone on board fills out immigration paperwork. It will then cost between $150 and $300(USD) for your sailing and fishing permits, as well as your pre-paid departure fee, and you will be free to sail around the islands for up to 90 days. With this paperwork in hand, you can head to your anchorage of choice.

Do you plan to sail to the Berry Islands using your own boat, or one you charter in a different location? Check out the chart below to get summary information concerning marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Phone Location Island
Chub Cay Marina (242) 325-1490 Chub Cay Resort - Chub Cay Chub Cay
Great Harbour Cay Marina (242) 367-8005 Great Harbour Cay Great Harbour Cay
Little Whale Cay Marina -- Little Whale Cay Little Whale Cay

While you may be able to find a local sailor to take you out to sea, when it comes to a sailing adventure in the Berry Islands it is best to come prepared with your own vessel -- whether you own it or have to hire a charter. It truly is the best way to see as many of the isles in this chain as possible, and a great way to sneak off to a quiet, uninhabited spot where you can enjoy having a deserted island all to yourself.

 

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