Sailing and Boating Near Cat Island

The waters surrounding Cat Island are perfect for avid sailors

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With multiple uninhabited cays and islets to be explored, sailing is a favored pastime for visitors staying on Cat Island. It is also one of the best ways for the independent minded adventurer to travel.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

In addition to sailing to the island aboard your own private or chartered vessel, you can also arrange to spend a few hours out to sea after you arrive on Cat Island. Yachts, specifically Bareboat Boston Whalers, can be rented and taken out for a spin. This is a great way to see the coastline of the island from afar, or to hop from beach to beach without the need for ground transportation. If you are not adept at sailing yourself, you can also hire a local captain to show you around in his or her vessel.


Marinas along the east coast of Cat Island invite tourists to sail to the island aboard their private or chartered yacht rather than fly. Marinas, such as the one at Hawks Nest Resort & Marina and Flamingo Hill Marina have numerous amenities for boaters such as laundry facilities, bathrooms with showers, fuel, pools, restaurants, bars, shops, and everything one might need to successfully complete a sailing trip to the Bahamas.

Before you can dock your boat and begin your vacation on Cat Island, however, you'll need to first head to the official port of entry in Arthur's Town and meet with a customs official to have your boat inspected and complete immigration paperwork. In order to purchase the combo pack of a cruising permit, sailing permit, and your departure fee which will last 90 days for five people it will cost between $150 and $300(USD).

Contemplating visiting Cat Island using your own boat, or a boat you charter in a different location? This next table lists marinas in the area.

Name Phone Location
Flamingo Hill Marina (242) 464-6404 Cat Island
Hawk's Nest Marina (242) 342-7050 Hawks Nest Resort & Marina - Cat Island

If you've got a love for the sea your decision to visit Cat Island is a good one. Home to an official port of entry and surrounded by a collection of islets, the lands and the seas surrounding this destination are just waiting to be explored by sailors who are willing


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