Cat Island Transportation Options

Cat Island is the sixth largest island in the Bahamas, yet remains one of the least visited by tourists

Those who do make their way to this island do so to spend their days on deserted beaches, participating in watersports, and simply relaxing in solitude. Despite the fact that tourism is not huge on Cat Island, it is still accessible if you're willing to do the work and learn about all of your transportation options.

Getting There

Flying is the most popular way to get toCat Island, with regular, though limited, flights servicing the island, but sailing is a possibility as well. If you've got the skill set to sail a boat yourself or a budget fit to charter one, most would recommend you take the opportunity to create an adventure at sea.

Getting Around

Car rentals and taxi services are both available on Cat Island, but whether not you'll need them will depend upon your vacation plans. In most cases, your hotel will send someone to pick you up from the airport if you let them know when you'll be arriving, so if you won't be venturing far from your hotel, you'll not be needing either.

Air Travel

Thanks to the size of Cat Island, there are two airports for tourists to choose from – Arthur's Town Airport near the northern tip and New Bright Airport, close to the center of the island. Flights arrive to both airports regularly from both Nassau, New Providence Island, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on domestic and smaller commercial airlines, but many people also arrive by chartered plane. Read more about air travel here.

Sailing

Cat Island is not one of the more well known islands of the Bahamas, and for this reason it is a favorite among long-time visitors. A large part if this is because despite its relative pristine environment, there are a few authentic Bahamian towns scattered throughout. This creates a quaint experience that is hard to forget (or sail away from).

Rental Cars

...only one main road...

 

There is only one main road on the island (upon which driving is done on the left side of the road), but tourists who want to see all the sites may want to rent a car in order to venture off on their own. You'll need to be 21-years-old and in possession of a valid driver's license, and you'll spend somewhere between $75 and $100(USD) a day. There are only local agencies here, so be prepared for laid back arrangements that may not even include a written contract.

Taxis

Taxi services are somewhat limited on Cat Island, but known for their excellent service when you do encounter them. This page lists the companies which do service the island.

Rates are determined by the government, so you'll always know how much you'll pay to get from one place to the next. It is a set $3 for two passengers, plus $0.40(USD) for each quarter mile traveled. Additional passengers cost $3(USD) a piece, and you'll pay more to store more than two pieces of luggage per person in the trunk. Tipping is not a requirement, but it is recommended, with 15 percent being the recommended amount.

Ferries

The Bahamas is known for a government run system of ferries called Mail Boats that slowly make their way around the island chain on a daily basis, delivering freight and passengers to islands that might otherwise go weeks without receiving mail or allowing local stores to stock up on products. Many people use the Mail Boats for island hopping, because although the boats move slowly, they are typically much less expensive than flying. There are two weekly ferries from Potter's Cay on New New Providence Island to Cat Island.

The MV Laddy Eddina sails to North Cat Island on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. The trip takes 14 hours and costs $40(USD) per person, and the return trip leaves Cat Island Sunday. The other boat, the MV Sea Hauler sails to South Cat Island on Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m., returning on Monday, again for $40(USD) per person. This trip takes just 12 hours.

Whether you'll fly or sail to Cat Island, when you arrive you'll find there are a few choices for getting around when you arrive. Take the time to review each option before making your final decision to ensure you procure the perfect transportation option for you and your island vacation.

 

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