Sailing and Boating Near Elbow Cay

Maritime adventures are the main calling of Elbow Cay

Photo credit: © Sea Spray Resort

There are few options available for people seeking to visit Elbow Cay other than sailing. As such, you can expect quite an offering of sailing and maritime excursions to make up the activities available at the cay.

Whatever it takes to get you out on the gorgeous waters that surround Elbow Cay, there are plenty of options readily available that should be taken advantage of. While sailors of their own vessels will have plenty of places to dock, those tourists without their own boat will be faced with a pool of charters, day sails, fishing trips, and diving excursions to get them out to sea.

If you are just wanting to get out onto the water, without the stress and cost of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. See the chart below to obtain names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Dive Abaco Snorkeling (800) 247-5338 Dive Abaco - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco

If you are contemplating chartering a boat, you can reserve one from these area agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Abaco Multihull Charters (242) 366-0552 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) South West of Hopetown
Cat's Paw Boat Rentals (242) 366-0380 Hopetown
Island Marine Boat Rentals (242) 366-0282 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West of Hopetown
Sea Horse Boat Rentals (242) 366-0023 0.4 mi. (0.6 km) West-Southwest of Hopetown


Because the only direct path to Elbow Cay is by boat, yachting to this destination is a popular choice amongst those who have the knowledge and skill to do so – or the desire to charter a crewed yacht to get them there. Unfortunately, there is no official port of entry on Elbow Cay, so sailors will first have to make a stop elsewhere on Abaco before continuing on to this island. The closest port of entry is Marsh Harbour on Abaco, but others include Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay, Sandy Point, Walkers Cay, Grand Cay, and Spanish Cay.

...charter a crewed yacht...


As you near whichever port you choose to first stop at, put up your yellow quarantine flag and place a call to channel 16 on the VHF to let Harbour Control know you are on your way in. An official from customs and immigration will meet you when you dock to inspect your boat and your paperwork. Here only the captain will be allowed off the boat until official clearance has been gained, though each passenger must show proof of citizenship and fill out immigration paperwork. Once the all clear has been given, it will cost $150 to $300(USD) to pay for a cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure fee for four passengers, and an additional $15(USD) per person over four. The total will depend upon the size of the boat. When the payment has been made, the boat is clear to sail around the Bahamas for up to 90 days.

Starting to research visiting Elbow Cay in your own vessel, or a charter from a different location? Take a look at the table that follows for summary information concerning area marinas.

Name Phone Location
Hope Town Hideaways Marina (242) 366-0434 Villa Conch Pearl - Hopetown
Hope Town Inn Marina (242) 366-0003 Hope Town Inn & Marina - Hopetown
Lighthouse Marina (242) 366-0154 Hopetown
Sea Spay Marina (242) 366-0065 Sea Spray Resort & Marina - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South West of Hopetown

Whether you sail to this destination from the East Coast of the United States, or want to sign up for a planned excursion when you arrive, one thing is for certain: you won't want to miss the chance to get out on the waters that surround Elbow Cay.


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