Eleuthera is known for its poor sailing conditions and foreign sailors are often warned to avoid a trip to this destination. Local ferry operators seem to have gotten around this recommendation by mainly planning stops on North Eleuthera where the coast is less rocky, and the sea more forgiving.
In the Bahamas, ferries are an important way of life. Countless ferry operations are available throughout the islands, some of which are localized, and others which sail throughout the chain bringing locals and tourists far and wide.
The ferry option that most tourists staying on Eleuthera will want to know about is the ferry to Harbour Island. Just a 10 minute ride from the dock on North Eleuthera, most people take this $5(USD) ride to get to their accommodations on Harbour Island from the North Eleuthera Airport, but it is also a great way to get in a day trip to the nearby island.
Run by the government, Mail Boats are a huge collection of slow-moving vessels that began as a way to transport mail and freight. Quickly, locals realized these boats were a great way to travel between the islands, and passenger seating was added to the ferries. Now, they are the most comprehensive way to get around the islands in the Bahamas. The Mail Boats leave each day from Potter's Cay, New Providence and travel to the Abacos, Acklins, Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, the Exumas, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, and San Salvador.
The MV Bahamas Daybreak II makes two trips to Eleuthera a week. The first sails to South Eleuthera on Monday at 5:00 p.m., returning to Potter's Cay on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The second leaves on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and journeys to North Eleuthera. Both trips take five hours and cost $30(USD) each way.
The Bahamas Fast Ferries are another service that travels throughout the Bahamas on a daily basis, making stops on Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, and the Exumas. Like the Mail Boats, these ferries travel from Nassau, but unlike their government-run counterpart, they move at an accelerated pace. The schedule for these ferries changes seasonally, but you can expect for them to leave Nassau at 7:00 a.m. and arrive in Governor's Harbour at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays. The return trip leaves from Governor's Harbour at 2:00 p.m.
Make finding water transportation easy by browsing the selection of ferry services below.
|Current Island Settlement||Eleuthera|
|Dunmore Town||Harbour Island|
|Dunmore Town||Harbour Island|
|Lower Bogue Beach - Eleuthera||Eleuthera|
|North Eleuthera||North Eleuthera|
If you'd like to make the most of your vacation in the Bahamas by seeing as many islands as possible, these ferries are a great way to do so without breaking the bank. Just make sure you crave out enough time in your vacation planning for the ride, and you'll be able to enjoy a more unique way to travel.
|Location Served||Dock A||Dock B||Company||Frequency|
|Eleuthera||Harbour Island Ferry Dock||Current Island Ferry Dock||Bahamas Ferries||1 to 2 days per week|
|Eleuthera||Spanish Wells Ferry Dock||Current Island Ferry Dock||Bahamas Ferries||1 to 2 days per week|
|Harbour Island||Spanish Wells Ferry Dock||Harbour Island Ferry Terminal||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||Harbour Island Ferry Dock||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|
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