Transportation Options for Governors Harbour

Governor's Harbour is the oldest settlement on the island of Eleuthera, which is the oldest inhabited island in the Bahamas

The town is located along the east coast of the island where charming painted wooden cottages give the area a colonial feel. A relative fishing community, tourists visit here for the beautiful beaches, relaxed environment, and fishing opportunities. Before you can enjoy this beautiful getaway, you'll need to begin planning – starting with transportation.

Getting There

Thanks to a lack of a port of call and poor sailing conditions, most people choose to fly to the airport which is located directly into Governors Harbour. Still, those with the skill set to navigate perilous waters may be up for the challenge and decide to sail to the area despite warnings to do otherwise.

Getting Around

Buses and taxi services are unavailable in Governor's Harbour. This leaves tourists relying on any transportation provided by their hotel or with the option to rent a car. If island-hopping is on the agenda, local ferry services provide that opportunity.

Air Travel

The Governor's Harbour Airport (GHB) is one of three airports on the island of Eleuthera. It is centrally located, about 45 minutes south of North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) and 45 minutes north of Rock Sound International Airport (RSD), and is popular amongst folks who are planning their vacation in not only Governors Harbour, but Alice Town, and Hatchet Bay as well.

The airport is small, with one asphalt runway measuring 8,025 feet long, and a small snack bar and customs office inside. Bahamasair and Pineapple Air, both domestic airlines that fly from Nassau, New Providence Island are the two airlines that frequent this facility the most, however Silver Airways has regularly scheduled service from Ft. Lauderdale here as well. Tourists flying internationally will have to plan a flight into either Florida or New Providence Island before they can board their final plane to Governors Harbour.


Taking a boat to Governor's Harbour can be a bit of challenge. There is a mixture of coral reefs and shallow water that can make navigation during the approach a bit much, especially during low tide. However, the same condition makes for some great diving and snorkeling, and bringing your own boat gives you plenty of opportunity to do both.

Rental Cars

...ensure you're renting from a government licensed facility...


Tourists who plan to explore more of Eleuthera than Governors Harbour rely on rental cars to get them from one end of the island to the next. If you'll want to rent a car during your stay, you'll have to be 21-years-old or older and possess either a valid driver's license from your home country or an International Driver's License. Rentals cost about $70(USD) a day, and discounts exist for those renting for longer than a week. Stick to the rental agencies near the airport to ensure you're renting from a government licensed facility.

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Although there are three different ferry services that offer transportation to and from Eleuthera, only one actually sails right into Governors Harbour. It is Bahamas Fast Ferry, which sails from Nassau, New Providence at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday, and make the return trip that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. If you're willing to drive 45 minutes to the north or to the south, you'll also be able to take advantage of a government run Mail Boat, or sail over to the neighboring Harbour Island.

Planning your trip to Governor's Harbour begins with reviewing your transportation options. Look over what you'll have to do to get to the island, then what is offered by means of local transportation when you arrive so that you'll have a sense of what you will be most comfortable with as you complete your travels.


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