Ferries are not as prevalent in the Exumas as they are elsewhere in the Bahamas; yet, they do serve their purpose. Some will travel for hours from New Providence aboard a government run boat in order to spend some time on Great Exuma, but more frequently, ferries in this district are used for quick transport amongst the islands in the group.
Most visitors staying on Great Exuma will find the Stocking Island Ferry to be most relevant to their interests. This ferry, run by Club Peace and Plenty, sails from Georgetown and over to Stocking Island twice a day at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., allowing tourists a chance to spend a few hours relaxing on the beaches or in the bars of the neighboring island. The ferry service actually began as a courtesy to resort guests, but those not staying on property can hop on board for just $12(USD).
Early each morning from New Providence, a collection of government run mail boats set off on their way to deliver people and freight to other islands in the Bahamas. One of its stops is on Great Exuma in George Town, along with numerous other spots in the chain including islands in the Abacos, Acklins, Andros, the Berry Island, and the Biminis, as well as Cat Island, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana, and San Salvador. Mail Boats can be a great way for people on a budget to island hop, but be warned that these vessels are slow moving and the possibility of spending an entire day on a Mail Boat is very real. Take a look at the boat schedule below, or call the Dockmaster's Office at 242-393-1064 for more information.
The MV Lady Francis that makes the 12 hour trip from Potter's Cay to the Exumas, leaving at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday and costing $40(USD).
There are a lot of similarities between the Bahamas Fast Ferries and the Mail Boat system. They both originate from Potter's Cay on New Providence and travel to many of the same destinations such as the Abacos, Andros, Eleuthera, and the Exumas. The difference is that the Fast Ferries are faster and they tend to cost more money. It takes about eight hours to get from New Providence to George Town, Great Exuma, so tourists who utilize this ferry service should be prepared for a long trip.
Check the following chart for ferry details.
|--||Augusta Bay - George Town||Great Exuma|
|(242) 336-3456||George Town Dock - 0.7 mi. (1.2 km) East-Southeast of George Town||Great Exuma|
|--||Stocking Island||Stocking Island|
Ferries are an integral part of the transportation system in the Bahamas, and tourists in the know can not only save money by have a lot of fun getting from place to place aboard these water crafts.
|Location Served||Dock A||Dock B||Company||Frequency|
|Grand Bahama||Government Docks||Freeport Harbour Terminal One||5 to 6 days per week|
|Long Island||Government Docks||Long Island Ferry Dock||Bahamas Ferries||1 to 2 days per week|
|Nassau||Government Docks||Bahamas Ferries Potters Cay Dock||Bahamas Ferries||1 to 2 days per week|
|Stocking Island||Augusta Bay Docks||Stocking Island Ferry Dock||None|
|Stocking Island||Government Docks||Stocking Island Ferry Dock||None|
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