Sailing to Great Exuma is a popular way for tourist to reach this secluded paradise. However, once here, visitors will need to rely, in large part, on their own boating skills. With few local boating services, some may prefer to visit Great Exuma as a day-trip, rather than their main vacation.
If you want to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Check out the chart below for names and phone numbers for area boating excursions.
|Out Island Explorers||(265) 365-5686||George Town||Great Exuma|
The Exumas are known for having some of the best boating conditions in the world, and Great Exuma is the center of all that, hosting many sailors in need of fuel and stores as they continue on their tour of the islands. Many tourists choose to sail to Great Exuma for their vacation rather than fly, either by captaining their own vessel, or hiring a crewed yacht.
Are you going to travel to Great Exuma using your own boat, or a charter from a different area? The following table lists places where you might be able to dock.
|--||Stocking Island||Stocking Island|
|(242) 336-2578||3.3 mi. (5.4 km) Southeast of George Town||Great Exuma|
|(242) 336-2578||George Town||Great Exuma|
|(242) 336-2033||Stocking Island||Stocking Island|
|(242) 336-2578||Stocking Island||Stocking Island|
|--||1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Southeast of George Town||Great Exuma|
|--||George Town||Great Exuma|
|(242) 357-0118||Kevalli House - Stocking Island||Stocking Island|
|(242) 336-2628||Stocking Island||Stocking Island|
|(242) 336-6100||12.1 mi. (19.4 km) Northwest of George Town||Great Exuma|
|336-3483||George Town||Great Exuma|
...St. George is the official port of entry...
Before that; however, sailors will have to gain entry into the Bahamas by meeting with an immigration and customs official. St. George is the official port of entry on Great Exuma, so all yachts will make their first stop there. Only the captain is permitted to leave the boat until the vessel has been cleared, which means everyone on board has filled out immigration paperwork, and all the appropriate paperwork for the boat has been presented. It will cost between $150 and $300(USD) to gain a cruising permit, fishing permit, and pre-pay for your departure fee for a boat of five people, and an extra fee will be tacked on for any passengers beyond that. Once all of that has been taken care of, you're free to sail about the Exumas.
While you may not be able to find an abundance of local sailing services to get you around here, if you're an avid yachter this is a great destination to consider. Having learned about local marinas and what it takes to gain clearance, now you can make the decision for youself. Is Great Exuma the place for your next adventure at sea?
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