Sailing and Boating Near Great Exuma

While known for some wonderful sailing conditions, Great Exuma is limited in terms of boating services

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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're just wanting to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. See the listing that follows for names and phone numbers for area excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Out Island Explorers (265) 365-5686 George Town Great Exuma

Docking

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.

Considering the option of traveling to Great Exuma using your own vessel, or a boat you charter elsewhere? See the table that follows for summary information for marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Phone Location Island
Bahama Houseboats -- Stocking Island Stocking Island
Exuma Boatyard (242) 336-2578 3.3 mi. (5.4 km) Southeast of George Town Great Exuma
Exuma Docking Services (242) 336-2578 George Town Great Exuma
Exuma Markets Dinghy Dock (242) 336-2033 Stocking Island Stocking Island
Exuma Yacht Club (242) 336-2578 Stocking Island Stocking Island
February Point Marina -- 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Southeast of George Town Great Exuma
Government Dock -- George Town Great Exuma
Kevalli Marina (242) 357-0118 Kevalli House - Stocking Island Stocking Island
Kid Cove Marina (242) 336-2628 Stocking Island Stocking Island
Marina at Emerald Bay (242) 336-6100 12.1 mi. (19.4 km) Northwest of George Town Great Exuma
Minns Water Sports 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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