Sailing and Boating Near Great Guana Cay

Look no further than Great Guana Cay for a vacation full of sailing activities and sea-full excursions

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Great Guana Cay is a hotspot for maritime activities. Being a stronghold of boat charters and excursion companies, anyone looking to spend their time on the water will find Great Guana Cay a prime destination. Sailing to the island is also easy, as the docks in Georgetown accept international boats as well.

If you are just wanting to get out onto the water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. Take a look at the chart below to get contact information for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Dive Abaco Snorkeling (800) 247-5338 Dive Abaco - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco

If you are considering a charter boat, you can reserve one from the following companies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Cruise Abaco (321) 473-4223 Boat Harbour at Abaco Beach Resort - Marsh Harbour
Rainbow Rentals Ltd (242) 367-4602 Marsh Harbour
Sun Sail Bahamas (888) 350-3568 Marsh Harbour Marina - Marsh Harbour

Docking

One of the best ways to get to Great Guana Cay is by boat. A sail to the Bahamas is a quick jaunt, thanks to its location so near South Florida, and less than a day of travel will find sailors on the island and ready to get their vacation started. Whether you're sailing yourself or you've hired a crewed charter, your first stop will need to be an official port-of-entry. In the Abacos, these are Marsh Harbour, Green Turtle Cay, Treasure Cay, Sandy Point, Walkers Cay, Grand Cay, and Spanish Cay. Fly into any of these spots with your yellow quarantine flag flying, and a Customs or Immigration official will meet you when you dock.

All passengers aboard the boat will need to show proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration form, plus all paperwork regarding the boat. Once approved, you'll be responsible for paying somewhere between $150 and $300(USD) for a cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure fee for four people. For every extra person, it is an extra $15(USD). One payment has been made, you are free to sail to Great Guana Cay, and dock at one of the marinas or moorings in the area, such as the Orchid Bay Marina, which has 66 slips, and amenities such as shower, laundry facilities, electricity, and fuel.

Is your plan to sail to Great Guana Cay using your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? The following table lists marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Phone Location Island
Baker's Bay Marina (242) 577-0635 Great Guana Cay Great Guana Cay
Edwin's Boat Yard (242) 365-6006 Man of War Cay Man of War Cay
Orchid Bay Marina (242) 365-5175 Great Guana Cay Great Guana Cay
Scotland Cay Marina -- Scotland Cay Scotland Cay
Treasure Cay Marina -- Treasure Cay Great Abaco
 

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