Boating and Sailing 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 simply want to get out onto the water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you can take an excursion. Want to know more how long you'll spend on the water and what's included? Check out the chart below for contact phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

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

Evaluating the option of renting a boat? The following chart indicates how to contact charter services that operating in this area.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
C&C Charters Island Hopping (242) 365-8582 Treasure Cay Great Abaco
Defiance Sail Charters (242) 426-4412 Great Guana Cay Great Guana Cay
Rainbow Rentals Ltd 367-4602 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
The Moorings (242) 367-4000 Conch Inn Hotel & Marina - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco


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.

Are you going to travel to Great Guana Cay using a vessel you own, or one you charter in a different location? See the table that follows to find information concerning 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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