Sailing and Boating Near Green Turtle Cay

Calm waters, good fishing, and sunny beaches attract sailors to Green Turtle Cay

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This small cay gets some big love from sailors. Enjoying the gentle journey, those captaining their own ship will find it easy to dock at Green Turtle Cay and enjoy all that it offers. Those without their own boat will still find plenty to do. Between the diving excursions and general sailing trips, everyone will be able to enjoy the maritime activities of Green Turtle Cay.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Sailing excursions around Green Turtle Cay generally involve snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Visitors also often find leave to sail around New Plymoth, dock to explore the picturesque town, and then continue back out to sea, reveling in the clear calm waters that surround. There are several local companies that offer these services, but if you've got the know-how, you can sail yourself as well.

If you are thinking about chartering a boat, you can reserve one from these area firms:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Reef Rentals (242) 365-4145 Green Turtle Cay
Sunset Marine & Boat Rentals (242) 365-4634 Sunset Marina & Boat Rentals - Green Turtle Cay


...this island is a port-of-entry...


Despite its small size, Green Turtle Cay is a popular destination amongst Bahamas yachters, and there are a number of facilities on the island that cater to them, including the Leeward Yacht Club and Marina, Bluff House Beach Hotel, and the Green Turtle Club. Tourists who sail to these spots will enjoy the thrill of sailing across the sea, then have the option to dock their boat and stay on board, or stay at the luxurious accommodations that this island is known for.

Before you can begin your getaway; however, you will need to visit an official port-of-entry. Fortunately, this island is a port-of-entry, so just make sure you fly your yellow quarantine flag and contact Harbour Control on VHF Channel 16 so someone can meet you at the dock when you arrive. There, everyone on board will have to show their proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration form, as well as present all of the boat's official paperwork. Then, payment for the cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure fee will be required and can range from $150 to $300(USD) depending on the size of the boat. Each additional passenger over four will tack on an extra 15(USD) to the total price. After all of this has been handled, you're free to sail about Green Turtle Cay and the rest of the Bahamas for up to 90 days.

Do you plan to sail to Green Turtle Cay using your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? This chart contains a list of area marinas.

Name Phone Location
Blacksound Marina (242) 365-4531 Green Turtle Cay
Bluff House Yacht Club (242) 365-4248 Bluff House Beach Hotel - Green Turtle Cay
Dolphin Marina (242) 365-4262 Green Turtle Cay
Green Turtle Club Marina (242) 365-4271 Green Turtle Cay
Leeward Yacht Club and Marina (242) 577-4111 New Plymouth - Green Turtle Cay
New Plymouth Public Dock -- Green Turtle Cay
Sunset Marina & Boat Rentals (242) 365-4634 Black Sound - Green Turtle Cay

Sailing is such an important part of life on Green Turtle Cay that it is easy to plan at least a day out to sea when you stay here. Whether you can sail a yacht yourself or have to hire someone to do the work for you, it is definitely a recommended experience.


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