Sailing and Boating Near Harbour Island

On the edge of the Bahamas, Harbour Island provides for opportunities of fun

Photo credit: © David Boeke

With the Atlantic on once side and the calmer Bahamas water on the other, Harbour Island is a great place for sailors with an eclectic taste. Boaters will have the option to gently bob on the waters service, or to brace waves and currents. Fisherman will also have the option to angle for colorful tropical fish as well as hunt for deep sea game.

If you merely want to get out onto the water, without the stress and cost involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Curious about taking a boat ride? Check out the chart below to get contact information for area providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Valentines (242) 333-2080 Valentines Dive Center - Dunmore Town Harbour Island

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Harbour Island is an official port of entry, which means you won't have to make any more stops than absolutely necessary. As you sail into local waters, fly your yellow quarantine flag and put in a call to Harbour Control on VHF Radio Channel 16. A customs or immigrations official will meet you at the dock to review your paperwork and have everyone on board fill out immigration forms. At this time, only the captain will be allowed to leave the boat. Once the boat has gained clearance, and the $150 to $300(USD) fee for a cruising permit, fishing permit, and the departure fee has been paid, you're free to sail about the Bahamas for up to 90 days.

Harbour Island boasts two marinas, the Harbour Island Club & Marina and the Valentines Marina. Each has the necessary facilities to keep your boat running and your spirits high, including fuel, cleaning supplies, bathrooms with showers, restaurants, bars, shopping, hotel rooms, and more.

Are you going to visit Harbour Island using your own boat, or a charter from another location? The following table lists area marinas.

Name Phone Location
Harbour Island Club & Marina (242) 333-2427 Harbour Island
Romora Bay Resort Marina (242) 333-2325 Romora Bay Resort and Marina - Harbour Island
Valentines Marina (866) 389-6864 Valentines Residences Resort & Marina - Dunmore Town

There are many memories to be made out on the waters surrounding Harbour Island. Whether you can sail yourself or need to hire someone to do the job for you, many agree there is no greater peace than bobbing along off the coast of a tropical paradise, enjoying the view, and simply sailing along.


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