Harbour Island Transportation Options

Harbour Island is semi-secluded and you will have to plan ahead to get there

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Often ranked as one of the top vacation destinations in the Bahamas for its pink sand beaches, laid back atmosphere, and perfect watersports conditions year-round, Harbour Island is also a small and generally uncrowded island. A trip to this island will take some planning, but those who have previously visited will surely assure it is worth the work.

Getting There

The majority of tourists who travel to Harbour Island get there by plane, but as the location has become more popular amongst millionaires and billionaires in recent years, yachting to the island has also grown in popularity.

...vehicles are rarely necessary...


Getting Around

Thanks to the small size of the island, vehicles are rarely necessary on Harbour Island. Most people can get around on foot, on a rented bicycle, or in a golf cart. There are estimates that there are somewhere between 800 and 3,000 golf carts on the island. Some tourists will rent golf carts for around $50(USD) a day, while others enjoy them as a perk of their vacation rental property.

Air Travel

There is no airport on Harbour Island. Instead tourists must fly into the North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) on Eleuthera, which is two miles west of Harbour Island. Like many airports in the Bahamas, this is a small facility with just one single runway, which is made of asphalt and measures 6,020 feet long. Regular flights to this airport arrive from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale in the U.S. State of Florida, as well as from the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau on New Providence Island. The airport is served mainly by domestic and smaller commercial airlines like Silver Airways and it also welcomes chartered air crafts frequently. Learn more here.

Once you have arrived in North Eleuthera, it is just a 10 minute cab ride to the docks, which will cost you around $5, then another $5(USD) per person to take the water taxi to Harbour Island.


While most will fly and then drive, sailing to Harbour Island is possible and growing in popularity. Not only for the wealthy with yachts, sailors from the US, as well as other Bahamian islands should have no issue setting sail to the island. As you might expect for any island of the Bahamas, the maritime activities here are enough to fill several vacations.


Ferries are an important part of the transportation system in the Bahamas, and tourists can take advantage of this by island hopping during their vacation. The MV Daybreak III, a government run Mail Boat leaves from Potter's Cay on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and sails to North Eleuthera on a trip that takes just five hours – which is short for a Mail Boat which are known for their slow movement. It costs $30(USD) for the trip, and when tourists arrive they can take the aforementioned water taxi from Eleuthera over to Harbour Island.

A vacation on Harbour Island is laid back and should be stress free, just as your planning should be. By reviewing the transportation options, you'll be better prepared to make your final decisions when that time comes.


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