Boating and Sailing Near Marsh Harbour

With plenty of maritime activities, anyone looking to be on the water will enjoy Marsh Harbour

No matter where you stay in the Bahamas, sailing plays an important role both with regards to transportation and entertainment. Marsh Harbour in particular is a popular destination amongst yachters who sail from Florida, but those who don't have the skill set to sail themselves will definitely want to hire a local to get them out to sea at least once during their stay.

If you aren't flying into Marsh Harbour, you're sailing. This can be done between the time the sun rises and sets from the coast of south Florida, so many yachters will begin their journey from there, whether they are sailing the vessel themselves or hiring a crew to take the lead. Because Marsh Harbour is an official port of entry in the Bahamas, tourists can sail directly into town and take care of all of the formalities of visiting a foreign country there.

If you just want to enjoy some time on the water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Take a look at the chart below to obtain contact information for area excursion services.

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

If you're contemplating chartering a boat, you can call one of these agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals 367-1035 Marsh Harbour
Concept Boat Rentals & Sales 367-5570 Conch Inn Resort - Marsh Harbour
Rainbow Rentals Ltd 367-4602 Marsh Harbour
The Moorings (242) 367-4000 Conch Inn Hotel & Marina - Marsh Harbour

Docking

As you sail towards Marsh Harbour, put up your yellow quarantine flag and call Harbour Control at VHF Channel 16 to give them word that you are on your way in. Someone will meet you at the dock to inspect your boat, check your proof of citizenship and have you fill out immigration paperwork. When everything has been approved, you will be expected to pay $150 to $300(USD) for your cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure fee. This is good for four passengers, and you'll tack on another $15(USD) for each additional person. With this paperwork in hand, you'll be permitted to sail around the islands for up to 90 days.

Contemplating visiting Marsh Harbour using your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? This next table provides a quick summary of area marinas.

Marinas
Name Phone Location Island
Abaco Beach Resort Marina (242) 367-4154 Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour - Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Boat Harbour Marina 367-2158 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Conch Inn Marina (242) 367-4000 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Fish House -- Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Harbour View Marina --
Longs Landing -- Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Marsh Harbour Boat Yard (242) 367-4879 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Marsh Harbour Marina (242) 267-2700 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Marsh Harbour Public Dock -- Marsh Harbour Great Abaco

If you're still unconvinced about sailing around Marsh Harbour, keep in mind the plentiful fishing, snorkeling, and diving opportunities that surround, and you'll see it is hard to get avoid gettig on a boat at some point during your stay -- and why would you want to?

 

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