Isolated and underdeveloped, Mayaguana is the least-visited of the islands in the Bahamas. This makes it the perfect local for tourists who are looking to get off the grid and away from other busy, tourist-laden destinations. If vacationing on this secluded island is right up your alley, begin planning well in advance to make sure you can arrange your choice of transportation.
Flying has always been the most popular way to get to Mayaguana by tourists, but sailing your own yacht or aboard a charter is a possibility as well. Facilities for either option are limited, just as you might expect for an island that shuns over-development.
There are three settlements on the island, and if you stay within the settlement that your hotel is located in you should have no trouble getting around on foot. If you want to explore the other settlements, however, you'll have to make arrangements for transportation. Car rentals will be your best choice, since there are no bus or taxi services on the island.
The one airport on the island is the Nassau on New Providence Island on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. This means that tourists flying internationally will first have to fly to New Providence Island the night before and stay in a hotel to ensure they don't miss the early morning flight. Return flights leave Mayaguana at 11:05 a.m. Charter services via certified local and international carriers are also available.(MYG) in Abraham's Bay. It is a small facility with one asphalt runway that measures 7,297 feet long and a building that houses customs. Regular services are available through domestic air carrier , which flies in from the in
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Sailing to Mayaguana seems perfectly in fitting with the nature of the islands, which invite tourists who want to get away from it all to visit. However, there are a few drawbacks to planning a yachting trip here. There are no marinas surrounding the island and no designated moorings. This means not only are facilities limited, but finding care for your boat is not easy here. Anchorages are available at Abraham's Bay, Betsey Bay, and Pirates Will, which means sailing is not completely unheard of.
If you do decide to make your way to this island by boat, you'll sail into the Government Dock at Abraham's Bay with your yellow quarantine flag flying after calling ahead on VHF channel 16 to inform customs that you are on your way. When you arrive, only the captain will be allowed to exit the boat until customs has been cleared. The cost of a combination cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure fee will cost somewhere between $150 and $300(USD) depending on the size of the boat. From there, you will be permitted to sail around the island for 90 days.
The rental car agencies on Mayaguana are all locally owned, so you won't find any of those big name chains here. Some agencies are associated with resorts, while others are located near the airport, and most charge about $80(USD) a day, but don't present any formal documentation for you to sign. Ask for a receipt for our own records. In order to rent a car here, you'll need to be 21-years-old, and have either a valid driver's license from home or an International Driver's license. Remember that traffic moves to the left and the roads are not particularly well-maintained, and you should have little trouble getting around.
The Bahamas government runs a unique form of transportation called the Mail Boats. These are a series of huge ferries that transport freight and mail amongst the islands. Passengers can also hop aboard and take a sail to their destination of choice. Unfortunately, these ferries move at a snail's pace, so you'll need to make sure you've got plenty of time budgeted.
The MV United Star is the Mail Boat the travels to Mayaguana. It costs $70(USD) for a trip and takes about 48 hours to travel between Potter's Cay on New Providence Island to Mayaguana with stops in Acklins, Crooked Island, and Fortune Island. Contact the Dock Master at 242-393-1064 for the schedule.
A trip to Mayaguana takes some planning, so make sure you get started early. This will help to alleviate some of the stress that comes with going on a trip to an off-the-beaten path locale and allow you to thoroughly enjoy every moment.
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