Boating and Sailing Near New Providence Island

New Providence provides convenience to maritime travelers; both those who stay in port and those looking to only restock spot in the Bahamas for provisioning...


Because of the close proximity to the state of Florida, the Bahamas is hugely popular amongst yachters, and if you fancy a nice sail of about six to eight hours (with an experienced crew), you can make it from Miami to Nassau and quickly absorb yourself into life on the island. There are, of course, a few steps to take before you can legally gain entry.

First, sailors must head to an official port-of-entry. This isn't a problem for those planning to spend their days on New Providence, since every marina on the island is considered a port-of-entry. As you sail into port, put up your yellow quarantine flag to let customs officials know that you have not yet been cleared. When you dock, each passenger will need to present proof of citizenship, a passport, and another form of photo identification, and will be asked to fill out an immigration card. Then, for a fee of between $150 and $300(USD) depending upon the length of your boat, you'll gain entry to the islands. Included in the fee is your cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure tax. This fee will cover up to four people, and there will be an additional charge for more passengers.

If you have any questions about sailing to the island, you can contact the Port Authority Department in Nassau at 242-322-1596 or 242-326-7354.

Once you've cleared customs, you're free to sail around the island. Check the chart below for marinas around the island where you can pay for a slip to dock your boat at overnight. Most marinas have full amenities including electricity, trash pickup, cable, and internet.

If you want to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Curious how long you'll spend on the water and what's included? See the table that follows for contact phone numbers for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Barefoot Sailing Cruises (242) 393-0820 3.1 mi. (5.0 km) North of Nassau New Providence
Flying Cloud (242) 394-5067 Paradise Island Ferry Terminal - 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) West-Southwest of Paradise Island New Providence
Party Cat Cruises (954) 727-5339 East Bay Street - 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) Northeast of Nassau New Providence
Sandy Toes (242) 363-8637 Rose Island Rose Island
Sea Island Adventures (242) 325-3910 3.1 mi. (5.0 km) West of Cable Beach New Providence
Seaworld Explorer (242) 356-2548 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas (800) 879-9832 Stuart's Cove's Snorkel Bahamas - Downtown Nassau New Providence
Sunshine Cruises (242) 327-5122 Woodes Rogers Walk - Downtown Nassau New Providence

If you are considering chartering a boat, you can contact one of these agencies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Amarok Sailing Charters (242) 477-4471 Nassau Yacht Haven - 0.5 mi. (0.8 km) South of Paradise Island
Bahama Boat Excursions (242) 421-0071 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) West-Southwest of Paradise Island
Watersports Cruise Total Package 393-0998 Bishop Street - Nassau


Do you plan to travel to New Providence Island using your own boat, or a charter from another location? This table contains a list of places where you might be able to dock.

Name Phone Location
Albany Marina (242) 676-6020 7.9 mi. (12.8 km) South West of Cable Beach
Bayshore Marina 393-8233 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) West-Southwest of Paradise Island
East Bay Yacht Club (242) 394-1816 3.2 mi. (5.1 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Elizabeth on the Bay Marina (242) 424-7374 Downtown Nassau
Harbour Central Marina 323-2172 671 Bay Street - Nassau
Harbour Club Marina (242) 393-0771 3.4 mi. (5.5 km) Northeast of Nassau
Harbour View Marina 394-7085 East Bay Street - Nassau
Hurricane Hole Marina (242) 363-3600 Marina Way - 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Lyford Cay Marina (242) 362-4131 7.0 mi. (11.3 km) West-Southwest of Cable Beach
Marina Village Docks (242) 327-6400 0.2 mi. (0.3 km) West of Paradise Island
Marlin Marine (242) 393-7873 3.3 mi. (5.3 km) Northeast of Nassau
Nassau Yacht Club (242) 393-5132 3.6 mi. (5.7 km) Northeast of Nassau
Nassau Yacht Haven (242) 393-8173 3.3 mi. (5.3 km) North-Northeast of Nassau
Old Fort Marina -- Old Fort Bay
Olde Towne Marina (242) 327-6533 West Bay Street - Nassau
Paradise Harbour Club Marina (242) 363-2992 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) East of Paradise Island

Do be aware that while Nassau is without a doubt the best spot in the Bahamas for provisioning, you'll find prices to be marked up 20 to 100 percent. It is also important to note that petty crime around this area is on the rise, so make sure to keep your vessel properly secured and locked up at all times.


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