Boating and Sailing Near Staniel Cay

There is a little something for everyone who decides to sail to Staniel Cay

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Sailing is a popular sport in the Bahamas, and as it has become more common for tourists to sail their own vessels to the Exumas, Staniel Cay has made efforts to improve the marinas and other yachting facilities around the island.

If you merely want to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and responsibility of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. See the listing below to obtain contact information for area excursion providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location Island
Dive Guana Snorkeling (242) 365-5178 Dive Guana - Great Guana Cay Great Guana Cay


There are several marinas available to tourists planning to stay for awhile should consider including Happy People Marina and Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Happy People has 12 slips and is more about providing a fun, Bahamian experience than a full-service one and do not even offer fuel services. Staniel Cay Yacht Club picks up the slack where Happy People is lacking. There are 18 slips capable of handling mega yachts, and a fuel dock open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Planning to reach Staniel Cay using your own boat, or a boat you charter in a different location? The following table lists nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location Island
Compass Cay Marina (772) 204-0786 Compass Cay Compass Cay
Great Guana Town Dock -- Great Guana Cay Great Guana Cay
Happy People Marina (242) 355-2008 Staniel Cay Staniel Cay
Sampson Cay Marina (877) 633-0305 Sampson Cay Sampson Cay
Staniel Cay Marina (242) 355-2024 Staniel Cay Staniel Cay

Before you can dock at any of these facilities, you'll need to obtain clearance from the appropriate authorities. The nearest port of entry is located in the town of George Town on nearby Great Exuma, the main island in the Exuma district. Your first stop in the Exumas will be here, making sure to fly your yellow quarantine flag as you sail into the marina. Nearing the island, you should also place a call over VHF radio channel 16 and let members of the port authority know you are your way. An official will meet you to go over the boat's documentation and get everyone on board to fill out an immigration form. During this time, only the captain may leave the vessel. After the all-clear has been given, you'll pay anywhere from $150 to $300 for a cruising permit, fishing permit, and your departure fee. This will allow you to sail around the Bahamas for 90 days, and covers five passengers. Additional charges will be added if there are extra passengers aboard.

Whether you're looking for a quick – and fun – stop over, or you want a place to stay for the long haul, Staniel Cay is a great destination.


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