Sailing and Boating Near Treasure Cay

An adventure on the high seas? Not a problem from Treasure Cay

Photo credit: © Neil McGovern

Many people look forward to getting an up-close look at the waters that surround the Bahamas when they plan a getaway on Treasure Cay. Whether you hope to sail yourself from the coast of southern Florida, or you'll participate in a day trip when you arrive, there is plenty of opportunity in this island chain.

The number and diversity of sailing excursions in Treasure Cay is astounding. You can sign up for day trips or overnight trips that revolve around just floating through the sea for a relaxing trip of sightseeing as well as sporting trips that take you to specific spots for snorkeling, diving, and fishing.

If you're thinking about a boat charter, you can reserve one from these firms:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
Abaco Dorado Boat Rentals 367-1035 Marsh Harbour Great Abaco
Reef Rentals (242) 365-4145 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Sunset Marine & Boat Rentals (242) 365-4634 Sunset Marina & Boat Rentals - Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay


With 150 slips and space to store boats over 100 feet long, not to mention a huge host of amenities and facilities, Treasure Cay has one of the largest and best acclaimed marinas in not only the Abacos, but the Bahamas as well. This makes it a great stop for yachters making their way around the island chain.

Are you going to visit Treasure Cay using your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? Check out the table that follows for information concerning nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location Island
Blacksound Marina (242) 365-4531 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Dolphin Marina (242) 365-4262 Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
New Plymouth Public Dock -- Green Turtle Cay Green Turtle Cay
Treasure Cay Marina -- Treasure Cay Great Abaco

If you'll be sailing to your getaway, make sure you place a call on VHF radio channel 16 and fly your yellow quarantine flag as you approach the island. When you arrive, someone from Harbour Control will meet you at the dock in order to inspect your boat and its paperwork, view your proof of citizenship, and have you fill out an immigration form. You will then be asked to pay for a cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure fee for four guests all at once. The total will be between $150 and $300(USD) depending on the size of your boat, plus an additional $15(USD) per person. After receiving your permit, you'll be able to sail around the islands for up to 90 days.

While it may take quite a bit of planning to sail to Treasure Cay, those who have done it before agree it is worth every extra moment of your time. If you don't have the time but do have the skills, chartering a boat when you arrive is also a possibility, and then of course, you can simply participate in day trip hosted by a local sailor. The possibilities are endless.


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