This page provides useful pre-departure, travel and base information. From airport procedures to visa requirements, it will tell you what to expect to make your holiday smooth and carefree. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.

Arrival & Departure

How to get there 
There are four ways to get to the Abacos: 
Fly to Marsh Harbour International Airport. Take a taxi to the base (approximately a 10-minute ride). Cost is approximately BSD 8 per person each way. 
Fly to Treasure Cay International Airport.Take a taxi to the base (approximately 30 minutes)
Fly to Nassau. Take Bahamas Fast Ferry Services over to Marsh Harbour. This high-speed ferry makes the trip from Nassau to Marsh Harbour on Fridays and Sundays, costs about BSD 100 per passenger and takes around four hours.
Charter a private seaplane with Tropic Ocean Airways from South Florida and fly directly to where your yacht is located.

Servicing airlines

United 
American Airlines
Tropic Ocean Airways
Silver Airways 
Various charter airlines

Due to the number of flights we organise, The Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Moorings Holiday Planner before you book your flights.

Customs and immigration
A valid passport is mandatory for clearance. Only US citizens do not require a visa when they fly to Marsh Harbour International Airport (MHH). 
An immigration arrival card must be completed before you enter the country; an immigration departure card must be completed before you depart.

Bahamas drone regulations
A Certificate of Registration must be obtained beforehand from the Civil Aviation Department in order to import a drone. The Customs Department will detain drones at the border if a Certificate of Registration has not been obtained. To register your drone online visit the Bahamas Civil Aviation page. Further details on the Special Regulations are available from the Civil Aviation Department, tel. 242-397-4700 or email: [email protected]

IMPORTANT: If your charter is an all-inclusive Crewed yacht charter or Sailing yacht charter with a Moorings skipper and/or cook on board, you must advise your Holiday Planner prior to departure if you intend to visit any of the other Bahamian Islands.

Arrival / departure procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 10.00 a.m. or 4.00 p.m. (with evening start). 
Briefing Times: Boat/chart briefings are scheduled at 9.00 a.m. for morning starts and 3.00 p.m. for evening starts. Briefings can also be arranged around arrival times. If arrival is after 6.00 p.m. the briefing will be arranged for the next morning. All Skippers are required to attend the briefings.
Disembarkation: All charters end at 10.00 a.m. by which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.

Late arrival procedure
The Customer Service Desk is open until 6.00 p.m. If clients arrive after office hours, a message will be left with the security guard. A "welcome aboard" sign will be displayed on your yacht.

Your first night
Stay at the Conch Inn or book an Evening Start to stay on your yacht the night before your first charter day.

There are other accommodations available in the Bahamas. Call one of our Holiday Planners to arrange your travel plans and get the most from your charter holiday.

Car rental
A&P Auto Rentals –Tel: (242) 367-2655 
Cornish Car Rental – Tel: 242-365-8623
Rental Wheels – Tel: (242) 367-4643; Email: [email protected] (next to Moorings Conch Inn)
Sea Star Car Rentals – Tel: (242) 367-4887

When driving, British rules apply, so please drive on the left and watch those roundabouts! Visitors may use their home licence for up to three months and may also apply for an international driver's licence.

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General Information

Area: 5380 sq. mi. (13,940 sq. km) 
Population: 309,156
Capital City: Nassau 
Official Languages: English
Ethnic groups: Black 85%, White 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%
Religion: Baptist, Anglican, Roman Catholic
Government: Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy and a Commonwealth Realm
Industries: Tourism, banking, cement, oil transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals, spiral-welded steel pipe
Tipping: Tip according to quality of service. Porters usually receive USD 1 per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Some establishments include the gratuity in their bills. 
Currency: The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD). US currency is accepted by all vendors. 
Electricity: The electricity supply on The Bahamas is normally 120V, 60 Hz AC, in which case North American appliances are fully compatible, while European appliances will need both converters and adapters. Voltage varies with location, however, and some places in the islands may have 220V. Contact your hotel ahead of time to find out which system they use. The standard on all yachts is 12V. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110V or 220V you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter fitting.
Time: UTC/GMT - 4 hours

Holidays 
1 January New Year's Day
10 January Majority Rule Day
Friday before Easter Good Friday
Monday after Easter Easter Monday
Seventh Monday after Easter Whit Monday
First Friday in June Randol Fawkes Labour Day
10 July Bahamas Independence Day
First Monday in August Emancipation Day / August Monday
Second Monday in October National Heroes Day
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day
Please note
Holidays falling on a Saturday or Sunday are usually celebrated on the following Monday. Holidays falling on Tuesday are usually celebrated on the previous Monday. Holidays falling on Wednesday or Thursday are celebrated on the following Friday (with the exception of Independence Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Banks/businesses and many shops are closed on public holidays.

Restaurants
Snappas 5 minute walk
Jamie's Place 
Angler’s Restaurant 10 minute walk / 3 minute taxi ride 
Wally’s – 6 minute walk 

Post office
Letters can be posted from the base.

Tourist information centres
Head Office – Nassau
P.O. Box N 3701
Tel: 242 322-7500 / Fax: 242 328-0945 
Abacos – Marsh Harbour  
P.O. Box AB-20663
Tel: 242 367-3067 / Fax: 242 367-3313

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Banks & Money Exchange

Banks
Banking Hours: Monday to Thursday 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.; Friday 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 
ATM machines are available in Marsh Harbour and on the islands and are available at most banks. Ask the base on arrival for locations. ATMs dispense Bahamian dollars.

Currencies / money exchange
The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD), which is equal to the US dollar (USD). US currency is accepted by all vendors. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places. American Express is usually NOT accepted.

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Cruising Information

Marina information

The Conch Inn Marina: The Marina is full service with showers, toilets, laundry, restaurant, fuel, ice, water. Laundry service is available from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. for a fee of BSD 12.90 per load. Clients may stay in the Marina as long as they wish or return at any time during the charter. Mini market – open 7 days. All ice, diesel and water is complimentary. The reception is located at the base of the dock and is open 7.30 a.m. to 6.00.p.m. Security personnel are available to assist from 6.00 p.m. to 12.00 midnight. After midnight Conch Inn Security can be contacted on V.H.F channel 16.

Local Dockage Facilities: Moorings and dock space can be reserved at most harbours prior to arrival by calling ahead on VHF channel 16 or by requesting confirmation via The Moorings office on VHF channel 82.

Marinas – Elbow Cay

  • Hope Town Inn and Marina
  • Hope Town Lighthouse Marina
  • Sea Spray Inn and Marina

Marinas – Marsh Harbour

  • Harbour View Marina

  • Abaco Beach Resort

  • Marsh Harbour Marina
  • Mangoes Marina 

Marinas – Guana Cay

  • Orchid Bay Marina
  • Guana Hideaways

Marinas – Man O' War

  • Man O’War Marina

Marinas – Treasure Cay

  • Treasure Cay Marina

Marinas – Green Turtle Cay

  • Green Turtle Club Resort and Marina

  • Bluff House Marina

Electricity information
The electrical service on The Bahamas is normally 120V 60Hz AC. North American appliances are fully compatible, while European appliances need converters and adapters. Voltage varies with location; some places in the islands may have 220V. Contact your hotel ahead of time to find out which system they use. The standard on all yachts is 12V. In order to use electronic equipment that is 110V or 220V you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter fitting.

Sailing area restrictions
This information is covered in the chart briefing. There are several marine parks in the Sea of Abaco. It's illegal to carry out any form of fishing or to take any shells, coral or sea life in national marine parks. A waiver must be signed at the base if the client intends to leave the Sea of Abaco.

The sailing grounds for the Abacos is normally restricted to the Sea of Abaco only. The central cruising area comprises Great Abaco, along with a string of cays just east of these islands due to dangerous offshore reefs.

Charterers demonstrating extensive offshore and navigational experience are permitted to go down islands on approval by the base. A two-week minimum charter is strongly recommended for these clients.

Interesting sites
We recommend you visit the Itinerary Page or consult your chart briefer and cruising guides for the best places to visit, but among our favourites are: Hope Town, Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Tilloo Cay, Sandy Cay, Fowl Cay and Pete’s Pub at Little Harbour.

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Health & Safety

Travel insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities on your Moorings holiday. Find out more

Vaccination and immunisation information – Disclaimer
The Bahamas are generally free from risk of contagious disease. 
You are advised to be up-to-date with your Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Hepatitus B vaccines. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Travel advice
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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*Please note: country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements are subject to change. The Moorings is not accountable for these changes to requirements and we advise visiting your destination’s local authority website for the latest updates.

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