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Before You Travel | How to Get There | Check In/Check Out | What's On Board | What to Bring | Health & Safety

This page provides useful planning, pre-departure and travel information. From servicing airports to base arrival procedures, 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.

Before You Travel

Address  
Palm Cay Marina
Yamacraw Hill Rd
Nassau, The Bahamas

Base Hours 
The base is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week (evening staff to cover until all flights have arrived).

Time Zone
UTC/GMT -4 hours

Tourist Information Center 
Head Office - Nassau 
P.O. Box N 3701 
Tel: (242) 302-2000 / Fax: (242) 302-2098

General Information
Area: 5382 sq miles (13,940 sq km)  
Population: 382,600 
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 

For more information, view this destination's Cruising Conditions

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How to Get There

Airport 
Fly to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau. Take 30 minute transfer to the base. 

Charter a private seaplane with Tropic Ocean Airways from South Florida and fly directly to where your yacht is located.

Flights
Due to the number of flights we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our inhouse flight specialist at 033 0332 1513* before you book your flights.

Transfers  
Taxis are lined up at both the Airport and the base, available and easy to access.

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

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Check In/Check Out

Check In Procedures
Charter Start Time: 10 a.m. 
Sleep Aboard: Time: 4 p.m. 
Briefing Times: 9 a.m. for morning starts and 3 p.m. for evening starts. 

All skippers must attend a Chart Briefing which covers all you need to know about the cruising area, use of the VHF radio, how to call for assistance, and more. A Boat Briefing will also be provided onboard your yacht.

Late Arrivals 
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing and Boat Briefing will be held the following morning prior to departure.

Check Out Procedures
Charter End Time: 10 a.m.

A debriefing and final walkthrough will be done upon return so please allow enough time to complete this before the charter end time.

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What's on Board

Coolers 
One cooler is on board, a second can be requested if needed.

Provisioning
Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your vacation. Additional items are available to be purchased and delivered directly to your yacht. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.

Mobile phones 
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region. The Abaco Beach Resort & Conch Inn offer complementary Wi-Fi. Bahamas WI MAX has set up hotspots at the major marinas around Abacos. They offer a pre-paid Wi-Fi Internet service charged per day or per week. You must reserve at least two weeks prior to departure to guarantee. The Wi-Fi service is available in most harbors.

Music/iPods 
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Electricity
The electrical service on The Bahamas is normally 120 volts, 60 cycles 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 220 volt electrical service. Call your hotel ahead of time to find out which system they use. The standard voltage on all yachts is 12volts in order to use electronic equipment that is 110v or 220v; you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter. 

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here for Bareboat Charters or here for Crewed Charters.

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What to Bring

Customs & Immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information.

Cruising Licences
A formal sailing licence is not mandatory to charter here. A completed Sailing or Power resume is required to ensure you have the necessary experience required to charter yourself.

Luggage & Packing List
Soft-sided luggage or duffel bags are best, as luggage storage space on your yacht may be limited. We have no facilities for holding luggage at the base. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device

  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)

  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Drones
A Certificate of Registration must first be secured 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 may be obtained from the Civil Aviation Department, at 242-397-4700 or email [email protected]

Currency 
The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar. U.S. currency is accepted by all vendors. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places. American Express is usually NOT accepted. 

Gratuity 
Tip according to quality of service.  Porters usually receive US$1 per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Some establishments include the gratuity in their bills.  

Taxes & Fees
You might incur some costs while on charter such as mooring and docking fees or cruising taxes. We highly recommend bringing enough of the local currency to cover these costs as they are not always payable by USD, debit, and/or credit cards. Please see our Base Notes for additional information.

Security Deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

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Health & Safety

Vaccination and Immunisation Information
This destination is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Visit nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/ for the latest information.

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

Travel Insurance
The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, verify that it covers the destinations and activities of your Moorings holiday.

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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

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