Docked boats at a marina

Travel to Grand Bahama by Private Boat

Grand Bahama Island welcomes you to travel to our destination by private boat. If you plan on chartering a boat or using your own personal vessel, please note the following important information.

When arriving in port, boaters should observe the following:

  1. Visiting boaters must clear Customs and Immigration at the nearest designated Port of Entry.
  2. As you enter port, fly the yellow quarantine flag and notify Customs of your arrival. Customs and Immigration will come to your vessel.
  3. No one other than the captain is permitted to leave the boat until your vessel has been cleared.
  4. Everyone on board must have proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration card. U.S. citizens can present a passport or birth certificate (original or certified copy) and an official photo ID, such as a driver’s license or voter registration card.
  5. You must declare all firearms you have onboard with Customs. You must provide the firearm serial number and manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition. Though you are allowed to have a firearm on your vessel, you cannot take it off the vessel unless you obtain a permit from the Bahamian police ahead of time. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. Any infraction of this law will be dealt with severely.

Grand Bahama Private Boat Entry Fees:

Vessels up to 30 feet: $150.00*
Valid for two entries during a 90-day period.

Vessels over 30 feet: $300.00*
Valid for two entries during a 90-day period.

*Listed entry fees apply to vessels with three persons or fewer onboard. The fee covers the cruising permit, fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges, and the $15.00 per person departure tax for up to three persons. Each additional person above three will be charged $25.00 departure tax. Are you planning on staying longer than 12 months? If so, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.

Ports of Entry and Marinas

Grand Bahama Island has several marinas; however only four are considered official ports of entry: Sunrise Marina, Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Old Bahama Bay.

Also, the Lucayan Harbour Cruise Facility, although not a marina, is an official port of entry on Grand Bahama Island.