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.


Below are the procedures currently required by the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for entering the country. We will continue to add details as they are announced.

Important Updates 4/21/21


Effective May 1, those traveling to The Bahamas from outside of The Bahamas will be exempt from taking a COVID 19 test once they are fully vaccinated and have passed the 2 week immunity period.  All residents and travelers must still adhere to the social distancing and mask-wearing protocols, but once fully vaccinated, they can resume Indoor dining.  See Details

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:

The government of The Bahamas has announced that, after 16 years, there is to be a change in the structure of fees applied to entering Bahamian waters for recreational boating purposes. The new fee structure will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Fees were last adjusted in 2003.

These fees contribute to the government’s efforts to secure the 100,000 square miles of ocean within The Bahamas and make them safer for boating. The efforts made to date have earned the archipelago an unrivalled record for boating safety.

The following fees will be applied to boats staying in The Bahamas for up to 3 months:

  • Boats up to 34 feet: $150 (no change)
  • Boats 35-99 feet: $300 (no change)
  • Boats 100-149 feet: $500
  • Boats 150-200 feet: $800
  • Boats over 200 feet: $1,000

The fees cover both a cruising permit and fishing permit, as well as the departure tax for up to three people. Each additional person will be charged a $20 departure tax. The fee is good for a second re-entry within a 90-day period.

For stays longer than 3 months:

  • Boats up to 34 feet: $300 annually
  • Boats 35-99 feet: $600 annually
  • Boats 100-149 feet: $1,000 annually
  • Boats over 150 – 200 feet: $1,600 annually
  • Boats over 200 feet: $2,000 annually

For a stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.

Please note that Attendance Fees, Fishing Permit, Transportation, and Overtime fees are all included in the price of the cruising permit. The only additional fees would be for additional departure tax if there are more than 3 persons at a cost of $20 per additional person. It is also illegal to tip government employees.

Boaters are asked to report if they are ever asked for these types of payments to the local marina manager or dockmaster.

For questions, please feel free to contact the ABM Executive Director, Basil Smith, on [email protected] or visit The Bahamas official website

See all forms and information need to boat to The Bahamas here.

Ports of Entry and Marinas

Grand Bahama Island is home to the Flamingo Bay Marina and boaters have several options for clearing:  West End, Old Bahama Bay Marina, Sunrise Resort and Marina, Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Resort and Grand Bahama Yacht Club – Fueling is available at Grand Bahama Yacht Club.

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