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 vacation smooth and care free. We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks prior to departure and also print a copy to take with you.
- Address & Base Guide
- Arrival & Departure
- General Information
- Banks & Money Exchange
- Activities & Sports
- Cruising Information
- Provisioning (Food & Drink for your boat)
- Health & Safety
The Moorings Bahamas Ltd
P.O. Box AB 20469
East Bay Street
Tel: 00 1 242-367-4000
We suggest you notify family and friends of how you may be reached in case they need to contact you.
Hours of Operation
7:30am- 6:00pm, 7 days a week.
Laundy, bar/restaurant, hotel, boutique, swimming pool, supermarket, dive shop, showers/toilets, telephones, fuel, ice bank, dive equipment, and shopping.
The Conch Inn Hotel
The Conch Inn Hotel is a short taxi ride from Marsh Harbour Airport and is convenient to downtown shopping and ferries to the Cays. All rooms feature two double beds with en suite bath, cable TV, air conditioning, coffee maker and refrigerator.
Curly Tails Restaurant
Curly Tails Restaurant is located at the base and open for lunch and dinner. Curly Tails offers harbor side dining on an outside deck, in the air-conditioned dining room and in the second floor bar.
How to Get There
There are three ways to get to the Abacos:
Fly into Marsh Harbour International Airport. Take a taxi to the base - Distance approximately 10 min by taxi. Cost is approximately $8 per person each way.
Fly into Treasure Cay International Airport.Take a taxi to the base is approximately 30 min by taxi.
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 $100 per passenger and takes around 4 hours.
Various charter airlines
Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Vacation Planning Specialist before you book your flights.
Customs & Immigration
A valid passport (for U.S. citizens) is mandatory for clearance. No visa is required for US citizens going to MHH (Marsh Harbour, International Airport)
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: All-inclusive Crewed Yacht Charters and Sailing Yacht Charters with a Moorings Skipper and/or Cook onboard must advise your Vacation Planning Specialist prior to departure if you intend to visit any of the other Bahamian Islands.
Arrival / Departure Procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 10:00am or 4:00pm (with evening start).
Briefing Times: Boat/chart Briefings are scheduled at: 9:00am for morning starts; 3:00pm for evening starts. All Skippers are required to attend the briefings.
Disembarkation: All charters end at 10:00am at which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.
Late Arrival Procedure
The Customer Service Desk is open until 6:00pm. If clients arrive after office hours, a message will be left with the security guard. A welcome aboard will be 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 Vacation Planners to arrange your travel plans and get the most from your charter vacation.
A&P Auto Rentals Phone: (242) 367-2655
Cornish Car Rental - Tel: 242-365-8623
Rental Wheels Phone: (242) 367-4643 Email: info@rentalwheels (next to Moorings Conch Inn)
Sea Star Car Rentals Phone: (242) 367-4887
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.
Area: 5380 sq miles (13,940 sq km)
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 US$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. U.S. currency is accepted by all vendors.
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.
Time: UTC/GMT - 4 hours
Festivals & Holidays
1 January: New Year's Day
1st Friday in June: Labour Day
10 July: Independence Day
1st Monday in August: Emancipation or Kadooment Day
12 October: Discovery Day
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Boxing Day
Conch Inn Hotel & Marina
Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas
(242) 367-4000 (located at the base)
Abaco Beach Resort
Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas
Curly Tails: At The Moorings marina
Mangoes: Right next door
Snappas: 5 min walk
Angler’s Restaurant: 10 min walk/ 3 min taxi ride
Wally’s: 6 min walk
Letters can be posted from the base.
The Abaco Beach Resort & Conch Inn offer complementary WiFi.
Bahamas WI MAX has set up hotspots at the major marinas around Abacos. They offer a pre-paid WI-FI service for $15 per day or $35 per week and you can purchase this service at the Abacos base. You will receive a card and need to activate it on-line by creating an account. Once you log in, you can access your account wherever the hotspots are available. The Wi-Fi service is available in most harbours.
Your mobile phone may work in the Bahamas, check with your service provider for coverage. Clients can rent mobile phones at the base for $10/day.
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
Banking Hours: 9:30am – 3:00pm / Mon – Thur; 9:30am – 5:00pm / Fri
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
Accepted Forms of Payment - 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.
For your convenience, you can add water toys to your charter when booking and they will be waiting on your boat upon arrival. You may wait to rent these at the base when you arrive, though there may be limited availability. For more information, please view our Water Sports Options.
The Moorings provides snorkeling gear (flippers, masks & snorkels) for all charters for your pleasure. Please check availability for children sizes prior to your charter. You may wish to pack your own snorkeling gear.
Kayaks & SUPs
We offer kayaks and stand up paddle boards for rent.
Dive Abaco (www.diveabaco.com) is located at the base and is the most easily accessed dive shop. For more diving options contact your Moorings Vacation Planning Specialist.
Mermaid reef, Johnny's Cay, Manjack Cay, No name Cay and Walkers Cay reef are all protected underwater preserves.
Fishing is allowed and a licence is not required for charterers. To protect the marine environment, spear fishing using scuba gear and possession of spear guns are illegal in The Bahamas. Two areas are protected and fishing is not permitted: Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park Fowl Cay Preserve.
Fishing equipment can be rented around the base by a local free-lancer who provides fishing gear, nets and slings and from Island Boy Tackle Some fishing charters are also available.
Spiny Lobster season is from August 1st - March 31st. Minimum size is a 5 1/2 inches tail length or 3 1/4 inch carapace length (measured from the base of the horns to the end of the jacket). Unlike Florida, lobster may be taken by spear. It is illegal to take or possess female lobster with eggs. The vessel bag limit is six per person at any one time.
There is no closed season on conch, but it's illegal to take or possess immature conch. In order to be legal, conch must have a well formed lip (or flared-lip). The vessel bag limit is ten per person at any one time.
The vessel bag limit for scale fish is 20 pounds per person. The minimum size for any member of the grouper family is three pounds.
Stone Crabs may be taken if the claw length is four inches or greater. The season is closed from June 1 - October 15. It is illegal to harvest female stone crabs.
The Conch Inn Marina: Marina is full service with showers, toilets, laundry, restaurant, fuel, ice, water. The laundry is open 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. 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 7:30am - 6:00pm. Security personnel are available to assist from 6:00pm - 12:00am. 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 harbors 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 & Marina
- Sea Spray Inn & Marina
Marinas - Marsh Harbour
Abaco Beach Resort
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 Cay Marina
Bluff House Marina
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.
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 cruising area extends north to Walkers Cay, south within Sea of Abaco to Little Harbour. The sailing grounds for the Abacos is normally restricted to the Sea of Abaco only. The central cruising area is comprised of 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. Immediate cruising area extends from Green Turtle Cay in the north to Little Harbour in the South.
We recommend you visit the Itinerary Page or consult your chart briefer and cruising guides for the best places to visit, but among our favorites – Hope Town, Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Tilloo Cay, Sandy Cay, Fowl Cay and Pete’s pub at Little Harbour.
This destination offers the convenience of our Online Provisioning Service. Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive a la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.
1. Maxwell’s - Large supermarket, 15-20 minutes walk from base
Open Mon-Thurs: 8am–7pm; Fri-Sat: 8am–8pm; Sun: 8am–4pm
2. Abaco Groceries - Wholesale/Retail Store, 10 minutes by taxi from base
Open Mon–Sat: 8am–6pm; Sun: closed
3. Save-a-Lot - Wholesale/Retail Store, 5 minutes by taxi from base
Open Mon-Thurs: 8am–7pm; Fri-Sat: 8am – 8pm; Sun: closed
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 of your Moorings vacation. Click for more details
Vaccination and Immunization Information - Disclaimer
The Bahamas are generally risk-free 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 travelers over 1 year of age coming from areas with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting Travel.State.Gov
*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunization 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.