Before You Travel | How to Get There | Boarding Time/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 vacation smooth and carefree. 

We suggest you read the following information carefully several weeks before departure and print a copy to take.

Before You Travel

Abaco Beach Resort
Bay St, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahama

Time Zone
UTC/GMT -5 hours

Tourist Information Center
Head Office - Nassau 
P.O. Box N 3701 
Tel: 242 322-7500 / Fax: 242 328-0945 

Abacos - Marsh Harbour, a 7-minute walk from the base
P.O. Box AB-20663
Tel: 242-699-0152 / 242 367-3067 / Fax: 242 367-3313

General Information
Area: 5380 sq miles (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

For more information, view this destination's Cruising Conditions.

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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. The cost is approximately $20 for the first 2 people and $3 for every additional person each way.
– Fly into Treasure Cay International Airport. Take a taxi to the base is approximately 30 min by taxi. 
– Fly to the marina. Charter a private seaplane with Tropic Ocean Airways from South Florida and fly directly to where your yacht is located.

Due to the number of flights we organize, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact our in-house flight specialist at 866.649.2003 before you book your flights.

The taxi fare from the airport to the base is approximately $15 USD for the first 2 persons; every additional person is $3 per person. Transfers cannot be pre-booked for this destination.

Car Rentals
A&P Auto Rentals Phone: (242) 367-2655 
K&S Rentals - Tel: 242-367-2655
Cornish Car Rental - Tel: 242-365-8623
Sea Star Rentals -Tell: 242-367-4887
Bargain Car Rentals - Tel: 1-242-367-0500
Rental Wheels - Tel: 242-367-4643 / Email: [email protected] 
U-Save Car Rental - Tel: 242-699-3346

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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Boarding Time/Check Out

Boarding Time Procedures 
Charter Boarding Time: 10 a.m.
Evening Start Time: 4 p.m.

Late Arrivals 
If arriving after hours, a message will be left on the front door indicating the location of your boat. The Chart Briefing, Safety Briefing, and Boat Briefing will be available online for your viewing prior to your trip. 

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

One cooler per boat on a vessel (additional cooler on request and based on availability).

Moorings Care packages are included on every yacht. These packages contain some of the basics to get you started for your vacation. All provisioning orders should be placed no later than 6 days prior to the charter start date. Visit  store.moorings.com to place an order. 

If you would like to provision at a local grocery store there are several options available including the following:

Maxwell’s - Open Mon-Thurs: 8am–7pm; Fri-Sat: 8am–8pm; Sun: 8am–4pm
Abaco Groceries - Open Mon–Sat: 8am–6pm; Sun: closed
Jimmy’s liquor store - Open 9am – 6pm
Vernon’s Groceries - Open 8am – 5pm 

Mobile phones 
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region. The Abaco Beach Resort offers complimentary Wi-Fi. 

While most of our 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.

The electrical service in 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. However, the voltage varies with location, 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 to use electronic equipment that is 110v or 220v, and 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, here for Power 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. Please see the COVID-19 travel page for all entry and exit requirements. Visit travel.state.gov for the latest information.

Cruising Licenses
A formal sailing license 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. A fishing license is included with the yacht.

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.

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]

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

Tip according to quality of service.  Porters usually receive $1 USD per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Some establishments include 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 Immunization Information
This destination is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Visit cdc.gov for the latest information.

Travel Advice  
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting travel.state.gov

Swim Safe 

Swimming is often a fun and important part of a vacation. However local rules, flag systems, currents and where swimming may be permitted, can be different and vary from country to country. Snorkel vests, Life Jackets and Diver Down flags are all available on board. 


  • Talk to children about water safety at the start of a vacation, making them aware of the potential dangers.
  • Accidents can happen at any time on vacation, but often they happen on the first and last day, so keep watch and do not get distracted when your children are playing by, or in the water.
  • Children in or near water should always be supervised by an adult and never left unattended. Keep an eye on them and do not get distracted in and around the water. 
  • Get in the water with them, it is easier to keep an eye on them as well as good fun. Floatation devices are highly recommended for children but are not a substitute for supervision.

Be aware of your surroundings

  • Check warning flags and signage on the beach and only swim where it is permitted. 
  • Beware of dangerous currents, these can be very powerful. Not all beaches have lifeguards and/or warning flags.
  • Beware of underwater hazards, such as reefs, rocks, sudden changes in depth and marine life. Although shark attacks in the Bahamas are very rare the Bahamian authorities issued advice urging the public to exercise extreme caution in and around the waters of New Providence, adjacent islands, and cays.
  • Never swim where a sign says not to e.g. in zoned areas for jet boats or jet skis.
  • Never swim at night or after drinking alcohol.

Look out for others

  • Never swim alone, ‘buddy up’ with others in your party and use the snorkel vests provided.
  • Know how and where to get help. If you see someone in difficulty; raise the alarm, preferably the emergency services. Ensure you know the correct number for the country you are in.

Do not overestimate your ability

  • Consider swimming lessons before you go if you think it would be useful to learn proper swimming technique.
  • Even if you regularly swim in a pool, remember that open water swimming can be very different.


All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets, harnesses, snorkel vests & diver down flags. You can see all this equipment demonstrated in our online safety briefing, and we strongly recommend that you make use this equipment during your vacation. This safety equipment will be displayed in the saloon of your boat on boarding - If you have any questions feel free to ask our base staff during your briefing. 

We have a very limited supply of children's life jackets on base so highly recommend that if you are travelling with children, you bring their own. This ensures that children have correctly fitting jackets that are comfortable for them.  

Children should not be allowed in the dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and should wear a buoyancy aid or harness whilst on deck. 

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy. 


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 vacation.

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*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.

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