Official Ports of Entry

In Spring 2018, Bahamas Customs replaced an outdated online list of official ports of entry where visiting boaters can clear customs, immigration and buy a cruising permit. Waterway Guide conducted a nationwide survey and found that additional notes would help to better guide visiting boaters. For example, our survey found that at some officially listed ports, customs may not clear general boaters or only under extraordinary circumstances. Conversely, some marinas where customs regularly clears are not on the official list. Customs says they will soon launch a new web site with a new list. Meanwhile, this guide below is Waterway Guide’s more helpful unofficial guide that more closely reflects what happens on the ground.

 

Customs is updating its phone system to new digital phones and we’ve included some new extra phone numbers that have been assigned. Additionally, customs headquarters has reaffirmed that transport fees should not be normally charged and, if so, a receipt must be given. We’ve learnt, however, that on some islands where customs has to travel long distances to clear a vessel, voluntary tipping often occurs. Our general advice is to always call a marina or customs well in advance. This list updates pages 44-45 in Waterway Guide’s 2018 Bahamas Edition.

 

ABACO & ABACO CAYS

 

Marsh Harbour

  • Leonard M. Thompson Intl. Airport/Marsh Harbour Airport (MHH): 367-1903 or 699-4021.
  • Cherokee Air (FBO): 367-1900.
  • Conch Inn Marina (The Moorings): 367-4000.
  • Abaco Beach Boat Harbour: 367-2158.
  • Harbour View Marina: 367-3910.
  • Mangoes Marina: 367-4996.
  • Marsh Harbour Government Dock: 699-4034.
  • Marsh Harbour Marina (Jib Room): 367-2700.

Guana Cay

  • Baker’s Bay Marina: Strictly members only.

Treasure Cay

  • Treasure Cay Airport (TCB): 365-8601/-8602 or 699-4059.
  • Treasure Cay Marina: 365-8250.

Green Turtle Cay

  • Customs Office (New Plymouth): 699-4045.
  • Bluff House Marina: 365-4247.
  • Green Turtle Club: 365-4271.
  • Green Turtle Government Dock: 699-4045.
  • Leeward Yacht Club Marina: 365-4191.

Sandy Point, South Abaco

  • Sandy Point Airport (MYAS): Request prior.
  • Sandy Point Government Dock: Request prior.

Spanish Cay

  • Customs Office: 365-0184 or 699-4060.
  • Spanish Cay Airport (MYAX): Private. Call marina prior.
  • Spanish Cay Marina: Expect a $50 landing fee, 365-0083.

Walkers Cay & The Grand Cays

  • GC Government Dock: 353-1365/-1306.
  • Rosie’s Place Marina (Little Grand Cay): 727-6051.
  • Walker’s Cay Airport (WKR): Call Green Turtle Customs prior.
  • Walker’s Cay Marina: Clear at Rosie’s or Grand Cay.

ANDROS

 

Fresh Creek, Central Andros

  • Andros Town Airport (ASD): 368-2030.
  • Fresh Creek Government Dock.

San Andros, North Andros (Nicholls Town)

  • Morgan’s Bluff Government Dock: Call airport prior.
  • San Andros Airport: (SAQ) 329-2140.

Congo Town, South Andros

  • Congo Town Airport (TZN): 369-2640.
  • Drigg’s Hill Government Dock. Call airport prior.

BERRY ISLANDS

Great Harbour Cay

  • Bullock’s Harbour Government Dock: Call airport prior.
  • Great Harbour Cay Airport (GHC): 367-8566.
  • Great Harbour Cay Marina: 367-8005.

Chub Cay

  • Chub Cay Airport (CCZ): 359-9020 or 325-1490.
  • Chub Cay Marina: 325-1490.

BIMINI, CAT CAY & OCEAN CAY

 

North Bimini (Alice Town)

  • Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina: Expect $50 landing fee, 347-3391.
  • Customs Office at Bimini Big Game Club: 347-3100.
  • Bimini Blue Water Marina: 347-3166.
  • Bimini Government Dock: Not advised, bulkhead.
  • Brown’s Marina: 347-3116.
  • Marina: 347-6100 ext. 1035/1036 or 473-1727.
  • Seaplane Dock: 347-6100 ext. 1016.
  • Sea Crest Marina: 347-3071 or 347-3477.
  • Weech’s Dock: Reopens Spring 2018, 347-3028.

South Bimini

  • Bimini Sands Resort & Marina: Call prior, 347-3500.
  • South Bimini Airport (BIM): 347-3101.

Cat Cay

  • Cat Cay Airport (CXY).
  • Cat Cay Club & Marina: 347-3565.

CAT ISLAND

 

Arthur’s Town

  • Arthur’s Town Airport (ATC)/Arthur’s Town Dock: Go to Smith’s Bay.

Bennett’s Harbour

  • Customs rarely clears here. Go to Smith’s Bay.

Hawk’s Nest

  • Hawk’s Nest Resort & Marina: 342-7050.

New Bight

  • New Bight Airport (TBI): 342-2016.

Smith’s Bay

  • Smith’s Bay Government Dock: 342-2149 or 342-2223.

ELEUTHERA

 

Governor’s Harbour

  • French Leave Eleuthera Marina: 332-3777/-3778.
  • Governor’s Harbour Government Dock: 699-6104.
  • Governor’s Harbour Airport (GHB): 332-2341.

Harbour Island

  • Harbour Island Club & Marina: 333-3040.
  • HI Government Dock: 699-6122/-6147.
  • Romora Bay Marina: 333-2325.
  • Valentine’s Marina: 866-389-6864 or 333-2142.

North Eleuthera

  • North Eleuthera Airport (ELH): 699-6121 or 699-6117.
  • White Crown Aviation (FBO): 242-335-1650.

Rock Sound

  • Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina: Call prior, 334-8500.
  • Davis Harbour Marina: Call prior, 334-6303.
  • Rock Sound Airport (RSD): 334-2112 or 699-6126/-6112.
  • Rock Sound Government Dock: 334-2112.

Spanish Wells

  • R&B Boatyard: 333-4462.
  • Spanish Wells Government Dock: 699-6128 /-6129.
  • Spanish Wells Marine & Hardware: 333-4193.
  • Spanish Wells Yacht Haven: 333-4255.

EXUMA & EXUMA CAYS

To clear in any of the Exuma Cays you must call George Town Customs 1 or 2 weeks in advance, and pay for officers’ flights and any other fees.

 

Black Point Airport (MYEB)/Black Point Government Dock

  • Customs rarely clears here; call George Town Customs prior.

Great Exuma & George Town

  • Exuma Yacht Club: 336-2578.
  • George Town Exuma Intl. Airport (GGT): 345-0071.
  • George Town Government Dock: 336-2072.
  • Marina at Emerald Bay (Sandals): 342-7050.

Staniel Cay Airport (TYM)/Staniel Cay Yacht Club

  • Customs rarely clears here; call George Town Customs prior.

GRAND BAHAMA/FREEPORT

 

Freeport Harbour & Freeport City

  • Bradford Marine: Freeport Harbour Company will charge a $118 port fee to clear, 602-9503.
  • Freeport Harbour: For big ships only. Harbour Company will charge a $118 port fee to clear, 602-9491.
  • Grand Bahama Intl. Airport: 602-9546/-9400.

Port Lucaya & South Freeport Inlets

  • Grand Bahama Yacht Club (formerly Lucayan Marina Village and Lucayan Yacht Club): 284-5193 or 373-7616.
  • Port Lucaya Marina: 373-9090.
  • Running Mon Sunrise Marina: 352-6834.
  • Knowles Marine Services & Boatyard: Clear next door at Running Mon Sunrise Marina, 351-2769.
  • Xanadu Marina: Old docks, not advised.

West End Grand Bahama

  • Old Bahama Bay & Yacht Harbour: 602-9400.
  • West End Airport (WTD): Private; must call OBB in advance.

INAGUA (MATTHEW TOWN)

  • Inagua Airport, Matthew Town (IGA): 339-1254.
  • Inagua Government Dock: 339-1605.

LONG ISLAND

 

Clarence Town

  • Clarence Town Government Dock. Call Stella Maris Airport in advance.
  • Flying Fish Marina: Call prior, 337-3430.

Salt Pond

  • Salt Pond Government Dock: Two-day advanced request required, otherwise boaters must taxi ($50 min.) to Stella Maris; call Salt Pond Tourist Office prior, 338-8668.

Simms

  • Simms Government Dock: Customs rarely clears here. Call Stella Maris Airport Customs prior.

Stella Maris

  • Stella Maris Airport (SML): 338-2012.
  • Stella Maris Marina: 338-2050/-2051/-2052.

NEW PROVIDENCE (NASSAU & PARADISE ISLAND)

Customs Headquarters in Oakes Field has new phone numbers: 604-3124 or 25.

 

West New Providence

  • Albany Marina: 676-6020.
  • Lyford Cay Marina: 362-4271.
  • Lynden Pindling Intl. Airport (NAS): 604-3277, open 24 hrs.

Southeast New Providence

  • Palm Cay & Marina: Call marina prior, 676-8554.

Nassau Harbour & Paradise Island

Megayachts are best served by calling a ship or yacht agent: United Shipping: 422-3250 or 350-6500; RH Curry: 322-8681; or BWA: 557-0307.

 

  • Arawak Container Port: For ships only, 604-3196.
  • Atlantis Marina: 363-6068.
  • Bayshore Marina: Only boats under 40 feet, 393-8232.
  • Bay Street Marina: 676-7000.
  • Prince George Dock: 604-3342/-3345/-3346/-3347, open 24 hrs.
  • Harbour Central Marina: 323-2172.
  • Harbour View Marina: 394-7085 or 424-1176.
  • Hurricane Hole Marina: 363-3600 or 603-1950.
  • John Alfred Dock: Call Bay Street Marina, 676-7000.
  • Marlin Marine: Rarely takes transients, 393-7873.
  • Nassau Harbour Club: 393-0771.
  • Nassau Yacht Haven: 393-8173.
  • Rubis at Harbour View Marina: 394-1046.
  • Seaboard Marine: Call Bay Street Marina, 676-7000.
  • TPA Marina: 394-1605.

SAN SALVADOR (COCKBURN TOWN)

 

  • San Salvador Government Dock: Not advised, hazardous bulkhead.
  • Riding Rock Marina: 331-2631, 477-0900 or 452-6129.
  • San Salvador Airport (ZSA): 331-2131.