While at Green Turtle Cay I went to the customs office on Monday, Dec 30, 2013, to inquire about permit prices re: boat length. The response was that it is $ 150 for boats up to, and including, 35 ft and for boats 35 ft 1 in and up it is $ 300
The Green Turtle Club has completed dredging and building six new finger piers, increasing the number of finger pier slips for deeper draft vessels. The channel into White Sound, where the Green Turtle Club and the Bluff House are located, was dredged to a controlling depth of seven feet (2.1 meters) this past summer.
Both marinas are now offering “dollars for dockage” specials. What ever amount you spend in their restaurants and bars will be deducted from the amount of your dockage. If your restaurant and bar bill is greater than your dockage; your dockage is free.
We just received an email indicating that a yacht was charged an extra $20 transportation fee beyond the cruising permit fee of $150 or $300. This occurred in Marsh Harbour at a marina. The reason given was that the attending agent did not have government car and had to use his/her own car. The folks clearing in were told that the fee could be split if there was more than one yacht clearing at one time. The policy was confirmed by Agatha Joyce, head Immigration official in Marsh Harbour.
We called Customs in Nassau and spoke to an agent, who first indicated that this was an allowed procedure (to charge an extra fee for transportation of the officer). Then we reminded him that we had talked to the Comptroller himself as recently as June 2013 and were told that the official policy is that there are not to be any extra transportation fees. He quickly agreed and said that extra transportation fees were NOT supposed to be charged. We are reporting this to let you know that you may meet some different situations, depending on where you clear Customs and Immigration. We still recommend that you challenge any extra fees and ask to speak to a supervisor or call Customs in Nassau at 242-326-4401 and ask for the Comptroller’s Office. We will still try to get in touch with the Comptroller himself to verify the official policy.
Monty and Sara Lewis
Any recommendations for snorkeling in the Little Bahama Bank? traveling there over holidays. entering at Green Turtle Cay, weather permitting. Thank You
The channel into White Sound at Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos has just been dredged. It is now 7 feet deep, able to accommodate yachts of deeper draft than before. The channel is the entrance to two marina/resorts–Bluff House and Green Turtle Club. The Green Turtle has announced that it will reopen for the season on October 25.
Since we have recently had some queries concerning where the pumpout stations can be found in the Bahamas, we included that question with our recently updated Fuel and Dockage Survey. We weren’t able to get in touch with all marinas today as some phone lines were down. And the pumpout facilities we did find were not all working. We encourage you to share your experiences with us and perhaps expand the list further. But here is the list for now and we will update you as we get new information:
Albany, Coral Harbour, New Providence (fee, at slip)
Atlantis, Nassau (no charge for guests)
Bakers Bay, Guana Cay, Abaco
Bay Street Marina, Nassau (no charge for guests, at dock)
Bradford Marine, Freeport, Grand Bahama (truck at work dock, fee)
Cape Eleuthera (at fuel dock, no charge)
Emerald Bay, Great Exuma (fee)
Elizabeth Harbour, Exuma (pumpout boat, fee)
Harbour Central, Nassau
Old Bahama Bay, West End, Grand Bahama (not working, fee)
Port Lucaya, Grand Bahama (not working)
Romora Bay, Harbour Island, Eleuthera (fee)
We’ve recently had several requests for information on pumpout stations in the Bahamas. If you’ve had any experience with pumpout facilities, would you share it with our subscribers. Where, when available, cost, level of satisfaction with the service? We’ll post the information on our next fuel and dockage survey. Thanks for your help in making accurate information available to our Bahamas cruising community.
The Islanders Seaside Restaurant has opened in the former location of Bradley’s, and earlier the Hibiscus Cafe, on Man-O-War Cay, Abaco. For now call Man-O-War Marina for more information.
I read on an Abaco blog that Orchid Bay Resort & Marina has gone into receivership. Any word on whether it will be operating in the interim?