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What Are The Out Islands and Other Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I Need A Passport To Go To The Bahamas?

Yes, you do need a passport.

Do I Need A Visa To Visit The Bahamas?

for visa requirements.

Do You Have To Go Through Customs In The Bahamas?

If you are leaving from New Providence (Nassau) or Grand Bahama (Freeport) to the United States, you will clear customs before landing. If you are departing from any other island you will have to go through customs when you land in the United States.

What Is The Weather Like In The Bahamas?

The weather is typically sunny year-round.

What Should I Pack For A Trip To The Bahamas?

Ensure that you pack sunblock, flip-flops, and your favorite swimsuit! The Bahamas is a subtropical region; dress for the islands.

Are There Beach Resorts In The Out Islands?

Yes, there are many. for an extensive list of resorts.

ARE THERE GOLF COURSES IN THE OUT ISLANDS?

Yes, there are two golf courses in The Abacos and one in The Exumas.

Which Islands Should I Visit During My Bahamas Vacation?

The Out Islands each offer a unique experience every traveler can appreciate.

Which Islands Have The Best Nightlife In The Out Islands?

Great Abaco has the best nightlife because they are our third most populous island.

Which Islands Are Best For Deep Sea Fishing?

Bimini is known for some of the best deep-sea fishing.

Which Islands Are Best For Eco Travel And Bird Watching?

The Abacos and Andros offer wonderful bird watching experiences.

Which Islands Are Best For Fly Fishing?

Acklins, Andros and the Berry Islands are wonderful destinations for fly fishing.

Where Can I Swim With The Pigs?

The famous swimming pigs can be found on Big Major Cay, The Exumas.

Where Can I Swim With Nurse Sharks?

You can swim with nurse sharks in Compass Cay, Staniel Cay, and The Exumas

Do You Need An Adapter In The Bahamas?

If you are visiting from North America, you will not need an adapter. In The Bahamas, power plugs and sockets are of type a and b. The standard voltage is 120 v and the standard frequency is 60 hz.

How Cold Is The Water In Out Islands Of The Bahamas In December?

Water in the Out Islands is about 75°f-78°f (24°c) in December.

What Is The Rainy Season In The Bahamas?

There is no precise ‘rainy season’ but there is an increased chance of precipitation during hurricane season – June to November.

How To Get Here & Getting Around

How Do I Get To The Out Islands?

For a list of flights please . Outside of boat charters or the use of personal vessels, there is a ferry from Miami into Bimini.

How Do You To Get To The Out Islands From Nassau?

There are daily flights from Nassau to most of the Out Islands.

Can I Take A Ferry Between The Out Islands?

There is a ferry service from Nassau to Harbour Island. Charter boats are the best route if you’d like to travel between the Out Islands.

CAN I RENT A CAR IN THE BAHAMAS?

Yes, you can.

Which Side Of The Road Do They Drive On In The Bahamas?

The left side.

IS THERE UBER IN THE BAHAMAS?

There is no uber in The Bahamas.

What Forms Of Transportation Are There In The Bahamas?

Car rentals, taxis, and buses are the modes of transportation on the island.

Money Matters

What Currency Is Used In The Bahamas?

BSD and USD are used.

Can I Use Us Dollars In The Bahamas?

Yes.

Can I Use A Credit Card In The Out Islands?

There are places where you can use a credit card but if you’re exploring always carry a bit of cash.

Fast Facts

Is The Bahamas Part Of The Caribbean Islands?

Yes, the Islands of The Bahamas are a part of the Caribbean.

What Are The Out Islands?

The Bahamas is a long chain of islands. The Out Islands are those outside of New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport).

How Many Islands Are There In The Bahamas?

There are 700-plus islands and cays, 16 of which are inhabited.

$250 Air Credit Offer

What Are The Terms And Conditions Of The $250 Air Credit Offer?
  • The $250 Air/Fast Ferry credit offer is based on single or double occupancy air-inclusive vacation package bookings from the U.S. and Canada only.
  • Limit of one $250 Air Credit offer per booked room; up to two rooms allowed per booking.
  • 2-bedroom (or larger) suites are considered 1 room for purposes of this offer.
  • All bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Offer valid for new air-inclusive vacation packages only.
  • Passengers must be booked on the same flight and itinerary.
  • The BOIPB will not pay any air credit reimbursements if frequent flyer miles are used to pay for the airline tickets. Reimbursements will be paid for purchased tickets only.
  • This offer may not be combined with any other Bahama Out Islands promotion board air/ferry/fee/fuel credit promotional offer.
  • Cancellation of hotel booking will result in cancellation of associated airline credit(s).
  • Not valid for group bookings.
  • This offer is subject to availability and may be changed or canceled at any time. Other restrictions and limitations may apply.
What Airlines Fly Direct To The Out Islands?

American Airlines from MIA, Silver Airways from FLL, Tropic Ocean Airways from FLL (Sheltair FBO), Makers Air from FXE (Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport) and Bahamasair from Palm Beach (PBI). In addition:

  • Balearia (fast ferry) sails from port everglades to Bimini.
  • Several other “private jet-type” air charter companies like Aztec Airways, Gold Aviation Services, and Air Flight Charters offer service from FLL (Sheltair FBO) or Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
How Can I Redeem The $250 Air/Fast Ferry Credit?

Simple! Contact the hotel and book your hotel room. Let them know that you are calling to take advantage of the $250 Air or Ferry credit. A handful of hotels will book the air + hotel for you and deduct the $250 instantly off of the total cost of your 4-nights + vacation bill.

Other hotels will tell you to book your own flight and they will then deduct the $250 Air Credit off of your hotel check-out bill. Don’t worry, they have done this hundreds of times. No, really!!!

Can I Book My Own Flight?

Yes, as noted above, but once you contact the hotel to book your room, let them know that you want to take advantage of the $250 Air Credit and you have already booked your airline or ferry ticket(s).

Can The Hotel Book The Flight For Me?

While most hotels would prefer that you book your own air, when you contact them ask. Other hotels like Sandals Emerald Bay resort’s unique vacations, Hilton at Resorts World Bimini and Staniel Cay Yacht Club and Marina can book the complete air + hotel package for you and thus you will get your $250 air credit instantly.

What Would Happen If I Booked My Flight Before I Contacted The Hotel?

When booking your hotel room, just let the hotel know that you booked your flights already, based on the approved terms & conditions (found in the FAQ for terms & conditions).

Can I Use This On A Charter Flight?

Yes you may, but the $250 Air Credit per hotel room booked would still apply.

Can I Use This If I Am Island Hopping?

For Example, Flying Direct Into An Out Island And Then Flying Into Nassau?

In this case yes, but the $250 Air Credit per hotel room booked for 4-nights + stays would still apply.

What Happens If I Have To Reschedule Or Cancel My Vacation?

Does The Credit Apply For Future Travel?

Check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy. In most cases you would be given a credit for a future date. In some cases you will be given a full refund, minus the $250 Air Credit.

Do I Have To Contact The Hotel (Email/Phone) To Get The Offer?

 Is There A Way To Do It Online? For Example With A Promo Code.

Firstly, no promo code is needed. As you may know, life in the out islands is simple. Some hotels will allow you to book online, others would prefer that you call or email. Choose your hotel, visit that hotel’s website and go with the flow.

Can This Be Used If I Book My Hotel Through A 3rd Party?

For example, Tripadvisor Or Expedia?

Yes. See the list of participating wholesalers/tour operators on the $250 air credit promo

Which Hotels Are Participating In This Offer?

The list of 34 hotels, scattered across 11 different out islands, can be found on the $250 air credit promo page.

Can The Offer Be Combined With Other Promo Board Or Hotel Specials?

We wish, but unfortunately no.

Is The Offer Available To Usvi Residents And/Or Other Us Territories?

The offer is good for residents/citizens of the U.A. and Canada departing from North America. If you are from the U.S.V.I. or a U.S. territory (or a Canadian territory for that matter), yes, but once again the $250 is only valid if you travel from North America.

If The Air Credit Is Not Instant, How Will It Be Credited?

Your check-out hotel bill would be $250 lighter… credited upon check-out.

How Do We Book Direct?

Once you have decided on your hotel, visit their website or even call, especially if you are a first-timer. Our hoteliers love to talk about “my” island and all of their recommended “must dos”. If you’ve been there before – and nearly 80% of our guests are repeat guests – you know the drill.

Is The Air Credit Transferable?

No, it is not. Why buy and give your deserved trip away? Until “supplies last”, we have a $250 air/ferry credit waiting for them too!

Two Fly Free Offer

What Are The Terms And Conditions Of The Two Fly Free Offer?
  • The 4 – 6 night fly/cruise free offer is based on single or double occupancy bookings.
  • Limit of one fly/cruise free or two fly/cruise free offer per booked room; up to two rooms allowed per booking.
  • 2-bedroom (or larger) suites are considered 1 room for purposes of this offer.
  • Free round-trip airfare/ferry tickets only for flights/ferry originating/ending in Nassau.
  • Offer valid for new air-inclusive vacation package bookings only.
  • Passengers must be booked on the same flight/ferry and itinerary.
  • The BOIPB will not pay any air credit/fly free reimbursements if frequent flyer miles are used to pay for the airline tickets. Reimbursements will be paid for purchased tickets only.
  • This offer may not be combined with any other Bahama Out Islands promotion board air/fee/fuel credit promotional offer.
  • Cancellation of hotel booking will result in cancellation of associated airline/ferry tickets.
  • Offer includes all applicable airline/ferry taxes and fees.
  • This fly/cruise free offer is applicable for group bookings of ten (10) rooms or less.
  • This offer is subject to availability and may be changed or cancelled at any time. Other restrictions and limitations may apply.
What Airlines Fly To The Out Islands From Nassau?

Bahamasair, Flamingo Airways, Leair, Pineapple Air, Southern Air Charter and Western Air. In addition:

  • Bahamas ferries (fast ferry) sails from Nassau to Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Abaco, Andros, Exuma and Long Island.
How Can I Redeem The Two Fly Free From Nassau Offer?

Simple! Contact the hotel and book your hotel room. Let them know that you are calling to take advantage of the Two Fly Free from Nassau offer. A handful of hotels will book the air + hotel for you and deduct the cost of the ticket(s) instantly off of the total cost of your 4-nights + or 7-nights + vacation bill.

Other hotels will tell you to book your own flight and they will then deduct the cost of your r/t Nassau/Out Islands ticket(s) off of your hotel check-out bill. Don’t worry, they have done this hundreds of times. No, really!!!

Can I Book My Own Flight?

Yes, as noted above, but once you contact the hotel to book your room, let them know that you want to take advantage of the Two Fly Free from Nassau offer and you have already booked your airline or ferry ticket(s).

Can The Hotel Book The Flight For Me?

While most hotels would prefer that you book your own air, when you contact them ask.

What Would Happen If I Booked My Flight Before I Contacted The Hotel?

When booking your hotel room, just let the hotel know that you booked your flights already, based on the approved terms & conditions (found in the faq for terms & conditions).

Can I Use This On A Charter Flight?

Yes you may, but there is a maximum allowable amount for the Two Fly Free from Nassau airline tickets. Check with your hotel before you book your charter flight.

What Happens If I Have To Reschedule Or Cancel My Vacation

Does The Credit Apply For Future Travel?

Check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy. In most cases you would be given a credit for a future date. In some cases you will be given a full refund, minus the Two Fly Free from Nassau airline tickets.

Do I Have To Contact The Hotel (Email/Phone) To Get The Offer?

Is There A Way To Do It Online? For Example, With A Promo Code.

Firstly, no promo code is needed. As you may know, life in the out islands is simple. Some hotels will allow you to book online, others would prefer that you call or email. Choose your hotel, visit that hotel’s website and go with the flow.

Can This Be Used If I Book My Hotel Through A 3rd Party?

For example, TripAdvisor or Expedia?

To take advantage of this offer, you must book directly with the participating hotels, majestic holidays or bahamago.com

Which Hotels Are Participating In This Offer?

The list of 34 hotels, scattered across 11 different out islands, can be found on the Two Fly Free from Nassau page.

Can The Offer Be Combined With Other Promo Board Or Hotel Specials?

We wish, but unfortunately no.

Is The Offer Available To U.S.V.I. Residents Or Other US Territories?

The offer is good for residents/citizens of the U.S. and Canada. If you are from the U.S.V.I or a U.S. territory (or a Canadian territory for that matter), yes.

If The Two Fly Free Offer Is Not Instant, How Will It Be Credited?

Your check-out hotel bill would be lighter… credited upon check-out.

How Do We Book Direct?

Once you have decided on your hotel, visit their website or even call, especially if you are a first-timer. Our hoteliers love to talk about “my” island and all of their recommended “must dos”. If you’ve been there before – and nearly 80% of our guests are repeat guests – you know the drill.

Is The Two Fly Free From Nassau Offer Transferable?

No, it is not. Why buy and give your deserved trip away? Until “supplies last”, we have a Two Fly Free from Nassau offer waiting for them too.