Island Hopping by Boat
Getting around on the water adds a lot of genuine Out Islands charm to inter-island travel. In the Abacos, Exumas and at the north end of Eleuthera (nexus for Harbour Island and Spanish Wells), you can island hop via ferry boats and water taxis if you aren’t renting or chartering a boat yourself.
As you’d expect in the Bahamas’ island-hopping capital, the Abacos have ferries that make scheduled runs between the “mainland” of Great Abaco and all the outer islands across the Sea of Abaco. Check out the schedule and plan your day, whether it’s a beach trip to Elbow Cay or Great Guana Cay, or a historical tour of Hopetown or Man-o-War, you’ll find ferries to get you back and forth – just don’t miss the last ferry back!
To get back and forth from Great Abaco to Hopetown, Great Guana Cay, and, Man-O-War Cay, you can hop on G & L's Ferry Service which operates out of Marsh Harbour, and offers the best rates on the island. Further north, take a 15 minute scenic ferry ride across the Sea of Abaco with Green Turtle Ferry which runs from Treasure Cay to Green Turtle Cay eight times a day. If you want to island-hop on your own schedule, you’ll find that dive and fishing operators on Great Abaco can also boat you around the islands as a charter or as part of an excursion – check at marinas like Green Turtle Club Marina or The Abaco Beach Resort Marina.
On the north end of Eleuthera, you’ll find a government ferryboat waiting to take you to Spanish Wells, and a gaggle of taxi boats busily ferrying guests to and from Harbour Island (just tell your land taxi driver which island you’re going to and she’ll drop you at the right dock). Both trips are only about five minutes.
Visitors to Great Exuma do not want to miss a trip out to Stocking Island, just a mile across the harbor. Peace & Plenty runs its own ferry to their beach club on Stocking Island, while the beach bar called Chat & Chill uses a water taxi to bring guests over to its spot on the Point. Since the water in the bay is calm and easy to navigate, you can also rent a small boat from Minn’s Water Sports on Great Exuma – that way you can visit both beach clubs on Stocking Island and cruise the harbors other beaches and coves.
REACH OUT ISLANDS FROM NASSAU
Let Bahamas Ferries take you on a voyage of discovery through the islands of The Bahamas. Whether you’re island hopping or simply want a relaxing day away, Bahamas Ferries will take you wherever you need to go. You can travel from Nassau on a fully air-conditioned vessel to islands such as The Abacos, North Eleuthera, Harbour Island and more on a weekly (or more frequent) basis. For more information, visit Bahamas Ferries, and begin your island hopping journey today!
REACH BIMINI FROM FLORIDA
Service from Florida to Bimini is provided by Baleària Caribbean with their Fast Ferry, “Jaume II”, and departs from Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale), Terminal 21. Baleària Caribbean offers a number of services on its Jaume II fast ferry so that travelling is pleasant. Quality service is one of the most important aspects for the company as it guarantees that passengers enjoy an excellent experience. For more information, visit Balearia Carribean, and schedule your trip today!