Hurricane Hole Marina
1 Marina Drive
PLEASE NOTE: The Moorings is temporarily located at the Hurricane Hole Marina while our permanent location undergoes renovations. Please confirm pickup location with your Vacation Planner prior to your vacation.
Hours of operation
7.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. 7 days a week.
Laundry, bar/restaurant, hotel, boutique, swimming pool, dive shop, showers/toilets, telephones, fuel, ice, dive equipment, and shopping.
How to get there
Fly to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau. Take a 30-minute transfer to the base.
Charter a private seaplane with Tropic Ocean Airways from South Florida and fly directly to where your yacht is located.
Tropic Ocean Airways
Various charter airlines
Due to the number of flights we organise, the Moorings can offer some great rates to many destinations. Please make sure you contact your Moorings Holiday Planner before you book your flights.
Customs and immigration
A valid passport is mandatory for clearance. Only US citizens do not require a visa.
An Immigration arrival card must be completed before you enter the country; an immigration departure card must be completed before you depart.
Bahamas drone regulations
A Certificate of Registration must be obtained beforehand 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 are available from the Civil Aviation Department, tel. 242−397−4700 or email: hadderley. firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT: If your charter is an all-inclusive Crewed yacht charter or Sailing yacht charter with a Moorings skipper and/orcook on board, you must advise your Holiday Planner prior to departure if you intend to visit any of the other BahamianIslands.
Arrival / departure procedure
Embarkation: Charters start at 10.00 a.m. or 4.00 p.m. (with a Sleep Aboard).
Briefing times: Boat and chart briefings are scheduled at 9.00 a.m. for morning starts; 3.00 p.m. for a Sleep Aboard. All skippers are required to attend the briefings.
Disembarkation: All charters end at 10.00 a.m. by which time the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.
Late arrival procedure
The Customer Service Desk is open until 6.00 p.m. If clients arrive after office hours, a message will be left with the security guard. A “welcome aboard” will be on your yacht.
Your first night
There are plenty of resorts near the Paradise Harbour Club or you can book a Sleep Aboard to stay on your yacht the night before your first charter day.
When driving, British rules apply, so please drive on the left and watch those roundabouts! Visitors may use their home licence for up to three months and may also apply for an international driver’s licence.
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Area: 5382 sq. mi. (13,940 sq. km)
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
Tipping: Tip according to quality of service. Porters usually receive USD 1 per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Some establishments include the gratuity in their bills.
Currency: The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD). US currency is accepted by all vendors.
Electricity: The electrical service on The Bahamas is normally 120V, 60 Hz AC, fully compatible with North American appliances but European appliances will need both converters and adapters. However, voltage varies with location and some places in the islands may have 220V. Contact your hotel ahead of time to find out which system they use. The standard voltage on all yachts is 12V and in order to use electronic equipment that is 110V or 220V you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter fitting.
Time: UTC/GMT -5 hours
Festivals and holidays
1 January: New Year’s Day
1st Friday in June: Labour Day
10 July: Independence Day
1st Monday in August: Emancipation or Kadooment Day
12 October: Discovery Day
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Boxing Day
Comfort Suites Paradise Island
The Ocean Club
The Cove at Atlantis
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas
Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant
Courtyard Nassau Marriott
Your mobile phone may work in the Bahamas, check with your service provider for coverage.
Tourist Information Centres
Head Office — Nassau
P.O. Box N 3701
Tel: 242 322−7500 / Fax: 242 328−0945
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Currencies / money exchange
Accepted forms of payment — The local currency is the Bahamian Dollar (BSD). US currency is accepted by all vendors. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places. American Express is usually NOT accepted.
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For your convenience, you can add water sports equipment to your charter when booking and they will be ready on your boat when you arrive. You can also wait to rent these at the base when you arrive, but availability might be limited. For more information, please view our Water Sports Options.
The Moorings provides snorkelling gear (flippers, masks and snorkels) for all charters for your pleasure. Please check availability of children’s sizes prior to your charter. You may wish to pack your own snorkelling gear.
Kayaks and SUPs
We offer kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for rent.
Fishing is allowed and charterers do not need a licence. To protect the marine environment, spearfishing using scuba gearand possession of spearguns are illegal in The Bahamas. Two areas are protected and fishing is not permitted: Pelican Cays Land & Sea Park, and Fowl Cay Preserve.
Spiny Lobster season is from 1 August to 31 March. Minimum size is a 5.5 inches tail length or 3.25 inch carapace length (measured from the base of the horns to the end of the jacket). Lobster may be caught by spear. It is illegal to take or possess female lobsters with eggs. The vessel bag limit is six per person at any one time.
There is no closed season on conch, but it’s illegal to take or possess immature conch. In order to be legal, conch must have a well formed lip (or flared-lip). The vessel bag limit is ten per person at any one time.
The vessel bag limit for scale fish is 20 pounds per person. The minimum size for any member of the grouper family is three pounds.
Stone Crabs may be taken if the claw length is four inches or greater. The season is closed from 1 June to 15 October. It is illegal to harvest female stone crabs.
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Local dockage facilities: Moorings and dock space can be reserved at most harbours prior to arrival by calling ahead on VHF channel 16 or by requesting confirmation via The Moorings office on VHF channel 16.
Sailing area restrictions
We recommend you visit the Itinerary Page or consult your chart briefer and cruising guides for the best places to visit, but among our favourites are: Highborne Cay, Allan’s Cay, Norman Cay, Shroud Cay and Warderick Well Cay.
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This destination offers the convenience of our Online Provisioning Service. Let The Moorings take all the hassle out of provisioning your yacht with the highest quality beverages, fresh foods, and non-food items. Order complete packages when booking online or over the phone. Or choose to order online from our Online Provisioning Store which also offers all packages and an extensive a la carte inventory. We’ll coordinate the details and guarantee that everything is aboard your yacht when you arrive. Visit our Provisioning Page to learn more.
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The Moorings offers comprehensive travel insurance for your complete peace of mind. If you have your own travel insurance, please make sure that it covers all of the destinations and activities on your Moorings holiday. Find out more.
Vaccination and immunisation information — Disclaimer
The Bahamas are generally free from risk of contagious disease.
Current travel and safety information can be obtained by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
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*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. The Moorings is not accountable for these changes to requirements and we advise visiting your destination’s local authority website for the latest updates.