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Exumas essential information

Back to the Exumas, Bahamas

Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in the Exuma. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.


Before you go

Sunsail Exumas
Palm Cay Marina
Yamacraw Hill Rd
Nassau, The Bahamas

Base hours
Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Evening staff to cover until all flights have arrived.

Time zone
UTC/GMT -5 hours

April to October is Eastern Daylight Time or US summer hours.

Tourist information centre
Nassau P.O. Box N 3701
Tel: 242-302-2000 / Fax: 242-302-2098

What to bring

Customs + immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information.

Sailing licences

Luggage + packing list
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht. The base has no facilities for holding luggage. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list below for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-coloured, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swimwear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Insect repellent and OTC pain relievers/ointments such as motion sickness relief
  • AUX cable for playing music through your device
  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)
  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt, and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

A Certificate of Registration must first be secured 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 may be obtained from the Civil Aviation Department, at 242-397-4700 or email: [email protected].

Local currency – Bahamian Dollar.

U.S. currency is accepted by all vendors. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted forms of payment.

Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants/bars and for other services undertaken during your vacation. The rule of thumb is generally 10 to 15% of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill.

Security deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

What's on board

One cooler will be on board.

Mobile phones & Wi-Fi
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region.

Music + iPods
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

The electrical service on The Bahamas is normally 120 volts, 60 cycles AC, in which case North American appliances are fully compatible, while European appliances will need both converters and adapters. Voltage varies with location, however, and some places in the islands may have 220 volt electrical service. Call your hotel ahead of time to find out which system they use. The standard voltage on all yachts is 12volts in order to use electronic equi p.m.ent that is 110v or 220v; you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

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About the marina

Marina facilities
Bar & Restaurant
Swimming Pool
Showers & Toilets
Fuel & Ice

Dock facilities

Dock space can be reserved at most harbors prior to arrival by calling ahead on VHF channel 16 or by requesting confirmation via The Sunsail office on VHF channel 16.

Sailing grounds

Experience level
Level 2

Sailing area

The sailing area includes Nassau harbor in the north through to Great Guana Cay in the Southeast. In and around Nassau, we recommend anchorages in the harbor and at Green Cay.

Sailing area restrictions
Restricted zones will be covered in your chart briefing. 

It is strictly forbidden to sail alone, we require  two persons minimum on board.

Night sailing
You must be moored at least one hour before sunset. Night Sailing is not allowed without permission from the base manager. The decision to allow night sailing is based on your skill level and can be requested in advance.

You will need to fill out the Sailing resume for the base to review but we cannot guarantee approval.

Charts + pilot books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are issued at your chart briefing.

Sailing permits + taxes

Moorings fees + taxes
Mooring and dock fees are calculated based on the size of your boat.

Health + safety

Swim safe
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

Sustainable sailing 
In an effort to protect our seas, marine wildlife and local communities, we are actively pursuing initiatives and eco-friendly practices to reduce our footprint across our Sunsail destinations..

Travel advice
Exumas is generally risk-free of contagious disease. Current travel, health, and safety information can be obtained by visiting gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets harnesses we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equi p.m.ent should be worn.

We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only) if you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.

Children under the age of 16yrs should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

Travel insurance
Sunsail 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 of your Sunsail holiday. Visit here for more details.

*Please note country entry/exit and vaccination/immunisation requirements can and do change. Sunsail is not accountable for these requirement changes and we advise visiting the destination's authority website to receive the latest updates.

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses, we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

Your health and safety come first. Please review our travel aware information before beginning your holiday.

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Around the base

Comfort Suites Paradise Island
The Ocean Club
The Cove at Atlantis
Harborside Resort
Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas
Graycliff Hotel & Restaurant
Courtyard Nassau Marriott

Generally open between 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (4:30 p.m. Fridays). Most ATM’s dispense Bahamian dollars at Scotiabank and First Caribbean Internation Bank.

Post office
Postal Office is located in Nassau.

Local coffee shops and convivence store are nearby in downtown Nassau. As well they offers a wide variety of shops.

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For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here.

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Types of yachts
44 yrs
Creating holidays
4 hr
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