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ABACOS


Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour
P.O. Box AB 20669
Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, Bahamas
Ph. 1-800-468-4799 US Only
Fax. 1-242-367-4154
Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour is the premier destination in the Bahama Out Islands. Enjoy our secluded beaches, world-class sportfishing and the charm of our local cays. We invite you to experience the refined comforts of our island paradise firsthand. Dive Shop on premises.
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Oceanfrontier Hideaway
Physical Location:
Great Guana Cay, Abacos
Information/Reservations
RR#1
Port Elgin, Ont. Canada
Phone: 1-519-389-4846
Fax: 1-519-389-3027
We are located on Great Guana Cay, Abacos. Amazing snorkelling right off our main deck. Brand new log cottages with a loft, small deck, 3pc bathroom and a kitchen equipped for light housekeeping. With only six units on the property your privacy is our main consideration.
info@oceanfrontier.com
www.oceanfrontier.com


Coco Bay Cottages
P.O. Box AB 22795
Green Turtle Cay, Abaco
Bahamas
Ph. 242-365-5464 or 800-752-0166
Fax. 242-365-5465
On the north end of Green Turtle Cay with 2 beaches at your doorstep.The Atlantic side has a gorgeous reef easily accessible from shore .The bayside is ideal for bonefishing,shelling and gorgeous sunsets.Four cottages,with all amenities to choose from.All with waterview.Only 5 minutes from Brendal's Dive Shop.2 hammocks to rest your body and soul!
info@cocobaycottages.com
http://cocobaycottages.com


ANDROS


Seascape Inn
PO Box 023824
Mangrove Cay, Andros
Bahamas
Tel. (242) 369-0342
Beachfront Bed and Breakfast Hotel located on the beach in Mangrove Cay, Andros offering a variety of activities including Snorkeling, Biking, Kayaking, Birdwatching, Hiking, Bonefishing, Beachcombing or just plain Relaxing. An ideal location for an Intimate Wedding or Honeymoon getaway.
relax@seascapeinn.com
www.seascapeinn.com


Small Hope Bay Lodge
P.O. Box 23324
Fresh Creek, Andros
Bahamas
Ph. (800) 223-6961 or (242) 368-2013/4
Fax. (242) 368-2015
ALL INCLUSIVE Bahamas Dive Resort celebrating its 50th anniversary! Perfect for SCUBA divers, snorkelers, fishermen & nature enthusiasts. Andros Barrier Reef- Third largest barrier reef. Twenty One beachfront cottages. Dock/Dive Shop on property. Rest, Relaxation, Rediscovery
SHBinfo@smallhope.com
http://www.smallhope.com


GRAND BAHAMA



International Underwater Explorers Society

P.O Box 220687
West Palm Beach, Fl 33422
Tel. 1-800-992-3483, 561-472-1100, 242-373-1244
Fax. 242-373-8956
UNEXSO offers a wide variety of diving, dining and dolphin experiences. UNEXSO has been the pioneer on the island with the introduction of diving with trained dolphins, feeding Caribbean reef sharks and diving into the unknown at Ben's Cavern. We also offer reef and night dives along with dive packages that varies through out the year.
info@unexso.com
http://www.unexso.com


LONG ISLAND


Stella Maris Resort Club
Long Island, Bahamas
c/o Stella Maris Marketing
1100 Lee Wagener Blvd Ste 310
Ft Lauderdale FL 33315
Tel. 800-426-0466, 954-359-8236, 242-338-2051
Fax: 954-359-8238, 242-338-2052
info@stellamarisresort.com
http://www.stellamarisresort.com
All the amenities of a complete resort hotel, air conditioned comfort, tropical decor, breathtaking Atlantic setting! Hotel rooms and 1,2,3 & 4 bedroom villas and bungalows. Fabulous diving, fishing, snorkeling. Superb beaches.


NASSAU


Coral Harbour Beach House & Villas
Coral Harbour Road, P.O. Box N-9750
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone: 242-362-2210, 242-362-2875
Fax: 242-362-2210
beachvillas@coralwave.com
www.bahamas-mon.com/hotels/harbour
A world away from the hectic streets of downtown Nassau, lies the tranquil, ocean-lined paradise that is Coral Harbour. Coral Harbour is a true escape from everyday life and offers a variety of activities on your doorstep: scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayak tours to secluded cays, birdwatching, nature treks and much more.


Sunrise Beach Villas
Casino Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel.: 1-800-451-6078 , 242-363-2250
E-Mail: rentals@sunrisebeachclub.com
Web: http://www.sunrisebeachclub.com
Experience the relaxing atmosphere of one of the few remaining quaint private properties located on one of the world’s finest beaches, on popular Paradise Island by Nassau, Bahamas. Soak up the sun in our two private pools that have abundant lounging and sunning areas. Convenient to dive services.


SAN SALVADOR


Riding Rock Resort and Marina
San Salvador, Bahamas
Tel. 800.272.1492 or 954.453.5031
Fax. 954.351.9740
E-Mail: reservations@ridingrock.com
Web: http://www.ridingrock.com
Riding Rock Resort and Marina is one of only two resorts located on the scenic San Salvador oceanfront. Built, owned and operated by the William's family since the 1960's,the resort is and always has been dedicated to the comfort and convenience of water sports enthusiasts.


LIVEABOARDS


Aqua Cat Cruises
PO Box 66-1658
Miami, FL 33266
305-888-3002, 888-327-9600
305-885-3323
ww@aquacatcruises.com
http://www.aquacatcruises.com
Scuba diving cruises from Nassau, Bahamas to the Exumas.



About the Bahamas

The Bahamas. So close, yet so far away. The Bahamas chain is within a scant 50 miles from the coast of Florida, but in that 50 miles you cross into another dimension. A time and place without worries, relaxing atmosphere, friendly people, and lest we not forget, some of the finest diving in the the world. Whether you favor wrecks, reefs, drift diving, walls, blue holes, caves and caverns, or diving with sharks and dolphins, it's all right here.

And the visibility, how about an average of 100'+, and 200' not an uncommon occurance. Dive services range from small personal 6-paks where you may be one of the few on the boat, to large personal operations with multiple boats where you will get a chance to meet and dive with scuba enthusiasts from all over the world. Where will you dive? The choices are yours to make.

You can choose an island with lots of activity and a bustling nightlife, or how about an island where few other people will be seen, and the afternoon activities include swinging in your hammock and watching the sun fall from the edge of the earth.

Climate Winter 60 - 75F Summer 80 - 85F
Water Temp Winter 72 - 75F Summer 84 - 88F
Visibility 80 - 100 ft

Getting There

All of the islands have airports, or at least an airstrip. Flying into the Bahamas, you will usually arrive in Nassau or Freeport, and if bound for an out island, a smaller commuter plane will complete your journey. Listed below are scheduled airlines, however there are a number of charter flights available, check with your travel agent.

Nassau/Paradise Island Airport Service

Air Canada
Bahamasair
American
Delta
US Airways
Gulfstream Air


Grand Bahama Airport Service

Bahamasair
Miami Air
Southwest
American Eagle
Gulfstream Air

Treasure Cay Airport Service

American
Bahamas Air
Air Sunshine
Gulfstream Air

Marsh Harbour Airport Service

American
Gulfstream Air

North Eleuthera Airport

Gulfstream Air

Great Exuma Air Service

Gulfstream Air

Entry Requirements


USA Citizens

Travel by Air: All U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport in order to enter or re-enter the United States when travelling be air. U.S. citizens do not need visas for short trips to The Bahamas for tourist/business purposes. It is important to note that although the Bahamian government only requires proof of citizenship and identity in order to enter The Bahamas, the U.S. government requires that Americans have a valid passport in order to fly home. Most airlines will not permit a U.S. citizen to fly to The Bahamas without a valid U.S. passport and risk getting stranded.

Travel by Sea: Americans may enter the Unites States from The Bahamas by sea using a passport, passport card, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. Travelers arriving via private watercraft are charged docking fees.

We strongly encourage all American citizen travelers to apply for a U.S. passport or passport card well in advance of anticipated travel. American citizens can visit the Department of State website or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for information on how to apply for their passports.

U.S. citizens planning on an extended stay should be prepared to present proof or evidence of financial solvency upon entry to The Bahamas.

Canadian Citizens

To enter The Bahamas, Canadian citizens must have a valid passport, accompanied by a return or onward journey ticket and proof of funds to support the visit.

A current passport is required for Canadian citizens traveling to The Bahamas. The passport must have at least six months validity from the departure date of their trip. Canadian citizens can visit for a maximum of 90 days without a visa.

Citizens from other countries

To enter The Bahamas, citizens from countries other than the U.S. and Canada require a Passport that must be valid for six (6) months beyond the dates of travel and/or a valid Bahamas Visa. You must also possess a return or onward journey ticket and proof of funds to support the visit.

NOTE: If you are using an electronic ticket, please show Immigration a copy of your travel itinerary and ticket number. PASSPORT refers to a valid passport from the individual's country of birth. VISA refers to a Bahamas Visa only. If a person is born in one country and resident in another (other than the U.S. or Canada), the documentation required is based upon the country of birth.

Upon your arrival to The Islands Of The Bahamas, you will be asked to fill out an Immigration Arrival/Departure Card, which you will keep part of until your departure.

A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from the following countries: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Peru and Sudan. Travellers are required to be vaccinated 10 days prior to entering The Islands Of The Bahamas and must have a valid certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever.

Customs

When you enter The Islands Of The Bahamas, you will be asked for a verbal baggage declaration. However, your luggage is also subject to customs inspections. If you are carrying dutiable items, you will need to fill out a Baggage Declaration Form.

Custom Duty

Baggage declaration by temporary visitors is oral, but baggage is subject to Customs inspection. In case there are dutiable articles, the visitor will be required to complete a Baggage Declaration Form. Each adult is allowed 50 cigars or cigarettes or one pound of tobacco and one quart of spirits free of Customs Duty, in addition to personal effects. In addition, purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars ($100.00) are permitted by all arriving passengers.

Household effects, such as small appliances (such as blender etc.) are dutiable at 45% of the cost. Linen and china are duty free for each arriving visit. Computers such as laptops are considered a part of your personal effects and therefore are duty-free.

For the latest entry requirents for your country, please visit:

http://www.bahamas.com/entry-requirements



Helpful Tips

What to Bring

Airlines restrict the amount of baggage you may bring to the Bahamas, especially if you are commuting on the out islands. Try to pack light. so you'll meet the baggage restrictions. The planes that fly to The Out Islands may restrict you to one bag and one carry-on bag.

Besides lightweight garments and comfortable shoes, you'll probably want to bring a camera, sunscreen, sunglasses and a beach towel. You can also bring your own fishing or scuba diving equipment, although these items can be purchased or rented at most beach resorts. Whatever you do, remember to leave enough room for souvenirs!

It's a good idea to set aside B$15.00 to cover the departure tax, unless you are leaving The Islands Of The Bahamas from Freeport on Grand Bahama, where the departure tax is B$18.00. You may substitute United States dollars for Bahamian dollars since American currency is accepted everywhere and the exchange rate is the same. You will also need to have the appropriate documents for entry into The Islands Of The Bahamas. Please click here to view these documents.

Plan to wear spring and summer attire. The Islands Of The Bahamas have a semitropical climate with temperatures ranging from 70°F to 80°F.

Electricity

Electricity is normally 120 volts AC. American appliances are fully compatible.

Water

The quality of water varies from island to island. The water is drinkable; however, bottled water is available in our hotels, restaurants, gas stations and supermarkets.

Tipping

Tip according to quality of service. Bellboys and porters usually receive $1 per bag, while most other servers (waiters, taxis, etc.) receive 15%. Many establishments include the gratuity in their bills, so look at your bill before you leave a tip.

Shopping

Stores in downtown Nassau generally open for business between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. In Grand Bahama, the principal shopping areas are the Lucaya Marketplace and the International Bazaar which are open for business at 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. With the exception of the straw markets and malls, only a few stores in the downtown area of Nassau/Paradise Island and the International Bazaar and Lucaya Marketplace in Grand Bahama will be found open on Sundays. The straw markets and malls are usually open for business on Sundays. On the out islands shops and store hours may vary, check with your hotel or host for more information.

Other Activities (when you are not diving)

The Bahamas have some of the most beautiful white powdery sand beaches in the world. On the out islands, you may find yourself all alone to enjoy.

Dining in The Bahamas can be an enjoyable experience, differing from meal to meal. Most dishes center around seafood like conch or rock lobster, but youíll find a tremendous variety of fare throughout the islands.

Exploring nature and the environment is a fun and exciting vacation activity. The Bahamas has many national parks that protect and preserve the natural environment and offer unsurpassed viewing of rare and indigenous wildlife.

There seems to always be a carnival or some sort of festivities somewhere in the islands. You may experience some of the most lively and varied events of any place on the planet! Events celebrating everything -- fishing, sailing, shopping, eating, drinking, dancing and more -- can be found on the islands throughout the entire year. In The Bahamas, the party never stops.

The Bahamas have long been known as a mecca for sportfishing. Deep-sea fishing and bonefishing are the two standouts, with events held nationwide throughout the year. Experienced guides and fishing lodges are plentiful in the islands and are fully outfitted to make sure you have the very best fishing experience possible. From chartered boats to flats fishing, The Bahamas have just about every type of fishing for first-timers and fanatics.

Are you a high roller or are slot machines more your speed? The casinos of Nassau/Paradise Island and Freeport/Lucaya offer cards, dice, roulette, slots, sports betting and live shows.

One of the real pleasures of the Bahamas is that each island has its own personality. No matter what kind of nightlife entertainment you want, youíll find it on one of our islands. Peaceful nighttime serenity abounds on The Outer Islands. A world of glamour and gaming thrive on Grand Bahama and Nassau/Paradise Island. Whether you choose to spend your vacation nights under the stars or under the bright lights, thereís an island waiting for you, or if itís variety you seek, some islands offer both!

Cruising the islands can be fun and adventurous. Day sailing on catamarans, or overnight bareboat experiences await. Cruise and enjoy what the islands are all about.

 
 

 


 










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