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Despite being under an hour flying time from Miami, the Abacos are a beautiful sailing destination in the Bahamas virtually untouched by mass tourism.

The "out islands" of the Abacos stretch 120 miles to form a banana-shaped archipelago of pale sandy islands, tranquil bays, sheltered harbours and sleepy historic villages. The beaches are spectacular, mile after mile of white sand inhabited more by seabirds than people and plenty of reefs for fantastic snorkelling and scuba diving.

Drop anchor at Hope Town, with its famous candy-striped lighthouse. The flowering gardens, quaint pastel cottages, and white picket fences are reminiscent of the New England "Loyalists" who settled here. Whether you head north to Green Turtle or south to Little Harbour you're in for some of the best sailing the Bahamas has to offer. Popular stops include Green Turtle Cay, Great Guana Cay and Man-o’-War Cay. Local cuisine includes the freshest fish, lobster and the best cracked conch you’ll ever taste! And when you see the extraordinary colour of the water surrounding these islands, you’ll know you’ve arrived at a perfect location for your sailing holiday.

New for 2020, you can now sail the Exumas starting your charter from Nassau. The Exumas archipelago really is a sailors dream with seemingly never ending white sandy beaches, 'get away from it all' remote islands and one of the largest protected marine parks in the world. From Nassau you can sail the Exumas, explore Eleuthera, Cat Island or more remote destinations such as San Salvador or the famous Crooked Island.

Bahamas Yacht Charter

  • Overview

    Eleuthera Beach


    Pigs at Big Major Spot


    Moored yachts

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    Hope Town


    Norman's Cay


    Man O'War Cay


    Warderick Wells

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    Marsh Harbour sunset

    Sailing holidays in the Bahamas

    • BA & Virgin-direct flights to Miami with connection to Marsh Harbour
    • Explore the secluded coves of Green Turtle Cay
    • Visit picturesque New Plymouth where Loyalists settled in 1783
    • THE place to head for if you are looking for exciting scuba diving!
    • Level 1 sailing
    • Great for families & less experienced sailors
    • Average temperatures of around 28 degrees
    • Average winds force 2-5. Sailing area is protected by the barrier reef
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary in the Bahamas

    DAY 1 : Marsh Harbour

    Embark at Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, the third largest town in the Bahamas with a range of shops to stock up with provisions.

    DAY 2 : Hope Town

    Hope Town on Elbow Cay is a picturesque village, with a touch of New England. The candy-striped Elbow Reef Lighthouse has been a landmark in the Abacos since 1863. Explore the eclectic shops and excellent range of restaurants.

    DAY 3 : Man-O-War Cay

    Man-O-War Cay on the north side of Great Abaco Island, is a long, narrow island, about 2 ½ miles (4km) long and only 10 metres wide at its narrowest point but well serviced with grocers, gift shops and restaurants. Enjoy snorkelling, beach-combing and bone fishing here.

    DAY 4 : Green Turtle Cay

    Green Turtle Cay has secluded coves and wonderful beaches. Coco Beach is a place of serene beauty with a crescent-shaped beach lined with casuarina pine trees, and Ocean Beach has exceptional reef snorkelling. There are 2 marinas at the northern end of the island - Bluff House Marina on White Sound and Green Turtle Marina, both with excellent facilities, plus live music at Green Turtle Marina

    DAY 5 : Little Harbour

    Located on the east side of Great Abaco Island, Little Harbour is surrounded by a beautiful sandy beach and offers a protected anchorage, overlooked by a deserted lighthouse. Porpoises and sea turtles swim in the clear blue waters of the harbour and on its western side there are genuine pirate caves at the foot of the cliffs that are worth exploring. North Beach has a magnificent coral reef that makes for a fascinating snorkelling spot.

    DAY 6 : New Plymouth

    The historic town of New Plymouth has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. The two main harbours are White Sound to the north and Black Sound to the south.

    DAY 7 : Treasure Cay

    Home to one of the Top Ten beaches in the world – a picture-perfect, crescent-shaped, white-sand beach that stretches over 5km. It has a good range of watersports facilities including a number of dive shops which will arrange a scuba diving trips.

    DAY 8 : Marsh Harbour

    Bahamas 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in the Bahamas

    Trade winds blow from 5-20 knots, with higher gusts in winter months. The entire cruising ground is protected by a barrier reef, which moderates sea conditions year-round. Temperatures averages 77-89oF year-round. The best time to visit is February to June. There is a risk of tropical storms during August and September.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 1-2' (levels info)

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Marsh Harbour, Bahamas

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights to Miami and Nassau with connecting flights to Marsh Harbour.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.


    We can arrange transfers for you with the base in the Bahamas. Transfers take approximately 10 minutes. Please ask a member of staff for pricing.

"All went very well and we had a great time. Horizon Charters presented the yacht in excellent condition and when a couple of small problems showed up during the briefing they were dealt with immediately and very thoroughly. I found Horizon to be probably the best charter company I have dealt with in 40yrs of chartering in these respects."

BVI 2014 - A.C.

Bahamas Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Marsh Harbour Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 06 Jan-10 Feb
28 Oct-02 Dec
2-23 Dec 10 Feb-24 Mar 14 Jul-18 Aug 28 Apr-14 Jul 23 Dec-06 Jan
24 Mar-28 Apr
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


Yachts from Marsh Harbour Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 06 Jan-10 Feb
28 Oct-02 Dec
2-23 Dec 10 Feb-24 Mar 14 Jul-18 Aug 28 Apr-14 Jul 23 Dec-06 Jan
24 Mar-28 Apr
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


Yachts from Marsh Harbour Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

5% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT valid 6 months prior to departure, Extra 5% DISCOUNT for 2 weeks

Yacht details 06 Jan-10 Feb
28 Oct-02 Dec
2-23 Dec 10 Feb-24 Mar 14 Jul-18 Aug 28 Apr-14 Jul 23 Dec-06 Jan
24 Mar-28 Apr
Model / layout Year Cabins WC


Yachts from Great Abaco

Includes Outboard


Refundable deposit GBP2700- GBP8100 OR Non Refundable insurance GBP189-378/week which reduces refundable to €500-750


End Cleaning, Starter Pack and fees: GBP220-333 (Depending on size of vessel)

Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e SUP's, Kayaks etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: GBP1,260/week + food and drink + own cabin

Excludes Bahamas Tax - Amount varies on crew numbers - Request a quote

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.