Welcome to the Abacos in the Bahamas!
A 120-mile chain of islands and cays dotted by mangroves and white sand beaches, The Abacos is on the road to recovery after the effects of Hurricane Dorian last year. This much-loved Out Island is hard at work restoring its breathtaking natural beauty. And Navigare Yachting is committed to being a part of the recovery with a new charter base opening in Marsh Harbour on November 15, 2020.
The Abacos have been The Bahamas’ boating capital since colonial times, and whether you are a sailing purist, willing to tack until the last gasp of wind, or just a sun worshiper joining the adventure to relax and explore with fins and snorkel, this is your paradise.
Geographically speaking, The Abacos are ideal for boating and sailing. Great Abaco’s coastline is scalloped with bays and coves and protected harbors that feature full-service marinas and resorts. The large island also acts like a mainland, with a long string of barrier islands lying off its east coast. In between is the Sea of Abaco, a brilliant-blue body of water that’s shallow and protected but still large enough to offer miles and miles of sailing and exploring fun.
In The Abacos, you can truly experience the freedom of sailing. Each new day offers a world of experiences: go snorkeling or diving in a marine park, bait a line and go fishing, visit the historic Hopetown Lighthouse or the boat builders of Man-o-War Cay, relax on one of the beautiful beaches of Great Guana Cay or Treasure Cay, play pirate at a beach bar, or simply pick a distant spot on the chart and slowly sail there under the blue Bahamian sky. Each evening offers a protected anchorage at a different exotic island. Tie up at a marina or anchor off and dinghy ashore to enjoy a sundowner and the fresh catch of the day at one of Abaco’s excellent restaurants. With everyone here to boat and fish and dive, the nightlife ends pretty early, but there’s always stargazing from the deck as the boat gently rocks you to sleep.
Choose the yacht that will suit your program and party amongst our fleet of luxurious air-conditioned sailing catamarans. Once you slip the mooring, you instantly become part of the Abacos’ boating community, a friendly welcoming group of both old and new salts that stay connected by VHF radio and often meet up at happy hours to toast their great fortune to be vacationing afloat in The Bahamas.
The Fabulous Beaches of Abaco
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The Abacos is known for its spectacular stretches of sand and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Treasure Cay Beach A renowned beach with white sand bordering the brilliant blue Sea of Abaco. This captivating stretch of beach was voted one of the best 10 beaches in a Caribbean Travel and Life reader’s poll.
Pelican Beach Villas Beach Experience the Caribbean vacation you've always dreamed of having in private, beachfront villas located on the Great Abaco peninsula.
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay The private beach club on Winding Bay offers guests a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. It's the ideal destination wedding spot with adventures like windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkeling.
Guana Cay Beach A popular spot for newly-weds looking to add a bit of excitement to their tropical honeymoon. This seven-mile beach is tucked below a tall dune with a stunning view of the crystal blue Atlantic.
Tahiti Beach All good things in life are worth working for, and truer words were never spoken of this secluded gem. Accessible by foot, bike, or boat only, the soft white sand of Tahiti Beach arcs into the some of the clearest water you've ever seen. You're certain to find a secluded stretch to relax and call your own.
Ocean Beach On the eastern end of Abaco, Ocean Beach offers all the activities you'd expect from a tourist beachfront. The long list of things to do includes windsurfing, diving, fishing, sailing, beach bars, restaurants, and entertainment.
Sandy Point Beach Located on the southwest tip of Great Abaco, 40-miles south of Marsh Harbour sits Sandy Point Beach. A large number of seashells makes this one of the best beaches in The Bahamas.
Gilliam Bay Beach A mere 15-minute walk from Green Turtle Cay, this special beach is well protected from the wind.
The Abacos Landmarks
With its historical landmarks and unique attractions, The Abacos are ideal for a natural caribbean adventure with no less than five dedicated national parks...
- Hope Town Lighthouse was built by the British Imperial Lighthouse Service to mark the reef of Elbow Cay during the 1860s. It is one of only two remaining lighthouse beacons saved from automation, thanks to residents, who have vigorously opposed it. Located on Elbow Cay, the historic 120-foot high candy-stripe lighthouse and the village of neat rows of gingerbread cottages painted varying pastel shades gives this settlement plenty of charm.
- Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, South of Tilloo Cay protects the barrier islands and coral reefs on its fringe. It is perfect for snorkeling with underwater caves abound with exotic marine life like eagle rays and sea turtles.
- Established in 2012, The Fowl Cays National Park covers a small but biologically rich area consisting of valuable coral reef, seagrass beds, rocky shore and sandy bottom habitats. Historically, the area has been used for recreation, diving and tours, and non-commercial fishing. The Fowl Cays show great potential for continuing eco-tourism and environmental education opportunities.
- Tilloo Cay National Reserve is a vital nesting place and habitat for many birds including the beautiful and rare White-Tailed Tropicbird.
- Abaco National Park in Southern Abaco near Hole In The Wall Lighthouse is a designated natural preservation area protecting 20,500 acres containing the native habitat of the endangered Bahama Parrot, exotic birds, and other wildlife.
- The Black Sound Cay National Reserve, adjacent to Green Turtle Cay, with its lush mangrove swamps, is a bird watcher's paradise. However, all of The Abacos are covered by scrub and pine forests so bird watching and nature hiking are keen everywhere, making The Abacos a popular Caribbean vacation destination for nature enthusiasts. Bring your binoculars!
- Man-O-War Cay, near Great Abaco, is the boat building capital of the region. While only a few hundred people live on the cay, many of them are descendants of early Loyalist settlers and boat builders, such as Billie Bo and his great-great-great nephew Joe Albury. Albury builds handcrafted boats, a skill that’s been passed along through the generations. Visitors today make special trips to Joe Albury’s Studio to purchase beautiful handcrafted model boats and sailing dinghies made from Abaco hardwoods. Albury's handcrafted boats are truly representative of proud historic Abaco sailing vessels.
- Great Guana Cay—an islet off Great Abaco—is a seven-mile long exotic island with secluded beaches and grassy dunes that are home to about 100 people and a few roosters. This Bahamas attraction is ideal for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the beach. There is also not a better place to experience Bahamian cuisine. All-day pig roasts on weekends are popular for eating, listening to live Bahamian music and beach dancing.
- Although one may question whether Treasure Cay Beach is a “true landmark” of The Abacos, it is certainly a site not to miss. Located 17 miles north-west of Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay is a developed residential and vacation community. Its sugar-soft white sand and sparkling diamond and turquoise waters help rank this four-mile beach as one of the world’s top 10 beaches.
Navigare Yachting Bahamas Yacht Charter Contact Information
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Conch Inn Marina,
700 Bay St, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas
8am to 5pm Monday-Sunday
Embarkation time: any day of the week 4pm
Disembarkation time: any day of the week 10am
No deposit needed.
With the ever increasing popularity of the Bahamas, more flights, more ferries and more Bahamas vacation opportunities are springing up every day, giving you more ways than ever to visit the Bahamas islands of your choice.
Whether you have your heart set on snorkeling off the beach, sipping a cold Kalik and munching on some fresh conch salad at a beach resort, or getting some much-needed R&R in the warm island sunshine, getting to The Abacos has never been easier.
Important Notice: Please arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to departure as security and boarding lines are much longer due to COVID-19 Protocols. To view The Bahamasʼs COVID-19 Travel Guidelines, visit Bahamas Tourism Reopening.
Air carriers include Silver airways, American Airlines, Bahamasair, Delta, Flamingo Air, Jetblue, Southwest Airlines, and United and Western Air. (Some routes with connecting flights in Nassau or Miami, FL)