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sara84983
Aug 12, 2021
In Latest
The Explorer Team has just posted the latest information we have received for Fuel and Dockage prices and anything else new with marinas in The Bahamas. Unfortunately, land lines were down, we were unable to contact many on our list, and only 11 of 52 responded to our email request. At any rate, this is the latest and greatest that the Explorer Team can acquire to keep you as up to date as possible on the price of fuel and dockage. In the Notes column, you will see which ones have current information. Check our website www.explorerchartscom.
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sara84983
May 17, 2021
In COVID-19
PRESS RELEASE New Emergency Order outlines changes to indoor dining and travel requirements for fully vaccinated Restaurants on islands previously prohibited from offering indoor dining may now offer indoor dining to patrons who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with the recently released Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (Management and Recovery) Order, 2021. This applies to New Providence and Abaco. Patrons must provide documentary proof of vaccination. All patrons and employees must continue to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. Also, in accordance with the Order, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to take a RT PCR test for COVID-19 to travel from New Providence and Grand Bahama, and will not be required to take secondary testing on day five of inter-island travel when traveling from New Providence or Grand Bahama. A fully vaccinated traveler, including citizens and residents, is not required to take a RT PCR test for COVID-19 to enter The Bahamas. In the case of international travel, a fully vaccinated traveler is defined as a person who has received the required number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the person has completed the vaccine. Fully vaccinated travelers are still required to obtain a Travel Health Visa; however, visa fees for fully vaccinated persons have been reduced for citizens and residents. International travel health visas for fully vaccinated citizens and residents are $10. Domestic travel visas for fully vaccinated travelers are free of charge. The fine for submitting falsified vaccination records is $10,000 or two years imprisonment, or both. Daily curfews have been lifted from all Family Islands where a curfew was in place – Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma. Grand Bahama’s daily curfew remains 11pm to 5am. The daily curfew on New Providence remains 10pm to 5am. Under the new Order, the requirement has been removed for RT PCR COVID-19 testing for persons traveling from Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma. The RT PCR COVID-19 test requirement remains in place for persons traveling from New Providence and Grand Bahama, except in the case of fully vaccinated travelers who are exempted from the test requirement. To access the complete Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (Management and Recovery) Order, 2021 visit opm.gov.bs. 16 May 2021 Office of the Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas Contact: opmcommunications@bahamas.gov.bs Website: www.opm.gov.bs
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sara84983
Apr 29, 2021
In Marina News
Thanks to fellow cruisers for this detailed update on the Abacos: We sailed up from Eleuthera last Sat to have a look see the Abacos for ourselves on our way home. Spent three days in Hopetown which was quite uplifting all round. Initial shock coming in the channel with the front row of houses dead ahead on both sides of the range markers almost all totally gone. We met a nice couple who now have a Dickerson 37 but lost their Morris 36 and the house they had closed on two weeks before Dorian which was in the second row facing the channel. They have partially rebuilt using the salvageable materials from their old house which was picked up from its foundation and tossed across the narrow lane fronting their property. A nearby three-story house was picked up from its foundation and deposited in their front yard. Most of this area now is nothing but concrete slabs. Their Morris 36 was on a mooring and it ended up on the shore to the south of the sailing club. All things considered Hopetown is doing well, still plenty to do but they have done amazing things. The Methodist church which had the spectacular view of the Atlantic from large windows behind the alter suffered only roof damage which was so heartening. We were there for Easter services a few years ago and had been mightily worried since Dorian. Both Hopetown Inn and Marina and Lighthouse Marina are in excellent shape with all new docks. No wreckage of boats is left anywhere around the harbor. Not a lot of boats around, moorings were about half empty. On the way across to Marsh Harbor it was another story. The big new fancy home on Matt Lowes Cay is gone and several large hulks are on the property. It appeared that the narrow opening between Matt Lowes and Sugarloaf Cay is much more open than we remembered. Almost all the houses along the thin peninsula extending to John Cash Point suffered major damage, ditto the rest of the north shore of Marsh Harbor. Stretches along this shore were totally devoid of any vegetation with many houses only having walls standing. Newer houses fared better, older houses forget it. Coming into Marsh Harbor was like entering a totally foreign place. The western shore north of the commercial piers had nothing but dead tree trunks as far as you could see. Entering the Harbor there are about half a dozen sunken boats in and around the anchorage areas. Tonight there are barely a dozen cruising boats here. Jib Room is nothing but a huge sand pile although it looks like they have finished new docks. On the other side of the Harbor it is just plain hard to pick out any familiar landmarks, with the still empty pilings standing alone. We thought we could figure out Harbor View Marina docks which look like they have been rebuilt but the Harbor View building is no more except for a small building at the head of the pier. We had to go to Customs at the commercial port to check out. The floating dinghy dock at Union Jack which used to be provided by the sailing club is no more, but north of that concrete pier there are new fixed docks with ladders every few feet to leave your dinghy. Walking out to the main road the first thing you see is the strip mall where there used to be a liquor store and other shops, the buildings just shells, no roofs. Standard Hardware was ripped open, part of the roof torn off. The wholesale liquor store across from Standard is nothing but a concrete slab. Intersection where the traffic light used to be just has a lowly stop sign. After clearing out with Customs we walked up Don Mackey Blvd. Abacos Treasures the lovely gift shop on the left is just a shell with no roof. All along there was not a single business left, Dove Plaza destroyed. The two story building beyond Dove Plaza looks like its roof survived and several businesses were open. Where Island Bakery used to be is a brand new two story building which could be a motel of small apartments once finished. From there we walked back past the old Price Right building which amazingly still had a roof and looked in good shape although it was boarded up. We did not walk to Maxwells but have heard it is pretty much the same now as pre Dorian. All in all, very sad to see how badly Marsh Harbor suffered although the opposite is the case with Hopetown. Forget to mention how healthy things looked around Boat Harbor when we went by there on the way to Hopetown.
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sara84983
Apr 22, 2021
In Customs/Immigration
Attached is the text of the Prime Minister's remarks in the House 4/21/21. Key points in his remarks were: Effective immediately, the daily curfew for mainland Abaco will be moved to 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Travelers within The Bahamas who have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus will be exempted from COVID-19 test requirements that are currently in place when traveling from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera. These travellers will be exempted immediately after full vaccination. Proof of full vaccination will be required. Effective 1st May, those travelling to The Bahamas from outside of the country will be exempted from a COVID-19 test if they are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period. Proof of full vaccination will be required. To be clear if an individual is not fully vaccinated that individual will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test where testing requirements are in place. All other mitigating protocols (social distancing and wearing of masks) will remain in place. Indoor dining will be permitted in instances where all present have been fully vaccinated. In such instances, the wearing of masks will be relaxed. Basil Smith Executive Director Association of Bahamas Marinas
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sara84983
Apr 07, 2021
In Cruising Information
Rock Sound is making more places for cruisers to land and go ashore. Businesses are opening up again and presenting some good choices for yachts anchored in the large, hospitable, secure bay. Louies waterfront breakfast and lunch burger place; and new Wild Orchids on the water just south of BTC office and tower. Sammy’s is still going strong, now being run by his daughter after he passed away last February. The government dock has been added to and refurbished and Dingle's dinghy dock, though rickety and mainly a high-tide landing, has new ladders. Wild Orchids (nice dinghy dock and dredged out in front) Refurbished government dock
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sara84983
Mar 26, 2021
In Marina News
There are 20 new mooring balls at Staniel Cay in front of the Thunderball Grotto. They are on a first-come-first-served basis. No reservations required. $40/d. Call Staniel Cay Yacht Club on VHF 16 or email marina@stanielcay.com to inform them that you are taking one. Give credit card over phone/email or take the short ride to shore to check in and have a drink at the same time.
New Moorings at Staniel Cay
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sara84983
Mar 26, 2021
In Crooked/Acklins
Here is a link to an article from Lighthouse Digest on "The Tragedy of the Bird Rock Light." http://www.lighthousedigest.com/Digest/StoryPage.cfm?StoryKey=4101
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sara84983
Mar 26, 2021
In Untitled category
Here is a link to an article in The Nassau Guardian concerning the status of oil exploration in The Bahamas. https://thenassauguardian.com/bpc-in-new-oil-bid/
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sara84983
Mar 21, 2021
In Long Island
Ernest Watson has built and opened a lovely little tiki bar and grill in Gordon’s Bay, at the south end of Long Island. A perfect destination for a land excursion or a venture ashore from the anchorage. A beautiful long wonderful shelling beach, too.
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sara84983
Mar 15, 2021
In Far Bahamas
Just a few changes to the Explorer Chartbook Far Bahamas 7th edition Need-to-Know Info for Mayaguana: *No longer any Customs and Immigration available on Mayaguana. Nearest officers on Exuma, Inagua, Long Island and San Salvador. *Bahamas Air are twice not three times per week. *Strong internet via the tower if you have a contract with BTC or ALIV *There is an Administrator on island.
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sara84983
Mar 02, 2021
In COVID-19
Curfew In Effect Monday through Sunday from 10pm to 5am curfew for the islands of New Providence and Paradise Island (including Rose Island) and Abaco (excluding Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Elbow Cay). GRAND BAHAMA: DAILY 10PM to 5AM ELEUTHERA AND EXUMA Curfew for Eleuthera and Exuma Monday through Sunday from 10pm to 5am The public is reminded to practice the following COVID-19 prevention guidelines: Wear a face mask when you leave your home. Practice social distancing, at least 6ft from others. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol. Cover your cough or sneeze in your inner elbow or with a tissue. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as phones, remote controls, counters, doorknobs, and keyboards.
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sara84983
Mar 01, 2021
In Crooked/Acklins
From a cruiser: Crooked Island Marina: The Marina is open with fuel, water, and electricity at the dock. (See Fuel and Dockage in pull-down menu for rates.) The restaurant and lodge are open; small menu choice but good food, fish of the day, steaks etc. And there is the all important Bar! Bone fishing trips, island tours, deep sea fishing all available. Car hire available through the Marina office. Editor's Note: This is a newly carved-out marina, the first and only in the Crooked/Acklins District. For cruisers who have shied away from venturing this far away from supplies and services because of lack of secure anchorages, the marina offers new-found protection to allow exploration of the true Far Bahamas. Crossing the Crooked Island Passage is for the experienced, skilled seaman, but the rewards are going beyond the well-traveled routes to remoteness and even a step back in time. Albert Town, Long Cay: Just did a dinghy run from our anchorage west side of Crooked Island about 2 nms north of French Wells Point to ‘investigate’ Albert Town, Long Cay. Albert Town has suffered big time from the hurricane Joaquin in 2015 and basically there is nothing but ruined buildings left. Power has been restored but there are only 6 hardy folk clinging to a meagre existence on the whole of the island. No bar, restaurant, BTC office, nothing and definitely not a cold beer to be had. Editor's Note: A classic book about the area is The Out Island Doctor by Evans Cottman, whose former home is on the north end of Crooked Island. A delight read to get the feel of The Bahamas when folks got around from island to island by sailboat and took their sheep and goats with them!
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sara84983
Feb 24, 2021
In Cruising Information
PRESS RELEASE 2/22/2021 Customs goes electronic with new cruising permit submission New module launched on Click2Clear for boating industry Contact: MOFcomms@bahamas.gov.bs The Bahamas Customs & Excise Department has officially launched its electronic submission portal for cruising permit applications on the Click2Clear platform. The Cruising Permit Module is expected to dramatically improve the processing time for boaters when clearing Customs at the various ports of entry across The Bahamas. Boaters can now complete and submit declaration forms and make payment in advance of arrival. “This is another great milestone achieved by the Customs Department, which has been leading the way with the modernization of Government services. The new cruising module on the Click2Clear platform provides a seamless and cashless collection process for Cruising permit fees with online applications and payments by credit card,” said Minister Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Finance. “This is all a part of our digital transformation agenda. It addresses a longstanding pain point for boaters who have been clamoring for a fully digital process. It also minimizes the opportunity for revenue leakage,” said Minister Thompson. Last week, the Customs Department met with key stakeholders in the boating and tourism sectors, including the Association of Bahamas Marinas, representatives from the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association, and Ministry of Tourism. These stakeholders will be key partners with Customs to educate the boating community about the new platform. “The Ministry of Tourism applauds the implementation of the Click2Clear Cruising Permit Module by the Customs Department. We are looking forward to the new system helping us to enhance the boating experience and grow the boating traffic in The Bahamas,” said Dionisio D'Aguilar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation, who is charged with responsibility for the boating market. Comptroller of Customs Dr. Geannine Moss said: “The Department of Customs is committed to embracing modern technology to fulfill its mandate in an efficient and innovative manner. We are pushing aggressively and have had tremendous success rolling out the Click2Clear platform. The Cruising Permit Module is the latest advancement we are happy to bring to the market, and there is more to come.” To supplement the work being done by the Customs Department, the Ministry of Finance is also working with other government agencies, including the Port Department and Fisheries, along with private sector service providers to develop additional payment and licensing solutions. These will similarly cover fees associated with the boating and fishing industry, including yacht charter fees. The delivery of other payment and licensing solutions by authorized digital solution providers in the private sector is soon to be announced. ###
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sara84983
Feb 24, 2021
In COVID-19
COVID-19 TESTING DI-ARA COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL CENTER - GEORGETOWN Georgetown, Great Exuma (Directly behind H G Christie across the street from the Peace and Plenty Hotel) (242) 358-4042 M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Weekends: Concierge upon request EXUMA FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC Georgetown, Exuma (Inside the Seaside Real Estate Building) (242) 336-2001 M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Weekends: Closed Travelers who are staying in The Bahamas longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test: All visitors departing on or before five days will not be required to obtain this test The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via SMS text message and email All persons traveling into and throughout The Bahamas will be required to complete a short Health Survey during their stay. The survey must be completed upon arrival and each day thereafter for up to 14 days, or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.This includes the day of departure if traveling less than 14 days.
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sara84983
Feb 24, 2021
In COVID-19
Inside Report on COVID Updated: Feb 9 From a cruiser in Spanish Wells, we had this up-to-date report on real-time experience: Generally, Store owners are requiring people to wear masks inside their businesses. Yachtsmen are cooperating with wearing masks in public. “With the Bahamas policy we feel pretty sure that most newly arrived cruisers are negative (especially after the second test) but most cruisers are not socializing with each other.” The concern among the cruising community is being careful not to get COVID from the locals. Two private clinics in Spanish Wells Eagles Landing on Main Street (fee for testing) Bahamas Wellness Eagles Landing on Main Street 242-333-4869 or 242-359-7555 M-F ******* Sat/Sun appt only 242-819-1167 ________________________ Free private clinic Bonnie Symonette 242-422-9952
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sara84983
Feb 24, 2021
In Latest
Bahamas Charter Yacht Show The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show, scheduled for late February 2021, will now move to the Rybovich Superyacht Marina in West Palm Beach, and will be held February 25-26, 2021. Here’s a link for more information: For On-line Story: https://www.bahamasmarinas.com/post/bahamas-charter-yacht-show-202
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sara84983
Feb 24, 2021
In Latest
Oil exploration to begin in the Santaran Channel Updated: Feb 9 Read Eyewitness News article showing location of the oil exploration area. US Members of Congress urge govt to reconsider BPC oil deal https://ewnews.com/us-members-of-congress-urge-govt-to-reconsider-bpc-oil-deal
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sara84983
Feb 24, 2021
In Long Island
New road and foot bridge on Long Island Updated: Feb 9 Prime Minister Minnis opened a new paved road to the Cape Santa Maria Monument and a foot bridge to Newton Cay on the north end of Long Island. See news article https://ewnews.com/pm-opens-new-bridge-road-on-long-island
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sara84983
Feb 24, 2021
In Latest
News from Recent Survey Updated: Feb 9 In our December 15 survey of various Bahamas marinas for Fuel and Dockage Updates, we discovered a new trend among several Bahamas marinas. With more and more large yachts coming to The Bahamas, it is evident that they are being favored over smaller cruising boats. Here are some of our findings: Increased tie-up fees to stop and clear Customs–Cat Cay Yacht Club $500. Added fees to go ashore and walk about–Chub Cay Club $59 weekdays and $95 weekends per person. Extra fee to get fuel–Lyford Cay $1/ft. Members Only–Albany Marina, Chub Cay Club. Lyford Cay provides transient dockage with a written sponsorship from a member. Refusing to give dockage rates on phone—Browns Marina, Bimini. Some good news to share: The folks at Harbour View Marina n Marsh Harbour are working hard to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian and are targeting a spring 2021 reopening. Marsh Harbour Marina and Hope Town Marina are also working on rebuilding to reopen as soon as possible. A note on fuel availability: Stella Maris Marina has some small amounts of fuel available onsite but can call a delivery truck for larger quantities. We love it when you share what you see as you cruise The Bahamas. Feel free to post any news you find as you travel!
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sara84983
Feb 24, 2021
In Cruising Information
US and Bahamas sign airspace agreement Updated: Feb 9 The Bahamas and the United States yesterday signed-off on a ‘historic’ air services agreement that is expected to pave the way for future economic growth and increased airlift between the respective countries. The Air Transport Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is the first bilateral air transport agreement negotiated by the two countries. It establishes a modern civil aviation relationship with The Bahamas which is consistent with United State’s ‘Open Skies’ international aviation policy. The agreement allows for unrestricted capacity and frequency of services, open route rights, a liberal charter regime, and open code-sharing opportunities. The Bahamas government yesterday entered into an official agreement with the United States for search and rescue missions. While the United States of America Coast Guard frequently assists The Bahamas with search and rescue missions for downed or missing aircraft, there has been no formal arrangement that governs such assistance. In this regard, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation assisted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority held a series of meetings with USA officials to negotiate the framework for cooperation between the two states for carrying out activities related to search and rescue within the aeronautical and maritime environment of The Bahamas. The agreement constitutes permission by the government of The Bahamas to the Rescue Coordination Centre, Rescue Sub Centre and Search & Rescue facilities of the USA to coordinate and conduct search and rescue operations in the territorial sea and archipelagic waters of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas; and permission for the USA to enter, overfly and land as appropriate, in Bahamian territory, in the conduct of search and rescue operations.
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