Harbour Island, Eleuthera and Spanish Wells are official port of entry, so you won’t have to make any more stops with customs officials.
A customs or immigrations official will meet you at the dock to review your paperwork and have everyone on board fill out immigration forms. Only the captain will be allowed to leave the boat. Once the boat has gained clearance, and the $150 to $300 (USD) fee for a cruising permit, fishing permit, and the departure fee has been paid, you’re free to sail in the Bahamas for up to 90 days.
Of course, you probably won’t spend 90 days at a resort in the Bahamas, but you may sleep onboard your boat! If such accommodations are comfortable, your visit to sleep overnight in the Bahamas may just be a dock slip fee.
Harbour Island boasts two marinas, the Harbour Island Yacht Club and Valentines Marina. The main Eleuthera marinas include Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina and Davis Harbour Marina at Jack’s Bay Club. Spanish Wells has a marina called Spanish Wells Yacht Haven.
They are accommodating facilities to keep your boat running safely and smoothly. Services at the docks generally include: fuel, cleaning supplies, bathrooms with showers, restaurants, bars, shopping, hotel rooms, and more.
Remember to enjoy all the gorgeous natural scenery that Harbour Island offers in the comfort of your own boat! All Harbour Island residents are big on boating, so please be cautious as their may be more boat traffic than usual during the high season.