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Cruising Information

New Flights to Abacos

NEW direct service from Nassau to Treasure Cay TCB on BAHAMAS AIR
Effective June 22 Bahamasair will reintroduce the Nassau/Treasure Cay
service. The flight will operate as follow:

Thurs/Sat/Sun depart Nassau at 6:30 am arrive Treasure Cay 7:40am – (note
stop in MHH first)
Thurs/Sat/Sun Depart Treasure Cay at 8:00am on the return to Nassau arrive
8:35am.

Mon/Thurs/Sun the flight will depart Nassau at 5:00pm arrive Treasure Cay at
5:35pm –
Mon/Thurs/Sun Depart Treasure Cay at 5:55pm arrive Nassau 7:05PM on the
return(note stop in MHH).

New Airlift-Fly Exclusive Bahamas

www.flyexclusivebahamas.com

Direct Service from Nassau to Marsh Harbor: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
–morning AND evening flights available

Direct Service Nassau to Treasure Cay starting in July

Delta Airlines (800.455.2720):
Direct service between Atlanta and Marsh
Harbour (MHH) on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Island Wings (954.617.8804):
Direct flights between Fort Lauderdale
Executive Airport (EXE) and Treasure Cay on Monday, Thursday, Friday &
Saturday
Tropic Ocean Airways (888.962.7728): Treasure Cay – Monday & Friday, Marsh
Harbour – Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Silver Airways (801.0401.9100):
Direct service between Fort Lauderdale and
Treasure Cay

Air Unlimited (888.962.7728):
Direct service between Sanford(KSFP) and
Treasure Cay (TCB) or Marsh Harbour (MHH) on Friday, Saturday & Sunday

New fuel and dockage survey

We just completed a survey of most of the marinas offering fuel and dockage in the Bahamas. Some we were unable to contact at the present time. More diesel and gas prices were down than up.

Please go to our website www.explorercharts.com under Fuel and Dockage Prices to check our latest findings. We will be updating continuously as we get new information.

Bimini’s downward spiral continues.

We rarely go to Bimini anymore as for the last 10 years or so it seems the island has been in a downward spiral. I am so glad I got to experience the real Bimini, a pretty, welcoming and unmolested island just across the Stream.

We went back a couple of weeks ago and it looks like Bimini has hit a new low in just one year since our last visit. Overall the island is dirty, smelly, with junk is everywhere from rusty golf carts to trash and unfinished structure.

Anyone remember the trail running along the beach under the pines on the north west side? All gone all is left is the beach on the north east side, which is very nice and a good spot to anchor in light winds but I wonder how far will Resort Workd continue to expand.   Will this last stretch of natural shoreline disappear too?

The destruction of Bimini’s natural beauty continues at resort world with constant bulldozing, dredging, filling and expansion.

Mother Nature hasn’t helped with currents and wave action continuing to erode the beach at honeymoon harbor on Gun Cay. Most of it is gone now…

All that remains of the Bimini of old days is the fishing and the wreck of the Sapona, still visible for miles and still worth a snorkeling stop. Ironic how a wreck is the symbol of this wrecked island.

 

Sad

 

 

Staniel Cay Yacht Club Temporary Closing

SCYC doesn’t normally close in the fall, but we will be closing most of the SCYC facilities in October, 2017 for renovations.

The Hotel and Restaurant will close Oct. 6 and reopen November 2.

During that time, the Marina will be open for dockage, fuel, ice, and bait. However, the Marina will also be having work done on various parts so any boaters should expect construction noise if they chose to tie up.

The Bar will also be open, but in a limited capacity (no food).

Both the hotel property and the marina will be receiving significant improvements.

• All bungalows will be completely refreshed, both interiors and exteriors.
• Property walkways are being redone as well as upgrading landscaping and outdoor lighting.
• The restaurant will also be receiving expanded kitchen space to allow for greater capacity and quicker service.
• The marina docks will be completely refurbished and resurfaced.

Rum Cay visit

We visited Rum Cay on June 23. It was our second attempt to anchor near the Government dock, due to strong winds. We tendered in to what remains of the marina, and were shocked to find the marina entrance completely closed in with sand. There is no entrance possible, and some boats are trapped in what remains of the basin. We went over to Kaye’s Restaurant (which is now also the island store in one corner.) Dolores’ daughter, Kaye, was most cordial, cooked lunch for us, and answered all our questions with grace and poise. Since Hurricane Joaquin, many buildings remain damaged. The mailboat dock is pilings only, but the mailboat still comes. Kaye told us that the marina is closed and the ownership is still tied up in court. She said there is no regularly scheduled air service, although the airport is open. We hope these resilient people (approximately 60 residents) get back on their feet. Kaye’s guest log shows that sailboats frequently stop by.

8th Edition of Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas

For those of you who have been waiting for the newest edition (8th) of the popular Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas, which includes the Biminis, Berrys, Andros, Grand Bahama, Abacos, and New Providence), it is ready to ship to your doorstep. Order online at www.explorercharts.com.

And remember that the new 8th edition of the Explorer Chartbook Exumas just came out last week! If you order all three chartbooks online, you get $4 off each chartbook for a savings of $12. Shipping is free.

Here’s a peek at the new Near Bahamas:
SS NB 8th cover

Treasure Cay Events

Check out the following link to see what exciting things are going on for the rest of June at Treasure Cay Resort and Marina on Great Abaco:

https://treasurecay.com/events-calendar/weekly-events-june-2017/

New touring fee at Highbourne Cay

Highbourne Cay is now charging a $25 landing fee for persons who are not registered at the marina to tour the cay. This fee does not apply to persons just going to the store, the restaurant, or getting fuel.

New fuel and dockage survey

We just completed a survey of most of the marinas offering fuel and dockage in the Bahamas. Some we were unable to contact at the present time. More diesel and gas prices were up than down.

Please go to our website www.explorercharts.com under Fuel and Dockage Prices to check our latest findings. We will be updating continuously as we get new information.

Bimini Sands reopens restaurants and stores

Gaylord Taylor and Helena Burrows are the new property managers at Bimini Sands on the beach at South Bimini.  As new managers they will oversee the grounds, amenities, security and day to day aspects of keeping Bimini Sands running smoothly with a smile.

Grab an ice cold cocktail and enjoy the beautiful infinity pool while Chef George cooks up your catch. The Little Dipper restaurant and bar is now open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Petite Conch will reopen in mid May as the Big Dipper under the leadership of Phylicia (Philly) Ferguson. The Ship Store will also reopen mid May, bringing more amenities and comforts back to our guests. Want to explore South Bimini? Bicycles are now for rent at the office. Head over and see Shelly and start your adventure today.

Nothing ruins a beautiful Bimini day faster than mosquitoes, the management has brought in a new team to tackle this issue. They have started an aggressive treatment program and they are already seeing and feeling a huge difference.

Dockage for most boats is now $2.25 per foot.

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