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Changes in Bimini Entrance Buoys

The 2017 hurricanes brought changes to the entrance buoys of the channel to Bimini. The waypoint in Explorer Chartbook Near Bahamas 8th edition remains the same, but some of the buoys are off station as originally plotted on the chart.

* The first red buoy on the chart is now off station, having moved northward off the southern tip of North Bimini right in the middle of a very shallow sandbar. Don’t go there!

* The first red buoy you see approaching South Bimini is actually the second one on the chart. It is in the correct position.

* There is a green buoy beyond that and it is off station near the entrance to Bimini Sands Marina on South Bimini.

* There are four small buoys along the shore of South Bimini leading into North Bimini. They are in correct position. The lighted pole at the entrance also remains.

Another note on Bimini: The marinas no longer furnish Customs papers for you to fill out on your boat. Here’s a link:
You have to either go to Customs to get the forms and fill them out there or download them and print them out so you can fill them ahead of time.

The Customs office is still at the Big Game Marina, while Immigration is a little farther north at the Administration Building (both shown on the chart).

4 Responses to Changes in Bimini Entrance Buoys

  • windsway says:

    Can anyone please tell me the depth of the Bimini chancel now ?

  • monty says:

    The south end of the shifting sand bar running south from Entrance Point has moved further south since last year. Depths vary from 1.8 to 5 meters though the channel. Refer to Explorer Chart BIM 3 (Near Bahamas Eighth Edition) and use visual piloting skills here.

  • BrightEyes says:

    Please further clarify the buoys that are off station. Viewing Chart BIM 3, 7th edition, I only see one red diamond buoy just east of the Bimini waypoint (25 42.6N, 79 18.48W). My understanding is it has shifted North and is in the wrong position. Is that correct? Are the two green diamond buoys just North and east of the Bimini waypoint and just north of the rum line in the correct position?

    The second red buoy I see on the chart is at the entrance (south side) to Bimini Sands Marina. Is this one also incorrect?


  • monty says:

    None of the three buoys shown on BIM 3 of the out of date Seventh Edition are in their charted positions. The Bimini waypoint is still in the correct position to enter the channel. The Bimini Sands entrance may be approached directly from the waypoint. If you are going to North Bimini, turn north before you get to the Bimini Sands jetties. Do not go to the red buoy in the middle of the charted shallow sand bar. Go where the water looks the deepest.

    The buoys may or may not be in the same position last observed on on February 5, 2018.

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