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Arriving by Boat

Welcome Ashore, Captain

Contact our friendly reservation office to arrange for your arrival by boat. Use the button to the left to fill out our marina reservation request form, or call 1 (866) 389-6864 or 1 (954) 463-4519 to reserve a slip. If you are unfamiliar with the waters around Harbour Island we will have a pilot available to get your boat or yacht in safely.

You may directly contact any one of these great pilots for assistance (especially with the Devil’s Backbone).

A1 Brod Shad242-557-7750 / 242-333-4427
Lil Woody242-333-4433 / 242-557-7417

Valentines Residences Resort & Marina is open to all transient boaters throughout the year and long-term dockage is also available. Our dock attendants will be happy to assist you with your luggage upon arrival and departure.

Proof of Citizenship

All travelers-including citizens of the various Caribbean nations, Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada and the United States must have a passport to enter or re-enter the United States.


Travel Insurance coverage is available from your Travel Specialist. Let our travel specialists help you with your flight and vacation packages.

Vessels to 180’
9′ at low tide
We monitor VHF Channel 16 from 7 am to 7 pm
Coordinates: 25.497510, -76.637716

For additional details or assistance in getting to Valentines, call 1 (866) 389-6864 or email We’re happy to help.

Bahamas Customs & Immigration Forms
Boating Fees

The government of The Bahamas has announced that, after 16 years, there is to be a change in the structure of fees applied to entering Bahamian waters for recreational boating purposes. The new fee structure will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Fees were last adjusted in 2003.

These fees contribute to the government’s efforts to secure the 100,000 square miles of ocean within The Bahamas and make them safer for boating. The efforts made to date have earned the archipelago an unrivalled record for boating safety. The following fees will be applied to boats staying in The Bahamas for to 3 months:

  • Boats up to 34 feet: $150 (no change)
  • Boats 35-99 feet: $300 (no change)
  • Boats 100-149 feet: $500
  • Boats 150-200 feet: $800
  • Boats over 200 feet: $1,000

The fees cover both a cruising permit and fishing permit, as well as the departure tax for up to three people. Each additional person will be charged a $20 departure tax. The fee is good for a second re-entry within a 90-day period.

For stays longer than 3 months:

  • Boats up to 34 feet: $300 annually
  • Boats 35-99 feet: $600 annually
  • Boats 100-149 feet: $1,000 annually
  • Boats 150 -200 feet: $1,600.00 annually *
  • Boats 200 feet or more: $2,000 annually

For a stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.

Please note that Attendance Fees, Fishing Permit, Transportation and Overtime fees are all included in the price of the cruising permit. The only additional fees would be for additional departure tax if there are more than 3 persons at a cost of $20 per additional person. It is also illegal to tip government employees.

Boaters are asked to report if they are ever asked for these types of payments to the local marina manger or dockmaster.

For questions, please feel free to contact the ABM Executive Director, Basil Smith, on or visit The Bahamas official website

(* Note: Using information from the Ministry of Tourism’s website, the fees published in the ABM map show the fee for boats “150 -200 feet as $800 for up to 3 months or $2,000 annually”.)


if you’re interested in making a reservation, call 1 (866) 389-6864 or email us.
Make sure to take advantage of one of our many Special Offers to help get you here!