July 02, 2012
Plan a Trip into the Abacos on your own Boat.
Below are some of the coordinates and waypoints I used on my trip from the St. Lucie Inlet to Great Guana, Abaco. For five straight summers my family boarded our boat and headed into the Abacos for our family vacation. There's no better boating destination if you're looking for crystal clear, uncrowded, big-fish filled waters.
White Sands (from St. Lucie Inlet): 98 degrees; 51 nautical miles; 27-08.000'N and 79-10.500'W
North of Great Sale: 107 degrees; 52 nautical miles; 27-03.274'N and 78-10.809'W
North of Sale Cay Rock (short distance): 98 degrees; 27-03.229'N and 78-06.552'W
Just South of Carters Rock: 121 degrees; 27-00.994'N and 78-01.049'W
Just South of Center of the World Rock (the size of a house): 26-56.190'N and 77-41.660'W
. North of Crab Cay: 26-56.271'N and 77-37.000'W
. From 26-55.810'N and 77- 34.860'W, take a 90-degree heading into Spanish Cay Marina.
After leaving Spanish, take a 230-degree heading to get you past a pretty large bar before you begin your trip to Great Guana: 26-55.245'N and 77-32.578'W.
. As you make your way through the Sea of Abaco, your next reference of note is just South of Green Turtle Cay: 26-45.350'N and 77-20.700'W.
. Stay south of NoName bar, which is easy to see in daylight. Begin your trip around Whale Cay where you have to make a jog into the ocean to avoid a shallow flat in the Sea of Abaco: 26-44.002'N and 77-19.017'W.
. There's plenty of water on the ocean side of Whale Cay, but my numbers take you a little farther out to be safe. The east inside of Whale Cay is 26-43.009'N and 77-15.426'W. The east outside is 26-43.510'N and 77-14.250'W. The west outside is 26-42.560'N and 77-12.400'W and the west inside and the beginning of Loggerhead Channel is 26-42.560'N and 77-12.400'W.
. At this point you'll see some old markers formerly used by cruise ships bringing you into Bakers Bay and inside of Spoil Bank Cay: 26-41.960'N and 77-11.930'W; then to 26-41.110'N and 77-10.020'W.
Now you're headed down the coast of Great Guana Cay to the point where you turn into Settlement Harbor to reach Orchid Bay Marina: 26-39.310'N and 77-07.080'W. It's pretty deep all along Guana, just pay attention for the rock with a stake on it just outside of Guana Beach Resort and Settlement Harbor.
Lodging, boat rental and marina information for getting the most out of your Abaco expedition is at your fingertips. We've listed several to help you on your journey. You can also check marina and accommodations at www.bahamas.com
. Other recommended reading sources are The Cruising Guide to Abaco Bahamas by Steve Dodge, The Bahamas by Map Tech, Yachtsman's Guide to The Bahamas by Tropic Isle Publications and Bahamas, Turks & Caicos by Lonely Planet Publications.Abaco Contact Info There are Customs and Immigration offices at Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Harbour, Sandy Point, Walker's Cay, Spanish Cay and Treasure Cay marina. Some Abaco visitors opt to first clear at West End, Grand Bahama. See www.bahamas.com
for more information on entry requirements and procedures.
Boat Harbour Marina, Marsh Harbour: (242) 367-2158
Conch Inn Resort & Marina (Moorings), Marsh Harbour: (242) 367-4000
Marsh Harbour Marina, Marsh Harbour: (242) 367-2700
Hope Town Hideaways, Hope Town: (242) 366-0224
Hope Town Marina-Club Soleil Resort, Hope Town: (242) 366-0003
Lighthouse Marina, Hope Town: (242) 366-0154
Sea Spray Resort Villas & Marina, Elbow Cay: (242) 366-0065
Great Guana Cay--Abacos
Orchid Bay Yacht Club & Marina:(242) 365-5175;
Green Turtle Cay
Island Property Management: (242) 365-4047
Abaco Yacht Services, Ltd.: (242) 365-4033
Bluff House Club & Marina: (242) 365-4247
Green Turtle Club & Marina: (242) 365-4271
Other Shore Club: (242) 365-4195
Man-O-War Cay Marina: (242) 365-6008
Spanish Cay Marina: (242) 365-0083
Treasure Cay Resort & Marina: (242) 365-8250