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The airport at Marsh Harbour (MHH) in the Abacos Island Chain of the Bahamas is only about 45 to 60 minutes flying time from any major city on Florida's East Coast, such as Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or Jacksonville. Some smaller airlines fly from Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, or from near Orlando (Sanford airport).
Once in Marsh Harbour, the remainder of the trip is by boat to Great Guana Cay, which is a 30 minute ride (unless you are renting a boat). See the information below. This trip is a lovely view of the sparkling water. From the Marsh Harbour airport, the many taxis will take you to the ferry dock near Mango's Restaurant, or to any shopping you desire (or to a boat rental if you are renting). They know any place you might need to go. (Note: Don't worry if the Guana ferry stops first at Scotland Cay.) (Note: Don't be confused if you see the Albury Ferry dropping off passengers in different places. The ferry officially leaves only from one place between Mango's Restaurant and Curly Tails restaurant at the "Conch Inn.").
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You will want to check in or coordinate with ORCHID BAY MARINA on Great Guana Cay -- which is the office for the Orchid Bay community. Orchid Bay's staff can meet you at the ferry dock with our golf cart and/or golf carts you rent. They are open 7 days a week, but may close early on weekends especially in the off-season. We will tell them to expect your arrival and to ensure pristine condition with cleaning staff. But you should also contact them in advance to plan your arrival. Furthermore, the local Bahamian staff knows everything there is to know about the Abacos and are invaluable for assisting you with any needs, plans, recreational ideas, you-name-it.
Orchid Bay's staff can offer a small truck to get luggage and supplies for you to the house. They will open the house and show you around. Jimmy or Melonie Albury, or Lisa. Telephone: 242-365-5175, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Cell: 242-577-6623. Orchid Bay Website. You may pay Orchid Bay by credit card when you arrive on the island, although your rental will not be reserved without payment in advance. You may pay in advance by credit card form to us directly by Fax or by check or by bank deposit at the nearest WACHOVIA branch or by calling in your credit card to Orchid Bay directly.
If you arrive by boat, raise Orchid Bay on VHF 16. If you either rent a boat when you arrive in Marsh Harbour or travel to the Bahamas by boat, you may unload your luggage or supplies directly on to the house's small dock behind the house. However, the small dock is not an all-weather dock, and a slip at the Marina for your boat is recommended. Orchid Bay staff will want to run up to the house and meet you at the dock, in order to open the house for you and make sure you find the house from the water.
For those outside of Florida, you will probably fly first to one of the major Florida cities below, then change planes to Marsh Harbour on a separate leg. US Airways and American Airlines book tickets direct to Marsh Harbour (MHH) but the final leg is on Bahamas Air or American Eagle. Bahamas Air also can schedule a trip directly from many American cities that may surprise you, changing in Florida. You may also fly direct on Continental from around the USA.
For those already in Florida, flights to Marsh Harbour are simple and inexpensive. Bahamas Air can be as little as $280 per person, round trip.
Of course, flights connecting to Marsh Harbour from Nassau or Freeport are easy through many of the smaller, regional island airlines. A combination visit to the busier, noisier cities followed by a restful stay in the beauty of the Abacos may be just the plan for many people.
Arrival in Marsh Harbour in the morning or early in the afternoon is recommended since the last ferry leaves Marsh Harbour at 5:30 PM (on the schedule as it currently exists when this is being written) and at 3:30 PM during off-season periods in the late Summer and early Fall. However, charter boats on any schedule can be arranged either through Albury Ferry or through Orchid Bay.
Some flights are scheduled to arrive at Treasure Cay (TCB) nearby Marsh Harbour 37 kilometers away. Unless the flight goes on to Marsh Harbour (many do), landing at Treasure Cay will involve either taking a taxi to the ferry dock in Marsh Harbour or taking a ferry or arranging a boat from Treasure Cay. The taxi ride between airports is quite long and may cost $70, so it is better to fly directly into Marsh Harbour or take a boat directly from Treasure Cay to Great Guana Cay. A second ferry company has been started that leaves from Treasure Cay.
Although the Bahamas have functioned for years like a 51st State of the USA, in terms of its warm welcome to Americans and informal access, rules after 9/11 now require a passport to enter the United States. Also, Americans must show a return airplane ticket scheduled back to the U.S.A.
The primary airlines from the United States to Marsh Harbour are:
Bahamas Air (serving MHH & TCB)
o from Nassau & West Palm Beach
o (800) 222-4262
o Web Site: www.BahamasAir.com
US Airways will book flights from anywhere in the United States direct to Marsh Harbour in cooperation with Bahamas Air for the last leg to Marsh Harbour
SKY BAHAMAS - Ft. Lauderdale Only
o Web Site: www.SkyBahamas.net
o (242) 327-6032 or (242) 225-4460
o (954) 317-3751 - International (Florida)
o Email: email@example.com
SILVER AIRWAYS (To and from Florida)
Silver Airways is a partner with United Airlines. If you book a flight on United, the last leg to the Bahamas will be on Silver Airways.
Note: Silver Airways' ticket prices vary greatly from day to day. You can get very low fares on certain days, as low as $171 one-way. So search for the best days. You must schedule your round-trip from two one-way trips.
o Web Site: http://www.silverairways.com
o Phone: Tickets to USA & Canada 800-428-4322
o Phone: Tickets to international destinations 800-622-1015
o Web Site: www.USAirways.com
American Airlines (American Eagle) (serving MHH TCB)
o from or through Miami
o (800) 433-7300
o Website: www.AA.com
Continental -- serviced by Gulf Stream Air (MHH & TCB)
o from or through Ft.Lauderdale and West Palm Beach
o (800) 231-0856
o Web Site: www.Continental.com
CONTACT GULFSTREAM DIRECTLY
o Domestic: 1-800-523-3273
o International: 1-800-231-0856
o Website: www.GulfStreamAir.com
o Gulfstream's "SunPac" Frequent Flier Sales + Info
o E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
o Phone: 1-800-688-7225
o 954-985-1500 x272
Airlines, Airports Serviced (MHH=Marsh Harbour, TCB=Treasure Cay) and Telephone Numbers
Air Gate Aviation (MHH - TCB)
o From Sanford-Orlando, Daytona Beach, Melbourne
o Web Site: www.FlyAirGate.com
o (407) 585-3545 or (386) 409-0440
Bimini/Creston Air Charters (MHH & TCB)
o Special Charters
o Departs from Ft.Lauderdale-Executive Air Terminal (not main airport terminal)
o (954) 938-8991
o Web Site: www.FlyBIA.com
Calypso Air/Twin Air (MHH & TCB)
o From Ft.Lauderdale
o Phone in Florida: (954) 359-8266
o Phone in Marsh Harbour: (242) 367-0140
o Web Site: www.FlyTwinAir.com
Craig Air (MHH)
o From Jacksonville FL (Craig Field)
o (888) APRO-FBO or (904)641-0300
o Web Site: www.CraigAirCenter.com
Flamingo Air (MHH) -- ONLY within the Bahamas. To make connections
o Web Site: Daily Flight Schedules and Fares
o For Reservations in The Bahamas: (242) 351-4963 or 242 351-4968 or 242 351-4969 or 242 225-1558 or 242 225-4216
o For Reservations in The USA: (954) 839-8688
o Email: email@example.com
o Daily Flights
o From Freeport(FPO), Bahamas
o Web Site: Flamingo Air Bahamas
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=A Quick Email To Flamingo Air Yellow Air Taxi (MHH & TCB)
o From Ft. Lauderdale
o 1 (888) 935-5694
o Web Site: www.FlyYellowAirTaxi.com
o Scheduled flights and Private Charters from your departing airport.
CHARTER FLIGHTS -- BY APPOINTMENT, UNSCHEDULED
Don't be intimidated by the word "charter." These simply do not always follow a set schedule. However, some of these will sell you an individual ticket combining your flight with other passengers unrelated to you. They can be a viable option.
Air Charter Bahamas
Cherokee Air (MHH & TCB)
o from West Palm Beach Executive Terminal (not at the main airport terminal)
o Call for special flight offered
o Special Charters
o (242) 367-1920/3450
o (800) 920-9971 from USA
o Web Site: www.CherokeeAir.com
o E-Mail: INFO@CherokeeAir.com
Abaco Air (MHH & TCB)
o From Abaco and Nassua
o Special Charters at any time
o (242) 367-2266 or E-Mail: www.IslandAirCharters.com
Island Wings (MHH)
o FROM FT. LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT o Phone: (954) 868-3721
o 1550 West Cypress Creek Rd. Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 33309
o Web Site: www.Island-Wings.com/
o Passenger and Air Cargo
Sky Limo Air Charter (MHH & TCB)
o Private Charter with flexibility in scheduling from your departing airport.
o (866) 948-7110
Trans Carribean (MHH & TCB)
o from Opalaka, FL
o Private Charters
o (888) 239-2929
o E-Mail: email@example.com
Western Air -- Between Nassau and Marsh Harbour
o Lynden Pindling International Airport
o Nassau, Bahamas
o Phone: 242-377-2222
o Fax: (242)-377-0024
o Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENT FERRY SCHEDULES:
ALBURY'S FERRY SERVICE
Phone: (242) 367-0290
Fax: (242) 367-0291
Cell: (242) 359-6861 (for after hours charter scheduling)
VHF: Channel 16 call "Albury's Ferry"
Web Site: www.AlburysFerry.com
One Way: $15.00
Round Trip: $25.00
Children 6-11 1/2 price, under 5 free
Weekly passes are available for multiple trips around the region. Guana and Scotland (30 minutes)
Leaving Marsh Harbour for Guana & Scotland Cay from Conch Inn 6:45AM, 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM, 5:45PM** Daily
** 5:45 PM trip Unavailable August 1, 2010 - November 1, 2010
Leaving Guana for Marsh Harbour 8:00AM, 11:30AM, 2:30PM, 4:45PM, 6:30PM** Daily
** 6:30 PM trip Unavailable August 1, 2010 - November 1, 2010
Christmas Day -- SPECIAL SCHEDULE, INQUIRE
Man-O-War (20 minutes)
Leaving Marsh Harbour for Man-O-War from Albury Ferry Dock
10:30AM, 12:15PM, 2:30PM* **, 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 5:45PM Daily
* 2:30 PM Except Sunday and Holidays
** 2:30 PM Unavailable August 1, 2009 - November 1, 2009
Leaving Man-O-War for Marsh Harbour Albury Ferry Dock 8:00AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:15PM* **, 5:00PM Daily
* 3:15 PM Except Sunday and Holidays
** 3:15 PM Unavailable August 1, 2009 - November 1, 2009
Hope Town (20 minutes)
Leaving Marsh Harbour for Hope Town from Albury Ferry Dock
7:15AM, 9:00 AM,10:30AM,12:15PM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:45PM Daily
Leaving Hope Town for Marsh Harbour Albury Ferry Dock
8:00AM, 9:45AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM, 5:00PM, 6:30PM Daily
Call the ferry office (242) 367-0290 or after hours the on call charter captain cell (242) 359-6861.
Between Marsh Harbour Albury Ferry Dock and Hope Town or Man-O-War.
1 -4 passengers $110, 5 or more $23 each
Between Marsh Harbour and Guana Cay
1 - 4 passengers $150, 5 or more $30 each
Between Marsh Harbour and Scotland Cay
1 - 4 passengers $130, 5 or more $28 each
Higher Price Leaving before 7AM or arriving after 7PM.
Between Marsh Harbour Albury Ferry Dock and Hope Town or Man-O-War.
1 -4 passengers $142, 5 or more $28 each
Between Marsh Harbour and Guana Cay
1 - 4 passengers $165, 5 or more $33 each
Note: An additional late-night call out fee of $100 will be added to any charter between 11:00pm and 6:00 am. Additional Charter ferry trips are available throughout Abaco, in addition to the standard rates above. Inquire for rates at ferry office (242) 367-0290 or the on call charter captain cell (242) 359-6861.
Albury's Ferry offers special Group Rates for Excursions, Sightseeing, and Dinner Cruises. Please Inquire at the Ferry Office (242) 367-0290
Abaco Adventure's Ferry
Phone/Fax (242) 365-8749
Treasure Cay Marina to Great Guana Cay
Great Guana Cay to Treasure Cay Marina
Treasure Cay Marina to Man-O-War Cay
Treasure Cay Marina Sunset Cruise to Great Guana Call for times & pricing
*All Abaco Adventure Ferries require a minimum of 6 adults. Special charters available.
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