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Bahamas Yacht Charter

by DMA Yachting | Yacht Charter Company

Welcome to Bahamas Motor Yachts, your gateway to an unparalleled yacht charter experience in the Bahamas. Our yacht charters offer a blend of luxury and adventure, against the breathtaking backdrop of the Bahamian archipelago. Discover the beauty of this iconic charter destination with over 700 islands, shallow, turquoise waters, white beaches, and endless attractions.

Bahamas Charter Insights

Bahamas is synonymous with motor yacht charters because of the geography of this iconic cruising area – long distances and shallow waters.
Catamaran charters are not as common as in the Caribbean as they move relatively slowly and would not be able to cover the distances expected in a luxury yacht charter itinerary.
Sailing yachts generally have deep keels and, especially larger sailing yachts, have significant issues navigating the shallow waters, greatly limiting their cruising grounds.
A Bahamas yacht charter holiday is ideal for diving and deep-sea fishing. With crystal-clear water, thriving reefs, marine parks and many fantastic marine species, the Bahamas is one of the world’s premier yacht charter destinations.

Huge Yacht Selection

A huge advantage of the Bahamas’ is the diverse crewed yacht selection on offer. Whether you are looking for your own private yacht, a catamaran for a larger group, or an exclusive superyacht, the Bahamas will have it. The Bahamas is especially seeing an increase in larger motor Yachts to satisfy those who are seeking the ultimate luxury charter vacation.

Easily Accessible

For travelers coming from the United States, the Bahamas stands out as an exceptional destination due to its geographical proximity, convenient accessibility, and its status as a paradisiacal haven offering everything a luxury Yacht Charter needs, such as perfect white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water and an infrastructure that easily accommodates luxury living.

Ideal Weather Conditions

The Bahamas, blessed with an ideal tropical climate, sets the stage for a perfect yachting experience with its year-round sunshine and steady trade winds. The prevailing easterly winds, often ranging from 10 to 20 knots, create perfect conditions for smooth sailing and enjoyable wind-driven water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Check out our motor yacht charters with jetskis onboard.

Types of Bahamas yacht charters

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Our Recommendations

Our lists of recommendations for both top 10 motor yacht charters in the Bahamas and top 10 Catamaran Charters in the Bahamas are selected by our Clients – We have examined the trends over the previous few seasons, judging from our own experience, and feedback from previous guests, who loved those particular charters and always left positive feedback.

With over 700 islands and 2,000 cays, Bahamas offer an extensive and diverse cruising ground for yacht charters. Navigating through these crystal-clear turquoise waters, charter enthusiasts can explore a variety of destinations and attractions, without ever running out of things to see.

Nassau

Nassau is the capital and largest city of the Bahamas. It is also where most crewed yacht charters in the Bahamas depart from, since it makes it easier for travelers arriving by plane. Often described as crowded and bustling, Nassau offers a glimpse into everyday life and can be enjoyed either before or after your trip for a few extra days.

Spend som time indulging in the luxuries before or after your bahamas yacht charter. Visit Nassau's historic fortresses, explore the city's bustling downtown. For an extra drop of extravagance, visit the luxurious Atlantis Hotel and Baha Mar casino.

Exumas

Probably the second most well-known spot in the Bahamas (after Nassau), the Exumas is what comes to mind when you think of a luxurious Bahamas yacht charter - The Exumas is synonymous with uber-luxe private islands, turquoise water and swimming pigs.

Most yacht charters head to the Exumas after Nassau, entering through Highborne Cay. To avoid spoiling this paradise with mass tourism and retain a calm and relaxing atmosphere, no big ferries and cruise ships are allowed in the Exumas.
Don't miss a visit to the Austin Smith shipwreck, 60 feet below, once a Bahamian Defense Force patrol vehicle, and now teeming with marine life.

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Berry Islands

North of Nassau, the small cluster of cays known as Berry Islands, counts more than 30 unique spots to explore on a yacht charter.
Also known as "The Fish Bowl of the Bahamas", Berry Islands are known for their billfish population, and stunning beaches. You will definitely want to make a stop at Shelling Beach, Sand Dollar Hill, Sugar Beach and Shark Creek which, true to its name, is a prime location for baby shark spotting.
Don't miss a visit to the Austin Smith shipwreck, 60 feet below, once a Bahamian Defense Force patrol vehicle, and now teeming with marine life.

Most of these islands are privately owned and unspoiled—so if you're looking for a serene getaway where you can go fishing in paradise, then check out this little slice of heaven.

Abaco

A visit to this beautiful island northwest of Eleuthera is sure to please anyone on a yacht charter —and with more than a dozen marinas scattered around the region, it is a dream come true for yacht charters.
The highlights of the region include Elbow Reef Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse built in 1862 and one of the last standing kerosene-fueled lighthouses in the world.

Take a break from your charter yacht and take walk (or golf cart drive) around the scenic settlement of Hope Town.

White beach on Abaco Island
The Eleuthera land bridge, also known as the Glass Window Bridge, is a natural limestone arch that spans across Queen's Highway, connecting the northern and southern parts of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. The bridge provides a striking visual contrast between the dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the calm turquoise waters of the Exuma Sound on the other.

Eleuthera Island

Eleuthera Island, located about 50nm east of Nassau, offer a range of unique attractions for yacht charterers. Renowned for its pristine pink sand beaches, particularly on the eastern Atlantic side, Eleuthera offer some of the most visually striking coastlines in the region.

One of the island’s notable landmarks is the Glass Window Bridge, a natural bridge that seperates the dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the calm turquoise of the Exuma Sound.

Our Favorite Spots

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Sampson Cay
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Best Marinas in the Bahamas

It is not an exaggeration to say that the Bahamas has some of the most exceptional marinas in the world, ranging from vibrant hubs featuring acclaimed restaurants, designer outlets, and lively beach bars to more secluded marinas in Bahamas' most iconic destinations.

Atlantis Marina (Paradise Island, Nassau)

Atlantis Marina is an iconic destination with a protected harbor, perfect for a luxurious break on a yacht charter. Dock in one of the 63 berths for vessels up to 67m and immerse yourself in luxury. From the golf course and casino to the spa and water park, Atlantis offers a playground of indulgence. Arrange a unique swimming-with-dolphins excursion for an extra touch of fun.

Emerald Bay Marina (The Exumas)

Emerald Bay Marina is a sprawling haven for luxury yachts with a berth capacity of 150. Located in The Exumas, this marina offers easy access to enchanting cays like Cave Cay and Staniel Cay. Revel in the serenity and luxury, exploring the mesmerizing beauty of the Exumas from the comfort of your luxury yacht.

Lyford Cay Marina (New Providence)

Situated in a private and exclusive community, Lyford Cay Marina is known for its high-end services. The marina provides premium facilities, upscale dining, world-class retail outlets, and designer stores. Lyford Cay Marina provides access to the prestigious Lyford Cay Club.

Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort (The Abacos)

Sail to Treasure Cay for a lavish escape. This well-protected marina offers deep water berths and excellent provisioning. Beyond the pristine waters, indulge in an outstanding golf course and spa facilities. Arrange exclusive excursions, including encounters with the famous swimming pigs, making every moment aboard your luxury yacht unforgettable.

Highbourne Cay Marina (Exumas)

Indulge in exclusivity at Highbourne Cay Marina, an oasis on a privately owned island, renowned as the gateway to the Exumas. With 26 berths, this marina offers seclusion and pristine beauty, ensuring an intimate and luxurious experience for those seeking the epitome of yacht charters.

Harbour Island Marina (Eleuthera Island)

Immerse yourself in luxury at Harbour Island Marina, nestled on the shores of Eleuthera. Surrounded by the famous pink sand beaches, this marina is a sublime choice for those seeking a perfect blend of upscale tranquility and natural beauty during their luxury yacht charter.

Motor yachts docked in the marina in front of the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas
Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island

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Frequenty Asked Questions

When is the best time to go on a Bahamas yacht charter?

The optimal time to charter a motor yacht in the Bahamas aligns with the region’s peak season, spanning from late November to early May. During these months, the Bahamas experience mild temperaturesminimal rainfall, and favorable sea conditions, creating an ideal setting for a seamless and enjoyable yachting experience. This timeframe ensures that charter clients can fully appreciate the stunning beauty of the Bahamas, explore its diverse islands, and indulge in the pleasures of cruising in optimal weather conditions.

Make sure to book your Bahamas yacht charter well in advance. Ideally, you would inquire about your coming charter 12 months in advanceWHY? The best motor yachts are often fully booked long in advance and it’s not unusual to see popular dates booked 2 summers ahead for a Bahamas yacht charter. Inquiring less than 6 months ahead often means that your first choice is unavailable for charter.

Where should I start my Bahamas yacht charter?

Most of our charters start and end in Nassau, The Capital city of The Bahamas. This is where the airport is located, and it is here you will find the best provisioning to get ready for your Bahamas yacht charter.

After leaving Nassau most of our clients choose a route heading south along the Exumas, stopping at locations such as Highborne Cay, Norman’s Cay, Warderick Wells Cay, and Staniel Cay, and then doing an anticlockwise loop up to Eleuthera before ending in Nassau again at the end of their Bahamas yacht charter.

Also, check out our 7-day Bahamas Yacht Charter Itinerary as well as our article about the top 5 yacht charter destinations in the Bahamas.

How much does a luxury yacht charter cost in the bahamas?

For luxury yacht charters in the Bahamas, prices range from about $30,000 to $350,000 weekly, plus expenses. The cost depends on factors like the type of yacht, its size, and whether you’re going for an all-inclusive package or not.

To make it easier for you to browse the charter yachts that match your needs, we have organized them into the following categories:

Luxury Yachts
Motor Yachts
Catamarans
Power Catamarans
Sailboats

Feel free to inquire if you have questions about yacht charter types and price ranges. Our brokers, available on chat 24/7 are there to help you understand how you can make the most of your budget. Just click on the chat in the bottom right corner!

Taxes on Bahamas Yacht Charters

Navigating the waters of luxury motor yacht charters in the Bahamas introduces a crucial consideration—cruising taxes. As a percentage of the overall charter cost, these taxes swiftly escalate into a significant financial factor, particularly in high-end charters. Understanding and factoring in these expenses becomes paramount for those seeking an optimal and transparent budgeting approach when booking a boat charter in the Bahamas.

Charter taxes in the Bahamas comprise a cruising tax of 4%, a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 10%, and a 35% Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA), the cumulative tax, added to the initial charter cost, comes to approximately 50%. Therefore, a charter valued at $100,000 effectively translates to a total cost of $150,000. It is noteworthy that, in comparison, the VAT in Greece stands at a significantly higher rate of 25%. If you’re looking for an area with lower taxes, consider mybvicharter.com

Bahamas Yacht Charter Insights

Top 10 Reasons to Charter in The Bahamas

The Bahamas offers a diverse cruising ground for a fantastic Bahamas yacht charter vacation, from the vibrant Abacos to the secluded Exumas. The warm climate, consistent trade winds, and crystal-clear shallow waters are ideal for water sports, which are included in many of our luxury charter yachts. Explore historical sights in Nassau and dive into underwater wonders in the Exumas. The proximity to Florida allows for convenient private air travel, making this a convenient yacht charter destination. Despite popular tourist destinations, more secluded islands like Cat Island (Ragged Island if your charter goal is ultimate seclusion) provide a more private and authentic experience, making the Bahamas an ideal destination for a variety of Bahamas yacht charter preferences.

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TOP BAHAMAS LUXURY FISHING YACHT CHARTERS!

Embarking on a luxury fishing yacht charter is the ideal way to explore the 700 Islands of the Bahamas. Renowned for its world-class fishing facilities and exclusive marine life, the Bahamas ranks among the world’s premier fishing charter destinations.

Most of the fishing in the Bahamas archipelago consists of fly fishingbone fishingbottom fishing, and deep-sea fishing which would also include the major, exciting pelagic trophies such as marlin, mahi mahi, wahoo, barracuda, and tuna.

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7-Day Bahamas Yacht Charter Itinerary

The Bahamas is one of the most exotic holiday destinations for motor yacht charters in the world. Comprising over 700 islands, it is part of the larger Lucayan Archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and is scattered off the northeast of Florida in the United States. Made up of small islands called cays (pronounced keys) and reefs, the Bahamas is best explored in a chartered yacht.

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