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Catamarans

Why Charter a Catamaran in the Bahamas

Chartering a catamaran in the Bahamas stands out first and foremost for its financial benefits, notably in light of the region’s high charter taxes. With these taxes disproportionately affecting more expensive yachts, catamarans offer an affordable alternative, making them a pragmatic choice for budget-conscious charterers.

In addition to financial considerations, the inherent stability of catamarans contributes to a comfortable sailing experience, particularly beneficial for guests prone to seasickness. The spacious layout of catamarans also provides excellent onboard comfort, with larger catamarans able to accommodate large groups. Charterers can relish the journey as much as the destinations, with ample deck space for lounging and enjoying panoramic views of the turquoise surroundings.

The famous plane wreck at Norman's Cay. The WWII-era plane belonged to Pablo Escobar's drug cartel. It was thought to be carrying cocaine when it landed in the water, just shy of the runway in 1980. Nowadays the wreck is a popular snorkeling site.
A woman sunbathing on a catamaran
A huge benefit of the Catamaran is its large trampolines on the foredeck providing a perfect place for relaxation, sunbathing and watching the sunset.
The Catamaran is also an ideal budget friendly choice for larger groups, as it provides more accomodation and good deck space for hanging out and doing activities.

We have a Yacht Charter for Every Budget

When considering a catamaran charter in the Bahamas, it’s crucial to have a preliminary budget in mind, given that prices can range from $15,000 to $100,000. Having a rough estimate helps streamline your search. Here’s an overview of what’s available in various price ranges:

  • $15,000 – $40,000:
    In this range, you can find smaller catamarans suitable for smaller groups or budget-conscious travelers. This options include basic amenities, yet still gives you the experience of exploring The Bahamas independently, enjoying the luxury of having beachfront everywhere you go.
  • $40,000 – $70,000:
    Mid-range catamarans often offer more spacious accommodations and additional amenities.
    In this price bracket, you can expect luxury catamarans with enhanced comfort and premium amenities, well-appointed cabins, gourmet dining options, and top-notch crew services.
  • $70,000 – $100,000:
    High-end catamarans in this category provide a lavish yachting experience.
    Spacious layouts, state-of-the-art technology, and extensive water toys and entertainment options are typical features of a High-end Yacht Charter.

Madrigal V

From $15,800/week
3 cabins
45 ft
Lagoon
6 guests
Built: 2015

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SEMPER FIDELIS

From $52,000/week
4 cabins
66 ft
Fountaine Pajot
8 guests
Built: 2022
18 Litres/Hr

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Jetski
Jacuzzi

SOL

From $92,500/week
4 cabins
80 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2023

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Nassau, The Bahamas

A Popular Charter Route in The Bahamas

Most charters start and end in Nassau, The Capital city of The Bahamas. This is where the airport is, and it is here you will find the best provisoning to get ready for your Charter. After leaving Nassau it is most common to head 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 the Charter.

The Exumas

The Exumas are a stunning chain of islands in the Bahamas, known for their pristine beauty and exclusive appeal, making them an ideal destination for a yacht charter. Comprising over 365 cays and islands, the Exumas offer a diverse range of experiences for yachting enthusiasts.

  • Highbourne Cay, Shroud Cay, and Norman’s Cay are popular starting points, each offering its own charm and natural beauty.
  • The famous swimming pigs of Big Major Cay and the Thunderball Grotto, featured in James Bond films, are must-visit attractions.
  • Great Exuma, the largest island in the chain, offers a mix of culture, history, and stunning landscapes.

Eleuthera

Eleuthera is a long, slender island, approximately 110 miles in length, and is situated to the east of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. It is characterized by stunning pink-sand beaches, towering cliffs, and vibrant coral reefs.

  • Eleuthera is a paradise for surfers, particularly at Surfer’s Beach, where the swell from the Atlantic create ideal conditions.
  • Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts can explore the vibrant marine life, underwater caves, and shipwrecks in the surrounding waters.
  • Explore the island’s rich history at the Queen’s Bath, a series of natural tidal pools, and the Preacher’s Cave, which played a role in Eleuthera’s early settlement.
  • The Haynes Library in Governor’s Harbour is a historic landmark and a treasure trove of Bahamian literature and artifacts.
Pipe Cay, Bahamas
Eleuthera on the right-hand side (aerial view)
The famous swimming pigs of the Bahamas are a unique and popular attraction. Found on Big Major Cay in the Exuma Cays, these feral pigs have become a beloved part of the region's charm. Visitors can enjoy the surreal experience of watching and interacting with these friendly pigs as they swim in the crystal-clear waters, creating a one-of-a-kind encounter that has captured the hearts of many.
Andros Bahamas Yacht Charter
Andros Island, the largest of the Bahamas' archipelago, is a sprawling expanse of natural wonders and diverse ecosystems. Covering approximately 2,300 square miles, it is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. The island's geographical tapestry is adorned with pine forests, mangrove swamps, and expansive wetlands, providing a habitat for a rich array of wildlife. Renowned for its blue holes, including the famous "Dean's Blue Hole," Andros captivates divers with its underwater sinkholes that plunge to impressive depths. The island's extensive coral reefs and the Andros Barrier Reef, one of the world's largest, beckon snorkelers and scuba divers to explore vibrant marine life.
Stocking Island is a picturesque isle located in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas. It sits just across Elizabeth Harbour from George Town, Great Exuma. Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant marine life, and hiking trails, Stocking Island offers a serene escape. Popular attractions include the scenic Monument Beach, the intriguing Chat 'N' Chill bar and grill, and the breathtaking views from the ridge trail. The island is easily accessible only a short boat ride from George Town, making it a favored destination for day trips or a tranquil retreat.

How to get to get to your Yacht Charter in the Bahamas

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 featuring pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters.

Most travelers prefer departing from cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or even New York, as they offer direct flights to Nassau, minimizing travel time and ensuring a smooth transition to the yacht charter experience. The flight duration is relatively short, usually a couple of hours, allowing charter enthusiasts to swiftly transition from the mainland to the serene waters of the Bahamas.

Upon arrival in Nassau, a well-connected hub, travelers can seamlessly proceed to the designated marinas, where their chartered yacht awaits. Nassau also provides excellent provisioning, ensuring that your yacht is well-stocked for the journey ahead.

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Nassau, Bahamas
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Eleuthera, Bahamas
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Nassau, Bahamas
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The Exumas, Bahamas

Diving and Snorkling Hotspots in the Bahamas

The Catamaran is perfect vessel for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts, able to reach shallow water and staying stable while anchored at a dive location that might get a little wave action.

The underwater world of the Bahamas is legendary and attracts divers from around the world. The crystal-clear waters of this archipelago offer unparalleled visibility, perfect for exploring the vibrant coral reef with a diverse array of marine life.

Following are some hotspots that should not be missed on your Yacht Charter in the Bahamas:

  • Andros Barrier Reef: One of the world’s largest coral reefs, Andros Barrier Reef showcases an abundance of marine life and vibrant coral formations.
  • Dean’s Blue Hole: Located on Long Island, Dean’s Blue Hole is renowned as one of the deepest underwater sinkholes globally, offering an awe-inspiring dive experience.
  • Thunderball Grotto (Exumas): Famous for its appearance in James Bond films, Thunderball Grotto in the Exumas invites snorkelers to explore its intricate underwater cave system and diverse marine life.
  • Shark Dives – Tiger Beach: For an adrenaline-filled adventure, Shark dives at Tiger Beach provide encounters with various shark species, creating a thrilling and memorable experience.
  • Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park: This protected marine area is a snorkeling and diving paradise, featuring well-preserved coral reefs, vibrant marine ecosystems, and a diverse range of underwater landscapes.
  • Shipwrecks – James Bond Wreck (Nassau) and Theo’s Wreck (Grand Bahama): Nassau’s James Bond Wreck and Grand Bahama’s Theo’s Wreck offer intriguing dive sites, exploring the history of sunken vessels and the marine life that has made these wrecks their home.
The Bahamas provides enchanting opportunities to witness turtles in their natural habitat. Snorkelers and divers can encounter these graceful creatures gliding through the clear waters, with popular locations like Green Turtle Cay offering memorable encounters.
Bimini, Bahamas -Divers interacting with a Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) in Bimini, Bahamas
The water in the Bahamas is generally very shallow. This greatly enhances the stunning turquoise color the Bahamas is so famous for. This also offers a more accessible and visually inviting setting for a diverse range of water activities, in contrast to some locations in the Mediterranean that are characterized by deep and dark waters.

Charter Taxes in the Bahamas

Catamaran charters in the Bahamas offer a distinct advantage with significantly lower expenditures on taxes compared to other more costly yacht charters. This financial benefit contributes to a more cost-effective and financially strategic choice, allowing clients to maximize their budget on their Yacht 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

Understanding the complex financial side of yacht charters can be a bit overwhelming. That is why we are here to make it all smoother for you. Our commitment is to guide you through these tax details, making sure you get the most out of your budget guaranteeing the ultimate charter experience.

Berry Islands is a district in the Bahamas, comprising a chain of islands located to the northwest of Nassau, the capital. It consists of around 30 islands and over 100 cays, known for their pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters, and vibrant marine life. Popular islands within the chain include Great Harbour Cay, Chub Cay, and Little Whale Cay. The Berry Islands are renowned for their stunning beaches and excellent surrounding reef, making them a favored destination for boating, fishing, and exploring secluded coves.

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115 ft
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Refit: 2022
17.4 US Gall/Hr

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SOL

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80 ft
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8 guests
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From $90,000/week
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78 ft
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8 guests
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MARIAH PRINCESS III

From $77,000/week
4 cabins
77 ft
Lagoon
8 guests
Built: 2020
15 US Gall/Hr

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Jetskis: 2

BLUE GRYPHON

From $70,000/week
5 cabins
83 ft
Prout
8 guests
Refit: 2018
7 US Gall/Hr

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ENTRE4

From $70,000/week
4 cabins
78 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Built: 2024

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SHADES OF GREY

From $70,000/week
4 cabins
78 ft
Sunreef Yachts
9 guests
Built: 2024

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BELLA VITA

From $70,000/week
5 cabins
105 ft
C.M.N. Cherbourg, Fr
10 guests
Refit: 2018
14 US Gall/Hr

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SEAGLASS 74

From $62,000/week
4 cabins
74 ft
Horizon
8 guests
Refit: 2021
90 US Gall/Hr

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ROYAL RITA

From $60,000/week
4 cabins
78 ft
Sunreef Yachts
8 guests
Refit: 2022

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SAMARA

From $60,000/week
4 cabins
80 ft
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8 guests
Refit: 2019
30 US Gall/Hr

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CARTOUCHE

From $60,000/week
4 cabins
95 ft
Jean-Jacque Coste
8 guests
Refit: 2017 - 2021 - 2022
20 Litres/Hr

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