Bimini is located just 50 miles east of South Florida coastline and is accessible by plane or by boat. The first item to remember is Bimini is in the Bahamas and requires a valid passport for travel.
Bimini International Airport on South Bimini is a small airport. Upon arrival, you’ll clear Bahamas Immigration, pick up your luggage and clear Customs, As you exit the terminal, several taxi vans will be waiting – they are pretty much time their schedules based on scheduled arrivals and communication with the airport as to inbound charters. Please take one of these vans to the ferry dock, and transfer by water taxi to Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. The water taxi will dock near Reception at the resort. The entire transfer from airport to resort takes approximately 10 minutes. The charge for the combined van and water taxi is $7.00 payable in cash only.
Bimini is the perfect destination for a day stay or a few hour stay – since it’s just a short 50 miles from South Florida. Bimini International Airport is just a short distance from the resort and provides Bahamas Customs, Immigration and has a 5600’ x 100’ runway.
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Upon arrival to the marina, you must clear your vessel and crew with Bahamas Customs & Immigration, which is located a short stroll from the marina on the resort property.
Visiting boaters must clear customs and immigration in Alice Town. As you enter port, fly the yellow quarantine flag. Once docked, the captain is permitted to leave the boat in order to clear the boat and crew with local customs and immigration. All crew are required to remain onboard until the captain returns with vessel clearance.
To enter The Islands Of The Bahamas, private vessels need the following:
- One (1) copy of The Bahamas Customs Clearance Form PDF
- One (1) Bahamas Immigration Card per person
- Proof of Citizenship—Passport per person
All boaters entering The Bahamas are required to pay an entry fee.
- For boats up to 30′, the fee is $150.00
- For boats over 30′, the fee is $300.00
Note: Customs and Immigration accepts CASH ONLY.
A new fee structure will go into effect on January 1, 2020 :
The following fees will be applied to boats staying in The Bahamas for up 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 over 150 feet: $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 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.
Fast Ferry Service Schedule
- Cruise departs Port Everglades at 9:00 am (check-in begins at 6:45 am & closes at 7:50 am)
- Cruise arrives in Bimini at 11:00 am (same day)
- Cruise departs Bimini at 6:30 pm (check-in by begins at 3:45 pm & closes at 5:30 pm)
- Cruise arrives Port Everglades at 9:30 pm (same day)
To check your departure terminal visit this link. The departure terminal may change. Be sure to verify your departure terminal the day of departure.
Bimini Ferry Schedule (Subject To Change)
If you have a firearm on board, you must declare it with Customs. You must provide the serial number and manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition. You are allowed to have a firearm on your boat, but you cannot take it off unless you have a permit from the Bahamian police ahead of time. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. Any infraction of this law is dealt with severely.
Cruising and Fishing Permits
You receive a Cruising Permit upon clearance and payment of entry fees. Upon issuance of your Cruising Permit you will also receive a Fishing Permit. Fishing gear is restricted to hook and line and you’re allowed to fish with no more than six rods at a time per boat. Cruising or fishing without the proper permits or in violation of bag limits can result in severe penalties. This includes stopping to fish or dive in the waters off Bimini prior to clearing.