Marinas eyeing 70 percent rebound

Marinas eyeing 70 percent rebound
Harbour Island’s Romora Bay Resort & Marina

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamian marina industry could potentially secure 60-70 percent of its pre-COVID-19 business, with one well-known operator telling Eyewitness News, “We’re  happy with that”.

Joseph Dargavage, managing partner at Romora Bay Resort and Marina, said: “Everything is going very well on Harbour Island. Obviously the first week people were still trying to navigate t he COVID testing along with the health card.

“There were a few issues throughout the country but for the most part most yachts were able to get in successfully and we currently are seeing on Harbour Island and at Romora Bay a successful opening of the borders.”

He said: “For the most part everyone is following instructions. Our Harbour Island police department has done a fabulous job of patrolling not only the influx of people but the curfews and protocols.

“I will say that we are blessed to be open and very grateful to the government for allowing this opportunity. I see us possibly doing across the industry 60-70 percent of what we would have done if there had been no COVID but we’re very happy with that percentage.”

The country began a phased reopening on June 15, at which time it welcomed international boaters, yachters and private aviation. The country officially reopened its borders to international visitors on July 1.


After spending 5 winter seasons over the course of the last 10+ years, I am one boater who will reluctantly not be coming back this year as planned. Between the doubling of entry fees, the testing within 10 days of arrival, the check out requirement, and the VAT increases, it’s simply not worth the trip anymore. We have nothing but fond memories of our trips and spending time getting to know the wonderful people of the Bahamas, but enough bureaucracy is enough. We may not be a mega yacht but we do spend on average $6000-8000 per 6 month stay throughout the family islands. To us it’s worth it to infuse money into the local economies to support local businesses. It’s our way of “paying” for the privilege of sailing where we are welcomed and knowing we are supporting Bahamian small businesses. Sadly, the multitude of government decisions to raise fee rates, VAT increases, as well as other restrictive non-COVID-related requirements just adds up to “too much.”

Whoever wrote the above comment is talking nonsense. Nothing has changed except there’s now some regulations in the Bahamas. It’s always the same people who are anti Authority and they’re always entitled to speak up the loudest.

You’re wrong. Bahamas has raised cruising permit fees.$300 for 3 months, from $300:for a year.
They are requiring departure with fees, wvhich is very impractical for vessels going south.

GST has increased.

Lovely place, but becoming expensive.

Just returned from our month long Summer Bahamas trip making it 11 years in a row. My wife and I love the people and the beautiful water of the Bahamas and anchoring out. The islands we traveled to practiced social distancing and wearing masks even though there were no cases on some of the island. Our stop in Nassau for refueling (diesel was $3.34 gal) was not that great, nothing was open, no restaurants, bars or shops and a sight I have not seen before, no cruise ships. We stayed at Bay Street Marina for two nights and some of there services were closed (shower room closed) We were able to get a shuttle to the grocery store but that was it for getting off the boat. Prices have increased and the added VAT on everything makes it expensive but its worth it to us.

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