Four Day Itinerary
Day One – Arrive at Fun In The Sun Marina late Afternoon with provisions. The skipper and mate should run through the inventory and do a Mechanical briefing and Chart briefing with the charter staff. Depart around 10:00 PM as it is a 9 to 10 hour crossing over to North Bimini Island.
Day Two – Arrive in Alice Town early Morning, clear customs and Immigration. It is recommended to spend your first day & night at a marina since you will be very tired when you arrive. Bimini Blue Water Marina is a reasonably priced marina. Explore Alice Town and have some cracked conch for dinner at one of the local establishments.
Day Three - Depart Alice Town and sail north along the west coast of North Bimini. Go about 1 ½ to 2 NM north of Mosel Bank and search for pods of wild dolphin, this is where they tend to congregate. After the Dolphin encounter sail back south to the anchorage near Bimini Road which is the “Lost City of Atlantis” or so they say. Snorkel the flat rock and check out the fish and lobsters in the area. Move the boat in a bit to the protected area closer to shore for an overnight anchorage. Enjoy the calm waters and pristine beach for the night.
Day Four – Sail south to the wreck of the Sappona. Snorkel around this old 1940’s concrete hull sunken freighter. Pick up anchor and head south. Sail to Gun Cay and fish along the way. With some luck you will catch Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Mackeral, Tuna, or maybe Wahoo. Anchor on the west side of Gun Cay and dinghy in to the beach at Honeymoon Harbor where you can feed the Manta Rays. Spend the night on the hook and cook your catch on the grill.
Day Five – Sail down to wedge rock and drop anchor for a couple of hours of snorkeling. Head back to Ft. Lauderdale by 10:00 in the morning so you arrive before dark. Enjoy the favorable winds and currents which make for a shorter crossing, usually less than 7 hours.
To add a little excitement, try fishing while you are sailing. It’s a thrill catching Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Tuna, Pompano, Mackerel, and Wahoo, not to mention the occasional billfish. There is nothing like fresh caught fish for dinner! You can also take along a kayak for island exploration and/or a windsurfer for the water sports enthusiast.
Obviously, there can be a lot of variation on this itinerary, but it shows that a short trip across the Gulf Stream to the Bimini Island Chain can be a great trip. If you would like further information or would like to plan a different Bahamas trip, give us a call and speak with our knowledgeable staff. We can provide you with a cruising guide to the Bahama Islands as well as charts of the area.