Details for Bimini Big Game Club
Name

Bimini Big Game Club
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 3.3 stars from 27 reviews

Address PO Box 699 Bimini
Alice Town

Phone800-737-1007

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

16

Web sitewww.biggameclubbimini.com

Email contact

sales@guyharveyoutpost.com

Owner, manager



Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info



Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Unknown

Additional info:

Approach

While the old approach on the range can still be used the new channel is easier to use. Buoys have been missing and replaced a few times since first installed, 2011, you can count on a pair of red/green at the entrance and not much else. The initial approach between the buoys roughly lines you up with the Bimini Sands entrance on South Bimini. Coming in, you will leave the reef on stbd and a sand bar on port, both easily visible. Once clear turn parallel to the beach and at MLW you will find no less than 8' at one spot (in the turn off the Bimini Sands jetty) and 10' + most of the way.

Like everywhere in the Bahamas don't come in at night unless you are very familiar with the entrance. The channel can be rough and dangerous when winds pick up from the W.

Tide

2.5

Current

Strong

Tide & current additional info

The Docks align boats with the current. Most docking experiences will be under strong current conditions often running 3-4 knots and wind. Vessels with limited power may want o stand off until slack water.

Depths

Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: On the T-head.

Note, that the 12 foot depths are only on the northern two T-heads. Generally they reserve these for larger MY. Inside depths drop quickly. Berth C-19 carries almost 9 feet at MLW and appears to be the deepest inside.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2016-04-04)

Other price info: Dockage is seasonal:
April 1 - Labor Day: $2.50 per foot.
Labor Day - March 31: $1.50 per foot.

Resort Fee: $15 per day.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: Up to 39 foot: $20 per day
40-49 foot: $25 per day.
50-59 foot: $35 per day.
60-99 foot: $50 per day

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes

Phone hookup (and pricing)



Water (and pricing)

Yes - Up to 30 feet is $15 per day.
30-39 feet is $20 per day.
40-49 feet is $25 per day.
50-59 feet is $30 per day.
60-99 feet is $45 per day.

Dinghy access



Liveaboard info



FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Closed; no gas.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Closed; no diesel.

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Refer to immigration and customs for rules. Pets are allowed on the resort grounds and docks.

Disability access



Launch service



Pump out

No

Ice

Yes - $7.00 per 25 lb. bag. They will deilver to your boat.

Trash

Yes - At every other slip.

Showers

Yes

Heads

Yes

Laundry

Yes - As of April 2014 only laundry is the coin laundry. It is staffed by several workers so do not worry about needing coins. Well run.

Grocery

Yes - Two small stores with a 5 minute walk.

Grocery service by www.FoodStore2Go.com or by calling 242-557-3663 (Nassau) or 855-3663-242 (North America).

Hardware

Yes - 5 minute walk.

Restaurants

Yes - Good restaurant on the resort - great view - great food.

Bars

Yes

Hotels or motels



Repair capabilities



Haul out capabilities



Storage facilities



Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities

Yes - Flats and offshore.

Internet access

Yes - As of April 2014 the internet signal is reported to be good and free.

Boat ramp availability



Transportation

Yes - Golf cart rental across the street.

Other services

Dive shop onsite. Pool.

Attractions

Dive charter next door.

Reviews for Bimini Big Game Club
Ridiculous fees for a has been marina, 2015-04-18
Captain: , Riviera Dunes Marina (60)

Resort fee of $20 for what?? No swimming pool (completely torn up) No lounging area( goes with the pool) no grills can be used on boats.c Hemingay Bar closed. docks in disrepair, nails sticking out, boards falling off. IFI is in slo-mo, hasn't been upgrade in forever.The $2.50 per foot is about 2 1/2 times what this place is worth. Stop at Browns and pay a decent price for what you get.



Could use improvement, 2015-02-27
Captain: , Park City, UT (20)

Stayed in slip 2 nights, Feb 23 & 24. We've stayed here several times. Dockmaster Cisco is very attentive and responsive (CH 9). Customs is on-site and Immigration about a block away. Very convenient. Front desk staff friendly, responsive. Restaurant: food pretty good, not inexpensive, a little under-staffed for busy periods. Expect delays.

Pros:
Customs & Imm convenient
Decent non-floating docks, in various stages of upgrade/repair
Great free wifi
Good 120V AC
Free trash disposal on docks
Nice pool area
Restaurant/bar on site
Well-marked deep entrance, about 14' at low tide

Cons
$1.50/ft/d 40'-49'
$15/ day Resort Fee
$25/d electric
$25/d water
7.5% VAT
No hot water in showers
No pump-out
No laundry
Sign in office warns of $500 FINE for not complying with the No-Wake policy but it's not enforced. (They should either enforce it or remove the sign.) Lots of wake activity all day long.

Current continues to run for between 45 and 90 minutes after published slack tide. Amazing. Current is strong so plan accordingly.



Good facility..... but, 2015-01-14
Captain: , Miami (20)

First time in the Bahamas so we choose this place because it had customs office on site. Dockmaster was friendly and helpful. We essentially had the "F" dock to ourselves as it was pretty vacant when we arrived on 12/17/2014. The good: customs on site; middle of town; close to immigration office; good rates; friendly staff. The bad: no fuel; no hot water in the showers; no ice. Overall, a pleasant stay, but I would probably stay somewhere else next time.



easy spot to clear customs, 2014-12-19
Captain: , Palm Beach, FL (341)

Didn't stay, but cleared here for a day of fishing. Fairly quick and easy to get to.

BTW - the phone # listed in the profile is for Bimini Sands. The phone # for BBGC is 800-867-4764



fine place, 2014-12-05
Captain: , Cozumel, Mx (310)

Spent four nights here. Fine place. Friendly staff. Good facilities and plenty of room. We got some welding done by Rudy to fix our rudder. 45 per night for a 30 ft cat. Not too bad. It was right in the middle of town. All services were super close and check in with customs couldn't have been easier.



Very poor management, 2014-10-26
Captain: , Panama (10)

Restaurant staff and food excellent
Public restroom and shower very bad
Power at dock cut most of the time
Marina rates change as management change
Do not let your water hose of power cable out they will collect
Bull shark under your boat all the time
If you past from of their Marina....past




not to recommend (except if you are drunk), 2014-06-27
Captain: , Cape Coral (221)

We stayed here for clearing. The harbormaster said, we are full. After a big tip, he had a place (the harbor was half empty). The next day he trowed us out, because we didn't gibe him a tipp.
Avoid it, anchor outside, if ever possibel.



Electricity TOO EXPENSIVE..., 2014-03-30
Captain: , Martinique (20)

For 1 month the slip was 600$ which is fair for the place.
BUT they want 30$ per day for electricity, which is 900$ for the whole month. Very desapointed they would not agree on the lower rate for a long term stay. Consequently, I canceled and moved on.



nice but sad, 2014-02-15
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (935)

This is a great place but even over the holiday weekend it was empty. The food is pretty good although the conch salad is better from Joes down the road. People need to reacquaint themselves with this place. Customs is located here but immigration has been located in the city administration building down the street. All these places need to add pumpout stations.



Did not stay but..., 2013-12-05
Captain: , cruising (561)

We stayed at Browns but stopped at Bimini Big Game Club for lunch. 3 killer items, fish reuban, conch salad and smoked fish dip. Off season dockage for a 40 boat are 1.50, $13 a day water, and $15 a day electric (a steal compared to Chubb Cay or Highbourne Cay). Customs on site, nice pool area, wifi, rooms for rent if needed, and close to everything. Will come to Bimini to check in next time instead of Cat Cay for sure.



Nice place, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Folly Beach, SC (90)

Trailered my powerboat to Miami from home (Charleston) and crossed to Biminini for a few days for a family vacation. The marina was very nice, and the staff were friendly and helpful. Buy ice from the dockmaster, as the bags are frozen and it will last much longer. Flat rate for water, you can use all you want. Hotel was very clean and comfortable. Restraunt was pricey, but decent food. Customs is now onsite, and immigration is a very short walk away.



Good marina, but......, 2013-07-02
Captain: , Miami (293)

More focused on the Sportfish / powerboat crowd. Hotel / marina grounds are generally clean and the pool is a nice addition. I would still favor Browns if arriving on a sailboat.



Getting better and better, 2012-08-29
Captain: , Atlanta, GA (291)

Prior to our visit, I had heard a variety of negative comments online and I am happy to say none of them were accurate. I found the BGC to be better than ever. Dock staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Facilities were outstanding. Overall service was very good. (by island time standards...you do have to remind yourself to slow down to island time!)
I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
I hear the Guy Harvey Outpost thing didn't work out. Not sure that impacts anything but it was cool seeing all the Guy Harvey art on the grounds. Still love the place!



was closed 1/09 and 4/09, 2012-07-15
Captain: , Miami, fl (3544)

07/12: no longer a Harvey Outpost but still the best choice in BIM. Wifi seems to have been improved, no booster needed

3/11 Glad to find Big Game open and back in business. Nicely renovated, clean docks, good power. Nice pool. Much better location than still under construction Bimini Bay and has a Bahamian feel that's missing at BB

Easy walk to the beach and basic groceries / liquor store



Restaurant and docks, 2012-07-08
Captain: , ft myers beach (790)

We only had dinner here, service super slow, but the staff was pleasant and the food was great. Walked the docks and we probably will stay here on our next visit as it is closer than Bimini Bay.



Bella Vita/Ray and Cynthia Pagano, 2012-03-20
Captain: , Charleston (241)

We stayed at this marina two nights and found the restaurant to be excellent along with the service and security. The docks are in great condition and the amenities (pool table, ping pong, swimming pool, etc.) were all in good condition. Shopping is very close and their own ships store is well stocked. There are less expensive locations on the island but I feel like the security was well worth the few extra dollars.



Big Game is the "Game", 2012-01-18
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (334)

Big Game is the best location on the island. The pool is Awesome! I only have one gripe, and that is the currents can be very difficult to handle while docking.



The new managemant has made a big difference at Big Game, 2011-11-24
Captain: , Road Harbour - BVI (651)

We are staying here over Thanksgiving. This is a great sport to enter the Bahamas from the US or come for a brief stay. We paid $1.50 per ft + $30 per day electric (all you can use). Water is metered so, come with a water maker or full tanks. The resort is freshly painted, the pool is clean, the staff is very friendly and helpful. Bathroom and showers are clean and conveniently located to marina.

The restaurant on property has a great view and a large variety menu with good food. Also, within walking distance is CJ%u2019s Deli and Capt. Bob%u2019s. Home made ice-cream is available at a store just outside the property gates.

Robbie helped us tie up and brought us all the customs and immigration forms. He directed me to customs (short walk) and how to process in. We gave him a nice tip. We are on D dock which has all new everything. It's very nice.

The townships are small with all the basics within walking distance from the resort (food market, laundry, liquor, bank etc.)

The new channel coming into South Bimini is not as easy at it seems. I would never advise anyone to enter here after sunset. We draw 7%u2019 and came in 2 hours after low tide. We had about a foot of clearance (we were out of the channel a little). Be sure to study the channel first THERE ARE NO MARKERS other than the main entrance and the mid-channel marker (even though the latest charts show markers %u2013 they are none). The channel makes a turn in between these two and you need to know the whereabouts of the sandbars to avoid. The good news it that the bottom is sand no rocks. If at all possible, follow someone else in. We are leaving at high tide and have way points set to get us out.

The new management of this facility has really put some big money into renovations. Our experience here has been great. I recommend it.




Good off season price, 2011-10-29
Captain: , Silver Bay, MN (52)

Paying $1.50 per foot but marina is almost completely empty. Looks like major renovations since we were last here about 5 years ago. Cisco helped us tie up and brought all customs and immigrations forms to the boat for us. The local bakery is currently closed but asked about bread at the restaurant here at the resort, she called a friend and they delivered a loaf to the boat! Can't ask for better service than that.



Good location but expensive, 2011-06-04
Captain: , Bermuda (219)

Stayed three nights at Big Game at $2.50/foot plus $20 for power. Water is apparently .55c a gallon - fortunately we have a watermaker so didn't have to pay that. The facility is okay, nice pool, fixed docks, bar/restaurant on site. Great location in the centre of Alice Town, short walk to Sherry's beach bar and the End of the World, both worth a visit for some real Bahamian atmosphere. Restaurant at Big Game is very generic, US-style with big TVs and mediocre food.



Great Destination, 2011-06-01
Captain: , Dallas, TX (714)

There were more boats here than all the other marinas on the island, most were fishing vessels that would go out for the day. We spent one day diving, one day bonefishing and one day just to relax. I dont think we could have stayed more than 3 days. Locals very friendly, staff was very helpful and responsive. Rented a golf cart to see the island, the beach bar is a must see. We provisioned well so I cant comment on groceries but the liquor prices were great, wait until you get there for that. Stopped via golf cart at Bimini Bay, not much going on there but it was the middle of the week before Memorial Day so that may change. We made this our first trip to the Bahamas to "get our feet wet" and all went well. We plan to see something else next time. Suggestions are appreciated.



The New Big Game Club, 2011-01-26
Captain: , Palm Coast, FL (385)

The new management of the Big Game Club is doing an excellent job. Renovations and remodeling are very well executed and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The docks are older, non-floating but very well maintained. all new electric and water service. REstaurant is good but a bit pricey. Supposed to have fuel in Spring of 2011.



Open and looks nice, 2010-12-20
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1090)

We didn't stay here, but we did hit the restaurant for drinks one day and dinner the next. Food was good, but a little pricey. Great service. The pool looked very inviting and the place is spotless. The gates were locked at night, so it appeared to be very secure. The people working here were very helpful and pleasant. The price was a dollar/ft, water was .45 a gallon, and they had very strong wifi.

Seacrest was OK, but we will stay here the next time we come to Bimini.

Gerry & Linda Etzold



Its open again, 2010-06-24
Captain: , Naples (217)

Last I heard, its baaack. Guy Harvey bought Big Game and runs it again.



for sure, closed, 2009-03-18
Captain: , hypoluxo (28)

Locked gate at road. Pool half full of green water, docks still there, but closed, rest. closed, no fuel, no ice, not staffed....



Depends on what you like... old Bahamas or new, 2009-03-17
Captain: , Miami (53)

Update: 2009.03.17: I heard that Big Game is closed now. Got the information from someone that works at Bimini Bay..... I guess it was time it had gotten pretty old and worn ... too bad I had heard that Hemmingway likeed this place.....


I was here in March of 2007, it was pretty quiet and their were not many travelers there. The docks are old wooden plank docks but were fine for my 50 Viking. The facility has been remodeled but you know its been there a while. I like the older more authentic Bahama experience, like this. Atlantis, Bimini Bay, Emerald Bay, and the other new spots are nice but there is something genuine about the places that have been around a while. i would come back. Caught some decent Dolphin just offshore of the cut.... they say there are big fish here too, never caught one.



Great Spot : Maybe, 2007-06-10
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (258)

First, ignor the Yahoo chart in this board. There are actually two islands north and south. On S. Bimini there is a small private harbor on that services Bimini Sands codo development. Alicetown, The Big Game Club and the Bimini action is in Alicetown which is located along the ismus running SW to NE comprising the eastern shore of North Bimini.

Approach: The approach to N. Bimini is NOT straght forward. The somewhat narrow channel is marked by a high cliff that eclipses the NW tip of South Bimini and harbor entrance is tricky. See Navigation notes provided elsewhere.

On site restrurant and hotel with pool are all available, relaxed The two southern set of docks are safe and secure, the north pier is closed, Watch the current and in windy conditions the wsave action hull slap can be loud.

Bimini and Alicetown is a historic rustic fishing village, dirt streets and small brightly painted homes and shops. The pace is cheerful but slow for everything. Big Game has modern hotel suites, cottages and rooms for rent in addition to the marina. This place has catered to sport fishermen for nearly 100 years and was Hemmingways' hideout. Just a few steps to the west is the beach. The sand is white and soft and the water pristine crystal blue and most often surf is near non existant.

The main street in Alice town is lined with small stores and shops. In spots small stalls are set up where local ladies sell home baked breads and cakes in the early morning hours ... they are usually sold out by 9:00 AM. Bimini bread is world famous and there is no where on earth to get it better and fresher than here!

There is a number of night spots in Alicetown, when the sun goes down stroll out to the main street and walk south and follow the crowds or the noise. Many spots are little more than sand floors, barrels and boards for bars and a smiling bartender selling brews. Towards custom house there is spot you'll not want to miss ... "End of the World Bar" go in and soak up some local flavor, have a conch cervechie and talk your stuff. Maybe you can spot a garment or two formerly owned by a celb.

Bimini is great place to clear and to slow down before crossing the Bank to the Berry's and Nassu or striking out for Grand Bahama. The Big Game Club is upscale for Bimini but way off the pace for servie and facilities when considering the many new marinas coming on stream in the Bahamas.

UPDATE:
Stopped in to Big Game the end of May and found the place has slipped in quality ... slipped a lot. Dockmasters were inattentive and impatient, office staff at check in were either unknowledgeable or demanding and commanding.

The docks were near empty. The place was littered with trash which dockmasters and staff just walked over. In general the place had a death pall about it.

The only restrauant open during my visit was the upstairs bar, where the food was okay, but had lost its top billing in my book. I'd ordered breakfast one morning and I was served the wrong meal, to which the server shrugged and stated thats the way the kitchen made it and walked away.

There was no internet at the docks available because Management couldn't figure out how to charge boaters for it! Half the new places in the Bahamas offer connections free these days!

There was grumbling talk amongst staff that new construction was soon to begin to repair the north sections of docks, but their paychecks were always late.

Perhaps the competition from the spanking new Cat Cay Marina a few miles south is moving Big Game into Dinosaur status ... maybe

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