Details for Safe Harbor Marina at Cave Cay

Safe Harbor Marina at Cave Cay

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Average rating 3.6 stars from 22 reviews

Address Cave Cay


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel

16 with working channel 14.


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Only cash and US checks are accepted.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


The southern inlet between Cave Cay and Musha Cay is much easier to navigate and brings you in to the marina through deep water. The mouth of the marina has one shallow ledge about 100 feet wide to under 6 feet MLW then drops right back down. Deep draft boats should use the tide to enter. Typical low tide had a 5 1/2 foot depth over this bar. The bar is soft sand.

Inside the bar, there is 11-12 feet at low tide through the area and in the slips.





Tide & current additional info

The opening to the marina is located between two ocean cuts. There is very little current in the marina basin but the cuts can cause a lot of current approaching the basin.


Approach: 5.5
Transient dockage: 11
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: The 5.5 foot bump is soft sand. It can easily be avoided with tide for 6 foot draft boats.

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

Additional info: The fuel dock is a fixed dock.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 25
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.75/ft (2016-01-21)

Other price info: $2.50 per foot for 2-7 days.
$2.25 per foot for 8-180 days.
$2.00 per foot for 181+ days.

35 foot minimum rate.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: 110 - 30 amp: $45.00 per day.
220 - 50 amp: $65.00 per day.

You are allowed to use your generator at the dock.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - $0.60 per gallon.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: No longer selling fuel.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: No longer selling fuel

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: No longer selling fuel.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There are some local, friendly dogs on the island.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Two large trash cans are located at the top of the main dock.


Yes - There are two separate showers.


Yes - There are two heads not connected with the showers.


Yes - There are 4 free washing machines but no dryers.


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




Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Safe Harbor Marina at Cave Cay
dogging the storms , 2017-02-24
Captain: , Saint Petersburg FL (61)

Simply put the safest hurricane hole or foul weather dockage close at hand. Fuel is offered but to marina guest only, diesel $4.30gal $5.30 for gas. No supplies, food or restaurants.

Safe Harbour, 2017-02-12
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (586)

This may be the very best hideout in the Bahamas for bad weather. It offers 360 degree protection. The entrance is shallow at low tide (about 5.5 ft.).
Free ice, water and laundry which is a nice touch.
Shark is the dockmaster who tends to everything skillfully!
When you arrive you will notice many buildings not quite completed. The story as related to me, is the owner applied for a restaurant licence (after building it) and the application was refused based on complaints from Farmers Cay. A real shame as this marina could really be something great.

worth a stop, 2017-01-26
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (500)

Free ice and ro water. Nice floating docks and a safe harbor in any wind. We were the only boat there. 4.5' sand bump at entrance at actual low tide.

A calm safe harbor, 2016-04-15
Captain: , Palmetto, FL (40)

First the good: Beautiful harbor with a nice sand beach. Floating docks with 80 ft fingers. Helpful staff. Free showers, laundry and trash. Good quality rest roms. very scenic and quiet.
The not-so good: no food, no bar, no pool, no people ((unless serious weather is involved). Very shallow entry. Shoal accross the chanel is barely 3.5 ft within 1 to 2 hours of low tide.
Very costly with per night charges including $60 for power bringing total cost to near $200 for a 50 ft. boat. Water @$.60.
If you walk a dog be very careful about burrs. They are everywhere there is vegitation and a bear to remove.
I did enjoy my stay being the first marina night in 2 weeks and a welcome respite from the rock and roll but the entry really did make me nervous.
There are reasonably good anchorages nearby and facilities just north at Little Farmers.

Very Secure, 2016-04-12
Captain: , Pensacola, Florida (211)

Left our boat there for 10 days while we went back home. Shark checked on the boat every day to make sure power stayed on. landed on the airstrip and the other boaters in the marina came and helped us unload. there are dogs on the island but they seemed very friendly. might be that they were with the owners Steve and Stephen his son. they were great and very helpful. we will be back

It's perfect when you need it..., 2016-01-26
Captain: , MV Red Head (61833)

This marina is one of the strangest I've ever seen. There are so many questions about how it came to be and what's going on with it. There's a story here - someone who knows should post it.

If the weather is bad and you need a place to be completely protected for a few days, you won't find a better facility than this. I'd give it 10 stars for that type of use. It was why we showed up and it gave us the needed protection along with a dozen other boats who also came in.

The slips are all 65 feet or so, concrete, and floating. The basin gives 360 degree protection with higher hills surrounding the docks.

There isn't much do to on the island. There are some paths and there's a couple of beaches where we took our dogs to swim. There are no restaurants or any other commercial capabilities.

Electric power costs are absurd - they obviously don't want you to use their AC. But you can run your generator at the dock, which we did. Water and fuel are available too although we didn't take any some I can't comment on those services.

Shark, the dockhand, is helpful and friendly.

Watch out for the entrance - it is lower than charted on all charts we checked (Explorer and Wavey Line). We found 5.5' at low tide and dragged through some soft sand. Once past the entrance, depths improve to 11-12 feet.

Paying for your slip is a bit odd. They only accept cash or US checks. We paid by check and they required me to leave the payee blank. It'll be interesting to see what name it gets entered by someone on that line.

The entire place appears to be fairly new but is suffering from neglect. There doesn't seem to be much maintenance on the marina facilities or any of the buildings on the island. It's all sort of rusting and falling apart. The showers are pretty nice but also suffering from neglect - rusted drains, leaves left laying around, etc. They were sort of clean but I doubt much is done often with them.

Free laundry is a nice touch. Two of the four machines worked - two didn't - a perfect example of this place. It gives you something to do when waiting on weather. Note that there are no dryers but you're allowed to hang clothing on your boat for drying. We got all of our laundry done while waiting out our storm.

Again, if you need it, this place is wonderful. Otherwise, they could really use some help to make this a destination. It has amazing possibilities. But there's a story here though...

Enjoyed our stay!, 2015-06-25
Captain: , St James City (80)

We stayed here two times on our trip to Georgetown and were pleased both times. The rates are a little high but the floating docks were nice and we got free water and ice!! Unheard of in this part of the Bahamas. The dockmaster Shark was very curteous and helpful.Its a neat place and seems very remote, almost like something from the series "Lost"...LOL Give them a try.

Nothing has changed, 2015-04-10
Captain: , Miami, Fl (20)

Staying here overnight waiting for a little better weather. Marina and harbor is very pretty. We are the only boat at the very nice concrete floating docks besides the owners Viking Sportfish. $2.75 per ft for one night. Electric is too expensive for the one day rate, but don't need it due to the strong SE breeze. .60 gallon for RO water. Free laundry and Internet. Water and dryers look new. Shark (Dockmaster) is awesome. Nothing to do or see unless you get out on your dinghy. The dock/marina showers have really hot water, but no A/C. Construction on residences appears to be at a standstill. 5 1/2' depth at entrance channel at low tide. We were able to travel by Musha Cay to see Copperfield's island, but too rough to see the underwater piano.

Secluded, virtually unknown, and rusting away, 2014-10-29
Captain: , Gainesville, Florida (195)

Pretty sure these are the only Bellingham concrete floating docks in the Bahamas. LOTS of infrastructure, but the Texan who owns the place never really embraced the idea of advertising and opening to "the public". Worth a stop - especially to escape a blow. Ask Shark to take you to the caves. Incredible.

Great Marina, run down Island, 2014-05-18
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1804)

Beautiful floating docks. Steve the owner and Steven his son/Dockmaster are very accommodating. $2.50/ft, goes down the longer u stay. $40/ night for good 30amp,$60/night for 50amp flat rate unless u stay 30 days then metered. Water is RO, .50/ gal plenty available. Long limestone runway in good shape. Free showers and washers, no dryers. Showers are dirty but water is warm and plentiful . Fuel available. Harbor deep and well protected, good hurricane hole. Floating docks are in good shape.
Many run down or unfinished homes on Island. Many pieces of equipment sitting around broken and rusting. Sad that the Island is rusting away. Have heard the Island is for sale for $125 million , but no offers. David Copperfield who owns next Island south flew out on a charter flight yesterday.
Good snorkeling and drift dives around. Had no luck fishing offshore yesterday.

great place, 2014-03-29
Captain: , Madisonville (30)

floating docks...clean fuel..helpfull staff....dingy to many cays, sand bar, piano...hike on island...and if need be,land your plane(2600ft runway...there are not any stores, you can not buy anything.....fishermen may stop with some of their catch for sale...

Our stay at Cave Cay Marina, 2014-03-29
Captain: , st john, usvi (130)

Came in at tide 2/3 towards low and had 6.8' at the bar. Your mileage may vary :).
Shark was very helpful getting us onto the dock and situated.
Resturant closed, laundry not working, did not visit the heads. Wifi so-so.
Nice walk to and views from the hill. Picked some tomatoes on the way back to the boat.
Excellent all around protection in the Marina.

great place, 2013-04-30
Captain: , Whidbey island (100)

Very peaceful place, we nudged a 110' motoryacht in here with no problem. Shark met us at the dock and was very helpful. Idyllic setting great place to use as a base to explore the area. Very calm when it's lumpy outside.

Could be a great place..., 2013-03-03
Captain: , Miami, fl (3666)

Another one of those all too typical failed Bahamian development which start with nice glossy brochures and and end up with rusting abandoned bulldozers

At least the docks are open, power is available and the staff (Shark) is friendly and willing to help

Great protection from just about any blow. Entrance well marked by a pair if buoys, 6' MLW on a short hump just inside the second pair of buoys.

If only they would clean up the abandoned equipment and utility buildings....

Interesting place, 2013-02-07
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale, FL (12)

Couldnt hail anyone on radio initially but once tied up (we were only vesselthere) Shark greeted us and was a pleasant and helpful guy. It seemed he was the only person on the island. Definitely worth stopping to take a look at if the time affords itself.

great stop in a storm!, 2012-12-31
Captain: , Hampton, VA (2573)

Although we didn't stay, we dinghied in while anchored off Cave Cay. Looks like we would fit in at high tide with 35' beam.

Docks look great. Definitely a place to entertain yourself, since there isn't much here. Great scenery. Dusty airport runway.

Best kept secret in the Exumas, 2012-06-29
Captain: , Sunny Isles Beach (99)

Stayed here for 8 days 4/17 - 25/12, including a strong 2-day blow from the SW. We were alone in the marina until the weather came in, then alone again after the weather cleared except for one other boat. Steve and his son Steve are friendly and very helpful, with suggestions every morning for places to explore. There are no facilities here except the nice floating docks and a couple of bathrooms/showers that are occasionally cleaned. Washing machines are free to use if they are working, but no dryers. There are tomato plants and lime trees here with a smattering of fresh produce. The protection and proximity to great sandbars, beaches and beautiful water are the reason to come here. WiFi is free but works intermitantly, and Little Farmer's Cay is a short dinghy ride away for three nice restaurants and a grocery if you want them. Definitely a place we will return to.

This Place Is a Little Sad, 2012-02-15
Captain: , Washington, DC (840)

We stopped in here last year in our sailboat and found the amenities a little lacking given the dockage rate. Restrooms passable, rusty washing machines, no driers, restaurant unfinished, Internet unreliable, and the ice machine was broken. But, the management and the docks are nice. Good protection, however when the wind is out of the northeast, the dust from the runway blows through the marina. This year I emailed them an offered a reduced rate given the unfinished nature of the project, but did not receive an answer. We visited via dinghy and found the marina empty and little or no progress from last year. Unfortunately, I think this is another project in the Bahamas circling the drain.

Peace and Quiet, 2012-02-10
Captain: , Freeport TX (143)

The Marina is very protected, nice floating docks, Great shelling and the views form the top of the ridge spectacluar. The sand bar 1.5 miles west of Cave Cay at low tide will produce all the sand dollars you can carry. Steve is a graious host. We will stop here again.

Safe marina, great spot to explore the area., 2011-08-13
Captain: , Hammock Beach, FL (233)

We stayed in June-11 and found the facilities similar to other reviews - VERY protected and excellent floating docks. But not much else. Steve is nice, informative host. However, I rated this 4 stars because this is a great base to explore the area from your dinghy. Cruise to neighboring islands including the EXCEPTIONAL sandbars that are 1.5m to the west. The sandbars run for miles and are dry at mid/low tides.

Properly named, 2010-03-27
Captain: , Charlottesville, Va (91)

We would agree with Istaboa. Probably the safest harbor in the islands. Beautiful site but a work in progress & will likely be for years to come. Steve was a good host, but at the moment it's just a good (floating!) dock.

Cave Cay is the name , 2009-05-24
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (1306)

Very protected but no amenities at this time. Good jump off for a run to George Town.
5.5 feet at entrance on low tide.
Beautiful snorkeling on ocean side around big rocks.

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