Details for Staniel Cay Yacht Club

Staniel Cay Yacht Club

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 61 reviews

Address Staniel Cay, Exumas


After hours contact

Pro-Op message

To better serve boaters in the future, we will be closing most of the SCYC facilities in October, 2017 for renovations and improvements.

• All bungalows will be completely refreshed, both interiors and exteriors.
• Property walkways are being redone as well as upgrading landscaping and outdoor lighting.
• The restaurant will also be receiving expanded kitchen space to allow for greater capacity and quicker service.
• The marina docks will be completely refurbished and resurfaced.

The hotel and restaurant will close October 6 and reopen November 2.

During that time, the marina will be open for dockage, fuel, ice, and bait. However, since the marina will also be having work done, boaters should expect construction noise if they chose to tie up. The bar will also be open, but in a limited capacity (no food).

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

David Hawker




Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Credit cards carry a 5% surcharge.

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


From the SW follow the channel that runs alongside the shoal. Don't turn towards the marina too close to the shoal especially when the tide comes in. There is mostly 9 foot depths in the channel except for a 7 foot hump abeam the marked rock off Government Dock.

Coming into the marina, be very careful with the reef that runs parallel to the dock, about 75 feet away, as it has as low as 4 feet MLW. Make a wide turn in, especially when the tide is coming in. Stay within 75 feet off the face dock.

When coming in from the sound, the channel is nice and deep but watch from the small marked rock before Thunderball. The current rips there and indecision can be very costly.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 8.5
Fuel dock: 9

Other depth info: The cut adjacent to the marina can have 2-4 knot currents. The depths are 8-16 feet. There is a bar running parallel to the marina to the west. Just south of the marina you can turn west in 15 feet plus water for 200 yards then the depth becomes 8 feet on west until rounding Big Majors to the north.

A few 7 1/2 to 8 foot spots at MLW can be found in the channel before the marina. It is plenty deep near the marina although watch the shoal between the marina and channel - don't turn too early.

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

Additional info: Docks are in good shape and have been updated. Power is unreliable but because of the island, not the marina. The marina has clean pedestals.

You may be told to leave the dock in the event of strong west/northwest winds.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 18
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2017-03-08)

Other price info: Less than 100 feet is $2.50 per foot.
More than 100 feet is $3.00 per foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 1 and 3 phases

Pricing info: $0.85 per kwh.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - Phone hookup is not available at the dock but Batelco prepaid phone cards are available at the clubhouse for use with Batelco payphones. Cell phones work great although they can be expensive - $2.00 per minute.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - $0.40 per gallon.

Dinghy access

Yes - There is a protected dinghy area located behind the stone wall to the left (east) of the marina.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 5% fee for credit cards.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: 5% fee for credit cards.


Yes - Propane tanks can be left at Al's Hardware (next to Isles General Store) to be refilled. Dinghy over south of the Government Cut to leave your tank (it's a 50 foot walk from the dock) and return the next morning. Costs are $40 for a 20 lb tank (2015).

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are OK except around the enclosed pool and in or around the cottage areas.

Locals are typically afraid of large breed dogs.

Disability access

No - The facilities are not disability friendly.

Launch service


Pump out





Yes - $3.50 small bag and $7.00 large bag, 2016.

You can dispose of trash for free if you walk about 1/4 mile to the town dump.




Yes - They are available in the restaurant.


Yes - Staniel Cay Laundry is a newly built laundromat with either do-it-yourself or drop off service ($5-$10). They have brand new machines including 2 XL front loading washers ($15 per load) and 2 XL dryers ($12 per load), 2 regular front loaders ($10 per load), and 2 regular dryers ($10 per load). They also sell wholesale liquor including beer. It's locally referred to by cruisers as the Buds and Suds.

It is located just past the yacht club on the left side across from the downtown anchorage/beach. It is well marked with a sign.


Yes - There are three small groceries on the island. The Pink Store and the Blue Store are within walking distance. There is a small variety of liquor available at the Clubhouse Gift Shop and at the pink store. Groceries also available at Isles General, up the creek with its own dingy dock.

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


Yes - The marina store carries standard filters and other products. Isles Grocery, a short dinghy ride from the marina, stocks a few more boating supplies.


Yes - There is a very popular restaurant on site. Thunderball Resort Restaurant is nearby.


Yes - The bar, co-located with the restaurant and marina, is a gathering place for natives and boaters alike.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Cottages are available at the Yacht Club. They start with one bedroom cottages at $165 per day and $1040 per week to large cottages that sleep 7 for $255 per day and $1400 per week for peak time. Packages are available that include use of a golf cart and small Boston Whaler, meals, activities, etc.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Bait is available in the clubhouse. Other fishing supplies are available at Isles General Store.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Fishing charters are available, as are snorkling trips. A bonefishing charter can be arranged by the owner of the marina.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi is available overl unch at the TasteNSea restaurant (purple building) just S of Yacht Club.

BTC office located at tower, open 4.5 days a week, usually closed over lunch.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Transportation to and from the airfield is available by golf cart. No rental cars are available. Golf Carts can be rented for $45 per half day and $65 per whole day.

Other services

Medical Services call 225-2710 or 554-2275

Boat washing service is available for $1.50 per foot.

The island is serviced by Watermaker Air leaving Ft Lauderdale and Flamingo Air. Watermaker Air will also transport parts if you need something shipped.


It's a short dinghy ride to Thunderball Cave made famous in the Bond movie by the same name. There are many little islands with beaches and reefs for snorklers and divers nearby.

Reviews for Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Did not take a slip but used services and had dinner, 2017-07-26
Captain: , Marathon Fl (270)

Considering the crowds this was a pretty good place. Fuel attendants were friendly and helpful, propane is available, for a non guest it was was better experience than Highbourne. We had a few drinks and dinner here and the food was solid and reasonably priced for a yacht club in the Exumas Worth a visit.

Great stop, 2017-05-13
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1804)

Fairly friendly staff, new fancy restaurant, same old great bar. Wish the service staff was a bit friendlier. Dock hands fairly helpful could be better. As everyone says not protected in West to N winds. New laundry nearby, you can do yourself or leave for them to do. Laundry also sells beer, about $65/ 24 bottle case.
Pink and Blue stores are good but as expected expensive. Lady near blue stores sell homemade bread, very good.
Pool at Marina is small but refreshing. No showers at Marina, new dining room is very nice. Health clinic is near Marina, have a nurse on duty, she is good and has prescription drugs available.
Second visit will be back.
Good fuel dock, $4/gal diesel plus 5% for credit card. Grotto nearby must see but go at slack tide best at low tide.
Pugs nearby at Big Major, they are fewer than before and not as hungry. Still the pigs are unique. Pirate beach at Big Major very cool. Dingy exploring is very good in area.

Docks Could Use Maintenance , 2017-05-05
Captain: , Wrightsville beach, NC (424)

Protruding bolt heads on worn piling gouged our rubrail during docking (twice). Piling are worn to the point many bolt heads are proud of the wood. Fender carefully. Numerous electrical pedestals deliver high voltage. I measured 137 and 141v on my two legs. Several boats were running off inverters and running generators to charge inverter batteries. My dock neighbor reported current 180 degrees out of phase. Staff said they would send someone to look, but we saw no one. Restaurant is top notch and a good value. We would stop again, but be aware of dock shortcomings.

Great bar and restaurant - wonderful staff.., 2017-04-14
Captain: , Milton, GA (322)

Enjoyed some great times at the bar with Carl and staff. Also enjoyed three great dinners (over three separate visits) in the SCYC dining room - very nice! Excellent quality and service!

Rating the Marina, 2017-03-28
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1025)

I agree with most of the comments that have already been made relative to the island and the yacht club. Staniel Cay is a nice little island with adequate shopping and the Yacht Club itself is wonderfully quaint; I love it. But this reveiw is not about the Yacht Club or the Island. It is about the sad state of the marina.

The SCYC Marina is one of the worst in the Bahamas -- and with the possible exception of the Exuma Yacht Club in G'town -- certainly the worst in the Exumas. Some of the planks on the dock are missing and others have nails sticking up. Some of pilings have been broken off, making it awkward to tie up and some of the slips have huge bolts sticking out just waiting to scar your boat.

Moreover, they pack boats in so that you cannot leave until the boat in front of you leaves. If he wants to stay until 1100, you pretty much have to stay.

We have stayed at the marina a few times over the years and it continues to get worse. My recommendation is that you avail yourself of the island and the yacht club facilties from the relative safety of the nearby anchorages. Use the marina only when you have to -- and even then at your own risk.

A very special place!, 2017-01-21
Captain: , Miami, fl (3666)

I can never explain to people why Staniel is so special... But every guest we ve brought here agrees it is!

Is it the scenery? the bar? the staff? The nurse sharks and stingrays hanging under the boats? The people who are hanging around at the bar? The sunsets? It s hard to pinpoint but there is something very special about Staniel Cay!

In short, It is what you expect a Bahamas destination should be...

Current rips thru the cut so watch out coming in, especially with the tide coming in do not cut to close around the shoal off the outside dock as it will push you on the shoal.

their airline, Watermaker Air, is very convenient if you need parts (or people) flown from Ft lauderdale.

2016: been back many times this year and noticed that the quality of the food in the new dinning room as gone up. Very enjoyable experience just don't forge that you must reserve and order your food by 4pm

Staff is as friendly as ever. Still our favorite place. Anywhere.

2015: a new dining room has been built, air conditioned, making SCYC an even better stop... Yet, despite the new addition, the atmosphere has not changed and it is still a special place.

There is now a laundromat a short walk from the marina, first left by the beach, offering self service or drop off. Prices are very reasonable.

Mud Puddle Rose, 2016-10-12
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL, USA (590)

Great marina and restaurant. The Watermakers are very friendly and I refuel here each year. It is a short run by dingy from Big Spot Major.

Nice place, 2016-08-18
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (123)

Stayed here two nights, 8-6 and 8-7. They were full so they put us at the fuel dock. Very hard to get on and off the boat with the height of the dock. Otherwise, the privacy was nice. The main dock was hopping with parties, and we were happy not to be there.

They were holding packages for me delivered by Watermakers. It is very convenient to get parts shipped in there.

The restaurant was very nice, the bar was a bit loud and rowdy.

Nice place, would go back again. Easy to dinghy to the Grotto and the store.

Fine for a few days, 2016-07-12
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (260)

It's a fine stop for a few days, and the bar and restaurant are very good. We did have a slip reservation mix up (even after confirming everything by phone just days before), however the dock staff did their best to accomodate. Rented a 21' Boston Whaler from "Bread Boy" who was excellent; he also referred us to a guide to show us the local waters and sites. I would stay at STCY again, but only for a couple of nights. Too many great anchorages close by to pay the premium prices for longer.

One Night Stay, 2016-06-14
Captain: , Kemah TX (60)

We stayed here one night on our way back north. Staff was very helpful which is the same if your staying in the marina or just dinghy in to walk in town. Food at the bar was ok. Pool was a nice touch. Grocery stores in town had quite a bit of stuff including meat. We took our dinghy to the pigs and to pirate beach.

Beware of fueling with strong west wind, 2016-05-23
Captain: , Chelsea, NY12512 (561)

On 1/7/16 with the wind blowing from the west, my 42' sailing cat needed some fuel. Little did I know the fuel dock was unprotected from 3' swells And only manned with 1 attendant. The result was we were unable to keep fenders against pilings and minor damage was done to the rub rails. Had there been another attendant this problem may have been averted. Better yet advise us not to come in when we called because of the situation.

A "Yacht Club" "Old-West" style, 2016-04-15
Captain: , Palmetto, FL (40)

To call this facility a yacht club is like calling a roadside motel a resort. No amenities, very rough fixed docking with very limited space. Really no reason to use it as ther are ample anchorages in easy dinghy distance. It does sport a colorful yachting clientel and the small bar is generally busy and active. If it were the old west one would imagine two or three hitching posts in front of a saloon.
In this stretch of the Exumas one should be prepared to stay on the hook.

Prefers mega yachts and adds no amenities, 2016-04-08
Captain: , Huntsville, AL (588)

Fist let me say the people are awesome and all of the staff do a great job at helping and making you feel welcome. No complaints at all on the staff.

The marina has no protection from wind or current, and the current really rips through here. There are no showers, no toilets except at the restaurant and not available when closed, no laundry, no wifi, and trash is $6.45/bag. They farm out the wifi to onSpot and it will cost you from $10 for 100 megB up to $300 for 3 gigB. The laundry is just up the hill and they will charge $15 for wash and $12 for dry, that is what we paid for a load that would fit in my front loaded machine at home. To walk to the dumpster yourself with your trash up the hill is $6.45/ bag or just go a little further to the town dump for free. Restaurant is ok, not great, but pricey. If a significant west/northwest wind comes up, they will make everyone leave, so do not plan on this marina as a refuge from a westerly. Recommend anchoring and just dinghy in for all the "amenities" without paying for a dock space. We like the area and will be back, but not at the dock.

Don't go in west to north winds, 2016-02-26
Captain: , Lewis Creek, Md (1304)

This is an excellent marina; however, it is not blessed by a breakwater. The restaurant is excellent though rather fast. The dock and electric work well. The staff is excellent, but beware of winds.

Disappointing but still almost the only facility in the mid-Exumas, 2016-02-09
Captain: , Wilmington DE (131)

I spent most of a winter in and out of Staniel Cay four years ago and enjoyed every minute. Everyone was friendly and helpful, the bar was a lot of fun and the restaurant casual and comfortable. Things have changed since then. Garbage, which was $1 a bag to dispose of is now $6.50. Wifi, which was free at the bar, is now $10 for 100mg of data, when it works. It is contracted out so there is no recourse at the yacht club. The dining room has been nicely upgraded and is now air conditioned. However, dinner is by reservation only, with two fixed seatings. In fairness, you can eat form the lunch menu at the bar.
The marina now caters mostly to mega-yachts, who have discovered the Exumas.

Over rated., 2016-01-08
Captain: , St Martin (161)

May be I was expecting too much reading previous reviews.

The Yacht Club is over rated and unjustifiably expensive%u2026
Almost the same price I paid in Atlantis, but there is no shower, limited restroom (only when the bar is open), very expensive internet%u2026

Dinner at the yacht Club was good and reasonable, the staff is very nice.
During the week I spent there, 3 days had west wind and the boat keep being pushed against the dock (seems to be a common complain on older posts).

Near by, I recommend the Swimming Pigs and the Grotto.
Grocery shopping is very limited.
Closest beach is 15 minutes on bicycle.
I do not recommend %u201COcean%u201D beach (30 minutes on bicycle) rough and not worth it.

Can see some nurse shark and also purchase lobsters from local fisherman.

Next is Emerald Bay Marina near Goerge Town (Exumas)

This review is about on-shore lodging..., 2015-12-02
Captain: , New Smyrna Beach, FL (50)

If you want to have a wonderful time on a very small Caribbean island, go to Staniel Cay in the Exumas and stay at the Honey Comb cottage. The owners (Anita and Theodore) are very accommodating and they welcomed us like family. The cottage has a beautiful view to the west and is within walking distance to a beach and the Yacht Club. Nothing was overlooked; the cottage was new, spotlessly clean, bright, decorated with island dcor, complete with all necessary cooking items and even a variety of island spices. The bicycles that came with the cottage for us were better than using a golf cart %u2013 we got lots of exercise. There are 2 stores where you%u2019ll find everything you%u2019ll need %u2013 one convenience store (the blue store) and say hello to Eleanor at the larger store (the yellow store). There are also several restaurants on Staniel Cay. The restaurant at Staniel Cay Yacht Club has a full menu and the meals were delicious and the service was excellent. But, if you want to go where the locals go, try Taste and Sea. There you can have fantastic local fare and talk football, politics %u2013 or any subject with the locals. They%u2019ll also tell you where to go to discover the best that Staniel Cay has to offer. The people of Staniel are friendly!
We didn%u2019t want to miss anything so we hired Dreko Chamberlain to take us to Pig Island where we fed and swam with the pigs; to the Grotto where we entered at low tide; to Compass Cay where we swam with the nurse sharks; and finally to see the iguanas %u2013 be careful, they can bite. Dreko is the perfect guide. He explained what we were going and we would be seeing and doing. Be sure to ask Anita or Renee at the Yacht Club for Dreko to be your guide.
Be sure to take lots of cash %u2013 there%u2019s no bank or ATM%u2019s on Staniel.
When you go, be sure to take extra coffee, enough for yourselves and some to give to your hosts. Also, Anita and Theodore have a 4 year old daughter %u2013 Lily, so bring her a little something also. She%u2019s a cutie.
We%u2019re making plans to return to the Honey Comb cottage with grandchildren next summer but I%u2019m not sure who%u2019ll have more fun %u2013 them or us.

One of my top 10 favorite spots, 2015-08-29
Captain: , ocean ridge (119)

Must see the grotto, fun bar, pool, resort.

The nicest spot in the Exumas, 2015-05-09
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (50)

We love Staniel Cay. We stayed here for 3 nights at a cottage and just loved it. Usually fully booked, but always call them and ask, the calendar on the website seems to be off sometimes.
The restaurant was great, we got a cooler with food and drinks and a Whaler to go out snorkeling. We flew in last time, but going back by boat this summer. Great location, cute island, very friendly people. Just a very chilled out place where you can forget about reality.
Prices are reasonable and staff would drive us around with the golf carts.
Like everywhere in the Bahamas or most parts of the world - be friendly and down to earth and people will be nice and friendly to you as well.
We met some people there that thought a 120 foot boat would make them special... no one cares and people don't like such an attitude, so don't be surprised if you are not treated friendly.

Always stop, 2015-03-19
Captain: , jacksonville beach (50)

This place is on our must stop list every time we're cruising in the area. Fuel, decent docks, great restaurant and beautiful scenery keeps us coming back.

No fuel this week, 2015-03-16
Captain: , Las Vegas (322)

Nice place with good food and facilities. Big problem for us and many others is they have run out of fuel and have had no gas or diesel for several days. Fuel boat will finally arrive tomorrow night so I expect a long line at the fuel dock on Wednesday morning. Very unfortunate situation that came with no warning from the marina. Bottom line - PLAN AHEad......

nice place but does have issues, 2015-03-10
Captain: , Kingston, Ontario (1970)

Price not too bad fir the area, but no showers, laundry and all svcs pricey.
Diesel and water available, but for a third year in a row they have run out of gas, no firm date when they will have some more. Makes it hard as Sampson no longer open so only place for fuel in central Exumas. If coming south too up in Highborne, if coming north bring extra can from GT.
Dockhands are friendly, courtious and hard working. Marina office staff somewhat disorganized at times.
Bar/restaurant great food, not bad service but a bit pricey.

Electricity issue, 2015-03-06
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (185)

We just stop by for second time in this Marina with an 82' motor yacht. Big current about 4kts, the tide was going up, we were having a 20 kts E wind this day and the electricity was gone during all night, but anybody could forget this issue, the place is still beautiful.

Nice marina, 2015-02-04
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (181)

Fixed docks, protected from E and S winds. Good restaurant (with pretty reasonable prices), and walking distance to several grocery stores. No showeres, but small pool which was pretty clean. Overall a nice experience after being on anchor for a week with some strong winds. Don't miss the nurse sharks right under the docks and near the fish cleaning station!

Nice place, 2015-02-03
Captain: , Palm Beach (82)

One of the niceset in the area. Alot to do in the area, just few minutes with the tender.

Nice restaurant & grounds, Careful where you dock in a front, 2015-01-04
Captain: , Chicago, IL (143)

Stayed here a night due to a front passing through. We should have been more careful docking on the inside. Due to orientation of the docks being a bit more NE, when a front came through (even without a W wind), the NNE winds bashed us against the pylons and we had a lot of trouble keeping the fenders up with the tides and wave action.

On the other hand, the restaurant was a nice place to spend a stormy day, they had some board games to share and the drinks were flowing. The pool was also a nice place for our family to spend the hot and steamy day before the front came through.

No showers. But you can rinse off by the pool, bring a bar of soap and some shampoo and it's close enough.

Not what we expected, 2015-01-01
Captain: , Cozumel, Mx (310)

We spent 2 nights at the yacht club during Christmas. The price of $2 per foot is not excessive but you get very little for that price. No showers, the restrooms are only open when the bar is and everything else you pay extra for. Trash, water, internet, Power> They obviously cater to the big mega boats. The staff was nice and helpful but our little 30 foot boat parked on the back end of a mega boat with my stearn hanging in the channel was just not what I was looking for. Plus if a west or north wind blows you gotta leave. There is no protection for bad weather. Lots of traffic, the bar is noisy til late at night and lots of wakes from every boat all day long. I suppose if I had a maga boat I wouild have liked it more

Nothng But The Best, 2015-01-01
Captain: , Booth Bay Harbor Maine (424)

Anchor out and have a great time at this first class facility. Free trash dump up the road from the marina. Clean fuel which is most important, normal price for ice - real cubes and a great place to land the dink to do all your on shore chores and shopping. The big boats pay the big bills and all us cruisers reap the benifits.

Great Staff, Friendly Island, 2014-12-02
Captain: , Seattle (120)

We anchored just outside the marina for a week and used the YC as a dinghy landing and did plenty of business with them otherwise. The YC bar/restaurant is pretty decent though many toddlers were occupying bar stools until dinner time. The tomato & cucumber salad consisted merely of 2 slices of each so choose wisely from the menu. Overall, we love the island and found the locals to be very friendly.

Busy place, 2014-06-15
Captain: , St James City (80)

We stayed there 2 different times in May & June of this year. As stated, it is a very popular and busy place! We did enjoy our stay and had lunch at the resturant which was very good.
After docking at the fuel dock for one night,they moved us to another dock closer to the main area. The dockmaster "Chubby" was very helpful and did a great job.
We left to anchor at Big Majors Spot but returned in a day or two because of a generator issue, and guess what? The islands generator crapped out also that evening...LOL Oh well, Its the Bahamas.
A very neat place and hope to return next May.

Nice Atmosphere for An Evening Out, 2014-06-07
Captain: , Slidell, La. (1148)

We dingied over from Thunderball Grotto West and enjoyed drinks and dinner. An extremely nice bar with a wide variety of drinks and even a small liquor store as part of the gift shop. Dinner reservations are required and they do one seating which is served banquet style. Dinner was fantastic and all the Marina Staff was very frindly. We'll return!

Do not stay on the fuel dock!, 2014-05-24
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

They put us on the inside of the fuel dock and we couldn't get off the boat! The fuel dock is about 3 feet higher than the regular dock. At high tide we could either climb up off our deck onto the dock, or at low tide jump from the upper deck down to the dock. And there are no lights leading back to the fuel dock so it's very dark at night. We asked the dockmaster if we could move if someone left in the morning and he was completely uncooperative. We were supposed to stay a couple of nights but the next morning when we couldn't get off the boat, we decided to leave. If you are at the regular docks, this would be a fun place to say for a while. The bar was great, there's a pool and nearby shopping. Next time, we will request the regular dock.

Group visit to Staniel, 2014-05-17
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (140)

Visited Staniel along with 5 other boats. First time back in about 5 years. Place is now better than I remembered it. Wooden docks are splinter haven. The club was very active with boaters and visiters who flew in. There was a constant flow of people in and out. Food still good at the only eatery in town. Pigs at Big Majors still very agressive. Rode golf carts all over the island. Enjoyed the visit, but probably my last time

A happening place, 2014-04-20
Captain: , Weston, VT (570)

Had guests with us for Easter week and the area was busy with mega yachts and cruisers. Managed to get someones cancelation and pulled in for one night. Staff very helpful and they had their hands full with all the activity. Wifi was down unfortunately but hey we survived.
Dinner that night was packed with every table taken. Food was quite good and reasonably priced for where we where. We love this type of island bar scene for a day or two and Staniel did not disappoint.

Established outpost catering to cruisers and divers and expats, 2014-02-04
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (1220)

We have been in and out of SCYC multiple times but never tied up. Food is very good (get the blackened fish sandwich), service folks try to keep up but it can get really crowded. Fixed docks are really high, maybe 12ft above low water, and there's a wicked current parallel to the t-head and fuel dock at max flow. If you want dinghy gas I suggest taking your dink into their dinghy basin and lugging the cans to/from their pumps rather than deal with 15-20 feet of pump hose lowered down to your boat and the likelihood that gas will run out of the pump nozzle into your boat. BTW they did run out of gas just after we left (no, it wasn't us!) and had to wait for the tanker boat to arrive the floowing week for more.

Word of caution (aside from the tricky bit of reef that parallels the t-head dock) - they made all dock guests depart when a predicted strong westerly approached. There is very little protection from the west at their site and the wooden pilings apparently can't take the load, at least as decided by the management. And its not like there' much anchorage in the area with westerly protection either.

Plan your trip around the Lionfish Festival!, 2013-08-16
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (41)

By dumb luck our trip coincided with it and what a blast! The marina was packed, so we anchored 1 mi N at Big Majors, with the Swimming Pigs and all. Under normal circumstances, this is a solid marina with a very "last watering hole" feel. Good not Great facilities, but out here they set a high bar.

Manager must have had the day off......, 2013-07-02
Captain: , Miami (303)

Staff were friendly but chaotic. VHF was answered eventually but both dock staff then had a discussion on the availability of a slip. Seemed to be better organised next day. I agree with the previous comment, skip the slip anchor or take a mooring ball. I still like the place. Thunderball cave was fun.

A beautiful place with NO SHOWERS!, 2013-06-02
Captain: , Merritt Island, FL (372)

After a week banging around the Exumas and and anchoring out, we decided to spend a couple days in "civilization". The staff was helpful and friendly and the restaurant was great. I asked where the showers were and was amazed to find out there weren't any. Seriously? The food alone was worth the trip and the location is idyllic, but I'd really appreciate a shower. We ended up just taking a long swim in the (very nice) pool. There were very few sailboats (we were 1 of only 3, whereas there were about 25 powerboats). I'll go back just for the location and the restaurant. This place would be perfect if they had showers.

if You Must, 2013-01-06
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1011)

Convent marina for changing crew via the airport, but so many wonderful anchorages are nearby, why land here.

Rustic docks are quite high built which can make disembarkation a challenge.

Lively bar scene and restaurant programmed to serve one seating of a preordered menu might be a an amenity if tired of your galley.

Staff is helpful and friendly.

Beautiful spot., 2012-08-29
Captain: , Atlanta, GA (291)

We spent 3 mights at the dock but we were the only sailboat in sight. This is definately a "yacht" destination.
It took us a little while to readjust to "island time" for most of the service, but once we got recalibrated, I would say it was great. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, just remember they live on island time so don't get in a big hurry for anything.
We were in town during the slowest time so not much was open. SCYC was pretty much the only thing in town for the 3 days we were there, but what else do you need? Great food, great bar, and friendly people.

Wow - how 'bout that current!, 2012-06-14
Captain: , St. Thomas, USVI (624)

Yes, it rips through at a brisk pace makiing it hard for our big girl (Gulfstar 53' motor sailor) to maneuver but we did make it to the outside dock. We would have had trouble getting into an inner slip. The nurse sharks were great to watch.

We only stayed one night on our way up the islands and when we finally got the boat situated and were ready to eat, the restaurant had just closed. They were nice enough to serve us last minute in the bar area. Everyone had a can-do attitude.

Wifi was the first decent we had experienced since the DR, but you are limited to 250 mb or 24-hours, whichever comes first.

Overall, would definitely come back to stay awhile.

Dinghy in for the best......, 2012-06-14
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (274)

Want a fabulous Bahamian experience? This is it. The staff, the food, the drinks and the setting are all top notch. Dinghy in from the Big Majors anchorage. Very casual but dinner can be a special occassion spot.

This is why you come to the Bahamas, 2012-05-14
Captain: , Fort Myers (769)

Wonderful staff, great food and drinks and lots of help if you need it. When you head east to the Bahamas, this is the kind of place you hope to find. It has internet if you need a 'cyber fix' but is just as rustic as a far off venue should be.

Spend the extra money and have dinner at the club one night. You must make rsvp by 1500 the day of. Well worth it. Lots of fun with other cruisers. If you are at Big Majors, a handheld GPS makes the after dark return a little more relaxing, but it is doable without.

Great Location, 2012-03-02
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (435)

Most convenient marina to the Thunderball Grotto but high cost given lack of showers, laundry and limited bathrooms (only when restaurant open)

New fuel dock, 2012-02-08
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (152)

Gas and diesel fuel readily available. Three new cottages under construction.

Mahia-Mahia sandwich, Good Stopover, 2012-02-08
Captain: , Lexington.Ky (12)

Try Mahia-Mahia sandwich. Best anywhere. Managed to sail/ Dinghy around, Sampson, Blackpoint, Fowl area and returned 5 different TIMES for Lunch. Where have you ever gone out of way for back to back Lunches! SCYC Out of fuel when we were there, barges couldn't make it in. Checkfirst. Wanamaker Air flys out, ticket agent comes to SC Club to give you boarding pass. Dinghy to Airport (Isles Store dock). Check Grotto and swimming pigs at Big Majors.

Old facilities and not very protected, 2012-01-19
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (334)

The island is great. The marina is pretty run down, there is not fuel, and very little protection from the passing boats.

Liked it very much, 2011-05-29
Captain: , Orlando (60)

We stayed there for 3 days this year and really enjoyed it. The staff was good, docks were new, internet was good and had no power problems.
The Restaurant and Bar served good food and was a lot of fun.
The only problem is, if you get a westernly wind, it can get ruff in the marinia.
One of the things we like about the place is, they have a non-stop air service on their airline (Watermaker Air) to Fort Lauderdale.

Excellent Stop, 2011-05-21
Captain: , Ottawa, Canada (363)

We stayed for a month and enjoyed the visit very much. The town and people are worth getting to know. When the mail boat comes in be sure to walk over to General Isle Store for fresh produce and say hi to Vivian. Stop in at the yellow house bakery and enjoy Rhonda's nice breads.

SCYC is well managed, Chubby looks after the dock with Jason and Berkie. Carl, David and June look after the bar. Nettie, Suzana and Shyvette look after the office and store. The owner David is relaxed and easy to engage.

Everything in the mid Exumas is accessible here. Fishing, snorkeling, hiking, beaches, scuba, food, fuel, transportation, flights. Stop in and enjoy the stay.

Great bar and restaurant, 2011-04-19
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (146)

While we were there they were just finishing their new fuel dock. Top notch facility with a great staff. Stores nearby where you can do some reprovisioning. Other nice little restaurants nearby. Pretty island

Dinghy Beach, 2011-04-09
Captain: , Annapolis (1465)

The dinghy beach is somewhat hidden from the water. Go just to the left of the docks and around what looks like a solid stone wall.

Great spot to visit - Good logistics center, 2011-03-29
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

Small but pleasant marina, very good restaurant and very helpful and engaging staff. A good logistics center - with convenient access to Ft. Lauderdale via Watermaker Air (whose schedule is, however, absolutely not reliable).

Handy and convenient location a short distance from a number of good anchorages and attractive spots to visit.

Fisherman's haven resting on James Bond laurels., 2011-01-10
Captain: , MONARCH. COLORADO (1156)

Situated across from the famous Thunderball Grotto, the scenery is pretty special. Marina orients west so sunsetsw are great. Service is quite good and the bar and restaurant are a little above the usual average. There is a pool. and the marina is filled with about 20 nurse sharks so its entertaining. Located well to get supplies in the little town. Its a great stop to make.

Staniel Cay Bahamas, 2009-12-26
Captain: , Dallas, TX (726)

Stainel Cay is a must do. Restaurant was wonderful. Make you reservations early in the day and the bell will ring when it is time for dinner. The owner of the marina arranged a bonefishing charter, which was a first for me, only caught two but later learned that I did pretty good. Crystal clear waters, watched the stingray and nurse sharks under the boat every night. Dinghy over to pig beach and take bread to feed the pigs that will try to climb onboard, Thunderball is a must do. Fowl Cay will send a water taxi to pick you up and serve you a fine dinner, buffet style, no menu and after dinner you can enjoy the bar and gameroom, lots of memories there. Cant wait to visit again.

Good food/Fun place, 2009-05-28
Captain: , Jupiter, FL (1306)

Service is good and the food is too.
Docks are OK.
Definately a spot one must visit when in the Exumas

Not in west wind, 2009-05-25
Captain: , Midland, Ontario (142)

All of the convenience items are here but if the wind switches to the west you will not be allowed to stay tied to the docks.

Cracked Conch, 2009-01-04
Captain: , St Augustine (18)

Docks are ok, RO water is good, electric so-so. But friendly staff. The BEST CRACKED CONCH in the Bahamas (according to the Admiral). Better to anchor in the area and dinghy in.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club, 2008-09-15
Captain: , Sarasota, FL (37)

If you visit the central Exumas you will find Staniel Cay is a must stop.
I have flown in and arrived by boat. Either way is worth while for the fun at the restaurant and bar. Food is good by Bahamas standards. Hell if you drink a couple of Rum Punches you may even rate it 4 stars! You can also stay in one of their cottages. Cute little cottages with AC, clean sheets and a coffee maker. Cream is another story. The marina is exposed to currents and the power is what ever it is. Not reliable. Water is good but I use my waterrmaker.

If you stay in a cottage they will rent you a whaler for cheap dollars.

This is a cool spot and deserves a stop by every cruiser in the Exumas.

Thunderball cove is 100 yards away and worth visiting.

Staniel Cay Yacht Club, 2008-07-10
Captain: , SW FL (551)

Fun place but limited services, fuel available, golf cart rentals, fairly good bar and restaurant. This is the center of cruising action in the Exumas, good airport with regular flights to Ft Lauderdale via Watermaker Air, convenient to Thunderball snorkel cave and pig beach at Big Majors Cay.

Beautiful Location, 2008-03-28
Captain: , Ophelia, VA (849)

You can't ask for a more beautiful setting. We came to Staniel Cay on our way South for the winter and stopped again on the return. The marina is a real boater's hangout in this part of the islands. Two negatives are that the restaurant and bar are noisy in the evening. The other is that their electric power is not stable. We found that the 120 was coming into the boat at 140 and was told that was just the way it was. It kep tripping our battery charger and we finally disconnected and used our generator. Because of these two things, I rate it a 4. Look for Chubby on the dock.

Great Little Slice of Paradise.., 2008-01-22
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2)

Spent a couple of days here last summer. Very clean. Nice people. Good little store. Water was pretty expensive, even for the Bahamas. But I would love to go back there right now..

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