Whale Cay
Whale Cay
Whale Cay
Whale Cay
Whale Cay
Whale Cay
Whale Cay
Whale Cay
Whale Cay

Whale Cay Harbor

Abacos Bahamas
Lat: 26° 41' 48.12''
Lon: -77° 12' 33.11''
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Marinas near Whale Cay Harbor

NameReviewsMax LOAVHFDock DepthGas / DieselLift / CraneWifiAmps
Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club---Low 12.5'--50, 100
Treasure Cay Resort, Marina & Golf Course
4 reviews

130.0'

16-

G

$5.25

D

$4.99
-30/50/100
Orchid Bay Yacht Club & Marina--16Low 13.0'

G

D

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Roberts Dock and Cottages--------

Humid throughout the day and partly cloudy until this evening.

80℉

Lat26° 41' 48.12''

Lon-77° 12' 33.11''

Tide
Low01:19AM0.224ft
High07:01AM2.327ft
Low01:13PM-0.028ft
High07:33PM2.953ft
SE at 9 knots
Things To Do/Local Events:

Aside from snorkeling, beach combing, sailing, and other water activities, there is an active and vibrant calendar of other scheduled events in the Abacos. See our “Helpful Links” section below for a detailed calendar of events.


Transportation:

There is no airstrip on Whale Cay, so arriving here by boat is your only option. The two nearest airports are Treasure Cay Airport, which is about 12 miles to the northwest of Whale Cay, and Marsh Harbour International Airport, which is 15 miles to the southeast.


Introduction:

Whale Cay is perhaps one of the most treacherous areas in the entire Abacos island chain. While Whale Cay (uninhabited) is not of any particular danger, the surrounding waters and shoals are sometimes among the most treacherous anywhere, due to shallow water and long ocean fetches. Whale Cay is located northwest of Great Guana Cay and northeast of Treasure Cay.


Navigating the Water:

The inside passage to the west of Whale Cay is hallmarked by a long shallow (4- to 5-foot depths) shoal that stretches form Sand Bank Point on Treasure Cay all the away east across the Sea of Abaco to Whale Cay itself. This shoal is visible in the image above. Look on the west (left) side of the image for the tan-colored water. This is where the shoal lies.

There are two points where you can cross over the bar, with the caveat that you should not attempt this passage if you draw any more than 4 feet. The first is located just along the east side of Whale Cay and carries 3 to 5 feet of water. The second, and recommended, passage is farther east and has more reliable depths of 4 feet and up. The channel is located just east of Sand Bank Cays, and you can usually find some stakes to help guide you along.

If you draw more than 4 feet, you must navigate the outside east edge of Whale Cay, where depths are not a problem, buy waves and wind can be. If the wind is blowing out of the northeast, the passage around the outside of Whale Cay, especially around Whale Cay Channel, can be deadly. Yes, deadly. The shallow water in this area and a long fetch to the northeast can result in sea conditions often referred to as a “rage.” No boat should be out in this are during these conditions.

Before you attempt the outside passage around Whale Cay, first check the weather for wind conditions. If the wind is blowing at any velocity above 10 knots from the northeast, likelihood is you’ll stay put for the day. Next, make a VHF radio call and ask for any boats in the Whale Cay Channel to report on conditions. Only after an all safe confirmation on the VHF should you head out past Whale Cay.


Local Notices to Mariners:

See our “Local Notices to Mariners” blog for updates on the latest conditions and advisories for this area.


Helpful Links:

Islands of the Bahamas Tourism

Guide to the Abacos

Abacos Calendar of Events

Marsh Harbour Airport

Harbor Reviews


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