Flying to the Bahamas requires a Passport Book (not the card), with at least 6 months left before its expiration, for each person entering the Bahamas, even infants. Pets require a Bahamas Pet Import Form and Health Certificate, check with the Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture for forms and procedures.

There is now a new air service between Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport, FL (FXE) and The Bight (TBI) airport on Cat Island offered by Watermakers Air, see details at the bottom of this page. Otherwise, to fly to Cat Island you will need to connect in Nassau, where you clear Bahamian Immigration and declare how long and where you will be staying. You can use the Inter-Island Transit Immigration line to the left which is generally shorter. You will be given a Bahamas Tourist card that should always be carried with you. After going downstairs and collecting any checked bags you will then go through Bahamas Customs and tell them you having nothing to declare. But be aware that drug use, even marijuana is illegal in the Bahamas, so only bring medications for which you have prescriptions.

Cat Island is served by two public airports, one in the north end at Arthur’s Town (ATC), which is closer to Pigeon Cay, and another in the south at New Bight (TBI). While several airlines fly between Nassau and Cat Island, we recommend Sky Bahamas, which can be booked directly online at SkyBahamas.net. Round trip airfare between Nassau and either airport on Cat Island is about $175-$200USD. Sky Bahamas flies twice daily between Nassau and Cat Island, in the morning and afternoon, so check their website for actual times and availability. Do not be confused by special ‘excursions’ airfares which are lower and only for same day flights between Nassau and Cat, leaving in the morning and returning that same day in the afternoon. Their aircraft are 30 seat twin turboprops and the flight is less than 30 minutes. Bahamas’ Civil Aviation Administration (their equivalent to the FAA) does not allow night time flights to the Out Islands.

If traveling from the US west coast we recommend taking a red-eye flight that arrives in Nassau by 1:30 PM and taking the afternoon (3:30 PM) Sky Bahamas flight to Arthur’s Town. If you’re planning on overnighting in Nassau, the closest hotel to the airport (hence the least taxi fare) is Orange Hill, a ‘mom and pop’ style family resort with generally reasonable rates. If you want to stay in the city, and if your budget will afford it, the British Colonial Hilton is recommended. The BC Hilton is a historic landmark, and the location where Sean Connery filmed his last Bond movie, Never Say Never. There’s even a 007 suite at the hotel. The hotel is located next to the Straw Market Bay Street tourist shopping areas. It’s about a $50 / 30 minute taxi ride each way to and from the airport. If you want a lower cost downtown hotel, then we suggest the Towne Hotel, which is only a block from the Hilton and is a locals’ favorite, but definitely a budget type accommodations.

Once you arrive on Cat Island there are usually local taxi services available to drive you to Pigeon Cay. One way taxi fare from Arthur’s Town is about $30 plus tip and from New Bight to Pigeon Cay is about $60 plus tip, always cash only, for two passengers. Extra Passengers and baggage is a bit more. We recommend making arrangements for a ride ahead of time just to be certain. And most drivers will take you to a grocery store as part of the trip so you can pick up any essentials or fresh items before getting settled in.

Watermakers Air between Ft Lauderdale Executive airport and the Bight, Cat Island

Flights will begin December 2016 and run up to four days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Flights from Fort Lauderdale Executive (FXE) to New Bight (CAT) will depart at either 7am or 1pm, depending on date of travel.
Airfare:
During off-peak periods: $284.25 one way, with taxes included
During peak periods: $331.25 one way, with taxes included
***Peak Period is March 1st through August 8th. Additional peak dates may apply in other months.***

Flights from New Bight (CAT) to Fort Lauderdale Executive (FXE) will depart at either 10:20am or 4:20pm, depending on date of travel.
Airfare:
During off-peak periods: $329.71 one way, with taxes included
During peak periods: $376.71 one way, with taxes included
***Peak Period is March 1st through August 8th. Additional peak dates may apply in other months.***

Watermakers Air is pet friendly! Pets can ride along with you in their carrier in the passenger cabin. Pets travel at $2.00 per pound, (including the weight of carrier, which owner may provide or may be rented for $50 from Watermakers Air.) Please note the pet owner is responsible for all paperwork required by country of origin and destination.

In addition, Watermakers Air is excited to offer “per pound” freight service to New Bight.
Our dedicated freight department is standing by ready to assist you with all your shipping needs! We offer Regular, Express, and Priority Rush delivery options. Rates begin at $1.50 per lb. We also offer complimentary mail forwarding of U.S. Standard mail.

Our Reservations Department and Freight Department are open 7 days a week, from 8am to 5pm to assist with passenger bookings, freight shipments, and answer any questions you may have. Watermakers Air looks forward to serving Cat Island and the New Bight community!

Phone: 954-771-0330
Reservations email: info@watermakersair.com
Freight email: freight@watermakersair.com

Jennifer Valencia
Watermakers Air
2331 NW 55th Court, Hangar 19
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
954.771.0330