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Getting Here

Blue Marlin Cove is located on the West End of Grand Bahama Island, about 56 nautical miles from the Port of Palm Beach, Florida. West End is the oldest town and westernmost settlement of Grand Bahama Island, best known for its world-class fishing – both incredible offshore fishing and shallow-water fishing just off our pristine beaches. Blue Marlin Cove is an angler’s dream!


New Passport Rules

Effective October 1, 2007, United States Citizens traveling to Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico must present a valid U.S. passport or other WHTI-compliant documentation to enter or depart from the United States. For more information, please visit

Customs & Immigration

For U.S., Canadian, United Kingdom and citizens of many other countries, a valid passport is the only requirement to enter the Bahamas. For more information, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the nearest Bahamas Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

By Air

Major U.S. airlines have multiple daily flights into Freeport. A partial listing of airlines is below:

  • AirTran
  • American
  • Continental
  • Delta
  • Bahamas Air
  • Lynx Air
  • Canada 3000
  • Western Air
  • Private Charter

By Boat

Blue Marlin Cove is located 56 nautical miles due east of the Port of Palm Beach, Florida and 63 miles due east from Port St. Lucie. You can make the crossing in your private boat, in about 4 hours.

If you own a private boat, but prefer not to make the crossing yourself, our Captain on Call is available to captain your boat from Florida to Blue Marlin Cove (and vice-versa). You just sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery and sea breezes.

Please note that, if you are arriving by boat, a flat fee is required to clear Customs and Immigration: $150.00 for boats 35 feet and under, $300.00 for boats 36 feet and over and covers up to four persons per vessel. (Subject to change. Please check here for the most up-to-date policies and fees.) Your Customs fee includes a Cruising Permit, Fishing Permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $15.00 Departure Tax for up to 4 persons. Each additional visitor will be charged a $15.00 Departure Tax. For 12+ month stays, special arrangements are required through the Bahamas Customs and Immigration department.


By Ferry

The Bahamas’ high-speed “fast ferry,” aka the Balearia Jaume 1, makes daily (note: weather-dependent) crossings between Fort Lauderdale, FL and Freeport, Grand Bahama. The trip takes approximately 3-4 hours. Current schedules depart Fort Lauderdale at 8:00 a.m. (arrive Freeport at 11:30 a.m.) and Freeport at 6:30 p.m. (arrive Fort Lauderdale at 10:00 p.m.).

On-Island Transportation + Rental Cars

For a minimal fee, we are pleased to offer our guests resort transportation in Blue Marlin’s 20-seat Mercedes Sprinter. Stop by the Front Desk to reserve private or shared (if available) transportation to Port Lucaya, Freeport and the East End, to explore The Garden of the Groves and Lucayan National Park, home to nature trails, boardwalks, and one of the largest underwater caving systems in the world.

Alternately, our resort concierge can arrange for a rental car to be dropped off at Blue Marlin. Rent for a day or the week.

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Blue Marlin Cove was recently featured in Florida Sport Fishing magazine
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