Part of being able to maximize your charter income, is understanding where to find the most interesting (and profitable!) charter destinations.
From South Florida, few charter opportunities offer more than Bimini. Contrary to popular belief, “Bimini” is not one Island, but a chain of Islands, in the western Bahamas, a mere 48 nautical miles east of Miami, Florida. That makes Bimini close enough for one or two day charters, and with enough things to do to extend to longer term bookings, Bimini is an ideal charter destination for charter yacht operators and their clients!
A Bimini Yacht Charter Experience
Bimini, and indeed all of the Bahamas are one of the most “yacht-friendly” of America’s Caribbean neighbors. The cruising, fishing, diving and exploring opportunities are endless in this island chain, and the water is so calm and clear, it will seem as if your vessel is gliding on air.
Besides the benefit of proximity to the U.S., Bimini has an exceptional marlin, bonefish, wahoo and bluefin tuna fishery that has lured angling giants such as Ernest Hemingway and Michael Lerner to its deep waters.
Bimini has also long been known as one of the top Scuba Diving locations in the Northern Hemisphere. Crystal clear waters and an average water temperature of 80 degrees are only some of the reasons why. Bimini is located about 50 miles south of Florida and is the western most Island of the Bahamas. The waters beneath Bimini are home to thousands of sea creatures, an underwater mountain, and just maybe – a road to a mythical kingdom.
Scuba divers are attracted to Bimini because of its magnificent reefs overflowing with 100’s of species of marine life. Moray Alley, Hawksbill Reef and Rainbow Reef are just some of the popular dive sites off of Bimini. These Reef Dive sites offer depths from 25-75 feet so there is plenty to do and see for divers of all skill levels. The legendary “Bimini Road,” that some claim could be evidence of the lost continent of Atlantis is here for divers to see and form their own opinions – as is The Bimini Barge, which has been consistently rated by Skin Diver magazine as one of the Top Ten Wreck Dives in the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Beyond diving, Bimini also offers: healing springs, nature trails, quaint bars and a nightlife similar to Key West, which is why Bimini has been a favorite of both Ernest Hemmingway and Jimmy Buffet!
When to Go
Generally speaking, summertime is the calmest time of the year for you to make the crossing over to Bimini and the Bahamas. Although, it is important to anticipate and monitor the development of the sometimes fierce thunderstorms, or worse tropical cyclones that can occur during the Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Navigating the Bimini Inlet
Other than crossing the Gulfstream, the only challenge getting to Bimini from Florida is getting into the bay itself. The entrance from the ocean is guarded by a long sand bar on the seaward side, and a rock reef at the southern end. You need to stay outside the sandbar until you find the range markers, then run a heading toward them until close to the beach. Be aware that there is also shoaling north of the jetty of the new Bimini Sands Condo/Marina.
Of course, once you have taken your motor yacht over to Bimini, why not explore the rest of the Bahamas? The Bahamas Island chain consists of more than 700 islands! All along that chain you will find unparalleled hedonism, exotic flora and fauna, and both excitement as well as relaxation. Like any tropical cocktail you could pick up along the way, a yacht charter through the Islands of the Bahamas is an intoxicating blend of sun, sand, and color.
If you would like more information about making your boat available for a charter to Bimini or the Bahamas, contact our On Demand charter specialists.
Operating a motor yacht can be costly. Putting your boat in Charter can earn income, and defray some of the costs of ownership. On Demand Yachting from FYM can show you how. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (855) 318-6328.