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Marsh Harbour

Marsh Harbour
Marsh Harbour
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Marsh Harbour is a town in Abaco Islands, Bahamas, with a population of 5,314.With more than five thousand residents, Marsh Harbour is the third largest town in The Bahamas, and the main focus of tourism in the Abacos.Marsh Harbour is a shipbuilding center, but tourism accounts for most of its revenues.A number of inns are located here.Although the town isn't as large as New Plymouth or Hope Town, it does have a shopping center and various other facilities not found in many Out Island settlements.Good water-taxi connections, too, make this a popular place from which to explore offshore cays, including Man-O-War and Elbow."Boat rentals are available as are bikes and motor bikes.

The settlement lies on a peninsula just off the Great Abaco Highway, which runs south through Great Abaco to Cherokee Point and Little Harbour.North of town, the road becomes S.C. Bootle Highway, another smooth stretch that runs north and west toward Treasure Cay and Little Abaco.

Marsh Harbour has the majority of services available in all of the Abacos, including a post office, bookstore, grocery stores, specialty shops, travel agencies, and laundries.Visitors come to boat, swim or snorkel, and stay at one of the lodges located near Bay Street on the waterfront, though some adventurers reserve a day or two to kayak in the Marls on trips conducted by naturalist guides.

American R&B singer Aaliyah was among nine killed in a fatal plane accident departing Marsh Harbour Airport after filming the music video "Rock the Boat" in August 2001.Miss Commonwealth Bahamas 1985 Rhonda Lea Cornea Hull was from Marsh Harbour she represented the Bahamas at Miss World 1985 in London.Miss Bahamas 1978 Lolita Armbrister Monpetit was born in Dundas Town located on the outskirts of Marsh harbour she represented the Bahamas at Miss Universe 1979 in Perth Australia.

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By Air

Marsh Harbour Airport (IATA: MHH, ICAO: MYAM) is an airport serving Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands in The Bahamas.This airport has international and domestic flights and is about 5 km from the center of Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.Another major airport is Treasure Cay Airport (TCB / MYAT), which has international and domestic flights from Treasure Cay, Bahamas and is 40 km from Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.

By Ferries

The switch from wood construction to fiberglass began 21 years ago.Today the fleet is made up of twelve "Donnies", wide body fiberglass diesel powered boats built to Albury's Ferry specifications in Florida.Our latest, Donnie XII joined the fleet in January of 2008.All ferries are semi-enclosed, licensed and inspected, and operated by experienced and licensed captains.Equipment includes life jackets, VHF radio, fire extinguishing equipment, and first aid supplies.The boats fall into four size catagories, 34', 39', 45' and 51'.

Key places to visit
candy-striped lighthouse, Cave & Shark Diving, Guana Coral Caverns, The Abaco Club


Places to Visit

candy-striped lighthouse

There are many fun-filled, land-based options for the entire family, which are also opportunities to learn about the history of the islands.Several of them are in the cays and can be done as walking tours.Visit the candy-striped lighthouse of Hope Town on Elbow Cay.Enjoy a stroll through the pastel-shaded, clapboard and gingerbread houses of picturesque New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay.Visit with the historic shipbuilders of Man O’War Cay.

Cave & Shark Diving

Walker’s Cay, the northernmost island, has been a diving tradition for decades.In addition to myriad mazes of shallow and complex caverns, an abundance of fish and some deeper sloping walls, Walker’s Cay features one of the most unique shark dives in The Bahamas.Groups of up to 150 sharks gather at the sound of the dive boat’s engines in a coral arena to feed on the bait, while divers mingle with them.Some refer to this as an underwater cocktail party.

Guana Coral Caverns

This cavern-filled reef is located on the north side of Guana Cay.Beautiful colorful coral gardens with many varieties of fish surround this horseshoe shaped reef.The reef features large numbers of caverns and tunnels.Some are well lit and are near the outside openings.Others are very dark and lead to well lit caverns with no visible openings large enough to get outside.Divers should go here with a guide and not go beyond where visible openings to the outside can be seen.

The Abaco Club

The spa at The Abaco Club offers every kind of massage therapy you could wish for, in addition to personalized skincare, body enhancements and treatments.There is also a fitness center in Marsh Harbour and other local vendors providing spa services.

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