Grand Bahama Island

Escape to Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach via Balearia Ferry Service!

Grand Bahamas Island

As the northernmost island of The Bahamas, and the closest major island to the United States, Grand Bahama Island is a beautiful, and convenient, vacation destination, and home to some of the friendliest people on Earth. Our ecological wonders and bounty of natural riches have brought explorers to our gorgeous shores for over 7,000 years, while our vibrant culture, charming towns and settlements, and island highlights and landmarks have long delighted visitors from all over the world.


Getting To Grand Bahamas Island Is a Breeze

Hop a plane, board a cruise from Palm Beach or depart on the Fast Ferry from Fort Lauderdale and enjoy a relaxing glide to Grand Bahamas Island.

We’re happy to share that you can now escape to paradise for a steal! Viva Wyndham and Balearia Caribbean are offering an incredible all-inclusive ferry and resort package with the following amenities:
  • Resort Accommodations
  • Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks
  • Daily Activities Program
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Introductory Dive Lessons
  • Unlimited Non-Motorized Sports
  • Live Night Entertainment
  • International Entertainment Staff
  • Dance Classes
  • Gym
  • Free Wifi
  • Theme Parties


The package is $495* for 3 nights and the ferry from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Bahama departs Thursdays and Sundays.

Book by 5/30/21


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Viva Wyndam Fortruna Beach All-Inclusive Resort 3.5 Stars

Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is an all-inclusive, Tyus Tours & Travel Favorite, family-friendly resort, located on a secluded beach on beautiful Grand Bahama Island. Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is a relaxing island destination for those who desire a fun, tropical getaway. Unwind in the shade with a refreshing cocktail, plan a romantic trip for two or experience thrilling water sports activities, including sailing, wind surfing and snorkeling; this all-inclusive resort has something to satisfy all tastes and travel styles. 

$201 per night


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The Flamingo Bay Hotel & Marina 3 Stars

This quaint hotel is conveniently located 200 yards near the beach, just minutes from downtown Freeport, a five minute unique and scenic water Taxi from our Marina to Treasure Bay Casino and Port Lucaya Marketplace. Flamingo Bay Hotel shares the beach and pool amenities with its sister property the Taino Beach Resorts, so guests enjoy the benefits of Taino Beach Resorts with the largest pool on Grand Bahama, lazy pool, water slide and swim up pool bar just to name a few.

$76 per night


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Marlin at Taino Beach 3.5 Stars

Located in Freeport, The Marlin at Taino Beach Resort & Clubs is on a private beach. Shoppers can check out Port Lucaya Marketplace, while everyone can enjoy the natural beauty of Taino Beach and Lucaya Beach. Discover the area's water adventures with scuba diving and snorkeling nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with horse riding and cave exploring

$146 per night


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It's Your Time To Travel Podcast

Date: 04/15/2021

Topic: Grand Bahama Island continues to rebound with special call in guest,

Carmel Churchill, Author, Tourism Cinsultant, Grand Bahmas Island YOUR TIME TO TRAVEL 041521.mp3


Entry Requirements for Visitors 

Step 1: 

Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application: 

  • All persons traveling to The Bahamas, and those traveling inter-island, must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at 

Vaccinated Travelers: 


  • Effective immediately, a Bahamas citizen or resident who is fully vaccinated – after receiving their second dose - will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements when traveling inter-island from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera. 


  • Effective May 1, 2021, visitors traveling to The Bahamas from other countries who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel. 

Unvaccinated Travelers: 

  • Unvaccinated travelers entering The Bahamas and/or those traveling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, Abaco, Eleuthera or Harbour Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas. 

  • Children 10 and under, and pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas are not required to take a test. 

  •  Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas Health Visa application, and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. 

  •  Any person presenting test results older than 5 days will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas. 

Step 2: 

Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, travellers can apply for their required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at (Click on International Tab) 

Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to upload proof of vaccination confirming they have passed the two-week immunity period. 

  • As part of the Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee. 

  • Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time. 

  • The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent on the length of stay. 

  •  All travelers eighteen (18) years of age and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa. 

  • Persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of their parent or guardian. 

*Unvaccinated Bahamian citizens or residents planning to travel abroad for five (5) days or less must secure a test in the destination they visited before traveling back to The Bahamas. Any RT-PCR test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry.


Dive Into Adventure On Grand Bahama Island


                 Image credit: @visitgbi

Have you ever explored the magical world that lives under the ocean’s surface surrounding Grand Bahama Island? It’s a diver’s paradise and a great way to continue exploring the island far beyond the sand! 


When you dive deep into the crystal-clear waters of Grand Bahama, you’ll find detailed coral gardens, playful dolphins and inviting blue spaces. There is so much to discover beyond the beach! Oddly enough, many people barely enter this magical world. Instead, they seem to prefer other land-based adventures like relaxing in a chair by the pool and catching some rays. Trust us—if you go out on a dive boat, you’ll be completely captivated by everything you see in this amazing underwater world. 


Grand Bahama Island’s reputation as a diver’s paradise has been growing ever since the earliest episodes of Sea Hunt were filmed here in the late 1950s.



Grand Bahama Island is one of the few places you are guaranteed to dive with dolphins in the wild. This is done through the Underwater Explorers’ Society’s (UNEXSO) “Dolphin Dive” program, where local dolphins from the Dolphin Experience frolic with divers at a reef about a mile off shore. Many people can only imagine getting this close to a dolphin in the wild. Don’t miss out on this rare and amazing experience––swim with them right here on Grand Bahama Island. 


If you want to dive with sharks, there are two feeding programs you can participate in on Grand Bahama Island; one with UNEXSO and another with West End Watersports. In both programs, an experienced shark feeder wearing chain mail offers fish to a swirling group of Caribbean reef sharks. Anyone who’s done this dive will tell you that it makes for an incredible photo opportunity.! 

The adventure will typically begin with a detailed briefing at the dock. The shark feeder will run through the various phases of the dive, then you will travel to the dive site together via boat. Once in the water, you will soon be amazed at the sights around you. You will often see 10-25 sharks, varying in length from 4 to 9 feet, many of which will come quite close to the group. Definitely an experience to remember! 

With a diverse daily activities program, marvelous beaches, sports, and fun, your vacation is bound to become unforgettable. Enjoy being part of the many activities under the warm tropical sun, accompanied by people who every day put on their best smile. Breathtaking views and a lively entertainment-fun atmosphere make this an ideal setting to enjoy of your favorite pastimes with the opportunity to create new memories. Shark and Dolphin Encounters are just the beginning!


West End Watersports located at Old Bahama Bay, West End, Grand Bahama Island offers fun and exciting adventures. Tiger Beach Shark diving! Lobster and Conch diving, reef fishing, stingray feeds and more!

Excursions for both SCUBA certified guests, which is a “face to face” trip with our little friends and also, a “caged” trip for the non-certified and more conservative guests!

The trip includes boat, fuel, licensed captain and professionally trained shark feeder, tanks, weights, belts, lunch and refreshments, and chum bait. The duration is from 8AM to 4PM.

Take a journey with André Musgrove, Underwater Photographer, Underwater Cinematographer, Filmmaker, professional freediver, PADI Scuba Diving Instructor, Spearfisherman, Underwater Stunt Performer, and Private Dive Guide born and based in The Bahamas. André sets out on a three-day journey to discover Diving on Grand Bahama Island, post-hurricane Dorian 2019.




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  • Grand Bahama Island

    As the northernmost island of The Bahamas, and the closest major island to the United States, Grand Bahama Island is a beautiful, and convenient, vacation destination, and home to some of the friendliest people on Earth.




  • Grand Bahama Island

    As the northernmost island of The Bahamas, and the closest major island to the United States, Grand Bahama Island is a beautiful, and convenient, vacation destination, and home to some of the friendliest people on Earth.

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