Makers Air is the premier charter airline with four weekly flights to Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas flights. Our goal is to connect passengers to paradise, crafting a flight experience that brings reliable, memorable and convenient getaways to our customers.
The Berry Islands in the Bahamas is one of the most exotic holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Great Harbour Cay is the largest island that constitutes the Berry Islands, making it the most popular. This island is full of scenic landscapes and tropical attractions that’ll make every bit of your stay worthwhile.
At Makers Air, we ensure you don’t miss out on this little piece of Caribbean magic by offering scheduled weekly flights to the Great Harbour Cay.
You can check-in at the following spots:
The Soul Fly Lodge experience has been diligently crafted to be personal, detailed, and flexible; your unique experience in the Berry Islands is designed to meet YOU exactly where you are. The complexities of our refined simple service are hidden between grains of sand, tailing bonefish, and gently rolling waves.
Tucked away inside a tranquil harbor, this luxurious accommodation establishment boasts numerous amenities to make your stay as fascinating as possible.
If you’re planning to rent a yacht while out in the Berry Islands, this Marina is a great docking spot. The Marina’s close ties with the local community means you can dock your boat without having to worry about any security issues.
There’s also a local restaurant within the marina area offering a wide variety of Caribbean cuisines for you to indulge in. The staff at Great Harbour Cay Marina are very hospitable and friendly to ensure you have a comfortable holiday.
Located just next to the Great Harbour Cay Marina is the Harbor Inn Guest House. The resort features five beautifully decorated villas, each offering unobstructed views of the nearby sandy beach. A golf course is also located near the establishment with lush greenery that’s just as beautiful to look at as it is to play on.
Over half a century ago, Great Harbour Cay became a globally popular tourist destination because of the establishment of a high-end marina and luxurious townhouses. This attracted rich tourists including famous people like Paul Newman, Cary Grant, and Brigitte Bardot.
Since then, the Great Harbour Cay has been a home away from home for many people around the world. But even with its popularity, you’ll still find minimal tourist traffic on this little island. This makes it a tranquil place that allows you to blow off some steam after months of working.
Along the entire 7.5-mile shoreline stretch that makes up the island, lies several beautiful beaches where you can enjoy hours of the warm, tropical weather. If you have company, a game of beach volleyball at the scenic Sugar Beach on the eastern end of the island should be a fun way to pass time.
This is the most bustling section of the island as a large percentage of the island’s population is based here. In Bullock’s Harbor, you’ll get to interact with both locals and fellow tourists as you dine on delectable Caribbean cuisines at any of the open-air restaurants that dot this settlement. Simply put, this is where to go if you want to experience a taste of the Bahamian culture.
What is Makers Air?
Makers Air (FAA Certificate number N5CA865Y) is a certificated On-Demand / Commuter Air Carrier and holds Economic Authority issued by The Department of Transportation. All flights provided by Makers Air are conducted in accordance with 14 CFR Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations
We have been in business since 2002 with our base of operations at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. We offer both private charters and scheduled service, as well as freight service, to numerous destinations in the Bahamas.
How much luggage can I bring?
Each ticketed passenger (with the exception of lap babies) may check up to 40 lbs. of baggage at no charge. Anything over 40 lbs will be charged an Excess Baggage Fee of $1.75 per pound and is not guaranteed to make the flight, unless a Guaranteed Cargo Delivery block was purchased at least 24 hours in advance. Please see next question below for further details regarding excess baggage.
Can a minor travel unaccompanied?
Yes, a minor can travel unaccompanied as long as they have a notarized permission letter with both parents signatures on it. Additionally, a copy of this notarized letter must be emailed to our Reservations team at least 24 hours in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I bring my pet?
Pets are welcome to fly with us as long as we are notified AT THE TIME OF BOOKING and all other rules and regulations are followed. Due to regulations, you must call the office, prior to booking your flight, at 954-771-0330 to confirm that there is space available on your flight for your pet. Minimum pet fee is $35 or $2.00 per pound, whichever is greater. The “per pound” pet charge will include the weight of the crate or “carrier”. Pet must remain confined to an FAA-approved carrier for the duration of the flight. Please note that while in our lobby, all pets must remain in their crate or on their leash.
If you are traveling aboard our private charter aircraft (N633AH), only one pet up to 10 lbs is allowed and must remain confined to an FAA-approved carrier for the duration of the flight.
What Form of Payments Do You Accept?
The preferred form of payment is a credit card. We take MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and American Express.
Any freight invoices that go unpaid after 30 days will be subject to late charges.
Can I change my flight? Fees?
Please note that all tickets are non-refundable. No changes can be made to your ticket once you are within 8 hours of departure time. Should your travel plans change, please complete a Makers Air Travel Reschedule Form. Change fees will apply as follows:
- No change fee for changes made at least 14 days prior to departure
- $75 per passenger for changes made 8 to 13 days prior to departure
- $100 per passenger for changes made 2 to 7 days prior to departure
- $150 per passenger for changes made up to 8 hours prior to departure.
- If changes made inside of 8 hours of departure, customer forfeits ticket
What happens if my baggage is over the 40lbs allotted to me?
Each passenger is allowed 40 lbs of baggage at no charge. Anything over 40 lbs will be charged an excess baggage weight fee of $1.75 per pound and is NOT guaranteed to make your flight. The only way to guarantee excess baggage to make your flight is if a Guaranteed Cargo Delivery block is purchased at least 24 hours in advance. It is important to note that any items that fly unaccompanied (including passenger excess luggage and guaranteed cargo delivery) are subject to duty and must have receipts and invoices attached. You are responsible for the payment of that duty.
How early do I need to arrive at the airport?
All passengers must arrive and check-in NO LATER than 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Can I park at Makers Air?
Makers Air provides complimentary valet services for our passengers. Simply pull into the Makers Air lot and one of our friendly valet attendants will assist you. Self-parking is not available. Makers Air is not responsible for vehicles or their contents. Please note long term parking is no longer available.
How do I confirm my Great Harbour Cay tickets?
Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions and payment in full are required to secure tickets. Reservations may be made directly online at our website, MakersAir.com, or by calling (954) 771-0330. Makers Air accepts American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. You will receive a confirmation itinerary via email for all tickets and charters.
Are all the taxes and fees included in the quoted price?
On all scheduled service fares, the price on your itinerary includes all applicable taxes and fees. However, extra baggage charges, if applicable, are NOT included in this price. On private charters, certain landing fees, customs overtime fees, etc. may not be included in the quoted price. This will depend on the specific charter details (time, destination, etc.) which will be explained by our Charter Coordinator to you.
How do I travel with a drone?
General Rules for Flying a Drone in the Bahamas
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in the Bahamas.
- A permit is required for all drone use in the Bahamas. See the section below for more information.
- You must register your drone to fly in the Bahamas. The registration portal can be found here.
- Do not fly within 50 ft. of any person, building, or vehicle not associated with the drone’s operation
- Do not fly over or within 150 meters of any congested or populated area.
- Do not fly higher than 400 ft.
- Do not fly within 5 nautical miles of any airport.
- Do not fly over private property unless you have consent from the property owner.
- Do not fly over military installations, nature reserves, or areas labeled a “no drone zone.”
- Do not fly at night or in bad weather conditions with low visibility.
Freight Duties and Levies
The average duty is 45% of the total landed value ($ value of item + any insurance premium + ALL shipping costs) of your items. However, a few common items are either free or somewhat less. Duty will be collected at the port-of-entry for all parcels being shipped to: Chub Cay, Great Harbour Cay, North Eleuthera, Rock Sound, San Andros, Fresh Creek, Congo Town, Cat Island. You, the shipper, are responsible for being aware of and paying for, all duties and levies applicable to your package.
NOTE: If a parcel contains a repair/replacement part for a vessel, and you submit a valid cruising permit to us at time of delivery, you may only be subject to entry and processing fees. However, not all replacement parts fall under this condition, so please contact the freight department with any questions.
If a parcel contains building materials (materials used in the structure of building), you may only be subject to entry and processing fees. Please visit www.bahamas.gov.bs for information on duties, exemptions, levies, VAT, etc.
What Are The Special Handling Charges?
Special handling charges may apply on exceptionally bulky or heavy items, repackaging, storage, Hazmat, forklift, domestic shipping, etc. Storage fees will apply to parcels left at our facility for over 1 week without contact or shipment information.
You may ship perishable items. Perishable items always fly at the Priority Rush Rate as we cannot store them. All deliveries of perishable items should be individually coordinated with our Freight Department to ensure prompt and expedited delivery.
Am I allowed to bring liquids, fruits and/or vegetables into the Bahamas or back to the U.S.?
Notice of Agricultural Permits RequirementsAgriculture Permit issued to them by the government of the Bahamas. Passenger must apply and pay for permit a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure. Bahamas customs has the right to open and inspect all baggage, coolers, boxes and other passenger belongings. Items may be confiscated by Bahamas Customs without proper permitting. Please click here for further information and permitting paperwork.No passenger may bring fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, poultry, eggs, flowers or plants without an
Bahamian Law allows Duty Free (into the Bahamas):
$100 total of duty-free items to visitors
- 1 qt. of liquor OR 1 qt. of wine OR 1 6-pack of beer
- 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars
- NO FRUITS OR VEGETABLES
U.S. Customs Allowance (into the U.S):
- Conch/Fish: 10 lbs. per person
- Lobster: 6 per person (MUST be more than 6 inches in length)
- NO MEATS, FRUITS, OR VEGETABLES
Can I ship freight to the Great Harbour Cay Bahamas?
In order for your unaccompanied parcel to be shipped to Staniel Cay, you must register with Click2Clear. We are unable to ship anything for you without this registration. Additionally, we will need your receipt(s) for the items we are sending. This is required for customs – both U.S. Customs at departure and Bahamas Customs upon arrival. When you place an order, please ask the supplier to include an invoice/receipt and contact information for the recipient. Please note that you are responsible for payment of all duties, levies, and required broker fees. All packages shipped to Staniel Cay MUST include:
- Invoice with total monetary value (item $, tax $, shipping $)
- Cruising Permit (if applicable)
- Recipient Contact Information (phone, email)
Where do we clear U.S. Customs & Immigration?
Upon your return to the U.S., the aircraft will taxi immediately to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol offices at 5301 East Perimeter Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309. All items must be removed from the aircraft and each passenger is responsible for his/her own bags. Please stay with your pilot during this process and do not leave the building until instructed to do so. PLEASE NOTE: No mobile phone use is allowed for phone calls or texting while you are in the Customs building.
Are there any nearby Ft. Lauderdale hotels that offer a discount if I fly with Makers Air?
I’m flying into FLL, MIA or PBI airport. How can I get from there to Makers Air?
There are many options for transportation to our hanger – car service, rental cars, Uber, Lyft, and taxis. Please feel free to contact our Reservations team should you desire further information.
How do I get to Makers Air for my Great Harbour Cay flight?
Makers Air is located at 2331 NW 55th Court, Hangar 19, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Approximate drive time to Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) – 20 minutes.
Approximate drive time to Miami International Airport (MIA) – 35-45 minutes.
Approximate drive time to Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – 35-45 minutes
From I-95: Take the Commercial Blvd exit (#32) and head west approximately 2 miles to NW 21st avenue. Make a right turn on NW 21st avenue and follow the road about three quarters of a mile.
From the Turnpike: Take the Commercial Blvd exit (#62) and head east approximately 3 miles to NW 21st avenue. Make a left turn on NW 21st avenue and follow the road about three quarters of a mile.
We are located on the right-hand side of the road in hangar #19. You will see a sign above the bay door that says Makers Air. The office and lobby are located on the left side of the building. Makers Air provides complimentary valet parking for our passengers.
How Do I Register for a Click2Clear account?
Thank you for reaching out to the Makers Air Freight Department! We will respond to you shortly. In the meantime, we are excited to announce that Makers Air is fully compliant with the new Click2Clear program implemented by the Bahamas Government. It is mandatory that anyone (Bahamian or US residents) that ship items into the Bahamas be registered online for this new system.
It is extremely important to note that your name on the Click2Clear account must exactly match the name on your packages. If this name is different from your previous shipments with us, it is vital that you update your Makers Air account with the valid name as soon as possible in order to avoid any delays or fines attached to your shipments.
Bahamas Travel Resources
Updated April 21, 2021:
- Effective May 1st, 2021 those travelling to The Bahamas from outside of the country will be exempt from a RT- PCR COVID-19 test IF they are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period.
- Proof of full vaccination will be required
- All persons not fully vaccinated must obtain a negative COVID 19 RT-PCR (nasal swab) test taken no more than five (5) days prior to travel. The day you take your test is considered “Day Zero”.
- Children 10 years old and younger are exempt from testing. However, you still must apply for a Travel Health Visa for them.
- All Travelers will be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs regardless of vaccination status.
- The Travel Health Visa fees are listed below. The fees are inclusive of the Day 5 Rapid Antigen Test (when applicable) as well as mandatory Trip Interruption Health Insurance.
$40 – Visitors Staying up to four nights and five days
$40 – Citizens and Returning Residents
$60 – Visitors staying more than four nights
FREE – Children 10 and Under
- If Visitors stay beyond 4 nights and 5 days, a Rapid Antigen Test will be required.
- This test will be available in all Out Island Destinations (example: Staniel Cay Yacht Club will be offering the 5th day test to Hotel and Marina Guests, as well as travelers in the area).
- For the duration of the visit, Visitors will complete a daily online health questionnaire for symptom tracking purposes.
- The wearing of masks and social distancing guidelines remain in effect.
***If assistance is needed through the Health Visa process, please contact the Health Visa Compliance Team***
(242) 502-0829 email@example.com
- All Travelers, two (2) years of age or older, returning to the US
from the Bahamas will be required to produce a negative Rapid Antigen
Test no more than three days prior to travel, regardless of vaccination
- All Makers Air passengers are REQUIRED to upload their negative Rapid Antigen Test results 48 hours prior to their departure flight back to the US. Passengers who do not provide this will be denied boarding.
- The current Travel Health Visa is being updated to include your
departure rapid antigen test, which can be obtained at numerous
locations throughout the Bahamas.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate this fluid situation. All of us at Makers Air look forward to making your next Out Island experience the most memorable one yet!
Traveling from Bahamas to US..do we need to get an antigen test if we are already vaccinated?
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How to Apply for a Travel Health Visa to Great Harbour Cay Bahamas
Pre-Flight RT-PCR Testing Locations:
- Synergy Diagnostic Laboratory – Makers Air passengers are eligible for 15% off the cost of test, with results often available within 24 hours! Click HERE for more details.
- Instant Medical Care, Ft. Lauderdale954-200-6001 (call prior to confirm they have the RT PCR test available – results within one hour)