Makers Air is the premier airline with daily flights to Staniel Cay Bahamas . Our goal is to connect passengers to paradise, crafting a flight experience that brings reliable, memorable and convenient getaways to our customers.
If you’ve always fancied having a whole beach to yourself, that dream can come true with a flight to Staniel Cay. There are numerous uninhabited islands around the Cay and one of them could be yours for a day.
And on the rare occasion that another visitor disrupts your peace and tranquility, you can always go sail on to the next island. There’s a pretty good chance that it’ll be equally pristine and beautiful.
Makers Air provides daily direct flights to Staniel Cay and other locations in the Bahamas to make your trips quick and stress-free.
To make your vacation more pleasurable, you’ll need to get comfortable accommodation. Exuma has a lot of luxury villas with modern amenities and staffed employees. Here are some of the best places to find accommodation in Exuma Cays:
Our luxury villas offer everything you need for the picture-perfect Staniel Cay vacation: beautiful accommodations with breathtaking views, and a variety of upgrades to enhance your Bahamian getaway.
This 5 bedroom, 5 bath oceanfront home on Staniel Cay features two beautifully furnished levels that can be rented together or separately. The upper level has three bedrooms and three baths, including a spacious master suite, high-end kitchen/dining area, and living room with a deck overlooking the water. The lower level has two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, and a living room with a deck overlooking the water. Both levels are appointed with all modern amenities.
This 4-bedroom beachfront home on Staniel Cay is ALL NEW after a total renovation! Sweeping views of the turquoise sea and glorious sunsets greet you from every room on the main level and lengthy deck. With an open plan and vaulted ceilings, relax in the spacious living area, dining room, and full kitchen with breakfast bar. The primary bedroom is adjacent with an ensuite bathroom and walkout to the beachfront deck. Three additional bedrooms and a second bathroom are located downstairs. Two of the downstairs bedrooms boast sliding glass doors to an outdoor shower, hammock patio, and backyard beach.
Relax, unwind, and fall in love with the Bahamas’ Exuma Cays. The secluded villas at EMBRACE resort were created for discerning travelers who prefer quiet privacy and personalized hospitality.
The natural setting of the Compass Cay offers much-needed privacy and beautiful views from the villas of this resort. The accommodations overlook the ocean, marina, creek and beautiful gardens.
The island has plenty to offer when it comes to attractions, and you have every reason to visit this serene beauty haven.
Some of its top attractions include:
An underwater cave, the Thunderball Grotto is a fantastic place for snorkeling and diving. And if that’s not enough reason to visit, parts of the James Bond film Thunderball were filmed here.
A few minute skiff ride north of Thunderball Grotto sits Big Major Cay, home of the Original Swimming Pigs of the Bahamas. Here, local pigs, big and small, will swim out to your boat for treats! You can also head up onto the beach and put food in their troughs or give them fresh water. It’s a great place for a photo op!
Watch the nurse sharks feed at the fish bench at SCYC! The local fishermen will gladly let you toss scraps to the almost dog-like sharks who cruise through the area. Compass Cay, a 15 minute skiff ride away also has a crew of nurse sharks and bonefish who would love to see you! They are used to human contact and have rough skin, much like an elephant or rhino. You can swim with them!
Attractions aside, Staniel Cay has tons to offer when it comes to adventure. Some of the fun activities to do here include:
Don’t be fooled by the small and unimpressive look of the Thunderball Grotto. When you dive into the water, you’ll move into another dimension. You’ll get to experience the uniquely beautiful corals and fish species as the sun’s rays illuminate the crystal-clear water. This will probably be the most memorable snorkeling experience you’ll ever have.
Your trip to Exuma Cays won’t be complete without a swim with the pigs. Yes, you read that right!
Pig Beach is populated by a colony of feral pigs that gracefully spend most of their day in the water. The pigs are friendly and will swim to your boat for you to feed them. So, remember to carry some snacks.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club is at the heart of all the action. Enjoy scenic views, island cocktails, and fresh from the water seafood and conch salad.
If you are looking for something a bit off the path with island flair and a touch of mainland refinement, then you don’t want to miss a stopover at SCYC.
Staniel Cay Adventures offers many types of adventures including sightseeing to the original and now famous Staniel Cay swimming pigs. Swim with the sharks at Compass Cay, hand-feeding turtles at Farmers Cay, and snorkeling on an old drug plane & natural aquarium in the land and sea park.
The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park has possibly the best waters for private boating. Stretching 22 miles from Wax Cay to Conch Cay, the park is brimming with spectacular coral reefs, mysterious caves, a wide variety of marine animals, and magnificent sea gardens.
Dubbed “The Garden of Eden,” the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park boasts serene beaches, numerous islets, endless cays, and safe anchorages. Whichever part you explore, expect to see a variety of tropical birds. And if you’re lucky enough, you might see the endangered Bahamian rock iguana
Warderick Wells or Hawksbill Cay is a great place for hiking. Here, you can feast your eyes on the ruins of the 18th-century Loyalist settlements.
For the best hiking experience, tour the archipelago between sunrise and sunset. Be sure to bring some water, as there are no facilities near the area.
If you enjoy hiking, this deep blue lagoon is the spot for you. The trail is both challenging and rewarding thanks to the breathtaking sights from the top of the cliffs.
Underneath the waters of the Rudder Cut Cay is a sculpture of a mermaid near a piano on the sandy ocean floor. You can only see this magnificent masterpiece via snorkeling.
Would you like to see some wildlife during your vacation in the Bahamas? Check out Allen Cay in the Exumas. The island is home to a host of marine wildlife, including iguanas.
This intriguing underwater plane wreck in Staniel Cay is believed to be a drug smuggler’s plane that crashed during Pablo Escobar’s reign. While diving to see the ruins, you can catch a glimpse of the stunning coral reef and fish species.
The most convenient way to visit all these places in the Exumas is to rent a boat.
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 do I confirm my tickets to Staniel Cay?
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.
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.
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.
I need to change my ticket. What is your policy and how do I make this change?
Makers Air understands that plans change sometimes! Should your travel plans change, simply complete a Makers Air Travel Reschedule Form. Your change fee will be waived for changes made at least 14 days prior to your original departure date. For changes made within 14 days, please see below for fees:
- $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
I need to cancel my ticket. What is your policy and how do I cancel?
Should you need to cancel your trip completely, please complete a Makers Air Travel Reschedule Form. A travel voucher will be issued to you. This voucher is valid for travel within 12 months and cancellation fees will apply, as outlined below.
- No change/cancellation fee for changes/cancellations made at least 14 days prior to departure
- $75 per passenger for changes/cancellations made 8 to 13 days prior to departure
- $100 per passenger for changes/cancellations made 2 to 7 days prior to departure
- $150 per passenger for changes/cancellations made up to 8 hours prior to departure
- If changes/cancellations made inside of 8 hours of departure, customer forfeits ticket
Regarding your travel voucher: Extensions beyond one year are not possible. Passengers who do not notify Makers Air in writing at least 8 hours in advance of their scheduled departure forfeit their right to a voucher for future travel. Notification to Makers Air must be made via this form. Phone calls or voicemails will not be accepted. All tickets are non-refundable as outlined on your ticket confirmation.
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. You must also have the proper pet permitting required by the Bahamas Government. Due to regulations, you must call the office, before booking your flight, at 954-771-0330 to confirm that there is space available on your flight for your pet. The minimum pet fee is $35 or $2.00 per pound, whichever is greater. The “per pound” pet charge will include the crate’s weight 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 is your baggage policy?
Each ticketed passenger (with the exception of lap babies) may check up to 40lbs of baggage at no charge. This 40lbs is inclusive of your personal items such as handbag, laptop bags, etc. as well. Excess baggage beyond 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.
If you anticipate having excess baggage that must travel with you, please contact our Freight Department at Freight@makersair.com a minimum of 48 hours in advance to discuss your options. Please note that all items, including any items that fly unaccompanied, passenger excess luggage and Guaranteed Cargo Delivery, are subject to duty and must have receipts and invoices for all items contained within. You are responsible for payment of duty,VAT and any other applicable fees.
How do I get to Makers Air for my 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.
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 early do I need to arrive at the airport?
All passengers must arrive and check-in a minimum of 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Please note that flights may depart up to 30 minutes earlier than scheduled departure time.
Can I park at Makers Air?
Makers Air strongly encourages passengers to utilize Uber or other ride-share services as parking is extremely limited. Should it be necessary to bring your own car, Makers Air does provide valet parking for our passengers. Self parking is not available. Makers Air is not responsible for any damage or theft to vehicles or their contents. Please note that parking is unsecured and there is no security. Long-term parking is not allowed.
I need to book a connecting flight. How much time do you recommend I give myself?
We recommend giving yourself a minimum of a 3 hour buffer between connecting flights if leaving out of Ft. Lauderdale International airport and a 4-hour buffer if leaving out of Miami International airport. This buffer is to account for any delays at US customs, any possible delays due to inclement weather, any travel time between airports, or any other unforeseen delays that could arise. Makers Air is not responsible for costs incurred by the Passenger (hotel, missed connections, etc.) due to any delays because of weather, mechanical issues, customs and immigration delays, or any other reason beyond our reasonable control. Trip Insurance will protect against such events and is strongly encouraged. Please contact a reputable travel insurance agency to protect your travel investment.
Are there any nearby hotels in Fort Lauderdale that offer a discount if I fly with Makers Air?
Yes! Makers Air passengers receive exclusive benefits at various local establishments. Click here to view!
Bahamas Travel Resources
- Bahamas COVID-19 Webpage
- Effective September 22, 2022, all COVID restrictions have been lifted in the Bahamas. No COVID tests are needed to enter the country, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated.
Helpful Travel Links
Am I allowed to bring fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, or eggs into the Bahamas?
Notice of Agricultural Permits Requirements
No passenger may bring fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, poultry, eggs, flowers or plants without an Agriculture 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.
Can I bring my fishing poles with me to Staniel Cay?
Can I bring alcohol or cigarettes into the Bahamas?
Bahamian Law allows Duty Free (into the Bahamas):
$100 total of duty-free items to visitors
- 1 qt. of liquor OR 1 qt. of wine OR 1 6-pack of beer
- 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars
- NO FRUITS OR VEGETABLES
How do I travel with a drone to Staniel Cay?
General Rules for Flying a Drone in the Bahamas
Based on our research and interpretation of the laws, here are the most important rules to know for flying a drone in the Bahamas.
- A permit is required for all drone use in the Bahamas. See the section below for more information.
- You must register your drone to fly in the Bahamas. The registration portal can be found here.
- Do not fly within 50 ft. of any person, building, or vehicle not associated with the drone’s operation
- Do not fly over or within 150 meters of any congested or populated area.
- Do not fly higher than 400 ft.
- Do not fly within 5 nautical miles of any airport.
- Do not fly over private property unless you have consent from the property owner.
- Do not fly over military installations, nature reserves, or areas labeled a “no drone zone.”
- Do not fly at night or in bad weather conditions with low visibility.
Freight Duties and Levies
The average duty is 45% of the total landed value ($ 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.
Will US Customs allow me to bring back shells, fish, driftwood, etc back into the United States?
Fruits, meats (including pork products of any kind), plants, or vegetables are not allowed to be brought back into the United States, even if they were originally purchased in the US.
Coral, sea fans and/or driftwood are not allowed to be brought back into the United States.
Some shells may be permissible, if they were washed with bleach.
Conch/Fish: 10lbs per person is permissible
Lobster: 6 lobster per person is permissible (must be more than 6 inches in length)
If you are carrying in excess of $10,000 in any monetary form, you are required to declare this to United States customs.
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.
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.
Can I ship freight to the Staniel 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.
Flight Terms and and Conditions
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Makers Air is the premier airline with daily flights to Staniel Cay. Our goal is to connect passengers to paradise, crafting a flight experience that brings reliable, memorable and convenient getaways to our customers.
Looking for a tropical vacation spot to blow off some steam after months of work? Try the taking a flight to Staniel Cay in the Exuma Cays Bahamas!
With over 365 islands, you could take a year’s vacation and explore one island each day. You’ll never run out of fun things to do. Even better, Makers Air offers you convenient and safe direct flights to the Exuma Cays.