Traveling to Eleuthera usual has a few things that you should know about in advance of your trip to make it as easy as possible. It’s not that it’s different from traveling to other places but there are things that you might not expect.
First thing is on your way over you will be handed out a form to fill out that you will need for Customs and Immigration. You will need your passport so don’t put it away when you get on the plane or it may be hard to access later. You should also have a pen or maybe you can borrow one. I always bring one as I know I’ll be filling out the form. Mostly this applies to Immigration who will stamp it, take a copy and give it back to you. Keep that as you may need it downstairs at Customs and you’ll definitely need it when you leave on your return trip home.
If you fly into Nassau you will have to go through Customs and Immigration. Now when you get up to Immigration the general crowd goes to the right and the line is usually very long. If you look to the left there is a family island section for those traveling on to the Family Islands. Eleuthera is considered one of the Family islands. Go to this line. It’s usually empty or with very few people and that speeds up the process for you.
Next you go down and get your luggage after which you proceed to Customs. Most of the time visitors are just ushered through with no problem but they can check anyone’s luggage for this that may have duties attached. That’s a whole other issue that as a visitor you don’t need to worry about.
As a general rule make sure to leave yourself plenty of time between connecting flights- 1 1/2- 2 hrs to be safe and more about this below.
After you have left there you go to the right , out a door, across an open area and then to another building. This is a very short walk and is where all the domestic flights come from. Once inside find your carrier and check in. Now as a rule flights close their doors so to speak 45 minutes before the flight is scheduled to depart so may sure you get checked in in plenty of time or you’ll be spending the night in Nassau. After you check in you will go through a domestic security check point much like other places and once through proceed upstairs to the domestic lounge.
There is a Dunkin Donuts and a few other places to grab something to eat and drink with some gift stalls and you should head up to this lounge even if you think you may have more than enough time. Domestic carriers have times that they fly but if something on their end changes and a plane comes in early and is ready to leave early and you aren’t there- well you just missed your flight. Be early and ready to leave if this happens. Now on the opposite end, they get delayed more often than not but it’s better to be there and ready than miss your flight to Eleuthera.
Domestic flights have very little room for carry on items. A small bag or small backpack that fits under your seat is about it. I usually check in everything but computers which I carry on.
These are small planes and not like flying on larger ones. You are not able to fully stand up while in the plane so if you need to be able to do that or such you may have to rely on Bahamas Air. The other carriers- Southern Air and Pineapple air both have smaller planes. We’ve flown Southern for many years.
If you have dietary needs that you aren’t sure you’ll be able to get here- bring those food items with you.
Don’t forget medicines- changing your cell phone plan, chargers, cameras and other electronics.
Eleuthera has three airports- North Eleuthera, Governor’s Harbour and Rock Sound. Make sure you book your flights to the closest place to where you will be staying