Things to Do

  • Beaches

    French Leave Beach (N25° 11.911’~W76° 13.709’)

    It is no wonder that Club Med chose to build at this beach. It is simply spectacular. The perfect, reef protected, pink sand beach is flat and firm.

    Alabaster Beach (N25° 15.822’~W76° 19.067’)

    Just south of Governor’s Harbour Airport. Turn at the Cocodimama sign. This long, curvy beach has powdery sand and extends for more than a mile from the south end of Governor’s Harbour airport. As it is on the Caribbean side of the island, the water is usually calm and warm. It is also very shallow for a good distance out. It is an excellent picnic spot with many trees for shade, so bring along some snacks and drinks and plan to spend the day. This is an amazing beach, where you can walk out for a couple hundred yards in only a few feet of water. This is an excellent choice for families with young children.

    Twin Cove Beach (N25° 12.829’~W76° 14.653’)

    An amazing creation of nature. Identical “twin coves” with lovely beaches. Great for spear-fishing and snorkeling. Located 6.5 miles south of Governors Harbour airport. You’ll see a large white building trimmed in blue. The two roofs are also blue. The white building is marked Workers House. At the big blue sign “Guinep” turn left into the road going up the hill. Continue up to the top of the hill. Cross a paved road and after a few yards go left at the fork and then downhill. Turn right at the T downhill. Continue for 0.3 miles on a sand road. In a coconut grove there’s a house to your left. On the south side of the estate home and the left side of the sandy road there is a small access where you can park left and walk the last few steps to the beach.

    Double Bay (N25° 07.575’~W76° 07.227’)

    This long powdery soft pink sand beach has many houses along its length- some are estates and quite spectacular. Located 8.1 miles south of French Leave Harbour Village on the Queens Hwy. Turn left at the paved road with the beach access sign. The sand is firm and good for taking those long walks.

    Poponi Beach (N25° 10.215’~W76° 10.256’)

    This beach has wonderfully soft pink sand and is reef protected. This beach boasts lots of palm and pine trees, so there is shade when you need it. Turn left on Church Street 5.0 miles south of French Leave Harbour Village on Queens Hwy. At the T-junction (Northshore Drive) turn right and go 0.3 miles and turn left on dirt road. Continue on the dirt road for 0.1 miles to a parking area for the beach. It is perfect for snorkeling and walking.

    Lighthouse Beach (N24° 37.006~W76° 08.750’)

    This stunning pink sand beach, located at the southern tip of Eleuthera and is an all-time favorite of many travelers. It’s not easy to find or get to, but it’s well worth the effort. Located 18.1 miles south of Rock Sound Hardware. Follow the signs and then make a right at a worn down road side stand. On certain days you can watch cruise ships go by. On any day, it’s a good place for a relaxing swim, walk, snorkeling. You can climb up by the Lighthouse for the most spectacular view. It’s a good ride, about an hour and a half from French Leave Harbour Village so pack a lunch and plan on spending the whole day there.

    Ten Bay (N25° 07.259’~W76° 09.048’)

    Located 9.3 miles south of French Leave Harbour Village. Turn right at Beach Access Sign. This wide, sandy beach sits in a protected bay on the Caribbean side of Eleuthera. Ten Bay would not only be a good place to have a picnic, but to swim and also do some snorkeling. The shallow waters are a perfect place for children to swim safely. It is a relatively easy beach to find and well worth it. You can find lots of shells, starfish, and sand dollars.

    Gaulding Cay Beach (N25° 25.412’~W76° 35.611’)

    This popular Caribbean side beach is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and go for a day of swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. Located 2 miles north of The Cove turn left at the sandy access road and then go 0.2 miles keeping left at the “Y” in the road. Keep going past the house to the beach. The sand is soft, smooth, and powdery. It is generally calm and fairly shallow for a good distance out.

    Upper Cove Beach (N25 °25.231’~W76° 46.228’)

    The Current settlement is located at the north-western most tip of Eleuthera. This sandy cove is right by the main road, a mile before you reach Pierre’s Dive Shop in the settlement a mile south-west from this beach. Driving slowly, you’ll see the short beach access path to the beach quite easily. Your next stop and the last one on your trip to the south-western part of Eleuthera should be at the end of the road past the settlement Current. Why Current? Because of a cut, a narrow opening between two islands that produces a strong, nine knot tidal current.

  • Boat Rentals and Charters

    Eleuthera Sailing School Boat Rentals:

    Governors Harbour. Contact Skip Miller at (904) 236-6320 or (242) 470-6288; skipmillersailing@yahoo.com

    • Power boat: 14′ Maritime with a 40-HP Yamaha outboard. $200/day or $1200/week plus $30 delivery.
    • Sailboats: Sunfishes and Opties, $50/day.
    • Jet Skis: $300/day plus fuel. (Available when conditions are safe.)
    • Surf Boards: $30/day.
    • Catamarans (14’ and 16’) $100/day.
    Jeremy Lewis Boat Rentals:

    Governor’s Harbour. Contact Jeremy at (242)-470-1756, (242) 470-1763, (242) 699- 5310; jeremybiglewis@yahoo.com

    • Power boat: 18’ Boston Whaler, 85-HP Yamaha engine. $195/day ($150/day for 3 or more days). Plus delivery fee if applicable.
    Aquatic Tours:

    Harbour Island. Contact Captain Chris (242) 470-7049, AquaticTours@gmail.com, Visit our website for more information: www.Aquatic-Tours.com

    • Private Cruiser Yacht
    • Seadoo RXT_X Jet Ski (best on the market)
    Eratio’s Boat Rental:

    Governors Harbour. (242) 464-0568

    • Power boat: 17′ Boston Whaler with a 90-HP Mercury outboard. Contact for pricing.
    Cape Eleuthera Marina:

    Powell Pointe. (242) 334-8500

    • 16ft Carolina Skiff Rentals – 35 Horsepower Full day – $350 / half day – $200 Includes life vests, full tank of gas, oil & vhf radio. Up to 3 persons.
    LiL Shan’s Watersports:

    Harbour Island. (242) 422-9343, (242) 554-5789; www.lswatersports.com

    • Jet Ski Rentals: $60 /1 Hour$120/Half Day $350/Full Day $450
    • Boat Rental: 17′ Mako: Hourly $40; Half Day $125; Full Day $170
    • Boat Rental: 17′ Whaler: Hourly $35; Half Day $110; Full Day $160
  • Fishing Guides

    Zev Waserman:

    For general advice about fishing guides and fishing charters, contact Zev at (242) 470-7766, vacation@rainbowinn.com

    Gershom Pinder:

    (242) 464-0754, (242) 335-0471; gershompinder@gmail.com

    Julius Rankine:

    (242) 332-6524, (242) 464-0039; fishbonetours@live.com

    Paul Petty:

    (242)332-2993, (242) 332-2963 paulpetty2008@hotmail.com

  • Fishing, Spear Fishing, and Snorkeling Charters

    Island Time Fishing Charters:

    Gregory Town. Contact Zev at (242) 470-7766; vacation@rainbowinn.com

    • “We take you beyond and back safely. We specialize in family adventures, and also satisfy the serious outdoor angler.”
    Aquatic Tours:

    Harbour Island. Contact Captain Chris (242) 470-7049, AquaticTours@gmail.com, Visit our website for more information and pictures/video…. www.Aquatic-Tours.com

    Paul Petty:

    Governors Harbour. (242)557-7269, 242-332-2963; paulpetty2008@hotmail.com

    Fishbone Tours:

    (242) 332-6524 or (242)464-0039. fishbonetours@live.com, Visit our website…www.fishbonetours.com

    • Fishing charter services including reef fishing, big game, bottom fishing, spearfishing, bonefishing, and snorkeling.
    Captain James McCartney:

    Palmetto Point. (242)332-3393

    • Fly-fishing, spear-fishing, and reef fishing; snorkeling; picnic cruises (include cruising, snorkeling, beach lunch).
    Ocean Fox Cotton Bay:

    Davis Harbour Marina (242) 334-6300 al@oceanfoxcottonbay.com Visit our website: www.oceanfoxcottonbay.com www.overthewalldiving.wordpress.com

    • Diving, fishing, snorkeling, and sightseeing excursions
    Captain Irwin:

    Davis Harbour. (242)422-9312, (242)334-0111, (242) 334-2253.

    • Has a large boat and specializes in deep-sea fishing.
    Kelsey or Danny Rankine:

    Savannah Sound. (242) 332-6035 or (242)332-6616

    • Fishing and diving charters.
    Scott Bethel:

    Governor’s Harbour. (242) 468-1426

    • Fishing and diving charters.
    Daniel Gierrszewski:

    Governor’s Harbour. (242) 470-4645

    • Spearfishing and snorkeling.
    Patrick Demeritte:

    Governors Harbour/James Cistern. (242) 335-6104, (242) 551-0032; bdemeritte@hotmail.com

    • Snorkeling guide. Patrick will bring you to the best snorkeling spots in the area. $50/hour for a party of up to four. Price includes snorkel gear. Extra charges apply for larger groups.
  • Water Excursions and Adventure Tours

    Fishbone Tours:

    Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor! (242) 332-6524 or (242)464-0039. , Visit our website: www.fishbonetours.com

    • Fishbone’s Adventure Tours include starfish snorkel, reef fishing, reef snorkeling, mangrove hunt, conch garden (with fresh conch salad on board), and the famous Turtle Encounter. Optional lunch on the beach.
    Aquatic Tours:

    Harbour Island. Contact Captain Chris (242) 470-7049, AquaticTours@gmail.com , Visit our website for more information: www.Aquatic-Tours.com

    • Private Cruiser Yacht for Beach tours, Island excursions, Sunset Tours and Snorkeling Tours. Cabin seating 4 or converts into a lounge bed, a deck seating 6 and a Sun lounge seating
    • Destinations include Harbour Island waters and close by private beaches, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera and Exuma. Packages with yacht and jet ski together are also available.
    Eleuthera Tours:

    Cape Eleuthera. (242) 225-4408, (242) 557-7381, (407) 442-6297; info@eleutheratours.com , Visit our website: www.eleutheratours.com

    • Tours of Lighthouse Beach by land or sea. Boat excursion to Schooner Cays. Fishing and snorkeling excursions. Self-guided kayak adventures.
    Paul Petty:

    Governors Harbour. (242)557-7269, 242-332-2963; paulpetty2008@hotmail.com

    • Island Hopping Excursion Includes trips to the Exumas, Thunderbolt Cave, the National Park of the Bahamas, and Rose Island. Maximum of 10 people.
    Daniel Demeritte Island Tours:

    (242)335-6104, (242) 636-7257 bahamian_loverboy85@hotmail.com

    • Guided tours of Preacher’s Cave, Glass Window Bridge, The Cliff’s, Rock Sound Ocean Hole, Hatchet Bay Caves and more.
    Eleuthera Adeventure Tours:

    (242) 334-2356, info@eleutheraaadventuretours.com ; www.eleutheraadventuretours.com/thetour.pdf

    • Luxury bus tour including meals. Leaves every Tuesday from Governors Harbour. $89/person.
    • Dune Buggy Adventure Drive a Dune Buggy to Lighthouse Beach and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on the pink sand.
    Bahamas Out Islands Adventures:

    Gregory Town. Call Tom Glucksman at (242) 551-9635, (242) 335-0349, info@bahamasadventures.com , Visit our website at: www.bahamasadventures.com

    • Camping and kayaking trips. Also a surfing school and board rentals.
    Calvin Monroe:

    (242) 464-0962

    • Caving.
  • Scuba Diving

    Ocean Fox Cotton Bay:

    Davis Harbour Marina (242) 334-6300 al@oceanfoxcottonbay.com Visit our website: www.oceanfoxcottonbay.com www.overthewalldiving.wordpress.com

    • Diving, fishing, snorkeling, and sightseeing excursions
    • South Eleuthera is the best kept secret in the Bahamas for world-class scuba diving. Ocean Fox Cotton Bay is the PADI certified dive operation that covers this area of the Bahamas. Ocean Fox offers incredible diving (maximum of 8 divers per trip) with wall dives, pinnacle reefs, boiling holes, shark sites, drift dives on the bridge, and exploration diving for experienced divers, all in crystal clear water (75’ of visibility is considered a bad day).
    • Ocean Fox operates out of Davis Harbour Marina, one hour south of Governors Harbour.
    Clearwater Dive Shop:

    Governors Harbour. (242) 332-2146

    • Scuba equipment rentals.
    Valentine’s Dive Center:

    Harbour Island. (242) 333-2080, dive@valentinesdive.com

    • Scuba equipment rentals. PADI Resort operator with top-of-the line dive boats as well as high quality scuba gear for rental purposes. We run daily dives 7 days a week.
    • We also provide PADI instructional courses; ‘Bubblemakers’ for the 8-10 year olds, Resort Courses where you learn to dive in a day, full PADI Open Water Certifications, other advanced courses & specialty courses.
    Island Time Dive Charters:

    Gregory Town Contact Zev at (242) 470-7766; vacation@rainbowinn.com

  • Day Trip to Harbour Island

    This is a do-it-yourself day trip. To get to Harbour Island, drive 45 minutes north from the Governors Harbour airport to the Three Islands Dock, then a take a short water-taxi ride to Dunmore Town on Harbour Island. The taxis run continually and the fare is $5. Once on Harbour Island, rent a golf cart for about $40 for half a day and explore. Harbour Island has excellent shopping, many fine restaurants, celebrity sightings, and a long beautiful beach.
  • Cliff Jumping

    Rock Sound Ocean Hole:

    Located in Rock Sound, this blue hole offers excellent cliff jumping from the cliffs surrounding it. Access in and out of the water is easy, helped along by a ladder installed by the locals, who use it as a favorite swimming hole. Cliffs vary in height from 5 to 25 feet. Even higher cliffs can be found at The Cliffs in Rainbow Bay and at the Glass Window Bridge. For more information about cliff-jumping at these locations: www.discover-eleuthera-bahamas.com/cliff-jumping.html

  • Eco-Tourism

    The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve:

    (242) 332-3831 The first national park on the island of Eleuthera is located on the Banks Road, 1 mile south of Governors Harbour. For more information visit the website: www.levypreserve.org

    • Visitors can walk miles of trails through the preserve to view the beautiful orchids, food and medicinal plants, and hardwood trees that played an important role in the history of the island.
    The Cape Eleuthera Institute/The Island School:

    (242) 334-8552 For more information: www.ceibahamas.org and www.islandschool.org

    • Both are fascinating, and doing great work on the island and beyond, fostering vital relationships between people and the environment, exploring tropical ecology and sustainability, and researching and teaching about a wide variety of marine ecology issues. Tours are available daily!
  • Restaurants

    Located close to French Leave Harbour Village…

    Pascal’s at Sky Beach Club:

    Governor’s Harbour. Queens Hwy. (242) 332-3422

    Tippy’s:

    Governor’s Harbour. Banks Road. (242) 332-3331 www.pineapplefields.com

    • French, Italian & Bahamian cuisine. Fresh seafood daily. Reservations are suggested.
    The Beach House:

    Governor’s Harbour. Banks Road. (242) 332-3387

    • Excellent selection of Tapas and Entrees. Reservations are suggested.
    • Open daily for lunch. Dinner as well on Monday & Thursday.
    Da’ Park Cafe:

    Governor’s Harbour. Center of town. (242) 332-2620

    • Charming café serving breakfast and lunch. You will find espresso, cappuccino, pastries, muffins, paninis, sandwiches, and salads.
    Buccaneer Club Restaurant:

    Governor’s Harbour. (242) 332-2000

    • Located on the hill in historic colonial settlement serving breakfast and lunch.
    Banks Road Deli:

    Governor’s Harbour. Banks Road. (242) 332-2221

    • Deli meats and cheeses, sandwiches, pastries and much more!

    Located to the North of French Leave Harbour Village…

    Rainbow Inn Seafood & Steak House:

    Rainbow Bay. (242) 335-0294, www.rainbowinn.com

    • Fresh seafood and quality steaks.
    The Cove:

    Gregory Town. (242) 335-5142, www.thecoveeleuthera.com

    • Fine dining with a Sushi Bar in a posh setting at one of the island’s trendiest spots.
    • Reservations are required in advance to get past the security gate.
    Laughing Lizard Cafe:

    Gregory Town. (242) 470-6992, www.laughinglizardcafe.com

    • Fresh wraps, appetizers and salads in an eclectic island setting.
  • Child Care

    Brenda Demeritte:

    email: bdemeritte@hotmail.com , (242)355-6104, (242) 470-0488

    Natasha Saunders:

    loconatasha@hotmail.com , Cell phone: 242-553-5607. $20/hour.

  • Live Entertainment

    Monday

    The Beach House:

    Governor’s Harbour. Banks Road.

    • Live music from 7 to 11 p.m.
    Rainbow Inn:

    Rainbow Bay. Queens Hwy.

    • Woodfire pizza with live music from 7 p.m. until closing.

    Tuesday

    Unique Village:

    North Palmetto Pointe.

    • Live Band and Buffet from 7p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Rainbow Inn:

    Rainbow Bay. Queens Hwy.

    • Live music with Dr. Seabreeze from 7 p.m. until closing

    Thursday

    The Beach House:

    Governor’s Harbour. Banks Road.

    • Live music from 7 to 11 p.m.

    Friday

    Governor’s Harbour Fish Fry:

    Anchor Bay/Cupid’s Cay Beach.

    • World Famous Rum Bubbas, Music & Dancing from 6pm – 12am.
    Rainbow Inn:

    Rainbow Bay. Queens Hwy.

    • Open mic night from 7 p.m. until closing.

    Saturday

    Tippy’s:

    Governor’s Harbour. Banks Road.

    • Live Music from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    Rainbow Inn:

    Rainbow Bay. Queens Hwy.

    • The Mojo Show with live music from 7 p.m. until closing.
  • Golf

    There are multiple golf courses to choose from in Nassau (New Providence) which is just 25 minutes by air from Eleuthera. Our suggestion is to take the morning flight and return on the late afternoon flight.
  • Horseback Riding

    Oceanview Farm:

    Governors Harbour. Angela Brown Cuevas and Kelly Sweeting. (242) 357-4258, (242) 332-3671, angelabrowncuevas@gmail.com
    For more information: www.oceanview242.com

    • From $75 per hour.
  • Library

    Historic Haynes Library:

    Governors Harbour. (242) 332-2877; hayneslibrary@coralwave.comwww.hayneslibrary.blogspot.com

    • Membership to borrow books: $5.
    • Arts and crafts for children Sat morning at 10 a.m.
  • Massage

    Tazman Munroe:

    (242) 470-5248

    Tocina Young:

    (242) 334-4519, (242) 436-0949,

    • Swedish Massage 50 minutes/$110; 80 minutes/$125.
    • Deep Tissue Massage 50 minutes/$125; 80 minutes/$140.
    Ann Glucksman:

    (242) 359-7467 (deep-tissue massage)

    Clearine Rankine:

    (242) 332-0199 or (242) 470-5154

  • Medical and Emergency Numbers for Governors Harbour

    Police/Fire:

    (242) 332-2111 or (242) 332-2117

    Ambulance:

    (242) 332-3178 or (242) 557-7006

    Levy Clinic:

    (242) 332-2774

    • Located in a pink building just north of Governor’s Harbour. If the clinic is not open, a nurse is on call at (242) 332-3400. If you can’t get through, call police, and they will get another nurse on call.
    Dr. Baccus:

    (242) 332-2902

    • A medical doctor in private practice whose wife is a dentist. Located near Quality Inn Cigatoo in Governors Harbour.
  • Movie Theater

    Princess Movie Theater:

    Governors Harbour.
    242 332-2735 8:15 pm only. Closed Thursdays.

  • Photographer

    Brian Hanna:

    242-470-6562, brian@coldwellbankerbahamas.com

  • Shelling/Beachcombing

    For detailed information on shelling and shelling beaches on Eleuthera, read this article: www.jaxshells.org/scott.htm
  • Surfing

    Tom Glucksman:

    Gregory Town. (242) 551-9635 or (242) 335-0349 www.bahamasadventures.com; info@bahamasadventures.com

    • Surfing school and board rentals.
    Surfer Pete:

    Gregory Town. Call Rebecca’s Beach Shop at (242) 335-5436

    • Surfboard rentals, long and short.
    Skip Miller:

    Governors Harbour. (904) 236-6320; (242) 470-6288 skipmillersailing@yahoo.com

    • Surf Boards: $30/day.
  • Bicycle Rentals

    Dexter Bootle:

    Governors Harbour. (242) 332-2229

    Tom Glucksman:

    Gregory Town. (242) 551-9635 or (242) 335-0349 www.bahamasadventures.com; info@bahamasadventures.com

    For more info: http://eleuthera.com/bike.html
  • Tennis

    The Cigatoo Resort:

    Governors Harbour.
    Ask for Annie at (242) 332-3060.

    • Memberships to use the Cigatoo courts are available for $15/hour, $50/week, or $75/month.
    The Rainbow Inn also has a beautiful seaside tennis court. (242) 335-0294
  • Taxis/Car Rentals

    Stanton Cooper (Taxi & Rental Cars):

    Governors Harbour. (242) 359-7007, stantoncooper_620@hotmail.com

    Elliott Rolle (Rental Cars):

    Governor’s Habour. (242) 470-0467, (242) 332-2165, elliottrolle@gmail.com

    Arthur Nixon (Taxi):

    Governor’s Habour. (242) 359-7879, (242) 332-2568

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