1) What is the current travel process and procedures to get to The Bahamas.
Step 1: Take a COVID PCR test 5 days before traveling to The Bahamas. Before you go to get your test, ensure that the results are guaranteed to be provided 72 hours or less.
Step 2: Go to the Bahamas Government website, click on “International,” and then create an account with an email and password. Next, follow the prompts and upload your negative COVID PCR test result.
Step 3: The website reviews your COVID test and then sends you an email with a copy of your travel visa. Keep that on your phone and/or print a few copies to put in your hand luggage, just to be safe.
2) How long does it take to complete these steps?
The website generally gets back to you in a couple of hours if uploaded during business day hours or first thing the following morning. So far nobody has had any problems.
3) Why Grand Bahama?
It’s relatively easy to get to! We have direct flights from the Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports, as well as additional flight options expected to occur further into 2021. In addition, we also have set dates for a charter over from Fort Lauderdale for both groups or individuals. Thankfully, there are very few cases of COVID in Grand Bahama. There are tests made regularly and at the moment cases are fluctuating between zero-to-two per day. In fact, Grand Bahama has proportionally fewer cases than all 50 U.S. states, so anglers are most certainly coming into a cleaner environment.
Large bonefish is what we are known for here at H2O Bonefishing. It is very common for our anglers to catch their personal best bonefish with us which is a very good sign that expectations can be met. Our average size is 4 to 5 lbs. Fish 6 to 8 lbs are very common here and fish 9lbs and up into the trophy double-digit category are almost daily encounters. We also have some large permit as well. That is best from March through the summer and fall season. Our fishery has also experienced extremely light pressure over the past two years due to Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and COVID-19 in 2020.
One of the unusual and unique aspects of our fishery here is that in the right conditions we try to hunt down larger single bonefish that literally crawl across the flats. Their back completely showing along of course with their dorsal and tail fins also being on full display.
4) What are you doing to protect your guests and anglers?
Thankfully, as stated above, we have had very few cases of COVID-19 on Grand Bahama; however, we still want to do our due diligence to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. We do this by adhering to the local rules of mask-wearing in public places as well as any on-island transfers. We also have adequate outdoor seating at our clubhouse, Bones Bar, and make evening meal recommendations based upon outdoor seating options. Our maids come to clean the rooms every two days so that we can keep contact at a minimum.
5) What are your current rebooking policies?
Currently, should something happen that prevents anglers from traveling due to COVID, then they will have their dates moved at no charge. Please note that this is made available on full payment only. The payment of the booking is what qualifies the anglers for this no-fee date change.
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