We have been in the Exumas for three months and have rarely been without wifi from Normans Cay to Georgetown. We have a very good wifi extender which is almost a necessity if you want to use wifi onboard. Many people bring their laptops ashore and sit outside a provider, such as a marina or store. Exuma Wifi is available from Warderick Wells to Staniel Cay (maybe a little beyond). You buy the prepaid card online or in one of the marinas or stores. It is $10 a day, $25 for three days, $55 for seven days, and another price
for a month. They do limit the usage. I've been getting the three day card and it's good for 750 MB. I think the one day is 200 MB.
In Georgetown there are a few free sites. Exuma Market (large grocery store) provides free wifi, although you have to bring your computer into town and sit outside the store. There are several providers you have to pay for, although you need a wifi extender to get it from your boat. I used Harbour wifi, which was a prepaid card for $15 and lasted a week.
At Black Point, free wifi is available at Lorraine's Cafe and also at Scorpios Bar, although they do expect a small donation at Lorraine's and I believe you have to buy something at Scorpios. Lorraine has what amounts to a computer lab set up for cruisers so you don't even need to use your own computer, although everyone does. They don't broadcast outside their buildings, so you have to come in to town to use wifi in Black Point. We don't stay at marinas, but I believe in some of the marinas you are able to use their wifi.
If you are lucky, you will pick up "free" sites, although I don't think they are intentionally "free." Someone just hasn't figured out how to password protect them yet. I've occasionally found one, but they aren't reliable and don't last for long. Weíve heard that each year in the Bahamas
there are fewer free sites.
is usually good and Batelco towers are all shown on the Explorer Charts
. We have found it a good idea to have a Bahamas phone
, or any phone that isn't locked and can accept one of their cards. During the three months we have been here, I have called my daughter every night for under two minutes on the Bahamas phone and have spent about $75 so far. (She is 30 years old and autistic. This is something we have always done Ė well worth the price
for me.) There have only been a couple of nights when we haven't had phone service.
We have also had very good luck using a MagicJack phone when we've had Internet
service. Skype phones probably work just as well. Weíve discovered that the connection is better when you call someone on a cell phone
, rather than a landline.
Another interesting bit of communication service in part of the Exumas is free TV. If you have an antenna
and an HDTV on board, you will be able to get NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox and several Bahamian stations from around Staniel Cay (maybe a little farther north) to Barretarre. The satellite
is in Little Farmer's Cay and broadcasts out that far north and south. Boats with Follow Me Direct TV and other Satellite
TV services lose the signal at various points in the Exumas as they head
These are the places we have stopped so far in the Bahamas, and have rarely been without Internet or phone service. The only cays without good service were around Lee Stocking Island, Rudder
Cay, and Musha Cay.
Little Farmerís Cay
Lee Stocking Island
Leaf Cay/Normanís Pond
Rudder Cay/Musha Cay
Galliot Cay/Little Farmerís Cay
Big Majorís Cay/Staniel Cay