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North and South Bimini are very close, so it was easy to change plans. Thanks to our cruising guide we knew that Bimini Big Game Marina had the customs office in it, so we hailed them and they had a spot for us, but no diesel. Since we had to motor so much on the passage, we were down to half a tank.
David went into sort out the customs and immigration. It’s a flat $300 for a boat over 30 feet, no matter how long you stay, plus our fishing license. Image only staying for a few days – that’s expensive. The customs office is open 9am to 7 pm every day, and it was very crowded for the 9 am rush.
While David got us taken care of, I found the marina wifi, and set about trying to activate our Bahamas SIM card, given to us by our Tumbleweed friends Chris and Sara. Using the wifi, I was able to “top up” and add money to our account, and then activate a data plan – 2GB for $30.
At this point, the marina deckhand came by and said we had overstayed our hour and we needed to pay $40 in dockage. What?? No one told us we had a time limit, so we told him we wanted to leave. He went back to the office and reported back that now we owe $50. David went to the office and managed to talk them into letting us go without charging us, thankfully!