An Exuma Day Trip is the best way to visit the Bahamas and enjoy the top Exuma Attractions, all in one day. Visiting the famous Swimming Pigs is now the best thing to do in the Bahamas. And the most convenient way to get to Pig Beach is to take an Exuma Trip from Nassau by Plane.
As the first operator of Exuma Day Trips by Plane, Bahamas Air Tours is the premier provider of Exuma Excursions from Nassau. Inclusive Exuma Day Trip packages offer a full day excursion that includes both flights and a boat tour with visits to the most popular Exuma Attractions: The Bahamas Swimming Pigs, Swimming with Sharks, Iguanas, Thunderball Grotto James Bond Cave, Sand Bar, Underwater plane wreck and the Staniel Cay Yacht Club.
But it’s not just from Nassau that you can take the Exuma Day Trip, but from Florida too. The Exuma Pigs Tour is now available from Miami! Enjoy the Miami to Bahamas Day Trip with Bahamas Air Tours, departing with group tours and private charters.
Enjoy Stunning Tropical Views on the Exuma Day Trip
The Romance of flying is truly back with the Day Trips from Nassau to Exuma by plane. Flying across the stunning landscape of tropical islands is a magical experience.
Flying over the Exuma Cays – an exquisite chain of 365 islands – is a sight to behold! The calm turquoise blue waters glisten in the rising sun and the waves gently break across the white sand beaches back by swaying palm trees; this just a small glimpse of the beautiful scenery that awaits visitors on the Exuma Day Trip.
Taking the Exuma Pigs Tour at Pig Beach
Pig Beach is currently the top number#1 destination in the Bahamas. Visitors flock from around the globe to go visit the famous Bahamas Swimming Pigs. And they visit the Pig Island on an Exuma Pigs Tour to Pig Beach. Pig Beach can only be reached by boat, and so most Exuma Day Trips take visitors from the adjacent Staniel Cay Island (home to the nearest airport) by Boat to Pig Island.
Officially named Big Major Cay, but affectionately known at Pig Beach, this small uninhabited island is home to the original Swimming Pigs. We say original, since Big Major Cay is the true origin of the Bahamas Swimming Pigs. Whilst there are many islands in the Bahamas now that claim to have Swimming Pigs (well, these are often just pigs on a beach!), it is only Big Major Cay / Pig Beach that is truly home to origin of the species of the Swimming Pig.
Legend has it that these Exuma Pigs were shipwrecked during a hurricane and swam ashore here! Another fascinating story paints a picture of sailors leaving the pigs there with the intentions of returning in the future. However, the origin story of the Bahamas Swimming Pigs is actually more fascinating;
Staniel Cay, the neighbouring island, was a small farming community that kept their pigs away from the village – and Big Major Cay was the perfect place to keep them – a small uninhabited island in close proximity. So when the famers sailed over to Pig Beach to feed their pigs, the pigs began swimming out in the water to greet the farmers – and from then on the world gave birth to a new species of pig: The Bahamas Swimming Pig.
Exuma Excursions from Nassau: Tour Highlights
It’s easy to overlook all the other exciting things to do on an Exuma Day Trip when the headline attraction are the Swimming Pigs! And many visitors become fixated on the Pigs at the expense of all the other interesting and fun activities in the Exumas!
Swimming with Sharks
Another top activity and most often overlooked experience on the Exuma Day Trip (guests often remark how much they enjoy this over the Swimming Pigs), are the Sharks at Compass Cay. These pet sharks that live at Compass Cay Marina are a species of Nurse Shark.
Roaming the Island of prehistoric Iguanas
Bitter Guana Cay is home of the Bahamian Rock Iguanas – an endangered species of Iguana with a distinctive red or pink color. Their home, Bitter Guana Cay, is a small uninhabited island just to the south of Staniel Cay; that has a spectacular stretch of the finest unspoilt Bahamian white sands. In fact it’s often that guests enjoy being on the island more than visiting the iguanas.
Underwater Plane Wreck
The Staniel Cay plane wreck is one of the most accessible plane wrecks in the Bahamas. It sunk here arfter the twin engine plane ditched here in the 1970’s during the prolific drug running era of Pablo Escobar (whose main operation was flown from Norman’s Cay at the northerly end of the Exuma Cays).
On an Exuma Day Trip guests can snorkel at the plane wreck. Whilst much of the aircraft structure has decayed over the time lost at sea, the main features still remain recognizable; from the wings to the engines and even the cockpit which you can still sit in – only underwater! It’s a fantastic idea to bring an underwater camera with you.
How to get to Exuma: Excursions by Plane
Visitors to the Bahamas and South Florida really on have two ways of taking an Exuma Day Trip – either by Plane or by Boat. The Exuma trip from Nassau by boat takes upto 3 hours, one way. So that’s a total of 6 hours roundtrip spent just travelling by boat. And once you factor in the rough seas, sea sickness, and exposure to all the elements – an Exuma Day Trip by boat becomes less appealing!
Instead, the Exuma Day Trip by plane solves the problem of working out how to get to Exuma! Enjoy a comfortable flight – only 40 minutes one way from Nassau to Exuma. And fly on an aircraft with extra large windows – offering stunning views of the Exuma archipelago.
Day Trips from Nassau to Exuma
With the most popular way of visiting the Exumas from Nassau being the Nassau to Exuma Day Trip, this is an adventure you wont want to miss! Forget taking the speedboat to Exuma, take the plane instead.
Exuma Day Trip from Miami
Fly with Bahamas Air Tours on the unique Miami to Bahamas Day Trip, and go direct to Pig Beach and the famous Bahamas Swimming Pigs from Miami!
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