On a vacation to the Bahamas the Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs day trips are the best and most convenient way to visit the famous Swimming Pigs in Exuma. The Bahamas Swimming Pigs live on a small island, Big Major Cay, affectionately known as Pig Island.
Pig Island in one of 365 islands that make up the Exuma Cays archipelago, only 50 miles south of Nassau. This exquisite collection of some of finest tropical islands anywhere in the world and home to many private islands owned by Hollywood actors like Jonny Depp.
It’s the Exuma Cays that most visitors will head to in order to visit Pig Island from Nassau. The Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs excursions are day long excursions by plane or boat. The Bahamas Air Tours Nassau to Exuma Day Trip is the premium Nassau to Pig Island excursion. Not just will you visit the Swimming Pigs but also the many other Exuma attractions like the Swimming with Sharks and the Bahamian Rock Iguanas, which makes a Nassau to Pig Island excursion one of the top things to do in Bahamas.
Where can you Swim with Pigs in the Bahamas?
There are now many islands that have pigs, whilst almost all of these are just Pigs on a Beach, there is only one island that is home to the original swimming pigs, and the only group of Pigs that actually swim in the ocean, rather than just walking into the sea through the enticement of food!
That island where you can swim with pigs is called Big Major Cay – also known as Pig Beach or Swimming Pig Island. This is the home of the original swimming pigs.
Big Major Cay neighbor’s Staniel Cay islands – considered the main hub for travel to Pig Beach. Its where visitors on the Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs excursions will land at, and then be transported by speed boat to the next door Pig Island.
How to choose the best Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs Excursion
Picking the best tour from Nassau to Pig Beach can be the hardest part of your vacation! With numerous tour operators offering Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs excursions by go-fast speedboat on a rather tortuous 3 hour journey across rough open seas – there is only one premium tour from Nassau to Pig Islands – the Nassau to Exuma Day Trip by Plane with Bahamas Air Tours.
The only day excursion from Nassau to Exuma that makes the fast 40 minute flight from Nassau Airport to Staniel Cay Airport – flying is really the best and only way to make a day trip to the Swimming Pigs.
Here are more reasons why you must take the plane to Pig Island from Nassau:
- Quickest Journey Time: Only 40 minutes for the flights from Nassau to Exuma, vs 3 hours in a Go-Fast speed boat.
- Comfortable Journey – enjoy the short flight in an air-conditioned cabin with comfortable leather seat.
- Stunning Views of the Exuma Cays – Not to be Missed! Incredible views of the Exuma archipelago. One of the most beautiful chain of islands in the world can be viewed whilst flying over them.
- Spend more time to visit all the attractions – who wants to spend 6 hours on a speedboat travelling back and forth? With the quick flight time you get more time in the Exumas and can visit the full itinerary of Exuma attractions.
- Premium service – with VIP upgrade tour options available that include hotel transfers and lunch you will be covered for your
What are the Bahamas Swimming Pigs?
The Bahamas Swimming Pigs are pigs that live on a small island called Big Major Cay in the Exuma Cays. The small island is home to the affectionately named Pig Beach, where the pigs live. Legend has it that the pigs came to be after becoming shipwrecked and swimming ashore. Another interesting story is that sailors left them on the island – with the intentions of returning for them – but never doing so they were left to inhabit the Pig Island.
Whilst these are all fascinating stories of how the Swimming Pigs came to live on Big Major Cay – the real reason is that on nearby Staniel Cay – a small farming community – the farmers moved the pigs to Pig Beach because of their fowl stench. When the farmers sailed out to pig island by boat to feed them, the pigs instinctively began to swim out to the sound of the approaching boat to get fed quicker! And that is how the Swimming Pigs came into being!
The Bahamas Exuma Pigs are without doubt the number #1 thing to do in Bahamas! And no better way to enjoy visiting them is on a Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs tour with Bahamas Air Tours.
Things to do near Pig Island
A Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs excursion isn’t just about visiting the Swimming Pigs at Pig Beach. There are so many more exciting places to visit and attractions in the Exumas!
On you Nassau to Pig Island Day Trip you’ll get to visit these 7 top things to do in Exuma:
- Swimming Pigs at Pig Beach (Big Major Cay)
- Swimming with Sharks experience at Compass Cay
- Pipe Creek Sand Bar – a stunning slice of pristine white sands
- Bahamian Rock Iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay
- Snorkel into the James Bond Cave at Thunderball Grotto
- Visit the Underwater Plane Wreck at Staniel Cay
- Enjoy lunch and cocktails at Staniel Cay Yacht Club (SCYC) on Staniel Cay island..
Swimming with Sharks from Nassau
Besides visiting the Swimming Pigs, the Swimming with Sharks experience is the other top rated activity to enjoy on the Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs Excursion.
The Swimming with Sharks experience is at the Compass Cay Marina. The types of sharks her are pet Nurse Sharks. They are considered pets since they’ve lived at the Marina under the watch of their careful owners for many generations. Nurse Sharks are considered mostly harmless to humans (they don’t eat people!). The ability to dismount the Marina Jetty and dive into the pool of sharks has become one of the top attractions in the Bahamas.
Compass Cay is another small island in the Exuma Cays, its inhabited with the Marina and numerous private villas and holiday rentals. A stunning crescent beach is hidden behind the Marina – Crescent Beach is a 10 minute walk from the Marina.
Visiting the prehistoric Bahamian Rock Iguanas at Bitter Guana Cay
Bitter Guana Cay has a stunning white sand beach, isolated and secluded, and home to the Bahamian Rock Iguanas. An endangered species of Rock Iguanas that are specific only to the Exuma islands. They have a distinctive red/pink colour.
A visit the Bitter Guana Cay is an experience not to be missed. Visitors enjoy the stop here along their Nassau Bahamas Swim with Pigs Tour because the island is so secluded and uninhabited you’ll be the only visitors to step foot their. Since it’s off the main tourist trail of the go-fast speed boats that operator on the Nassau to Pig Island route – you can be guaranteed to experience a peaceful visit with only the iguanas to greet you on the beach!
Nassau to Exuma Day Trips by Plane
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