Pig Island tours from Nassau are easily one of the most sought-after and quirky activities you can find while exploring the Bahamas. Home to dozens of lively pigs, this island attracts not just millions of visitors annually, but also celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Wayne Rooney, and many more.
Just imagine relaxing on a sun-soaked island with crystal-clear water at your feet and a warm tropical breeze brushing your cheek. Immersing yourself in serenity, a loud grunt wakes you from your daze. A couple of Exuma pigs approach excitedly to greet the island newcomer (and hopefully get some snack out of it). They oink and gently brush you with their snout just to get your attention.
Pig Island tours from Nassau are easier than you imagine. In this guide, not only will we answer the question of “where is Pig Island?”, we will also let you know the best way to travel there and how you can make the most of your trip. Read on to find out more about our swimming pigs tours so you can book your trip early.
Pig Island Tours from Nassau: All-Inclusive Guide
Excited to step foot on the powdery sand of Pig Island and befriend the most adorable creature in the Bahamas? Below, we will uncover all you need to know about Pig Island tours from Nassau.
Note: You can also expect some insider tips that even locals don’t know.
Where is Pig Island?
Pig Island, or officially known as Big Major Cay, is one of the islands of Exuma Cays – an archipelago that boasts a collection of 360 exotic islands, islets, and cays. As a small uninhabited island, this tropical playground is ruled by a group of adorable Exuma pigs, stray cats, and goats.
The island is just less than one mile in length and can be easily explored by foot in one or two hours. Traversing the island will eventually lead you to the island’s only beach, Pig Beach, which is located on the western shoreline of the island.
As Pig Beach doesn’t have its own airstrip, the only way to travel here is via a short boat ride from the nearest inhabited island, Staniel Cay.
Although Staniel Cay is no larger than the size of a village, it is the transportation hub of the region and home to Exuma Cays busiest airstrip, Staniel Cay Airport. This connects travelers from all over the world to Pig Beach and its surrounding islands.
It’s relatively easy to reach Staniel Cay either from the Bahamas capital city, Nassau, or Miami, Florida. With a short flight, you will reach the island in around 40 minutes or 1 hour and 30 minutes respectively. When you compare it to the 3-hour speed boat ride that some tourists opt for during their swim with pigs Nassau tour, you will discover that traveling by plane is the easiest, most comfortable, and cost-efficient way of traveling to Pig Beach. Below, we’ll detail a little more about swimming with pigs tours by plane.
Pig Island tours from Nassau by Plane
If you are still wondering what is the best way to travel to Pig Island from Nassau, we recommend you look into Bahamas Air Tours. We provide private planes for your swimming pigs Nassau excursion. Here are some of the reasons we love travelling to Pig Island by flight:
- Time-saving: Flight from Nassau to Staniel Cay takes 40 minutes, which saves you plenty of time to explore other destinations. Compared to boat travel, you will save roughly 4 hours of travel time.
- Designated window seat: Every passenger gets their own window seat to admire the view of the Bahamas from above
- Enjoyable experience: You don’t need to worry about the unstable sea condition and seasickness when traveling by plane
- Guaranteed travel: Only a major hurricane could prevent your flight from taking off. This is not the case for boat travel as last-minute cancellation is frequent due to the poor sea conditions.
- Uncover secret destinations: Only with Bahamas Air Tours, you will have the privilege to explore hidden gems that other tour agencies won’t be able to provide
Swimming with pigs tour by ferry
Although Pig Island tours from Nassau are cheaper if you travel by speedboat and ferry, they may not necessarily provide the best value.
Unless you enjoy a crowded, overbooked, and long day trip from Miami or Fort Lauderdale, we recommend travel by plane to Big Major Cay.
You can say goodbye to the Caribbean views, too, as limited seats are available to see the surrounding scenery. Plus, on the speedboat, you’ll have to have your raincoat ready if you don’t want to be soaked in saltwater.
The worst part of traveling by ferry is you have very limited time to explore the attractions as most of your time is spent at sea. As most of the ferries have similar schedules, it is very common for you to explore Pig Beach with hundreds of other travelers that arrive at the same time.
Pig Beach etiquette
It’s very easy to forget that the Exuma pigs are wild animals that could become aggressive when provoked. To avoid any unwanted injuries, be aware and make sure you learn proper etiquette during your Pig Beach excursion from Nassau:
- Do not feed the pigs from the beach. Only feed the Exuma pigs from the water as it triggers their ‘natural’ instinct to swim for their food. Feeding them from the beach will cause them to lose their instincts.
- Never feed a pig with your hand. Pigs are clumsy animals that munch on everything in front of them. Unless you want your fingers to be their mid-day snacks, we recommend you remove the food from your hands before the pigs approach.
- Follow the guide’s instructions. The pigs have a special diet to follow, so make sure you only feed the pigs with food that your guide approved.
What else to do on your Pig Beach excursion from Nassau
Swimming with pigs is just one of the unique attractions to uncover during your Pig Island tours from Nassau. Here are some other must-visit destinations you can explore:
Bitter Guana Cay
Step into the Jurassic World of Bahamas and witness dozens of dinosaur relatives dash through the island. Bitter Guana Cay is the home to the endangered species of Bahamian Rock Iguanas.
Pipe Creek Cay Sand Bar
Unwind your crazy day in the Bahamas at Pipe Creek Cay Sand Bar. Surrounded by the clearest water and stunning views, you may not want to leave this place ever again.
Staniel Cay Yacht Club
Join the locals and tourists alike in Staniel Cay Yacht Club to wind down with a glass of wine. This is where you can find the most happening events and restaurants in Exuma Cays.
Compass Cay Sharks
Think you are brave enough? Why not plunge into shark-infested water and feel the thrill of swimming with the charming creatures. Fret not, these Bahamas Nurse Sharks are friendly and harmless if not provoked.
Book Your Pig Island Tours from Nassau Today!
Join us on the Pig Island tours from Nassau and we will take you to explore the best of Exumas and Bahamas. Aside from the swim with pigs Nassau trip, you will have the chance to witness some of the Bahamas’ best hidden gems.
Take a trip to Pig Island with Bahamas Air Tours from both Nassau and Miami. You just need to decide where you want to kick off your adventure and we will take care of the rest. Even better, you can customize your trip to fit your time and preferences. Contact us now to find out more about Pig Island Tours.
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